How To Mix with UAD Plugins

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In this audio mixing tutorial, Fab mixes a simple and beautiful acoustic song by the ever talented Will Knox with just vocals, banjo, guitar & room microphones. He walks you through the mix step by step explaining every setting and decision. Learn how to quickly make a great sounding mix using only Universal Audio UAD plugins.

Fab show you how to:

  • Equalize the vocals and then apply a tasteful amount of compression
  • Tweak the tone and dynamics of the acoustic guitar with EQ and compression
  • Cleaning up the Banjo sound using EQ
  • Select and tweak the perfect reverb settings
  • Mix bus compression to glue the mix together without destroying the dynamics

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

Please download it and import these files in the DAW to practice mixing this song using your own tastes, tools, plug-ins along with Fab's tips and tricks provided in this mixing tutorial.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
Universal Audio UAD plugins used
  • Cambridge EQ
  • LA2a
  • Pultec Pro
  • EMT140
  • EMT250
  • Precision Buss Compressor
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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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Castor X
2020 Dec 31
So amazing,Thank You
2020 Jul 08
Awesome, as always.
2020 May 01
i m pretty happy with this tutorial, i learned how to be subtle and efficient with the choices that can be made !
2020 Mar 01
Curious why you chose to leave the Gtr so low in the mix as it was his accompaniment instrument..? My thought would to have brought it to the foreground,...but then again I could have gotten in trouble with that chose...Any thoughts? thx, Jeff
2019 Nov 29
Subtle but perfect...Great video. Thanks
2019 Jul 10
2017 Jul 27
Thank you for letting us participate in your thought process and not only showing what you did. It changed my mind of how to think about reverbs. Fill the space between notes and let it stop right before the next one. These videos become an addiction!
2017 May 29
Beautiful !
2016 Nov 30
Especially helpful concerning the vocal-processing
2016 Feb 29
Fab you are the king of the subtle mix. It's so subtle sometimes I can't tell the difference. Maybe my ears are cloudy, who knows. I'm a fan of less subtle mixing. I twist till I can really tell the difference. This being an acoustic song lends itself to the subtle mix. Good job, I just wish I could have noticed more of a change. Oh well
Saul Santilli
2016 Feb 15
Brilliant. Thank you.
2015 May 30
fab seems so moddy for this....hahha, not juz paying attention to wat to listern as well wat is the vission...llollzz
2014 Dec 18
Great Recording!!! Loved the gentle mix approach! Downloaded the files and noticed that the room track has some rude static noise towards the middle! Thanks Fab!
2013 Dec 10
Eh, voila!
2013 Feb 05
Very nice! Although the recording was already great, how you managed to add that little bit of processing to make it breathe even more is very informative. I was just curious about the fact that you didn't attempted to de-ess the vocal. I felt it sounded a bit harsh in some places and trying it myself, I found this helped smooth it out, and it helped the reverb as well. Anyway, merci pour la leçon!
2013 Jan 23
Great video Fab. It's amazing how much those subtle things that you do with EQ's, compressors, and reverbs really enhance and polish the music. Thanks for teaching!
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Jun 23
Fab, the artists that you were working with were just excellent! Then you breathed more life into that song with your mixing. Thank you for showing us what you did! Truly 'ear candy'! Becky Jo Benson
2012 May 30
new to the subscription here but this video helped a lot with ideas for how to mix things.
Dave Zerio
2012 Jan 12
It's great to see you reiterating EQ & Compression on vox on different singers with different mic's in different videos! Thanks for the variety Fab!
2011 Jul 23
I only have Universal Audio plug ins and this video was very VERY instructional!. I saw you at the Sweetwater seminar and one of your cards got me in to this web page !, Gracias Man !, Chau, Luis.
2011 Jun 07
Glad you all like the video guys. The mics went as follow: Vox AEA84/Guitar Royer SF1/Banjo AKG 414/Room U87, all thru a Universal Audio 4-710 preamp using the built in converters straight into Protools. Any compression, probably very light would be the built in compressor of the 4-710 (Kinda 1176 like-ish) The guys were about 8 feet apart in the Dangerous Live Room at FLUX studios, there was no gobos or anything in between them. We use double Figure8 cancellation techniques to track a singer songwriter playing and singing at the same time. (Coming soon on video). Fab
2011 Jun 06
Fantastic video! Nice song! I think the key to this mixing job is the excellent recording job. are you open for questions? 1. can you share info on the tracking, position o musicians, mics placement, preamps and compressors? I listened to the raw audio and noticed that the guitar was kinda boomy, was that a compromise to achieve better isolation from vocals? 2. I also noticed there is absolutely none to very little ambience noise on the guitar and vocals, that's pretty amazing especially since the vocal was compresse. (ok, I did hear some parts where the mic seem stressed)
2011 May 31
Hey Fab, Great video, glad I got a chance to check it out! ~Gregg Fine
2011 May 09
Very great video, very great explanation, what, which, why... these kind of teaching I was looking for for years. Thanks Fab!