Start To Finish of a Pop-Punk Song

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03h 36min


The ENTIRE Record Making Process

In this Start to Finish video series, see how all of the pieces of the record making puzzle fit together.

Learn how Grammy winner Fab Dupont:

  1. Produces
  2. Tracks
  3. Overdubs
  4. Edits
  5. Mixes
  6. Recalls
  7. Masters

With over 3.5 hours of non-stop teaching, this is your chance to observe not just the details that going into making a radio-ready record but also how an award winning producer keeps the "bigger picture" in focus and enhances the band's vision for the song.

This tutorial is a fountain of record making know-how and inspiration.

Get ready for tons of tips, tricks and methods that you can apply to your next recording session. 


  • Setting up and laying out the band in the studio to track together to capture a "live" feel
  • Mic choices and placement for drums, bass, guitar and vocals
  • Studio signal flow and patching
  • Making on-the-fly arrangement tweaking to give the song a solid pop structure
  • Double tracking guitars for a full and wide sound
  • Vocal harmonies and doubling


  • Vocal editing and comping that quickly finds the optimal takes for each moment of the song
  • Sonically transforming drum tracks recorded by himself from "pretty good" to a modern, punchy and aggressive drum sound
  • Using analog summing and stem mixing techniques for maximum depth and mix clarity
  • Adding reverb and delay effects to reinforce the vocal presence and give the mix some "sauce"
  • Blending together multiple guitar amps with an amp simulator to create a thick and present guitar tone
  • Dialing in the perfect vocal tone and compression for the genre
  • Mix bus equalization and compression as well as using the special analog 2-Bus+ processing
  • Automating the mix to bring out all of the special moments of the song
  • Listening and utilizing a reference mixes playlist
  • Using multiple drum crush buses to get the perfect amount of smack out of the kick and snare
  • Adding life to entire mix as a whole and piece by piece


  • After stepping away from the studio, Fab and Joey return with mix changes big and small
  • Enhancing the drums sound with a sample and a little extra EQ and automation
  • Tweaking the guitar mic blend
  • Refining the vocal sound with EQ and subtle Melodyne
  • Altering the equalization on the mix bus


  • How to take a song that's been mixed with a "mastered" sound in mind
  • Mastering signal flow and workflow
  • Metering and loudness
  • Matching the tone and vibe with the band's previous record
  • Making tweaks to the overall sonic shape and most importantly depth of the mix
  • Opening up the sides and cleaning up the guitar tone using mid-side EQ
  • Refine your listening skills with detailed "Listen For" exercises all along the way

This is an honest look at the WHOLE record making process, mistakes and all, so you can learn every step that goes into producing a modern rock song.

Even engineers and producers who don't make rock records will walk away with ideas and tricks they can bring from the rock world to their own music.

Don't forget, you can download the raw stems to the full song to hear the results of the tracking session and then try your hand at mixing and mastering the song!

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Sonnox Oxford Limiter
  • Sonnox EQ & Filters
  • Sonnox Oxford Dynamics
  • Sonnox Oxford Inflator
  • Sonnox Oxford Supresser
  • SansAmp PSA-1
  • Soundtoys Decapitator
  • Soundtoys Echoboy
  • UA 1176LN
  • UA Neve 33609
  • UA Pultec Pro Legacy
  • UA Precision Maximizer
  • UA LA-2A
  • UA DBX 160
  • UA SSL Bus Compressor
  • UA EMT 140
  • UA Lexicon 224
  • UA Marshall Plexi Super Lead
  • Avid Dyn 3 Expander / Gate
  • Avid Pro Expander
  • Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro 4
  • UA Brainworx Digial V3
  • UA Dangerous BAX EQ
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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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Dry Clean Only started as any other punk, misfit, freak, little trio would start a a garage. The band has been together since the summer of 2005. Founding member Joey Wunsch, Ronnie Bruno, and Connor McClelland make up the pop-punk trio. Over the years the band started out playing block parties, house parties and school dances. As things progressed the band began to play at different venues throughout New York City as well as out of state shows. Notable venues include Webster Hall, The Knitting Factory, Santo's Party House, The Bitter End, Bowery Electric, Yonkers Skate Park, Mexicali Live (NJ), The Space (CT). In 2011 the band released a three track demo titled 'Ladies Love My Neckbeard'. In 2013 the band released a self titled EP titled 'Swamp Donkey'. In 2015 the band released a ten track album titled 'Dumbfounded'. In 2016 the band released a single/video titled 'Big Sad Clown'. The band has opened for national acts including Wheatus, Andrew W.K., and Hawthorne Heights. Nobody knows what the future will hold, but the band continues to write and release new music.

