The SonicScoop Podcast | Music Production, Audio Engineering, and The Business of Music

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Join SonicScoop's Justin Colletti and guests to explore best practices for running a creative business in audio, music and other creative fields. From tips and tutorials on music production and audio engineering, to business masterclasses, interviews with heavy hitting producers, engineers, researchers, journalists, creative entrepreneurs and more, the weekly SonicScoop podcast is unlike any other.

Episode Date
The 7 Deadly Sins of Mixing ("The mastering engineer's pet peeves")
30:47

A listener asks: "Justin, what are your pet peeves as a mastering engineer?"

Hear his full response, with the complete list of the "7 deadly sins of mixing".

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Aug 01, 2022
How LOUD You Listen To Your Mix Matters! (The "magic" number?)
33:27

Is there a "right" level for listening? Yes! And it varies, depending on whether you're mixing, mastering, producing or recording.

Learn how your listening level effects what you hear, and what to do about it. Justin Colletti shares the strategies the best pros use to get this part of their process right.

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jul 23, 2022
The ONLY 4 Ways to Get Your Music Heard (...Or: how real artists actually get fans and listeners)
24:51

Want to get your music heard, by actual people? There are only 4 ways to do it.

The most successful artists employ all four of these major strategies, while those that languish in obscurity for their whole live rarely do more than 1 or 2 with any seriousness.

Justin Colletti shares all four of these approaches, as well as their benefits and pitfalls, in this week's episode.

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jul 13, 2022
Why You SHOULDN'T Learn Mastering
24:40

You're wasting your time by trying to learn mastering! ...Or are you?

Justin Colletti shares why you shouldn't bother learning mastering, and focus on other parts of music production instead. (And when you should.)

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jul 10, 2022
Avoid The #1 Mastering Mistake (How Revisions SHOULD Work.)
32:11

What's the best way to handle mastering revisions? Get this right, and you'll be able to avoid the #1 mistake that plagues all too many mastering sessions.

Justin Colletti shares his approach, and a handful of best practices you can adopt, whether you are a mastering engineer, mixer, producer or artist.

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jul 06, 2022
The 5 Most Common Compression Mistakes You’ll Make
28:57

Compression and limiting are among the hardest music production skills to learn. Almost everyone makes these 5 mistakes when they first get into mixing audio. And for a long time after as well!

Below, Justin Colletti gives you what you need to know to avoid the most common pitfalls of mixing with compression. Enjoy this free podcast episode, or learn even more at https://CompressionBreakthroughs.com.

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jun 17, 2022
Top 5 Recording Mistakes You Will Definitely Make

The biggest thing that will hold back the sound of your mix is the quality of your RECORDING.

Justin Colletti offers up the 5 biggest recording mistakes that practically everyone makes for far too long.

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://masteringdemystified.com

Jun 11, 2022
“Fixing It In The Mix”. If you’re gonna try, here’s how to do it.
32:49

"Fix it in the mix!"

We all know it can't be done...

Or CAN it?

Justin Colletti offers advice on what to do when you encounter sounds that you feel need to be "fixed" in the mix.

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

 

May 31, 2022
Best 21st Century Record Release Strategies For Getting Your Music Heard
27:04

NEWSFLASH: It's not 1995 anymore. If your way of releasing music stuck in the 20th century?

Justin Colletti offers some of the best strategies for putting your music out there in 2022 and getting it noticed.

Record releases simply aren't what they used to be. If you're determined to record and release 12 songs and put them all out at once, before building a fanbase, your chances of having a good time are pretty low.

Here are some creative and PROVEN ways to produce and release music that actually gets heard.

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this episode. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

May 20, 2022
Top 10 Reasons Your Mix SUCKS.
39:51
Ouch. Does your mix suck? Here are the top 10 reasons why you might feel that way, and what you can do about it.

Justin Colletti has coached thousands of mixers through his online courses, mix coaching calls and mastering services, and has identified the biggest factors that hold them back from realizing their full potential.

Thanks to GPU Audio for sponsoring this podcast. Get free Early Access to their convolution reverb at https://gpu.audio/sonicscoop

Thanks also to iZotope. Get 10% off their plugins at https://iZotope.com/SonicScoop
May 05, 2022
How to Compress EVERYTHING: A FREE Comprehensive Guide
37:57
What is the best way to compress vocals? How about compressing drums?

Compression on bass? Pianos? ...Compressing the mix bus?? Justin Colletti reveals all in this new free episode on how to compress EVERYTHING. Want to go even deeper?

Check out the new full length course Compression Breakthroughs at https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

Thanks to iZotope for sponsorsing this episode. Get anything they make for 10% off at https://izotope.com/sonicscoop

Thanks also to Soundtoys. Try their plugins for free at https://soundtoys.com
Apr 30, 2022
How to Get More Work in Mixing and Music Production
29:46
Are you trying to find more work in mixing, mastering or music production?

Justin Colletti offers some key concepts for landing more clients and working on more satisfying projects.

►Get Compression Breakthroughs here: https://compressionbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Apr 19, 2022
Is Music Streaming Worth it for Musicians?
31:21
Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are amazing for listeners. But, are they worthwhile for artists? Justin Colletti dives into the numbers and recommends better ways to use them in your career.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Apr 10, 2022
10 Worst Pieces of Common Mixing Advice
38:14
Not all mixing advice is created equal. Some of the most often repeated pieces of bad mix advice have a small kernel of truth in them... and a seed of destruction.

Justin Colletti highlights his favorite (or least favorite) pieces of advice around mixing. What are yours?

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Mar 28, 2022
Why it's so hard to make money in music. (And what to do about it.)
30:46
Want an honest chance of making a living in music or music production?

You have to stop approaching it with a 20th century mindset.

Music and studio production is a participant sport, not a spectator sport, says Justin Colletti.

Here's what that means, and the 5 ways to make an income off of music.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Mar 20, 2022
Are There Objectively Good Mixing Techniques?
21:00
Is there such a thing as "objectively" good sound quality?

How about "objectively good" mix techniques? Objectively good microphones? H

ow much can we say with certainty about what we do in the studio, and how much of it is just up to taste and preference?

Justin Colletti explores in this week's podcast. ►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Mar 15, 2022
The 4 Main Mix "Shapes" (...what's the frequency curve of your mixes?)
21:38
Across countless mixes that reach his studio for mastering, Justin Colletti has found that practically all of them fit into one of 4 general EQ "Shapes".

What does that mean? What "Shape" are your mixes? And what can you do with that information?

Dive deep in this week's episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. 

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Mar 03, 2022
Great Songs with Bad Mixes?
29:50
Is it possible for a great song—or even a great production—to have a "bad mix"?

And what exactly does it mean to have a "bad mix", anyway?

