Mixing with Pro Tools plug-ins

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to mix music in Pro Tools.

Fab mixes a full song, step by step, explaining every setting, using only Pro Tools 9 stock plug-ins. If you are using the latest Pro Tools 12 or Ultimate version, do not worry, most plug-ins are still present in the latest Pro Tools versions.

The attached zip file contains the original uncompressed files of the session.

Please download it and import these files in the DAW you use to make music (It does not necessarily have to be Pro Tools!) This way you can practice your skills and mix this song using your own tastes, tools, plug-ins and the guidelines provided in this video.

Exercise files
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2022 Oct 05
That DRUM PARALLEL COMP trick : putting the PC more mono is AMAZING. Is an great effect.
2022 Jul 09
2020 May 23
I take back my earlier statement about the song tempo being 81.5. He's got the tempo running double time, so it's 163bpm.
2020 May 22
Tempo is 81.5 bpm
2020 Jan 30
What a great teacher!
2018 Sep 14
Great Video. Thanks for Pure Mix and Avid making me a Pro.
2017 Nov 30
Great Video! Is it possible that the exercise files are not working? I get compression error when i try to open them.
2017 Apr 28
Awesome video!!
2017 Mar 14
2017 Mar 14
Great instructional video, stock plugins get very little attention but you have shown their potential in less than 1 hour.
2016 Aug 20
Hi Fab I'd like to see you mixing song but using dangerous 2bus+ only without hardware.
2016 Aug 15
Very Informative, but since I don't have the same set up as he has in pro tools I'm struggling to follow up with his steps as they are only briefly explained.
2016 Jul 11
Great video. I see how you used the d-box here. Thanks
2015 Feb 19
yahhh great work!
2014 Nov 13
Great! Very Nice
2014 Jul 15
Un petit côté Grace J... Nice.
2014 Jun 24
Hi Fab. your tutorial is very informative, but I would like to know the tempo of the song for setting dela. thank you
White Cat Studio
2014 Feb 10
Another great video from Fab.... Just one question: I've noticed that you never used gate on kick drum or snare drum to clean the track. Why? Cheers!!
2013 Dec 24
i really have to say after my network is running smooth now. & then watching this tutorial i have a very good idea & feel much more confident that i can totally do a mix on some other peoples tracks & make them sound as good or if not closer. SHOUT OUTs to FAB & Guilaume. i will be watching much more of these videos.
2013 May 28
2013 Feb 12
Concise. No nonsense. Another great video from Fab! However, if anyone else is interested in hearing more of the featured artist, the name is actually Happy Rhodes.
2012 Jul 07
Amazing job using only PT9 stock plug-ins, gave the simple song some vibe and character like Fab... Love the new send level automation trick to the CRUSH track. Nice-
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Jun 19
Fab, thank you for mentioning headphones. There I was, listening through the computer speakers (Dahh) Thank you for helping me see the view from this mountain that I'm climbing. Becky Jo Benson
2012 May 22
I would definitely buy your "high-pass everthing" shirt! :)
2011 Nov 25
- You could enable the download of the pro tools session with the processing shown in the video, so we can tweak the plug-ins. - I'm also having problems watching in full screen mode. - I would like to be able to download the video, instead of only having the streaming option. - I really like the teaching style. Focused, easy to understand, overall solid.
2011 Nov 18
@ Icetea335 Yes I do. All the time. Now with ProTools 10 I use the clipgain function, which is nice too. @ donobi I don't believe this song was cut to a click. You have to use tap tempo to sync your delay. A little looseness does not hurt. It's ok unless you are delaying drums. For reverb sends, it depends on the reverb and what you want to do. If it's a TRUE stereo reverb and if you want to sound realistic then yes, match you send pan settings. You could just as well have a track panned left and send its signal hard right to a stereo reverb. It's fun and sounds rad. Try it.
2011 Nov 18
Thanks Fab! Do you ever use trim plugins to bring down hot tracks?
2011 Nov 02
I can't believe I spent all that money on Waves!! These are sounding better than anything I've made in Waves
2011 Oct 29
Great video! Learned a lot, thank you! But I have two questions...hopefully somebody can help me out. What's the tempo of the song? I'd like to sync the delays correctly. My other question is: I always thought that it's important to copy the pan settings when sending tracks to reverbs or am I mistaken? I'm curious to know. Thanks, Thomas
2011 Oct 04
How can you watch it Full Screen?
2011 Aug 26
Great Video, thank you. I love your approach to mixing.
2011 Jun 14
This is a great video...45 minutes looked like 10 minutes.Thanks Fab
2011 Jun 10
Oh, and it was a quick 45 minutes with you. Fast moving and no BS/filler. Others I have watched tended to either have too much drama, were painfully slow paced and also rather boring. We in the studio are kinda hooked to Puremix, now using downtime to learn together.
2011 Jun 10
Thanks for the reply Fab! It shows your dedication and professionalism answering questions like mine (well, right now, I'm the only student asking these questions doh). I know you can appreciate where I'm coming from. As a working engineer, I am faced with horrendous mix situations on a regular basis; from badly prepared mix sessions to incomplete productions. Most of the mixing tutorials I've seen (and I've seen a lot) tend to work on a session that is just superbly recorded or properly prepared - which is just too far from my reality... and so on.. out of space here. tnx!
2011 Jun 10
Hi Gerry, 1/ In 45 minutes we could either glaze over the whole song, or truly focus on one section. pureMix is more about in depth than general ideas. We chose the chorus because it has the live drums and is the most complicated. 2/ Yup. Producers send whatever they have. Sometimes because they are lazy, sometimes because they forget to turn off the FX when the print their stems, sometimes because they are not paying attention (Often), sometimes because that's the FX they want and it's not negotiable. 3/I have not noticed any latency problems w AIR plugins on auxes w PT9.
2011 Jun 07
It's a great video production, AAA for production value and teaching style. I do have some comments. 1. the mix was not of an entire song but just the chorus only? 2. do you usually get vocals like that? already processed (comp + EQ) and even with reverb printed? 3. lastly, no latency issues using AIR plugins on AUX busses? but overall it's a great video tutorial, solid and focused! Cheers!
2011 May 26
Thanks Fab, This was an amazing video. The two things that were amazing about this is 1) Your teaching style is straight forward and extremely effective. 2) The quality of the audio is the best I have heard online yet. When you bypass and/or compare before and after, I CAN HEAR; its no guessing what you have done. Great Job and I can't wait for more tutorials to be released.
2011 May 05
Fabulous!! This is the most practical video I've ever seen.. There are many great techniques that can't be learned from books and even audio schools. I love it!
2011 Apr 16
Great stuff Fab! Highly recommended!