The Lifeboats series is going to be a unique chance to see how the pureMix mentors each approach the same song with their own unique vision for the mix. See how Grammy winners Fab Dupont, Andrew Scheps and Mick Guzauski shape Will Knox's song with their own tastes and creativity.
In this first installment of the Lifeboats series, Fab Dupont challenges himself to leave his familiar home of Pro Tools for a mixing adventure in Cubase 8 using only the built in plugins and Cubase channel strip.
In this 2 hour long mixing tutorial, you'll learn:
How Fab's mixing workflow translates from one DAW to another
How to set up your session and markers for easy navigation throughout the mixing session
Mixing live drums recorded with tons of microphone options
Creating a bass tone using the VST Amp Simulator that sounds better than the real amp.
Finding the perfect balance of space and support around the vocal using reverb and delay
Combining and EQing multiple mics on the guitar amp to craft a great tone that cuts through the mix
Adding creative effects to synths to create a vibe that compliments the song
Balancing all of the track together and automating problem areas.
Fab walks you through his entire mixing process from the raw tracks all the way to the mix bus processing. Watch how a Grammy winning mix engineer works piece by piece and explains not only what he's doing but why he makes each decision along the way.
Fab's videos are always my favorite. He seems to hear things the way I want to hear them. He makes consistently great decisions. He knows when to do something simple and when to do something weird.
I couldn't disagree more with the person who said Fab's mixing skills weren't at the level of the others. I think that person is just being swayed by the big names of those mixers. I usually like his mixes better than those big names.
Mr Rambolini •Sunday, October 2, 2022
This is the first video I've watched on this site, and I followed along diligently. I learned SO much here, it's just incredible. It gave me such an insight as to the process and the confidence to make mix decisions which I may have previously shied away from. Just Brilliant. Thanks Fab, thanks Puremix and thanks Will Knox for a brilliant song and the opportunity to mess around with the files!
mwfree •Sunday, August 29, 2021
Great to watch--sorta makes me want to get Cubase. I listened through a pair of NS-10's and the kick sounded a little boxy until I switched to headphones. I usually mix alternating between Auratones and NS-10's. I find that helps me get the mix "in the ball".
email@example.com •Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Great series! , I also appreciate to have short stems after all the goal is to experiment your own version and see how it compares to others and that's really very interesting. I am going through the versions and still not done with it but it's amazing how each one brings his own way of doing things mostly his own feelings and taste to this song. More of this kind ! thank you for bringing it in.
JohnnyMidnightHatSize •Sunday, January 24, 2021
Id like to see what DAW and what plugins and hardware Fab would really use rather than the Cubase commercial. The trouble is he puts his name to everything from software to hardware, you can't really guess what he would use given the free choice and his best view of value for the client/customer.
yasin.k •Friday, December 18, 2020
please German subtitles
addjackes •Sunday, September 13, 2020
I downloaded the stems, started EQ-ing the kick drum, took me a whole day to just EQ the kick drum. I hope I get to that day where I can finish an entire song from scratch in a few hours. Thanks for the amazing tut.
philipp.h •Wednesday, January 16, 2019
I have to say, I am not particularly impressed by the production. I do think though, that this sort of production quality is what people have to expect in day-to-day work, instead of the super high profile productions, where you just do levels and it already sounds like a record. What I also like about this fact, is that even with these highly regarded mixers, the song doesn't really transform into a bar of gold.
This really emphasizes how important the right pre-production, arrangement and recording are.
Mario Kernn •Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Hey Fab! I'm just too much jealous because you have a reaaaaaaly fantastic material!! To make a perfect mix in few hours is not so complicated. When you have "supermusicians" playing with crooked hands, one mic and few plugins - that's the life i love so much! Every day you meet new challenge: from "nothing" to do "the best". Resampling, reamping, quantising and Melodyne are your friend forever. I am really really jealous Fab! :))
I loved your video su much!! One day i will shake your hand!
P.S. I will do the mix by my taste ;)
Antonio Robbins •Sunday, January 13, 2019
Seemed like a commercial for CUBASE, not a mixing video. After seeing the other guys mix the song fab's mixing skills just aren't .... Let's say the same.
bobgt2002 •Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hi Fab! Fab as always. My only comment, To me the snare could benefit from a little L1 so it gets tamed a little bit. Love the humour!
Engineer-LM18 •Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Maybe there is a mistake in the uploaded versions...
But this workout sounds like shit in comparison to Mr. Alge's mix.
I can't believe this!
It's can't be right.
Please double check this!
chris.massa •Thursday, December 27, 2018
Always insightful to watch Fab.
MarcoPolo •Thursday, December 27, 2018
*REALLY* would have liked getting all the tracks and the full song on this one, guys. No toms and fills (that happen more towards the end)? And no bridge (the high point and most dense part of the track)? I know it's at the artist's discretion, but this was pretty disappointing to load up ... Just saying.
mindtwister •Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I have another quick tip for using a VCA fader that i didn't see being used in this video. Use them to control your groups volume instead of using the volume of the group itself!. Why? because the individual tracks that are part of your group channel and are using post fader send fx will behave as pre fader when you touch the groups volume. So using the VCA for controlling the groups volume will leave your fx post fader as it was intended to do.