Justin Colletti explores what we can learn from great songs that have "bad mixes"—and why they can succeed anyway.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com


Feb 17, 2022
A Much Better Way to Release Albums in 2022. Plus: Using YouTube as a Musician (with Josh Turner)
01:07:59
Singer, songwriter and producer Josh Turner runs a successful YouTube channel with over 150 million lifetime views.

He talks to Justin Colletti about how to grow a fanbase in the 21st century, and make sure your albums get released into a receptive audience.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Feb 10, 2022
My Biggest Mistakes in the Studio
27:52
Justin Colletti is supposed to be a pretty good audio engineer. But he's done a LOT of dumb things in the studio. Learn about some of his biggest mistakes—and what you can do to avoid them yourself.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com
Feb 03, 2022
Loudness Targets for Mastering (...It's not what the streaming services tell you.) FIXED AUDIO
25:34

How loud should your master be? It's a common question, but the best answer depends a lot on your genre, production style and goals.

Streaming services like Spotify would have you believe that shooting for -14 LUFS in your masters should be good enough, once their automatic volume normalization does its job.

But most producers working in popular styles of music find that this target doesn't allow their music to stand up to their favorite releases on playlists. And as they investigate further, they find out that practically none of their favorite records are this quiet.

What are some better real world targets for mastering levels? Justin Colletti advises.

Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jan 29, 2022
The 5 Keys to Keeping Perspective in Your Mix
It's easy to lose perspective when mixing, start chasing your own tail, and spend hours making things sound WORSE.

Been there? We all have.

Justin Colletti offers 5 surefire keys to make sure you never stray too far down the wrong path in your mixes.

Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

Jan 21, 2022
"Mix Matching" and "Master Mimicking" (The best ways to get better, fast)
25:00

Have you ever tried "Mix Matching" or "Master Mimicking"? Justin Colletti says they are among the best ways to quickly and radically improve your audio chops. But there are good and bad ways to do it. Find out more.

►See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here:
https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here:
https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop:
https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop:
https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at
https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

Jan 09, 2022
How to Use Frequency Analyzers (The Right Way)
14:50

Frequency analyzers can be a useful tool. But they can also lead you down the wrong path, encouraging you to fix "problems' that aren't really there.

What's the best way to use them in your mixes and masters? Justin Colletti offers three key approaches to using them productively so they don't encourage you to turn your music into bland mush.

►See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

Dec 30, 2021
Is Quantity Better than Quality in Music Production? Producer Hyperbits on his Path to 50M+ Streams
46:30

Producer Hyperbits has a seemingly controversial take on the quality vs. quantity debate. But the more you think about it, the more his advice makes sense. Hyperbits (aka Serik Slobodskoy), is a producer and artist who has had more than 50 million streams of his music, and now teaches others the craft in the Hyperbits Masterclass. He and Justin Colletti talk about how to improve your chops and your results in music production, composition, sound design and more. For Serik's free toolkit for musicians and producers for SonicScoop listeners just click here: https://bit.ly/HyperbitsScoopVIP

Dec 17, 2021
Legendary Grunge Producer Jack Endino on Recording, Mixing, Mastering and "Setting Himself on Fire"
55:34

Jack Endino has worked with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, L7, Mudhoney and so many of the biggest bands in the Seattle Grunge scene.

This week, he releases his latest solo album "Light Myself on Fire".

He talks to Justin Colletti about his approach to recording, mixing and mastering in details.

Check out his new full-length album here: http://capacitorrecords.com/jackendino

Dec 10, 2021
Bad Arguments for Super High Resolution Audio, Rebutted!
45:51

Hi Res Audio isn't all it's cracked up to be. That's what all the blind listening tests seem to indicate anyway. But when Justin Colletti says this, he gets pushback from some people.

What are their arguments and what does he have to say about them?

In this episode Justin talks about super high resolution audio, like 24/192k, 24/96, and consumer formats including 320kbps and 256kbps mp3, 16/44.1k WAV files and more, and the most common arguments for and against each.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop:
https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

Dec 04, 2021
Mix Bus Processing: How to Compress, EQ, Limit and More (...Without Destroying Your Mix)
30:16

Should you compress, EQ or limit your mix bus? And if so, HOW? Here are the Pros and Cons of mix bus processing from Justin Colletti.

►See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits ►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5 

Nov 29, 2021
Making Money in Music with Brands (ft. Tommy Zee)
01:12:40

Want a clear path to making money with your music? Today’s guest, Tommy Zee, offers one proven way to earn a real living in music production: Making music for brands.

Major brands spend countless billions each year on marketing and advertising. And music is a big part of that.

Join Justin Colletti and Tommy Zee as they talk about how this side of the music business works.

Like what you hear? Try Tommy’s FREE training here.  Or, to get $500 off the full course, enter the code Justin500 at checkout HERE.

Nov 27, 2021
Gain Staging Demystified (...How To Set Ideal Levels for Recording and Mixing)
23:36
There's plenty of advice out there on gain staging. But what IS gain staging, and why should you care?

Justin Colletti goes deep on the fundamentals of gain staging to help you improve your workflow—and your sounds—in the studio.

►See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

Originally Episode 145 on Nov 6th or 15th
Nov 15, 2021
How Much Does Gear Matter in the Studio?
27:39

Studio gear is important. Without it you can't make music. But how important, exactly, is the quality of that gear? What really makes a difference and what's snake oil?

Justin Colletti shares some stories to help make sense of how much our gear really matters... and sometimes doesn't.

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5 

Nov 02, 2021
Releasing Good Music Isn't Enough (To Get You Noticed)
21:46

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could release your music out into the world and have it find its audience instantly?

Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

Making music—even really, really good music—simply sin't enough to have potential listeners and fans find you.

What ELSE are you offering them, asks Justin Colletti in this week's podcast episode.

For more on this subject, try Justin's video "How to Get Your Music Heard (By Actual People)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38_CtSfrhFA

See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest


►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5 

Oct 26, 2021
How To Master Albums (...Full of Very Different Sounding Tracks)
19:32

During mastering, you sometimes have to fit very different sounding productions onto the same record. Some songs might have been recorded with a full rock band, some might have a more EDM or electronic treatment, while others might be acoustic or have a hip hop feel.

 

How should a mastering engineer make such a disparate and eclectic selection of songs fit all together on one album? Justin Colletti shares his process and best practices.

See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits ►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

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Oct 21, 2021
Two Secrets for HUGE Sounding Mixes
18:59

Want your mixes to sound HUGE? Or, want a specific instrument to sound huge? Whether you want huge drums, vocals, guitar, or anything else, there are some core principles and secret techniques that will get you there. 

 

See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://MasteringDemystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

Oct 11, 2021
The Most Important Frequency Ranges for EQing Kick and Bass
24:24

Kick drum and bass are two of the most important elements in any mix. If they don't sit right, the whole mix doesn't sit right. So what can you do to ensure they have maximum impact when mixing or producing?

