Start To Finish: The Arrows - Production

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From a Demo to a Record

The rock/pop band The Arrows from South Africa traveled to Paris to work with producer Fab Dupont from NYC to collaborate on "Words to Say" - taking it from from a home studio demo to mix-ready production on camera.

This tutorial will show you how to add color and life to basic productions and bring songs to life.

Fab gives his best tips and tricks for making tracks sound radio ready by using a mixture of live recording, synth layering, vocal tracking and detailed editing - all intermediate to advanced digital and analog techniques.

He strategically adds and subtracts from an already decent sounding home studio demo to create a hit sounding record over the course of a 2 day session in Paris.

This is how records get made, instrument by instrument, part by part. Sit in the session and see what it's like to build a track with professionals.

Part 2 - See how Fab mixed the final version of "Words to Say"

This tutorial was sponsored by Avid and produced, written and edited by pureMix

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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 Jun 09
Great to see how quickly Fab was thinking of musical ideas while making production decisions, to bring the demo PT session up to the level of a fully produced track. Thanks!
2020 Mar 22
Loved this!!
2018 Nov 26
I'm working with artists more like this and I really loved how well you set the tone and mood of the room, making the artists feel respected and heard. This is so important because it makes giving suggestions and ideas received in a positive way. Great video.
2017 Jun 30
More production videos please!
2017 Mar 05
I'm literally shocked! This was amazing work. When I compare what I'm trying to do with singing and editing my own work and how I make stuff, I don't even come close to what I witnessed in this video. This was like something of GOD. Fab killed this. He is so smart and creative. Like how do I even go try and make music after watching this? I'm not even in his realm of epic ness.
2016 Dec 08
More start to finish please fab :D Amazing to take part in stuff like this for us that dont have clients.
Sara Carter
2016 Apr 10
Great tune and insight into production, thank you. Trying to buy the tune in the UK is proving difficult. Not on iTunes and Nimbit is weird
2016 Mar 17
awesome. I love it. thx for the audio files.
Chris Wyatt
2016 Feb 27
I saw these guys at Splashy Fen music festival ages ago, respect for how far you've come!
2016 Feb 09
sixtyanman: Always an INSPIRATION to me!! It's great fun and so entertaining to watch you and your guests create Music together 5 Stars+
2016 Jan 27
South African people are some of the most beautiful people in the world...great things will come from this country in years to come.
2016 Jan 25
Thank you man!Great stuff !
2016 Jan 21
Ok, i see now that the video is not in a linear time line, i must see the video for chapters. THanks, and sorry
2016 Jan 21
The video should during 1:06:36 but only has 11 min of can i see the full video of the part 1? thanks
Gary Ambrosino
2016 Jan 20
Thank you for packaging this up like this for us. Fab, could you comment on the stems approach - they were stems of ____________ tracks and it was stemmed this way because _______________________ / Also could you tell about how you did the final mix - did you mix from this stem set or did you mix it directly without stems.
Nicola Pulvirenti
2016 Jan 17
you're insane fab, great video
2016 Jan 14
Fantastic insight. Really helpful with my use of Pro Tools for music production. Good luck The Arrows. Great song. Thanks Fab.
2016 Jan 12
Thank you very much for this. Not only was it educational and entertaining, most of all I felt like I was there with you : A spider on the intern attentively aspiring engineer/producer being shown that it can be a reality. Great stuff, Im looking forward to watching a few more like these, 'just now'.
2016 Jan 12
Great series Fab! Very interesting to see how you work this process from start to finish. I just tried extracting the wav files and ran into Data Errors on Backgrounds Dirty Choir and Robot-ey stems. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials!