Create perfect separation & clarity between instruments
Make things LOUD with less damage
In this video, Fab Dupont breaks down how to set your session up to stem mix and then walks you through his mix of The Arrows Prisoner where he dishes tricks on making louder and clearer mixes.
Stem mixing is one of the best ways to gain flexibility and bigger picture control over the shape of a mix as a whole. Become a pro at managing your mix’s dynamic range and deliver radio-ready mixes.
Fab shows you how working in a stem mixing workflow has the added benefit of distilling a HUGE session down to just 8 channels that he can alway keep at his fingertips.
Plus when it comes time to print a performance track or create a Live session for the artist, his work is already done - no re-routing or repetitive bouncing necessary.
Pay close attention to the details in the routing that make Fab's setup incredibly powerful and easy to use.
P.S. Don't forget the most important detail of them all: always color your stem tracks Baby Blue.
edwardmukiibi •Wednesday, July 12, 2023
I like Fab's teaching style. It's fun and informative. Thank you.
JuanKurtis •Saturday, October 10, 2020
Productivity can be clutch when you have tight deadlines. Thanks for making videos like these.
Oscar Gasch •Thursday, August 22, 2019
I just wonder if its possible to assign faders (like you did on Ucon) on hui protocol.
Thanks for all. Also for your sense of humor!
Urbini •Monday, February 11, 2019
Hey Fab, great video, but still dont understand the difference between stems mixing and just using AUX s for each instrument and VCAs. Thanks!
ChuckSherwood •Friday, October 26, 2018
Hey Fab, question regarding the routing to the stem tracks. I currently send most of the instruments to a rear bus aux for compression which is then routed back to my master bus processing. Should I leave the rear bus routing alone or do I need to have a “rear bus” for each stem?
Stephen Moniz •Monday, July 23, 2018
One more question. So if your vox and or bass lets say or in Mono in the original tracks it is OK to make them stereo and wide on the stem as long as you follow the panning. And how does this affect the workflow using a dangerous 2bus+? Just make everything stereo on the 2bus+? Thanks!
oceantracks •Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Still confused about the need for a group, which then gets routed to a stem (aux).....
and it seems in PT you cant solo the stem , looks like you had to mute the other stems to solo something.
On a real console if you have a bunch of tracks routed to a group, can you just hit solo on the group fader?
Great an d entertaing video as always, thx!
mike.p •Monday, January 15, 2018
Would you be able to show us your setup one day?
I know that you may say ''it's not about the gear, but about the player'' but it would be interesting to learn what gear your started out with, and what you evolved to and expanded with, and also learning what the gear does, and why you have it.
for instance, you faders on the side, which are daw controllers, good for stem-controlling. I never thought of this, but when you mentioned this, I thought that it was genius.
Right now, I have some piece of gear, and I want to expand, and also learn what can help me along the way
Fabulous Fab •Friday, October 7, 2016
@Styles: I probably wanted to be able to show with and without limiter in one click across the mix.
Styles •Thursday, October 6, 2016
Another great video!
I was wondering why all the limiters on the stems are grouped. Wouldn't you want to adjust the input of each stem to taste?
Finnius •Saturday, August 27, 2016
What about using Oxford Inflator instead of the Limitier?
RBdwarf •Friday, August 5, 2016
That was spooky. I sneezed and 2 seconds later Fab says "All the sneezes...", I gotta try not to scratch while watching these, apparently they're watching back! LOL
mghecea •Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Excellent VID! I will have to watch again and again...It's that good! Stem Mixing...
GuitarLegend •Monday, September 14, 2015
Still having trouble hearing the difference at 17:06 with and without limiters. I am listening through an RME Fireface 802 into Yamaha HS80M speakers, or Beyerdynamic DT250 cans. I even recorded that part of the video into the DAW so I could AB them and even the waveforms are absolutely identical between the with and without parts. I don't know what to learn from that. If you can hear something that I can't even see between waveforms, you must have superhuman hearing. By the way Fab, you are costing me a fortune in plugins and gear every time I watch one of your videos - and I love it :D
Kelly777 •Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Didn't really understand the part about printing the stems at the end for live use. Were you recording the bass drum stem to another audio track? You then went on to say you continue by "printing" the next stem----does that mean you record that track to a separate track as well, like the bass drum?
Very interested in the live performance possibilities, any help on that would be greatly appreciated!
Great video by the way, thanks!