Justin Colletti shares the most important frequency ranges to know for EQing kick and bass, and for getting the to sit right in the mix.

►See free audio tutorial videos with Justin here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3yghKGBjggTkBYyc-1_larMT6K4rGwmr

►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://miingbreakthroughs.com

►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://Mastering Demystified.com

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

Oct 02, 2021
Better Editing Can Improve Your Mixes More Than Compression or EQ
27:30

Good mixing is important. Sure. We all know that. But so many new mixers try to fix issues that would be much better solved by spending a little more time and attention in editing your tracks. Here's what to listen for.

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

Sep 25, 2021
Is Your Mix Just Different, or Actually Better? Here's How to Tell
15:11

You're on 8 plugins deep on the vocal track of "Mix 8 Final FINAL Rev3".

But is it BETTER? Or just different? Here's how to decide and how to keep perspective in the studio.

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

►Get the free mixing workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

►Win free stuff at https://sonicscoop.com/contest

►Subscribe to the podcast or leave a rating and review here:

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sonicscoop-podcast/id1448330690

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gEpIPfGsScZPowycksAY5

Sep 16, 2021
The Most Overrated Studio Gear (and the Most Underrated)
21:45

Justin Colletti gives his picks for the most overrated studio gear for recording, mixing and mastering, as well as the most underrated studio tools.

►Get the free mastering workshop: https://sonicscoop.com/Mastering101

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Sep 08, 2021
The Secret Science of Stacking Compressors
22:15

Justin Colletti reveals the secret science of stacking compressors in the mix in the latest episode of the SonicScoop podcast. Learn how to set attack, release, ratio and more in layered compression and limiting.

Aug 28, 2021
How to Parallel Compress EVERYTHING: A Comprehensive Guide
29:48

Justin Colletti offers his tips on how to use parallel compression and processing on practically everything, from drums to bass to vocals, pianos, 808, mix bus and more.

Aug 23, 2021
3 Key Takeaways from Producer and Electronic Artist TAETRO
05:44

Justin Colletti shares his key insights from a masterclass from music producer and electronic artist TAETRO, who recently appeared at MixCon 2021.

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Aug 12, 2021
3 Key Mixing Takeaways from 7X GRAMMY-Winner Brian Vibberts
11:33

Justin Colletti gives a recap of the extremely detailed, 2 hour long mixing masterclass from Brian Vibberts at MixCon 2021.

Check out the full masterclass here: https://youtu.be/1t6LwP56-60

Aug 09, 2021
3 Key Takeaways from Award-Winning Mixer on Mixing Soundtracks and Orchestral Elements
18:17

Justin Colletti offers his top 3 takeaways from Jake Jackson and Christian Henson’s Mixing Masterclass at MixCon 2021.

Jul 30, 2021
Top 3 Insights from Multi-Platinum Mixer Koen Heldens
10:10

Justin Colletti shares his key takeaways from Koen Heldens' 2021 MixCon masterclass. Check out Koen's full masterclass here: https://youtu.be/WHfTwWVt5CY

Jul 22, 2021
Top 3 Music Production Insights from Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL)
11:42

Justin Colletti shares his top 3 takeaways from Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL)'s MixCon Masterclass.

Jul 16, 2021
Top 3 Takeaways from Grammy-Winning Mixer Quentin "Q" Gilkey
11:44

Justin Colletti shares his top 3 insights from Quentin "Q" Gilkey's recent MiCon presentation. See the full mix walkthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVkcb1P6Q8k

Jul 08, 2021
The Top 5 EQ Myths, Busted!
24:54

Is it really better to cut than to boost? Is phase shift from EQ really a problem? Justin Colletti answers all these common EQ questions and more.

Jul 06, 2021
You’re Not Automating Your Mix Enough!
29:03

Chances are that unless you’re an in-demand mixer at the top of your craft, you’re not using enough automation in you mixes.

Great automation is not just optional. It’s required for mix balances that work throughout the entire song, and enhance the emotional impact of the whole production.

But it’s not just levels that can and should be automated. It’s pans, EQs and effects too. Discover some of the most commonly neglected instruments you’ll want to start doing level rides on right away, and some special automation tricks for both mixing and mastering.

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Jun 17, 2021
For a Career in Music, You Need Lots of Little Victories
22:39

Many try and few succeed at having sustainable careers in music. It can even be hard to keep it going as a fulfilling hobby, without the right mindset.

To stay in the game and keep moving in the right direction, you need lots of little victories leading up to the big ones. Justin Colletti explores.

Jun 10, 2021
Dial In Your Effects BEFORE You Mix?
09:04

Dialing in your effects before you even start your mix may seem "backwards" to some. But it's actually the way a lot of the best mixers work.

Surprising? Here's the how, the why and the best practices.

Jun 03, 2021
How to Get More Stereo WIDTH in Your Mixes
26:20

Getting a wide, immersive stereo soundscape is one of the key features of mixes that sound impressive and hi-fi. But how to do it?

Justin Colletti shares so key ideas on how to get your mixes to sound wider—with as much width and left to right spread as your favorite commercial releases.

May 27, 2021
How Your Ears Will Lie To You (And What to Do About It)
36:52

As audio professionals, we need to trust our ears. But can we? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Justin Colletti shares what we can do to help us trust what we hear.

May 20, 2021
Why Pre-Production is the Key to Great Records
15:51

Is the demo dead in the age of the DAW? Never! This week, Justin Colletti shares why pre-production is still crucially important for music releases that make a dent in the universe.

May 13, 2021
How to Mix Your Own Tracks (And Why You Maybe Shouldn't)
26:42

Should you mix your own music? Probably not, in many cases. But if you're committed to doing so, here are some of the keys to really making it work.

May 07, 2021
Mixing From Scratch Isn't the Only Way (A More Modern Approach to Mixing)
19:37

These days, top mixers don't always mix from scratch. And they don't always try to reinvent the mix either. Here's a more modern high-level approach for better mixes.

Apr 30, 2021
A Much Better Way to Talk About Sound (What do "Warm" and "Punchy" Really Mean??)
19:06

It's been said that talking about music or sound is like dancing about architecture. We often use words to describe what we're hearing without having any luck at getting our point across. Is there a better way?

Justin Colletti says "yes". Here are some better words and ideas for talking about sound. Even with the non-technically minded.

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Apr 22, 2021
Top 10 Reasons Not to Become an Audio Engineer
26:19

In this episode, Justin Colletti tries to talk you out of all your hopes and dreams of being an audio engineer or music producer. He hopes he succeeds! (Really but not really.)

Apr 16, 2021
Why Super High Resolution Audio Makes No Sense
34:06

Is there any point to super high resolution audio? Probably not. Here's why.

Apr 08, 2021
How to Deal with Mix Revisions (Should They Cost Extra?)
30:11

Mix revisions can be a real pain. Or, they can be the best thing to happen to your mix. How can you make them less frequent, more seamless and more productive? Justin Colletti gives you all the secrets.