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2021 Mar 20
Not really a modern pop punk production. Young band looks at old engineer and says, "you just don't get it do you" hahaha
2020 Sep 19
Once again, glorious!
2020 Jul 19
Love Fab's process, always learn a lot. Only thing that bothered me was the hi-hat was panned center this whole time!
2020 Jan 31
Fab is fabulous as always! Funny and formative!
2019 Oct 27
What does it mean expesinve videos and least expensive video? Will I get charge for watching a video after purchasing my current membership?
2019 Mar 03
Learned a lot Thanks, Great Band.. Regarding the vocals (Just my Opinion) I think he needs to work more on his pronunciation of words, so many words I don't understand.
2019 Mar 03
strange to see fab Got a long Hair HAHA
2018 Dec 27
I like these start-to-finish demonstrations (like this one and the Vance Powell/Tyler Bryant mix contest). Midstream, I felt like Fab had a moment that I experience over and over -- where you get in pretty deep and then you pull out the reference tracks and they're in another stadium from the one you're in. It's crushing! I need to really up my game with the reference track comparisons.
2018 Sep 19
I wish Fab "Start to Finish" of a Pop-Punk Song was a weekly show. This is wonderful.
2018 Mar 26
Hey Fab, great site thanks for your efforts. You mention in the video a download of the track sheet you use, is it available some place? Thanks, Robert
2018 Jan 10
Great stuff! Please make more of this "Start to Finish" series!!!!!
2018 Jan 05
That's absolutely terrible. I mean "terrible" in french. Really really good. One of the best thing on the internet. Thanks for sharing Fab Dupont !
2017 Oct 18
Best Presentation, Band, & Mix on Site.
2017 Sep 28
There's an apollo twin pillow on the couch!
2017 Sep 13
Fab is French and its video is not even subtitled in French?! Please translate it in French. thank you.
2017 Aug 17
A very practical, real world tutorial. Plus, Fab is such a Jackass...I mean that in the most complimentary way possible! Very edu-taining. I will definitely renew my Puremix subscription when the trial period ends.
2017 Jul 16
Quand est-ce que la vidéo sera sous-titrée Français? Merci.
2017 Apr 22
Incroyable !! C'est "LE TUTO". Merci mille fois Fabulous Fab !
2017 Apr 17
This tutorial is awesome. Fab you have a great approche with people to make them feel good. You also explain complicated things in a comprehensible way. Good teacher and nice attitude keep it up Thanks for your time investment in PureMix it helps me Alex
2017 Mar 18
i really had fun learning with this band!!!. thank you guys.
2017 Feb 17
It's not even funny anymore. Fab make me want to quit "attempting to sing or do anything in the music realm world." This was such an awesome series and it was interesting to watch. Obviously my music is nowhere even 10 seconds on the same level as this was but I did see some cool ways to start creating mix templates and how to do certain things. Where I go from here, I don't really know. Either way, Fab is a GOD!!!!
Fabulous Fab
2017 Feb 14
@buyonnet: We have to route my master output to two separate outputs when shooting videos. One for me to work, and one for you to hear me work. It's a bit to bit digital feed into our audio recorder which also captures voice overs and room tone.
2017 Feb 14
Great video, as usual! I have a question regarding the busses part (Mixing part 1 at 11:38). When you setup the output of the Print track to D, there is a cut in the video and then there is a "+" sign next to the D output, meaning you have routed the Print track elsewhere. Could you explain why you send the Print track to multiple outputs and what are these other outputs? Thank you!
2017 Feb 09
Awesome awesome video series. Btw when are they releasing Ugly? I liked it a lot
2017 Jan 27
Hey Great Job! Great video! Can we Have your final Mix for comparison purposes ? Keep Up the excellent work!!! Samuel Rebelo
2017 Jan 12
Fab, it was a great video in overall, but I can't help myself not saying it; I would have commented on/corrected Joey's vocal annunciation. MOST of the lyrics he is singing aren't really understandable.
Nicola Pulvirenti
2017 Jan 06
Thanks Fab! What I've really appreciated about this production is your workflow. I noticed how often you don't even tweak the parameters of the fx you're using. I felt it was more about using the right tool and the right amount of it, with minimal but targeted mixing decisions.
2016 Dec 28
5 stars for this video. It´s great! Thanks Fab!
2016 Dec 28
A quand une version sous-titrée français? Merci.
2016 Dec 27
George Michael reference timely ;p
2016 Dec 27
Thank you! Fab was very entertaining, and the guys wery very nice and funny. Though I played in a pop-punk band for 10 years and the mix doesn't sound like pop-punk to me. Probably because Fab is not a fan of this style and does something to his taste, which I highly respect, but... It's like asking a painter to paint something in different genre, like asking a jazz musician to play metal - it won't feel right. I liked the vocals and the drums (although I'd add another samples). I wish the bass-guitar was brigher, electic guitars little more overdriven and fat. Thanks and happy holidays!
Chris Wyatt
2016 Dec 17
This is brilliant, so informative. Really dig how you salvaged those guitars with the plexi emulation Fab. Best
2016 Dec 15
Excellent tutorial. Learned a lot from this, thanks. Most interesting on Part 3 with the studio mix coming into the mastering stage way to hot, how you approached your skill to make it cleaner, louder with an outcome of a lower level. Impressive.
2016 Dec 13
Fab! Fantastic tutorial........great info throughout and it was really nice to see inside your process for a song with high energy and distorted guitars. This series of videos is worth the cost of my membership. Thanks a bunch! I'm still lobbying to see you do a video like this one but with a song in the vein of Dream Theatre and Rush......bring on the big vocals, big guitar and throw in a batch of keyboards and show us how to handle that!!!! I still believe that would be awesome to see.
2016 Dec 11
which was the pickup used tracking guitar?
2016 Dec 10
Too much DI and compression with bass and the guitar sound is boring
Fernando Ribeiro
2016 Dec 09
Great job Fab. Thanks for sharing. I like the vibes of the boys and sound. Grande tarbalho Fab. Obrigado por compartilhar. Eu curti a vibe dos garotos e da musica. Fernando from Brazil.
2016 Dec 09
Best mentor ever