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Pro Member Mix Fix: Six Of One - Episode 1: Session Setup & Drums

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After the first Pro Member Mix Fix Episode response, we asked the pureMix Pro Members once again to send us sessions recorded in home studios with common problems that we all deal with. Distorted tracks, tracks with excessive bleed, you name it, we wanted it.

When we heard Adrian Szendel's submission of "Some Summer Day" by his band "Six Of One," we called him right away. Without hesitation, Adrian packed up his car and drove from Cleveland, Ohio, to New York overnight and arrived at Flux Studios the next day to be a part of the shoot!

The track has some new challenges. It was built from a song idea from Adrian's writing partner, Tim DeHuff. That song idea that sparked "Some Summer Day" happens to be one mono track, containing drums, tabla, bass guitar, and electric guitar!

In this episode, watch as Fab and Adrian discuss the song's background and create a plan of attack to bring "Some Summer Day" to life.

See how Fab Dupont:

  • Dissects a session when he receives it to figure out what the session contains
  • Sets up the session with his personal taste and feng shui, setting himself up for an efficient and productive session
  • Discusses the mix with Adrian, who is attending the mixing session
  • Uses DECIBEL to set his loudness early in the session
  • Finds the tempo of the session
  • Places the audio on the grid to help with marker placement and drum replacement
  • Inserts samples from his personal sample library to sweeten the Kick and Snare
  • Sets up a parallel drum crush bus

Watch Fab Dupont, mix "Some Summer Day" from Six Of One. Only on pureMix.net

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  • FabFilter Pro-Q2
  • Process.Audio Decibel (beta)
  • Process.Audio Sugar
  • Sonnox Oxford Limiter
  • UAD dbx 160
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD Little Labs IBP
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Pultec-Pro Legacy
  • UAD Studer A800
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

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.

Credits

David Crosby

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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wrpooley
2020 Aug 06
I absolutely LOVE everything Fab does! But I can't help but notice when he creates (and balances) new elements like drum additions or crush tracks, their output assignment is not through the SUM bus initially. The SUM master fader is -6 as he states early in the video. He is a total pro and I'm sure he catches this later in the series! It's something to watch out for when working with summing and print busses. I've gotten through a final print only to discover some element was only going to Output 1-2 and thus didn't even make it into printed mix :(
Pearlpassionstudio
2020 Aug 06
Very interesting tutorial. Love your professional approach ...Great job Fab.
flandybob
2020 Aug 05
Nice song! Reminds me of the first Robert plant & strange sensation album
ruudjacobs
2020 Aug 05
Amazing solution for that mono loop, really makes it come alive. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
pmlogin