Recording Singer Songwriter 1 Mic

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In this video, Fab Dupont demonstrates how to record the great Julian Peterson with only one microphone. Thing is, Julian does not only sing, he can also play the guitar at the same time. This tutorial will show you how to deal with the placement of the mic in order to obtain proper balance between guitar and vocals. Not that easy.

This video also explores the influence of the acoustic environment, as well as the choice of the microphone pattern on the quality of the recording. Should one use gobos? How does one avoid classic tonal issues with the vocals ? What difference does an omni-directionnal pattern make on the shape of the final sound? These questions and many more are answered in detail in this 23 minute condensed crash course on minimalism in micing.

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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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2021 Sep 18
Great artist! Really dug the showcase of difference of the panels vs no panels.
Pisko Music
2021 Feb 17
Gracias, linda clase! Julián interpreta muy bien! Por favor dos preguntas simples: 1. Algún fundamento técnico en contra de probar con un filtro pop? 2. Cómo lograr efectivamente un patrón polar 8 usando dos cardioides? Merci : )
2021 Feb 02
Brilliant...very inspirational. I am now questioning why I use so many microphones for the same situation. Very clean sound with one microphone. I'm going to try the same process with a stereo ribbon.
2021 Jan 18
I dont find this video being about recording but mic placement. No info about preamp gain or compression and thats what I would like to call recording, the whole picture. I think many videos here lack that info.
2020 Jan 12
"Don't forget to not sing in the microphone but in front you you, if you dont want to get slapped" Cute. hahaha!
2019 Aug 02
Julian is Dope! Thanks Fab!
Bem Abu
2019 Jun 06
I PREFARE like the one recorded in OMNI SETTING.
2018 Nov 15
Great stuff as usual Fab; the big room to the side was my preference for the vox but I would have tried dropping the mic a smidgen to get more guitar ; it gets lost for mine. Another option which is not r exactly in the remit of the vid but none the less is useful is to add a dynamic ( 58ish) fairly close in to the vocalist and record that as a separate track to feed a reverb independent of the guitar. Could be used as the mic to keep the vocalist aiming forward if required. The 2 sources /one mic ,no phase issues sound is very likeable for sure. Thanks again, Ross
2018 Mar 06
Great little illustration but promotes local realtors so we'll all build big enough spaces to keep the toys nearby ;-) (I have the mics, I have the outboard gear, I have the acoustic panels, I need the room!) :D
2017 Dec 14
I want a Julian Peterson!
2017 Jan 25
Loved these videos
2016 Nov 27
Very good. I would have never noticed that many changes within the mic placement and yet would be the first to complain about the guitar and vocal 'not sounding like a proper guitar and vocal' so very insightful. Nice video and a great song too. :) (P.S: Thankfully my Aston Spirit also has OMNI)
2016 Oct 29
Fab Thanks for share all your knowledge, is a real privilege the information that you and all the mentors share to the world of mixing. I want to know what is the mic did you use. Saludos desde Argentina!
2015 Aug 18
I have respected your Engineering for years , but everything you show and all the gears you use is for the pro , as well as gear that cost thousands of Dollars. I'd Like to see Videos that would be effective for the home recording Engineer. One of your Microphones probably cost as Much as all my gear , I just bought a new Console , ( well new for me ) a Mackie SR40 - 8 how can I make my Console more effective for me and my Studio
2015 Jul 12
Great tutorial, love how the side-micing tamed the consonants. I liked the close side in the bigger room far better than the booth. Much more detail. Thanks fab, I think you´re an incredible recording engineer. Loved the recordings on the Joy Stelar session, great song too =)
Fabulous Fab
2014 Oct 08
@danielteo: the point was to practice the simplest possible mic technique and to learn the power of mic placement and the influence of the room on the sound. Look up Will Knox Gearfest videos for a two mic tutorial.
2014 Oct 04
Why not one mic for the voice and another one for the guitar?
2014 Jul 09
The whole song was recorded in the booth, right? Just filmed in the room?
2014 Apr 07
Great lesson! I love how you teach all the subtle (and some not so subtle) differences between all the variables. Today I have added so much to my bag of recording tricks. Thanks Fab, I feel my money is well spent on PureMix.
Fabulous Fab
2014 Jan 31
@Soundshigh: Nope. All flat.
2014 Jan 29
Thank you for this great tutorial, for introducing this great artist, and also for introducing this mic. It has the smoothest high end in a condenser. Was there any processing on the mic input?
2014 Jan 22
guys you better check your hi pass filters next time, there is an awful of lower bottom end in the booth omni recording.
2013 Dec 31
This was awesome, Fab! I have really enjoyed the videos you have done with the single mic techniques. As an aspiring engineer, it is really easy to look at pictures of my favorite artists in the studio and think "I need more mics to make this good." The problem is, I never knew what the purpose of all those mics was until your lessons helped me understand what one mic does. I hope it doesn't offend you when I say that despite being a world class engineer, you are an even more world class teacher. Does that make you universe class? I digress. . . Thanks, man.
Some Guy
2013 Dec 29
One benefit of the side mic position wasn't mentioned by Fab but was demonstrated beautifully at the end - this position looks great on camera! Hard to capture a nice performance on video like that with microphones blocking the view. But with mic out of the face, well done! Clips to put on YouTube can be an important thing for a singer/songwriter, so visual aesthetics can actually matter.