Mar 26, 2021
Does Dither Really Matter?
17:13

Dithering Demystified! Is Dither as important as it's made out to be? What effect does it have on your audio? When should you do it? And which kind is best? Justin Colletti explores.

Mar 18, 2021
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sidechain Compression (...but were afraid to ask)
15:10

How, why, when and where should you use sidechain dynamics processing? Justin Colletti gives you the overview of all the principles and common applications.

Mar 11, 2021
How to Use Saturation on the Mix & Master Bus
16:42

Does saturation have a place in mastering or on the mix bus? Absolutely says Justin Colletti. It can increase depth, density and perception of detail, and used properly, can help give you a louder, more pleasant sounding master. Here are some ideas on how to use it in your work.

Mar 04, 2021
The 6 Most Common Mix Problems (And How to Fix Them)
18:59

What's holding your mix back? Justin Colletti shares his picks for the 6 most common mix issues, and how to overcome them in your own mixes.

Feb 25, 2021
1 Big Tip for Much Better EQing
12:19

Is there a better way to EQ? Justin Colletti thinks so. This easy to implement approach beats aimlessly sweeping through your EQ any day of the week. You can get better sounds with this simple 3-step trick immediately....and take a lifetime to master all the potential it has to offer.

Feb 18, 2021
1 Big Tip for Much Better Masters (...And Mixes!)
08:17

Justin Colletti offers one big tip to dramatically improve your masters and your mixes. And it has to do with not just where, but WHEN you put in your limiter.

Feb 11, 2021
How Much Should a Mix Cost?
21:53

How much should you charge for a mix? How much should you expect to pay for a mix? How about mastering work—how much should that cost? Justin Colletti explores.

Feb 04, 2021
Should You Pursue Your Passion into a Music or Audio Career?
15:54

Passion! Should you follow it into a career in music or audio? Or should you play it safe? Justin Colletti gives his take.

Jan 28, 2021
How & Why to Use the RATIO Control on Your Compressor
14:42

What exactly is that "ratio" control on your compressor, and how should you use it? When do you want to use a low ratio, and when should you use a higher one? Justin Colletti gives you the best practices.

Jan 21, 2021
Pre-Fader vs Post-Fader Reverb and Effects
10:24

Should you be running your effects in pre-fader or post-fader mode? Are there reasons to do one over the other? How about putting your effects right on the inserts? Justin Colletti gives you the best practices.

Jan 14, 2021
Preparing for Mastering: What Files (And Levels) Do I Need to Send to the Mastering Engineer?
16:07

What kinds of files should you be sending to your mastering engineer? Should you be leaving your buss processing on or off? How loud should your mixes be. Justin Colletti answers all this and more in today's episode.

Jan 07, 2021
How to Make Your Studio or Music Work into a Real Business (Not a "Job")
28:13

When it comes to your work in the studio or in music, do you approach it like a job, or like a business? What's the difference? And why can treating your work like a business, rather than a "job" be both more fun and more fruitful? Justin Colletti dives deep.

Dec 31, 2020
Don't Release an Album... Do This Instead!
12:21

If you don't have an audience already, releasing a full length album can be a confusing and downright depressing experience. There's a better way. Justin Colletti offers a better release strategy, more suited for the 21st century.

Dec 24, 2020
Do You Need Multiple Versions Of Your Master for Streaming Services, Vinyl and More?
23:21

Would you benefit from having alternate versions of your master for streaming services and other platforms? Mastering engineer Justin Colletti gives his take.

Dec 17, 2020
Why I Stopped Stealing Music (and Plugins) and How It Helped My Career
14:13

Justin Colletti talks about why he stopped stealing music and plugins a long time ago, and how it helped him in his career. ...And how doing it can hold your own career back.

Dec 10, 2020
Dealing with "Problem" Mix Clients Who Have "Demo-itis"
16:06

"The client wants my mix to sound just like their demo! What do I do?" Justin Colletti tackles the question of what to do when your mixing clients won't seem to give you the freedom to really improve their sounds.

Dec 03, 2020
The 2 Most Important Factors in Studio Success (Happy Thanksgiving... Episode 100!)
24:18

Justin Colletti offers his two biggest picks for the factors that will make you successful in the studio... and practically anywhere else.

Nov 26, 2020
How to Get More Depth In Your Mixes
14:43

Depth. Immersion. Front to back spatial definition. Here's how to get more of it in your tracks.

Nov 19, 2020
"Rich Kids in the Music Industry": Is Money Really What Makes Success in Music?
31:21

Do you need to come from money to make it in the music world? Some people tell themselves it's a big factor. But how much does it really matter?

Nov 12, 2020
How to Fail Your Way to Better Mixes
13:34

Fail your way to success! Justin Colletti offers two prime strategies on how to mix better by failing on purpose.

Nov 05, 2020
The 2 Biggest Mix Balance Mistakes
12:16

Justin Colletti gives his vote for the two most commonly overlooked elements of getting great mix balances, that most new mixers neglect.

Oct 29, 2020
The 2 Biggest Reverb Mistakes
13:32

Justin Colletti goes over the two biggest mistakes new mixers make when it comes to reverb. Find more at SonicScoop.com

Oct 22, 2020
To Succeed in the Studio, Should You Diversify Skills or Niche Down?
19:25

To become successful in music and audio production, should you diversify your skillset, or niche down and specialize in a key area?

Justin Colletti gives you the best practices on whether and when each strategy is your best bet.

Oct 15, 2020
Top 3 Mixing Insights from Michael Brauer
10:27

Justin Colletti shares his top 3 takeaways from Michael Brauer's masterclass at MixCon 2020.

Oct 07, 2020
Top 3 Mix Takeaways from Maria Elisa Ayerbe (4x GRAMMY Nominee)
08:06

Justin Colletti is back with another look at the top 3 takeaways from one of our MixCon Masterclass presenters, this time, Maria Elisa Ayerbe, a woman who has worked with Mary J Blige, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, JLo, Laura Pausini, Juanes, Kronos Quartet, Nashville Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, and many more.

Oct 01, 2020
Top 3 Mix Strategies from Jacquire King (3x GRAMMY-winner)
14:42

In this week's episode, Justin Colletti shares the top 3 mixing strategies revealed by 3x GRAMMY-winner Jacquire King in his MixCon 2020 Masterclass

Sep 24, 2020
3 Top Mixing Mindsets from Jimmy Douglass' MixCon Masterclass
10:38

Justin Colletti shares his 3 favorite takeaways from Jimmy Douglass' MixCon Masterclass.

