Introduction to Mastering

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What Mastering Is All About

Fab Dupont unveils the secrets of mastering and gives you the keys to understand this vital part of the record making process.

In this tutorial you'll learn:

  • Where mastering came from
  • How mastering has evolved through time
  • Why mastering is just as important as recording and mixing
  • Why you should hire a mastering engineer for your records

Fab details the goals of mastering and believe it or not, it's not just about making your record sound louder than a Katy Perry record.

If the concept of mastering has always seemed obscure and distant from you, this video will start down the path towards mastering enlightenment.

For anyone looking to become more enlightened on how to master for themselves, check out Fab's Mastering Tools tutorial.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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Mr Rambolini
2022 Oct 09
A great video for a newbie such as me. Thanks!
2022 Sep 15
You get what you pay for, in this case free, not much to learn about Mastering other than what most aspiring audio engineers already know, but I'm sure there is some information in this video that can help someone new to this.
2021 Oct 04
Ha ha ha, this man is a genius, i really learn and have fun time.
2021 Mar 17
I love you!
2020 Dec 22
He is cute :)
2020 Oct 01
Very well explained. Thank you so much.
2020 Jul 02
en pocas palabra y tiempo se explica la escencia de la importancia de la parte que muchos no le da importancia.... muy bueno.
2020 Jun 04
Great understanding...Fab can I have your email?
2020 May 30
This was downright hilarious. Well done.
2020 May 13
i like the way he does that haha
2020 Apr 07
Great explanation & presentation !!!!
2020 Feb 08
Great great explanation. Never really understood it ! This makes sense.
2019 Aug 20
thanks fab great advice, mario,( bradshack studio )
2019 Jul 01
Great video, Fab!! Looking forward to learning more from you.
2019 Apr 19
Okay. Fab, you are so funny! Thanks for this overview.
2018 Sep 28
Studing has never been so funny! Tnx fabulous Fab!
2018 May 06
Superbe présentation et fun avec ça, merci :)
2018 Mar 31
Fab = hilarious comedian engineer teacher. FYI Please mute the background music. It's distracting and unnecessary.
2018 Mar 30
Fab is always entertaining! Thanks Fab!
2018 Mar 30
haha, soooo funny. Man, this guy should think of doing Stand up... hahah. LOL.
2018 Mar 29
Fab, this is accurate!
2018 Mar 29
Keep it secret...Keep it safe...
2017 May 25
Fab is fabulous as always!
2017 Apr 09
Nice work
2017 Mar 22
This video is straight up f*#@%ing AWEsome. Thank you. I learned a LOT..., in under 9 minutes.
kike 1
2016 Jul 18
gracias fab ... siempre con ese humor que me agrada espero mas de tus consejos.
2016 Jul 13
Can I have one of those French hot dogs to go? :-)
2016 Jun 18
Estupendo, gracias!!
2016 May 09
Fab cracks me up, lol. "Don't tell anyone." Haha...
2016 Apr 18
Très bon vidéo explicatif. Merci bien Et très beau site 2.0 Au plaisir. Bien à toi, SP.
Alexander Roca
2016 Apr 08
Thank you for awesome video !
2015 Mar 02
2015 Feb 19
OK Video with the basic.
mrdjspice 1
2015 Jan 21
All I have to say is Thank you.
tom krueger
2014 Nov 26
The tape machine was not invented by "the good people at ampex" but by german company AEG in 1935.
2014 Nov 25
Fab you're a riot. Half of what makes this good is your humor. The other half is the good stuff you're sharing.
2014 Sep 19
@MediaBCD: The loudness war and how it began and what exactly it is, is all speculative. There's not much more to it, RCA didn't exactly go before congress for a declaration of war. And yes, Fab isn't far off base saying that this pissing match started in the days of vinyl and AR guys wanting their records to be louder than the next,. However, You're not incorrect that FM radio upped these stakes up in many ways, but consider the competition between record labels making vinyls predates stereo fm radio. Great video, and as usual Fab makes the information concise and digestible.
2014 Sep 09
Like Iggy Pop would say: "Blah, blah, blah..."
2014 Jun 20
toujours un plaisir de voir tes videos... bonne intervention je trouve...tiens j'ai ouvert mon site francais tu me diras ce que tu en penses merci d'avance....a bientot Gilles alias Max
Spin Cycle
2014 May 25
I like the various points he makes about the process and what it entails.
Luc Gabriel
2014 May 24
:)). Well, generally speaking, I feel better after Fab's videos.
2014 May 14
2014 May 01
Mastering explained short and sweet -Fabulous
2014 Apr 09
Le secret est bien gardé!
2014 Feb 28
great lesson Fab. Idont no if you mastered eLDee da Don undeniable album I know you mixed wash wash. I really like the tone and tightness of the album. if you did it great job on that.
Media BCD
2014 Feb 28
Love your videos.. but hummm.. small thing.. the loudness war didn't start because of vinyl. The loudness war started when the FM radio stations started to compress the audio too much to be able to send the signal much further and clearly compared to their competitors, and then the labels got it into their heads that they should do the same with their albums.
2014 Feb 28
Excellent video and always love to learn from your experience...thanks for the sharing.
2014 Feb 28
Quel humour !! Also the Master engineer can tell you what is wrong in your mix !! Sometimes a good lesson of humility. Great video: merci beaucoup Fab, great "Maestro" !
2014 Feb 20
Insane Pissing Contest --- Lol, That does sum it up!!
2014 Feb 19
I'll never tell!