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:
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!
darienvega •Wednesday, April 26, 2023
ople.n •Tuesday, October 11, 2022
as to doubling i had to do some research and understand the importance of actually recording a double vs copy and paste
albertini •Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Its great to see a top gun audio engeneer working with every single track to give character to the sound, as well as how finds the right place for each instrument. Very informative and inspiring.
aandrayp •Thursday, November 4, 2021
the bobbing, jumping and just "having fun" of the guys while listening to their record (around 1:01:05) is priceless ... so cool_good job!!!
alex.lim •Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Like what dvilain said 10:07 caught me off guard too ... on the right!!
mauricio.me •Monday, January 11, 2021
Es increíble que rápido se mueven y toman decisiones, igualmente se nota la experiencia de Fab al dar una dirección tan acertada
dvilain •Monday, January 4, 2021
Love these series. 10:07 caught me off guard a little bit.
sircletus •Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This is an excellent exercise in getting things moving quickly. There are a lot of young bands out there who don't have time/money (especially if they're paying hourly) to wait around while we engineers get tweakin'.
Pearlpassionstudio •Wednesday, November 11, 2020
What a great series..Learned a lot and thankful too, Excellent work, as always.. Cheers