Catch the full presentation here: https://sonicscoop.com/2020/09/16/mixing-remixing-masterclass-w-jimmy-douglass/

Sep 17, 2020
3 Major Takeaway's from Luca Pretolesi's MixCon Masterclass
14:01

Luca Pretolesi just kicked off MixCon 2020 with an awesome masterclass on mixing electronic music. 

Justin Colletti shares his top takeaways from Luca's presentation.

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Sep 10, 2020
How to Use Low Cut Filters
19:02

When, where and how should you use low cut (or "high pass") filters?

Should you low cut everything that doesn't need lots of bottom end? Should you always do it? Never do it? Are there some elements you should always do it on? Never do it on? Does it have a place in mastering or recording along with mixing?

Justin Colletti answers all these questions and more.

Sep 03, 2020
Don't Call Them "Mastering Engineers", Call Them This Instead
15:54

"Mastering Engineer" is a misleading term says Justin Colletti. It has little to do with the actual service they provide. What's wrong wit the name, and what should we think about calling them instead?

Aug 27, 2020
How Many Mics Do You Really Need to Record Drums?
26:26

Do you need 16 mics to record drums well? Can you get away with 1, 2 or 4? If you had 8 mics to use, what would you record and what would you leave out?

Justin Colletti answers these questions and more in this week's episode of the podcast.

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Aug 20, 2020
Do you Have G.A.S? (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
15:34

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Admit it. You get GAS sometimes. We all get GAS sometimes. But does GAS ever go away for good?

This week, a listener writes in to ask about his GAS. Is it normal? Does it ever go away?

Justin Colletti talks about our obsessions with gear, and how to ensure you have a healthy relationship with yours.

Aug 13, 2020
How Long Should it Take To Mix a Song? And How Long to Master a Track?
25:26

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How long should you take to mix a song? Justin Colletti offers some clear guidelines in this week's episode of the SonicScoop Podcast. He also goes over best practices for managing your time when it comes to mastering and recording.

Aug 06, 2020
Overcoming Analog Audio Envy
27:11

This week Justin Colletti answers a listeners question about his analog audio envy, and how to deal with it in a digital audio world.

The subtitle of this episode is "Of Apples and Audio". Don't worry. You'll find out why.

Jul 30, 2020
The Biggest Reason Most Albums Go Nowhere
20:50

In this episode, Justin Colletti talks about what might just be a contender for the #1 reason most albums fail.

In order to have a successful music release, you've got to treat every release like a beginning, not an end. Here's what that means.

Jul 23, 2020
Advice for Studio Assistants in the 21st Century
30:30

The days of huge commercial music studios with dozens of assistants on staff are mostly over. But assistants are still a crucially important part of the music production process for producers and studio owners who are wise.

Whether you're looking to get your first gig in the studio world, or increase your productivity and earnings in your own studio, the role of the assistant is as important as ever.

Justin Colletti explores.

Jul 16, 2020
How To Avoid Audio Snake Oil
49:10

Snake oil. It exists in the world of audio. Oh boy does it ever. But so do small changes that can make a real difference.

How do you differentiate between the two, to get the best sound quality you can, while getting the most bang for your buck?

Justin Colletti gives you the process for finding out.

Jul 09, 2020
Multiband Compression Vs. Dynamic EQ
17:54

Just what is the difference between multi band compression and dynamic EQ? How do they work, how do they differ, and perhaps most importantly—how should you use them?

Justin Colletti dives deep.

Jul 02, 2020
Music Publishing and Artist Management with Ben O'Connell of Songtrust.
51:49

What is music publishing, and how can you leverage it to make more money with your music?

Ben O'Connell of Songtrust joins Justin Colletti of SonicScoop to talk about how music publishing deals can make musicians and artists more money, what they can do to get more streams and more revenue from their creative works, and what they need to know about copyrights for their recordings.

Hear the case studies from this conversation at https://sonicscoop.com/bensongtrust

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Jun 25, 2020
Dana Nielsen on Mics, Making the Most of Mixing from Home, Remote Recording & More
01:08:57

Producer/engineer/mixer Dana Nielsen has worked with the likes of Rick Rubin, Rihanna, Neil Young, Adele, Metallica, Bob Dylan, Slayer, Weezer and so many more.

He talks to Justin Colletti about making the most of compromised mix rooms, his favorite microphones, and recording remotely with the band Endless Field.

Learn more about Dana at http://DanaNielsen.com

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Jun 18, 2020
How Much Does Talent Really Matter?
37:28

What is the role of "talent" in making or breaking your music production career? Can you overcome a lack of talent? Is it possible to cultivate more of it? How do you know if you have enough?

Justin Colletti explores.

Jun 11, 2020
How do you know if your mixes are good enough?
47:03

How do you know when your mixes are good enough? How do you know if YOU are good enough to keep at it, making music? Justin Colletti answers these questions in his most raw and intimate podcast to date.

Jun 04, 2020
Is Mixing REALLY That Important?
18:07

Is mixing as important as we make it out to be? Maybe not. Justin Colletti explores.

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May 28, 2020
Should You Compress & EQ Your Mix Bus Or Leave it For Mastering?
13:36

Should you compress, EQ, or otherwise process your mix? How much headroom should you leave for mastering? Justin Colletti explores!

May 21, 2020
Why You Need a SYSTEM for Mixing
15:33

The best mixers and mastering engineers on the planet usually have systematic approach to mixing. This doesn't hamper their creativity. It enhances it. Justin Colletti gives you all you need to know to create a great mixing system for yourself.

May 14, 2020
How Loudness Will Lie to You: All About Level-Matching Music
21:27

Louder is better. At least it sounds that way. There are good reasons to level match your music for truly objective critical listening decisions. And there are also good reasons not to bother it at all. Justin Colletti discusses both sides of this subject.

May 07, 2020
The Art of Mixing Hip Hop Records, with Koen Heldens [XXXTentacion, Dr. Dre, Timbaland]
01:02:56

Koen Heldens is a mixer for some of the most unconventional and cutting edge hip hop and R&B artists of today.

Perhaps best known for his work with XXXTentaction, Koen has worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Whiz Khalifa, Sizzla, Thutmose, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliot, Dreezy and so many more.

Koen tells Justin Colletti about the philosophy he learned from working with Dr. Dre, which emphasizes making things "feel" right, rather than looking to achieve pristine sounds—something that took a lot of adjustment for this classically-trained musician and conventionally-schooled audio engineer.

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Apr 30, 2020
Mastering Gone Bad! Why I Don't Trust Cheap Mastering Engineers
23:13

Justin Colletti goes on a rant about some of the worst experiences he had in getting his own mixes mastered early on in his career. 

Apr 23, 2020
Are YouTube Videos Making Your Audio Skills Worse?
12:34

Could short videos on music and audio production be killing your gains in studio skills? Justin Colletti argues that they can. Here's why, what to avoid, and what to try instead.

