In general, our ears can be extremely impressionable from day to day. Some days we'll hear a piece of music and think it is dark. The next day, we may feel it's bright. All of this can cause havoc when trying to mix.
Sure, we think we know our speakers and our rooms, but even then it's easy to forget things like "how bright should this be?" "Do I have enough low end in my mix?"
Enter reference mixes. Reference mixes can serve as the roadmap to a great mix, and they can help answer questions when you find your ears feeling confused.
In this pureMix.net Exclusive, Multi Award Winning Engineer, Fab Dupont explains how he uses reference mixes to establish a baseline while he is mixing in different rooms, after long sessions, and as a tool to calibrate his own ears each day.
Fab will explain:
The importance of using a reference mix
How to choose a reference mix
How to use a reference mix
Reference mix workflow
Learn how to find and use your own reference mixes from Fab Dupont, only on puremix.net
MeldaProduction - Mcompare
Dangerous Music - Monitor ST
robingriffiths1970 •Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Fab is such a great teacher and very funny. I don't use Protools though, I use Logic so feel a little bit left out with some of the brilliant tutorials on here.
Roanman •Thursday, May 4, 2023
Bright as balls?
wojciech.t •Sunday, October 2, 2022
Fab is a FABoulous teacher. You could be the best mixer in the world but without that teaching approach (an the technique!) you just can't create valuable content. Fab has it all. I'm so happy to have access to the knowledge stored here. All the best mr Dupont! :-)
James Cartwright •Sunday, March 28, 2021
Fab's on-fire in this episode. Very informative and entertaining.
That is all.
ProMix •Wednesday, July 15, 2020
When you used Mcompare Meldaproduction , you can bypass in the plugin with click on Files 1 knob . and add 4 Files for testing better .
Liight •Saturday, July 11, 2020
Did anyone hear some mud or resonance in the vocal at 33:06?
live-demo.nl •Monday, April 13, 2020
Thanks for this valuable resource. I particularly liked the Spotify trick.
However, I have a suggestion for improvement. It would be great to have some pointers on how to calibrate the level of the Spotify output.
I've looped it (at stun) at unity gain into Pro Tools and where a CD track has an integrated loudness, loudness range, and peak of -19.6 dBFS, 10.7 dB and -1.2 dBFS, Spotify produces -25.8 dBFS, 9.7 dB and -9.8 dBFS, respectively. No additional compression was expected, nor turning volume down by Spotify.
SubhraagSingh •Saturday, April 4, 2020
Incredibly helpful. Many thanks!
Pearlpassionstudio •Sunday, July 21, 2019
Finally took the time to watch this with a focused view. Learned a lot, well explained. I struggle with mixes and usually use my references for comparison. My signature sound. When they sound great from others compliments, many speakers and within my studio....that would be my current reference, Thanks much, well done tutorial.
leobro •Thursday, July 18, 2019
In Cubase you can switch between your mix and the reference with a single click by keeping the reference track on mute all the time. Click Solo on to hear only the reference track; click Solo off to hear only the mix. Do it with your eyes closed, just like with your Protools input trick.
akshay.a •Sunday, July 7, 2019
Thanks for this! Always end up feeling very confused after making 20 minute changes and wondering whether what I did was a step in the right direction or not. This video helped clarify my issue a lot :)
michlyris •Friday, May 31, 2019
Fab, merci. :-)
Adrianj •Saturday, May 11, 2019
Really, really appreciate the insight and wealth of information that these videos provide, and also the sincerity in the presentation, that's appreciated as well! Thanks Fab, and everyone at Puremix.
sebaztianmusic •Friday, May 10, 2019
This video answered exactly what I was wondering. Thank you!!
beschornermusic •Friday, May 10, 2019
Fab, I really love your sense of humor. So nice. It makes it more than fact one, fact two and so on. The only thing it would be great? The first part there would be an AB great. The Pultec setting and the Oxford EQ.
Perhaps you can send many reference tracks via weekly newsletter? :-)