Fab Producing a Neo-Soul Song with UA Apollo

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See the production process for the song Open Eyed

Fab Dupont explains his creative decision making process as he transforms the Home Cookin’ song ‘Open Eyed’ from the demo to the version heard at the Universal Audio Apollo launch event.

Compare the two versions of the song along with the band and hear singer Liza Colby and producer John Burgos tell the story of how the original track came to fruition and their feelings on the new version.

Get inside the head of an award-winning producer and learn Fab’s decision making process when producing records. You’ll gain valuable new insights that you can use as inspiration in your own work as Fab explains changes of arrangement, tempo, key, performance, and feel of the song.

Click here to learn with Fab as he mixes this song from scratch using only UA plugins.

Equipment & Software

Universal Audio UAD Plugins used:

  • 1176 LN
  • Cambridge EQ
  • EP-34 Tape Echo
  • EMT 250
  • Harrison 32C EQ
  • LA2A
  • Moog Filter
  • MXR Flanger Doubler
  • Neve 88RS
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Precision Maximizer
  • Precision Limiter
  • Precision Bus Compressor
  • Pultec Pro
  • RS-1 Reflection Engine
  • SPL Transient Designer
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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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2020 May 10
What a great song, I loved your production Fab!
2019 Jul 10
Ha valido cada peso de mi pago mensual! Estoy encantado!
2017 Apr 22
Oh man! This production videos are priceless. I enjoy them more than mixing tutorials to be honest. Because good production equals good mix.
2017 Mar 14
Good video. Gotta say that I preferred the original version though.
2016 Dec 16
Good Video. Enjoyed watchign the transformation of the demo. Making changes to appeal to a broader market made a lot of sense.
2016 Nov 29
The new production really helped, agree with Fab that it needed a more poppy structure and more dynamics. Gotta feel for the rapper ;DD - Viccie
2016 Jul 13
Yeah Man Less Boring. Good Production.
2016 Jan 27
I like the original one so much more
2013 Mar 15
Great video!!! Loved the whurly. I would have left out the percussion on the drum break and had heavy back ground vocals on the chorus ..... Oooooos and ahhhhhs .... Bass line was sick!! And structure improved immensely !!! Way to go Fab
2013 Mar 05
Great video, it was worthwhile to renew my subscription =D. I would like to know what is the little red box that you use for headphone monitoring.
2013 Mar 03
Awesome that's why i love premix, take my money Fab, take it and don't say anything else
2013 Mar 02
This is excellent, absolutely rich in content and fresh. Seeing the inside workings of not only recording, but seeing the development of new ideas between you and the artist was a privilege. Song is awesome and the training invaluable! Thanks Fab!
2013 Feb 28
Excellent to be able to be in the flow as the performers were in "real time". Great stuff Fab. Time and time again, it's to know when to give/ease up control of your song to allow someone else a go at it. Big props to John and Liza! This song has grown with us as well so to see the inner workings and polish is refreshing in a varied and many ways!! Kudos to all....and next on to the mixing....Wow. ; r )
2013 Feb 28
Great video. Really helpful. This is why I pay for this stuff. I’m lovin’ it (guess my weight hehe)
2013 Feb 27
Amazing! I've wanted a video like this to learn those subtle concepts that really help take a song to the next level. I'm working on a project right now so I'm definitely going back a listening back with those ideas. Thanks Fab. More videos like these please :)
2013 Feb 27
I love this song since the first time I heard it. What i didn't know was all the history behind in, mad props for johnny and Liza for coming up with the original and even bigger props for Fab, for turning silver into gold. Nice work!