Apr 16, 2020
Thom Russo on Rick Rubin, Winning 16 GRAMMYs & Latin Music Production.
53:00

Thom Russo joins Justin Colletti to talk about his career working with major artists from Johnny Cash, Audioslave and Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul and Macy Gray to Latin music superstars like Juanes and Enrique Iglesias.

Thom has received 16 GRAMMYs awards, worked with Rick Rubin, and regularly acts as a co-writer and producer for his clients.

Apr 09, 2020
Should You Mix Your Own Recordings? Should You Master Your Own Mixes?
22:50

Is it a good idea to mix your own recordings or master your own mixes?

Justin Colletti discusses the pros and cons of each of these approaches. He offers some advice on how to do it right, as well as ways of thinking through when and why you might want to seek help, and when to go it alone.

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Apr 02, 2020
BONUS Livestream Q&A Episode: Successfully Doing Audio in a Downturn
01:29:18

There's a lot of uncertainty out there at the moment. Justin Colletti offers some strategies for making a living in audio and music when times are tough. He's been through it before and survived and prospered! You can too.

Mar 26, 2020
The Problem with Going to School for Audio, Music & The Arts
24:02

Is it wise to go to school for the audio, music, or the arts? In some ways, no. Here are 5 key issues with music production education, that any graduate is going to have to overcome—and that every prospective student ought to consider.

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Mar 19, 2020
EQ Mindset: Boosting vs. Cutting
19:54

When should you reach for an EQ boost, and when should you cut? Is one approach better than the other? Justin Colletti offers some principles and concepts on how to think about and approach your EQs in this episode of the podcast.

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Mar 12, 2020
Using EQ to Perfect Your Room and Speakers (w Martins Popelis of Sonarworks)
01:14:57

Room and speaker correction have come a long way. Once hit-or-miss tool employed almost exclusively by larger studios, smart solutions for EQ treatment are now accessible to even the most humble of studios.

The most successful of these new solutions is easily Sonarworks, which has become nearly ubiquitous in serious project studios. Justin Colletti talks to Sonarworks co-founder Martins Popelis about how these solutions work, what they can do for your studio—and what they can't.

Justin has some uncommon questions for his quest. Such as: Now that the frequency response of your speakers can so easily be smoothed out by adaptive EQ correction, what are the remaining essential qualities to look for in a set of speakers? All that and a lot more inside.

Mar 05, 2020
Should You Take Out Debt to Build Up Your Studio?
38:58

Whether its conventional business loans, 0% store credit cards, even student loans... People have tried all sorts of ways to finance upgrades tp their new and existing studios. Are these strategies wise? Or will they just get you into trouble?

Justin Colletti gives a primer on how—and how not—to use debt or credit effectively as part for your studio startup strategy.

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Feb 27, 2020
How to Finish Your Mixes Faster
18:10

Sometimes it's easy to start new music projects. But actually FINISHING them can be the hardest part.

Justin Colletti offers some strategies on how to finish your mixes and get moving on to promotion, playing and new projects.

Feb 20, 2020
Ask These Questions Early for Better Recordings
17:54

Making high quality recordings requires that you ask the right questions as early on in the process as possible.

Here's Justin Colletti's guide to getting your record on the right path from the beginning so you don't find yourself trying to "fix it in the mix", or worse yet, during mastering!

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Feb 13, 2020
This Is What Separates Successful Musicians & Producers From Everyone Else
19:24

Why do some people seem to be able to make a living in music and audio, while so many people who are equally passionate, and even talented, can never quite get their careers off the ground?

There are many factors in this equation, but one of the most important revolves on what KINDS of plans you are making. Here's how to live a life full of great music and great work without settling for an uninspiring "Plan B".

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Feb 06, 2020
The Most Important Pieces of Gear In the Studio
18:11

What are the most important pieces of gear in the studio? Justin Colletti offers a way to filter through noise and answer this question.

In short: Gear generally gets more important the closer you get to the beginning of the chain. This concept has some profound implications.

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Jan 30, 2020
The Problem with DIY
24:42

DIY approaches are popular in audio and music production...and for good reason. But the DIY mentality can and often does go wrong, holding us back in the development of our audio and music careers. Here's how to reap the benefits while avoiding the many pitfalls.

Jan 23, 2020
What is Mid-Side Processing? When, Why & How to Use It
20:27

Justin Colletti talks about how to use an often-misunderstood mode found in an increasing number of plugins and hardware devices: Mid-Side processing.

What does it mean, and what can it do for your productions? Justin discusses this, and more importantly the "why" of mid-side processing, especially in mastering, but also in special mixing circumstances.

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Jan 16, 2020
Is There Such a Thing as "TOO MUCH" Studio Time? Probably.
18:31

How long can you spend in the studio before you hit the point of diminishing returns?

Justin Colletti recommends asking yourself this question and monitoring your productive studio time in this episode. He offers a few insights into how long you can expect to remain productive in any given session, and a few strategies on how to keep your longevity in the music business.

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Jan 09, 2020
How to Finish Your Mix BEFORE Your Start It
20:54

There's a powerful concept in the world of productivity: "Finish your day before you start it". This idea can also be applied to mixing or anything else in music production, with amazing results.

In this episode, Justin Colletti of SonicScoop gives insights into how to come up with a plan of attack before diving into your mix, so you can get better sounds than ever before.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and YOU for sponsoring this podcast.

Jan 02, 2020
How to Pick the RIGHT Studio Monitors
14:40

There's no such thing as a pair of studio monitors that are absolutely perfect. So, choosing the right speakers for your studio requires that you know your own biases inside and out, and that you pick a set that complements your strengths and weaknesses. Justin Colletti discusses in this episode of the podcast. Thanks to Eventide, Soundtoys and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

Dec 26, 2019
Don't Release an Album! Do This Instead.
26:48

If you're new to releasing music, there's at least an 80%-90% chance that putting out an album first is not your best bet for developing your music or your audience. Try this approach instead.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

Dec 19, 2019
"Honing In" — 1 Key Strategy for Much Better Mix Balances
07:10

This week, get one of the biggest "master tips" that will dramatically improve the way you set your levels in the mix.

This strategy of "honing in" draws on a principle you'll find everywhere in the music world, once you know to look for it.

It can help you not just with mix balances, but with how you adjust just about every knob in the audio world, from EQ gain to compressor thresholds to guitar tuners.

Internalize this crucial approach, and soon you'll get so fast at it that you don't even realize you're doing it!

Dec 12, 2019
SHOULD You Get a Sub for your Studio?
11:31

Is getting a sub for your studio worth it?

There's a right and a wrong reason to get a sub. Justin Colletti gives you a framework for figuring out if you would benefit from adding a sub to your room, or if it will just make everything worse.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

Dec 05, 2019
Your Record May Suck Unless Do THIS [SSP048]
18:05

Get the FREE Music Pre-Production Checklist here: https://sonicscoop.com/checklist/

Pre-production is arguably the most important part of the record making process. It's also the most neglected. Justin Colletti give you the strategies you need to succeed in any type of music release.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this podcast episode.

