The Tools Used For Mastering

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Learn about the 8 essential audio mastering tools

Mastering, the black art of the audio process...

There are so many tools at your disposal when it comes time to put the finishing touches on a record. Do you know what they are? More importantly, how well can you use them?

Fab discusses the 8 tools essential to the art of mastering and shows you exactly how best to use them. This video is full of examples that are applied to a wide range of musical styles. You’ll gain a deeper level of understanding as he explains the theory and reasoning behind the application of every tool.

Tools covered:

  • The Studio
  • Metering
  • Compression (and parallel compression)
  • Multiband Compression
  • De-esser
  • Equalizers
  • Peak Limiter
  • Sum & Difference (aka Mid/Side)

Mastery of these tools allows you to enhance sonic characteristics while correcting mix balance issues, giving your recordings power, clarity, and focus.

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn:

  • Why the room is the most important tool in mastering, why your rooms probably sucks, and how to deal with a less than ideal room
  • The importance of great metering and why you NEED it
  • Understand and optimize a song’s dynamic range
  • How to make masters sound natural and maintain their artistic integrity
  • The different roles compression play in mastering
  • How to use parallel compression to add density to the track
  • The role of EQs in mastering and why many mastering engineers use two EQs
  • The purpose of the peak limiter
Equipment & Software
  • Blue Cat Audio DP Meter Pro
  • Flux:: Compressor
  • Flux:: Alchemist
  • Universal Audio UAD BX Digital_V2 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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2021 Nov 30
2021 Apr 09
Genial ce morceaux! j'arrive pas a me concentrer sur le tuto :)
Bodry Johnson
2021 Feb 09
I like the way you teach, all the examples helps, thank you..
2020 Nov 19
3 years late and this finally makes sense! Fab you that guy! Thanks a million!
2019 Dec 10
This is great stuff, awesome!
2019 Apr 06
This is for all people they think mastering is magic. Thanks Fab! Sounds great!
2017 May 28
Any reason why the input gain is turned up on the multi to level match as opposed the output gain?
2016 Feb 26
Really good Fab, I am fascinated with this
2015 Jul 10
Thanks for your knowledge - I mirror Riko's comment. It would be easier for me to compare without the "with" or "without", especially if you close your eyes and try to tell the difference without the screen display.
2015 Apr 19
I will answer myself, if somebody have the same question, there is an excellent thread in the forum about honestedat
2015 Apr 02
Hey Fab, great video as always. One quick question, can you recommend us a good pair of headphones? Thank you and congratulations for this excellent site!
Sheldon Cooper
2014 Dec 08
Basically you like to use different color of the same watch on different songs! :D
2014 Feb 03
Great video. One suggestion please: I would like you no to say "with" or "without" when you by-pass the plug in, because the comparison will be easier. We see when the plug in is by passed. Could you do that please?
2014 Jan 13
The thing I appreciate most about your teaching style Fab is how easy you make everything sound. Speaking for myself, I think when I tinker and tinker I make things overly-complicated. The whole losing the forest for the trees. You bring it back to 50,000 feet by saying "look, it's not such a big deal." Thanks!
2014 Jan 05
this is really wonderful!!! thank you! (and the No man's land hand gesture metaphor are cool! haha)
2013 Dec 08
In other words: Basic level but realized and explained very well.
2013 Dec 08
Realized and explained very well, but, with maximum respect and in my opinion, you should classify, in a numbered scale, how a course goes in deep, because this is a very, very basic level, it has been barely touched the surface of the topics.
Fabulous Fab
2013 Dec 06
@juancopro-flow: YOu can totally chnage the order. These are just pointers to give you a starting point. Try this chain. If you cannot make it work for you, swap it around. Limiter last is always a good idea though.
2013 Dec 05
Hey fab, great vid. Quick question, do you use these tools in ur chain in the same order u showed them here in the vid or is it different. If it is, can you share your change order. Thanks P.s. those magda vocals sounded like they were floating in the clouds, freaking amazing. What reverb did you use to achieve that sound.
2013 Dec 04
great tips. thanks!!
2013 Dec 01
ohhh I've been waiting for a video like this :) Thanks Fab, you rock!!!
2013 Nov 30
WOW!!!!! great video! i am thrilled to see the new mastering videos! tons of great info in this one Fab!