Mastering is all about referencing, certainty and workflow. Although specialized mastering softwares are lovely and have many features we all would love to be able to use, one can use a regular DAW to master records without compromising sound quality.
In this video Fab Dupont shares his mastering setup in Protools (easily adaptable to any DAW you like) so you can get the most out of your existing software.
This smart three track setup will allow you to make true comparison for level and tone matching between tracks, organize your music so the record reveals itself to you without relying on long term aural memory skills.
Beyond mastering, this system is great to work on your ears and compare the sound of plugins and processes, both software and hardware.
While I absolutely love Fab's instructional videos (all 5 stars), this is not one of my favs. This workflow is impressive, but Studio One's Project feature (which follows the Song or mixing session smoothly) is most efficient. I'm surprised that Studio One is not mentioned as an option. No need for 3rd party album production software - and you can jump back to the mixing session to make tweaks seamlessly and then go back to your Project (i.e. mastering session). Inside the Studio One Project session, you can also add plugins across an entire album or across individual tracks to taste.
Ahas •Saturday, February 2, 2019
Mastering process in Logic Pro X please.!!
jberg •Thursday, February 22, 2018
This is great, but I would love to see how it's done in Logic. I have tried the method in Logic, but the routing seems to be a bit different in the way that it works. Great stuff though.
erickt_mx •Wednesday, March 8, 2017
And not only for pro tools... this is my method for FL Studio and works Fantastic!!! also i use another track with a reference track.... important in my case when clients want an specific tone...
ericsd •Tuesday, April 19, 2016
I heard, Making Master fader is always best way to get the hi quality sound even thought don't use master fader.
Someone said master fader is kind of plug in , and it make possible to process high bit resolution.
is it true?
Fabulous Fab •Wednesday, February 24, 2016
@kebberj: There is no audio disadvantages that I can hear at this point. You should print a mix both ways and compare for yourself. Ergonomically I still think that printing in real is better because it allow you to print in segments, do inserts and hear your work one last time before you're done with the pressure of it being the last time.
kebberj •Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Hi Fab. Is there any disadvantage to using the "bounce to disk" feature in pro tools? It seems a better choice especially now that you can bounce offline in PT11 and 12.
freewind1974 •Thursday, January 7, 2016
"Some of you may want to dither"... doesn't Pro Tools add dither itself when exporting to, say, 24 bit to 16 bit?
I can't find a clear explanation anywhere. Some say it adds dither, some don't.
Would be nice to have a video addressing that issue.
Keep up the fantastic work!!!
Gaetan F. •Saturday, June 6, 2015
That's because it's not a Pro Tools HD, so we have to put the print track in rec and then hit option+k to enable the listening.
Explanations here at 3:53 :
Robdig •Friday, March 13, 2015
just wondering why i can't get any audio to my print track I'm using protools10
bradleym •Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thank you for this! I'm beginning to feel the limitations of mixing in Logic ....
I learn so much every video and even more the second time.
Uauker •Wednesday, July 9, 2014
In the end of the video, when you select all your masters to export, in that way pro tools won't sum everything in a stereo mix?
ShineOnStudio •Thursday, December 5, 2013
Fab, You are a master. I'm new to PureMix and I've been working in PT for years, but I always want to know more. Can you tell me how you got the solos to follow your groups so they engaged / disengaged when you clicked on the solo buttons? Thanks.
juancopro-flow •Sunday, December 1, 2013
GREAT F'ing Video! Like Always, Bless.
joshwoods •Sunday, December 1, 2013
Hey Fab, I see you are using the Flux Elixir in series with the L2007. Mind commenting on this? Thanks again for the great, informative content!