After hundreds of requests, Fab Dupont finally takes on a full mix, in the box, all in Cubase.
Featuring the song Periscopes by NYC band Plastic Days, Fab mixes the song from scratch and describes every move he makes in detail.
Subjects discussed in this tutorial:
Working with acoustic and electronic drums together
Reverb and delay sends and settings
Tons of EQ and Compression decisions all along the way
Fab uses stock Cubase plugins as well as plugins from Sonnox, Universal Audio, Soundtoys, Waves and more.
As always, this tutorial also comes with the WAV file stems of the session so you can create your own mix of this song. This way you can practice your skills and mix this song using your own tastes, tools, plugins and put the tricks you learn from Fab to use right away.
2bmusic •Sunday, June 14, 2020
Excellent Tutorial und excellent recorded tracks. One big questionmark remains for me. There are two independet recorden Guitar tracks. If I pan then hard left/right the correlation meeter is anyway next to +1. How did you manage that? How is that possible? When I record two guitars independently playing the same thing and pan them hard left/right the correlation meter is always next to 0 and I have phase cancellation (?) Can anyone help me?
Oscar Gasch •Sunday, September 8, 2019
Could it be thet Im missing one guittar track?
When 22-Gtr Scratch Dave comes in I thing theres a chorussed guittar that sounds in your mix that I cant find in my list clip.
Sorry if im wrong.
Thank you for your work!!
adrianloera •Friday, October 19, 2018
I'am always so ready to learn but every video I've started after spending $300 for the year is the same ole' shit polarity, phase, bottom snare make sure you flip it.
I'm sorry but youtube already has that covered. How about some meat for the people that paid your entry fee of $300!?
Michaeltn86 •Sunday, January 7, 2018
it's a good video, but comparing to other fab's video, it seems this was not of the best days of him mixing in my opinion. good video nevertheless.
mystasynasta •Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I'm surprised that the overheads being out of phase with the snare wasn't talked about on this one. It's one of those rare tracks where it actually fit better in the mix with it out of phase...
chrisNunchuck •Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Great video. Super explanations. Following along using different plugins, I was able to improve the mix by the same amount as the conclusion of the video. A part II would be great to go over the finishing touches like automation. I'm glad I didn't have the same plugins as it forced me to better learn what my plugs were good at and how to compare to the sound you were going for. For instance, comparing 1176 clones and different EQs. ie PSP NobleQ has a much softer 5 and 10k for vocals than the PSP McQ equalizer. The latter being richer and would likely work better on a EDM track or rock.
ulrino •Monday, June 27, 2016
I also hear a lot of artefacts like Markedgeller describes it.
Maybe re-encode the whole thing?
Markedgeller •Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Some interesting artefacts in the audio of this tutorial. Mostly noticeable during the acoustic drums mixing. There some odd stereo-ness happening when the mono kick and snare mics are solo'd, like I'll hear a hit more in the left or right side (and it seems random). Some of the punch is missing in the centre, but occasionally comes back for the odd kick or snare hit. Makes it tricky to hear what you're actually achieving with compression. I'm unsure whether this is something to do with the quality of the stream or some plugin issue with my browser. Has anybody else noticed this happening?
ArekGolab •Wednesday, June 1, 2016
I just love bypassed EQ "working" for Fab at about 25 minutes into video (on Snare bottom track hi-pass) :D (You can then see that EQ icon in mixer is yellow - bypased, not green - working - just as in Snare top track ;))
Chuck Mott •Monday, November 23, 2015
I just want to clarify something. You are not setting up a buss send , you are sending your drums to the bus sub via the outputs rather then making a separate send. Correct. SO along the top , where y0u have the outputs, they are being send directly via the outputs to an aux channel. Likewise the outs from the aux channels are going to the separate bus stems. The outputs of those are stereo outputs. I think I have been doing it wrong for a very long time if this is indeed the case, I've been sending to the separate axes via sends on the send channels. Correct?
x6one3x •Monday, May 25, 2015
Never mind, I somehow missed the first video. This is great!
heath1227 •Sunday, January 4, 2015
Fab, thanks for the this video. I am really impressed with the less is more approach that you take to this mix. Nothing is over equalized and the plugins make sense with nothing drastic. you use the effects to blend things together and put them in their place within the mix. Very tasty.
I would be very interested in seeing what you did with your final processing on the entire mix. EQ, limiting, etc.
I love the fact you used Cubase for this as well. I am moving to that from Pro Tools because I am tired of being short on basic features just because I can't afford a HD system. Cubase 8 rocks.
Fabulous Fab •Monday, September 1, 2014
soundshigh: If I did not address it it's because it felt fine to me that day. I may feel different about it today. That's part of the ever evolving quality of the process.
Hi pass filters with gentle slopes tend to be less harmful than eqs with sharp slopes. I'll hipass if I need nothing from the bottom of the track and resort to scoops if some of the material at the bottom is needed or if I feel the filter will emasculate too much.
soundshigh •Thursday, December 12, 2013
Another question :)
I noticed you did not high pass everything that was supposed to be a midrange instrument - the piano and one of the pads I think - but you chose to carve out the low mids only. Is this because generally high passing could be considered a more degrading than band EQ?
Christian Matthew Cullen •Saturday, September 14, 2013
This is fantastic! So nice to look over the shoulder of someone that really understands the big picture of mixing - thanks for helping develop my taste and ears, Fab! A+