Nov 28, 2019
Top Tips for MUCH Better Low End [SSP047]
25:52

► Sign up to learn the Top 5 Habits of Truly Great Mixers here: https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

How do you get the low end to sit right in your recordings and mixes? Justin Colletti has answers. Join him for this deep dive into the bottom end of record production in this, episode 47 of the SonicScoop Podcast.

Don't forget to sign up for the free workshop at https://sonicscoop.com/MixHabits

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

Nov 21, 2019
Unpaid Studio Work? When to Work for Free and When Not To [SSP046]
21:23

In this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast, Justin Colletti gives some key principles on how to approach the prospect of "working for free" in the studio and audio world.

Whether its "spec work" or the unpaid studio internship, or sample work, there are ways to make real progress, and ways to be sure to waste your time.

Thanks to Gear Club, Soundtoys and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

Nov 14, 2019
How to Build ANY Kind of Studio for Just $5,000 [SSP045]
46:33

Build your own home studio for under $5,000 here: http://bit.ly/winyourwishlist-sonicscoop

Can you build a professional quality studio for just $5,000? This week, Justin Colletti offers some strategies and principles for doing just that. Along there way, he also gives some sound advice for making the most of any budget—whether you have $500 to spend or $500,000!

Want to play along at home for a chance to win up to $5,000 worth of gear, complete free, thanks to Sweetwater? It's easy! To enter their Win Your Wishlist giveaway, just do the following:

Step 1. Follow this special link to create an account or login on Sweetwater: http://bit.ly/winyourwishlist-sonicscoop

Step 2. Create your own wish list

Step 3. You're automatically entered to win the gear on your wish list, up to $5,000!

Couldn't be easier! Just be sure to enter by November 24th, 2019 at 11:59pm. Be aware: This one is open to US residents only.

Thanks to Sweetwater, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast. Subscribe on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

#Sweetwater
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Nov 07, 2019
The Very Best Places to Learn Audio & Music Production [SSP044]
11:48

Justin Colletti gives you his master list of the very best places to learn audio and music production. And #1 might not be what you expect.

Thanks to Gear Club, Soundtoys and Focusrite for sponsoring this episode.

Oct 31, 2019
Learn to Actually HEAR Compression
18:27

Almost every producer, engineer and musician struggles in being able to hear compression at first—sometimes for many years.

Justin Colletti offers a fool-proof strategy for really learning to hear these sometimes subtle differences. It involves limiting variables, and doing a little bit of focused listening.

If you do the exercises in this podcast, you'll quickly be able to hear compression in all of its main flavors. You just have to focus on the right things.

Thanks to Focusrite, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

Oct 24, 2019
EQ Before or After Compression? Plus: Multi-band Compression Principles [SSP042]
15:47

Justin Colletti answers a common question: Is it better to put your EQ before or after your compressor? Then, he dives into some tips and principles for using EQ sidechains and multiband compressors.

Thanks to Focusrite, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

For much, much more on using compression, try Justin's full length courses:
http://masteringdemystified.com
http://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Oct 17, 2019
Money For Your Music: Earning Revenue from Sync Licensing for Film, TV, Games, Commercials & More [SSP041]
01:00:23

In this episode, Justin Colletti talks to Dave Hnatiuk, a music supervisor who has placed and written music for countless clients, including Viacom channels like MTV, VH1, BET, CMT and many more.

Dave talks all about making money by placing your music in film, TV, games, commercials and a lot more.

Listen for plenty of actionable advice on how to get started pitching your music. For the full course, click here: https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/11815/13707

Remember to enter code "SonicScoop" at checkout by October 20th for 20% off!

Thanks to Gear Club, Focusrite and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast.

Oct 10, 2019
Live Sound vs The Studio — with Marc Urselli [SSP040]
01:04:04

In this episode of the SonicScoop Podcast, Justin Colletti talks to Marc Urselli about doing audio work in the studio vs the stage.

Marc is an engineer and mixer who is equally comfortable whether mixing FOH or tracking and producing in some of the world's best recording studios. He has worked with the likes of Nick Cave, Lou Reed, John Zorn, U2, Mike Patton, Les Paul, The Black Crowes, Joss Stone and many more.

In this episode, Marc and Justin talk about the differences between mixing for the studio and the stage, how to get the most out of musicians, controlling stage volume, using compression and a whole lot more.

Then, the talk turns to gear, with Marc giving us a virtual tour of Manhattan's East Side Sound, and showing off a handful of very unusual (and useful) microphones.

Thanks to Sonarworks, Focusrite and Eventide for sponsoring this episode.

Oct 03, 2019
The Secrets of Mix Bus Compression... Demystified! [SSP039]
17:49

In this episode, Justin Colletti reviews some of the most effective approaches in applying bus compression to a mix.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

For more depth on this subject and more, try http://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Sep 26, 2019
Advanced Compression Techniques: Parallel, Sidechain and Serial Compression [SSP038]
26:11

This week, Justin Colletti gives an overview of 3 of the most useful advanced compression strategies, and details how to implement them on a variety of instruments.

From parallel compression for drums, bass and vocals, serial compression for instruments and buses, and sidechain compression for making space, these are skills that should be in every producer or engineer's toolkit.

Thanks to Eventide, Soundtoys and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode. For more on this topic, try:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnKgDAImZtg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQmQ5uzwNmM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwrRF2SrP3U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-cY4EQMoU

For even more depth with Justin try http://mixingbreakthroughs.com and http://masteringdemystified.com

Sep 19, 2019
Breaking Through Music Production Plateaus, ft. Ian Temple of Soundfly [SSP037]
49:31

What holds you back in music, production or in mixing?

This week, Justin Colletti talks to Ian Temple of Soundfly about some of the most common hangups and stumbling blocks for new musicians, producers and engineers and how to surmount them.

Tune in for 5 of the most important principles for learning anything related to music and audio much faster, and for becoming much more productive in your pursuits.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this podcast.

See more from Ian at
http://Soundfly.com and
http://flypaper.Soundfly.com

Sep 12, 2019
This is What Happens When You Learn an Instrument [SSP036]
31:03

In this episode, Justin Colletti details the positive effects on the brain and general health and well-being that come from learning music. This is why music education really matters.

For more on this topic, try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/02/27/why-music-education-actually-matters/

Thanks to Gear Club, Soundtoys and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this podcast.

Sep 05, 2019
Getting Better, Faster at Music and Audio (Practice vs Talent in the Music Business) [SSP035]
44:50

This week, Justin Colletti shares some evidence-tested ways to get much better, much faster, at what you do—whether that's playing an instrument, writing songs, mixing records, running a business, or anything else.

Research shows that there are better and worse ways to go about improving at your craft—and that talent isn't all that it's chalked up to be.

For more on this topic, try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/09/09/become-best-music-sound-anything-else/

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/09/25/practice-musicians-producers-audio-engineers-entrepreneurs-can-improve-craft

http://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Thanks to Eventide and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast.

Aug 29, 2019
Getting Better, Faster at Music and Audio (Practice vs Talent in the Music Business) [SSP035]

This week, Justin Colletti shares some evidence-tested ways to get much better, much faster, at what you do—whether that's playing an instrument, writing songs, mixing records, running a business, or anything else.

Research shows that there are better and worse ways to go about improving at your craft—and that talent isn't all that it's chalked up to be.

For more on this topic, try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/09/09/become-best-music-sound-anything-else/

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/09/25/practice-musicians-producers-audio-engineers-entrepreneurs-can-improve-craft

http://mixingbreakthroughs.com

Thanks to Eventide and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast.

Aug 29, 2019
Are You an Amateur or a Professional Musician? How to Tell. [SSP034]
26:51

In the world of audio or music you're either an amateur or a professional. Which are you?

Sometimes we're not clear and honest with ourselves about what role we're currently in—and which one is really best for us. That can lead to heartache and headaches, no matter which goals you pursue.

In this episode of the podcast, Justin Colletti offers his standard for telling the difference between amateurs and professionals, and for deciding which path is best for you.

He also offers a robust defense of the amateur musician, and drives the point home by talking about a few of the hobbies where he is happy to be a committed amateur.

If you're an amateur, be happy to be one! And if you are a professional musician (or want to be one) be clear about what it means to pursue that goal. Also know that chances are you'll live a happier, healthier life if you find some other area where you can happily be and act like an amateur.

Aug 22, 2019
Reading Meters vs. Reading People: Empathy & Art in Music Production with Nicolas Vernhes [SSP033]
52:12

Nicolas Verhnes has worked with an incredible number of critically acclaimed artists including Fiery Furnaces, Cat Power, Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews, The War on Drugs, Wild Nothing and more.

In this conversation with Justin Colletti, learn more about his open-ended approach to record production, and his decision to leave his New York City recording studio behind.

Aug 15, 2019
Making Major Music Hits: The Importance of Artist Development with Mark Needham [SSP032]
59:59

Mark Needham is an 11-time GRAMMY-nominated producer and mixer who has worked with The Killers, Imagine Dragons, P!ink, Fleetwood Mac, Bloc Party, Chris Isaac and many more.

Today, he focuses on developing new artists from the ground up, helping them find what makes them unique refine their craft, and connect with big audiences and major labels.

Find out more about Mark here: https://www.markneedham.com

Special thanks to Sonarworks, Soundtoys and Gear Club for sponsoring this podcast.

Aug 08, 2019
The Future of the Loudness Wars, A.I. in Music Production, 360 Sound, and more [SSP031]
01:08:38

In this episode of the SonicScoop podcast LIVE from MixCon, Justin Colletti is joined by three brilliant panelists for a look at how music production is changing right now, and where the field is headed next.

First, Jonathan Bailey of iZotope tells us about the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning in music production. Are you going to lose your job to a robot composer, performer mix or mastering engineer? Or are they here to help you do more and better work than ever?

Then, you won't want to miss Alan Silverman's full presentation on the current and future state of loudness in music making, as he describes how streaming services have taken us "through the looking glass" into an upside-down world where loud has become quiet, quiet has become loud—and the way we make records will never be the same again.

Finally, Marta Gospodarek tells us all about the state of the art in "spatial audio", from binaural music productions to 360 recording formats to the cutting edge of "object based" surround sound and more.

Thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this presentation and podcast at MixCon and to Soundtoys and Eventide for Sponsoring this podcast episode.

Aug 02, 2019
The Most Important Tool In Your Studio Might Just Be Your Reference Mixes.
32:04

Aside from your ears, the most important tool you use every day might just be the music you listen to in the studio, and compare your work against.

According to Justin Colletti, there's a "right" and "wrong" way to use references however. Here's his tips on how to get the most out of them, avoid some of the common pitfalls, stay creative, and keep from chasing your tail while comparing your tracks to other work.

Whether you're songwriting, arranging, producing, mixing or mastering, you're simply not making music in a vacuum.

For more on this topic, see https://sonicscoop.com/2017/04/24/reference-tracks-next-generation/

Thanks to Focusrite, Gear Club and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast.

Jul 25, 2019
"Your Audio is Amazing and Nobody's Happy!" [SSP029]
36:34

"Your Audio is Amazing and Nobody's Happy!"

MP3s and streaming platforms sometimes get a bad rap...But should they??

In this episode, Justin Colletti engages full on "rant" mode, eviscerating the view that poor audio quality is what's holding back the music industry, and offering insights on what is...And what can help bring it back to life.

Join us for an episode sure to bring joy to music fans of good taste and scorch the delicate ears of digital era naysayers.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Focusrite and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

Jul 18, 2019
Adding Color to Your Sounds with Maor Appelbaum [SSP028]
01:14:06

This week, Justin Colletti is joined by Maor Appelbaum, a mastering engineer who as worked with Faith No More, Sepultura, Yes, Matisyahu, Lupe Fiasco, Meatloaf, William Shatner and many more.

Maor is a creative mastering engineer who is obsessed with finding the right tools to apply the right kind of coloration to the project at hand.

Hear about his approach to auditioning gear, choosing the right tones, interacting with clients and a whole lot more.

Thanks to Focusrite, Gear Club and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

Subscribe at https://sonicscoop.com

Find more from Maor at https://www.maorappelbaum.com

Jul 11, 2019
Staying Creative While Having a Life, with John Congleton [SSP027]
49:28

Justin Colletti is joined by John Congleton, producer/engineer for St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Baroness, Xiu Xiu, Explosions in the Sky, The Roots, Erykah Badu, David Byrne, Wye Oak and more.

In their far-ranging conversation, John and Justin talk about everything from studio design, to co-writing with artists, to Texas vs LA to balancing a full life with a career in the studio and more.

Thanks to Focusrite, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

Jul 03, 2019
Growing a Bigger Better Studio, with Joel Hamilton [SSP #026]
01:17:05

Influential producer/engineer Joel Hamilton shares his inspiring story, and the secrets to the success of Studio G Brooklyn, which has grown from humble origins to become one of the biggest and busiest studios in all of New York City,

Joel tells Justin Colletti about his approach to business, audio and life in a conversation that covers everything from mixing to finding inspiration to surviving the vagaries of New York City real estate and beyond.

Learn from the decades of collected wisdom from this 7-time GRAMMY nominee with has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Blakroc, Pretty Lights, Matisyahu, Sparklehorse, Marc Robot, Dub Trio, Bomba Estéreo, Bonobo, Unsane, Iggy Pop and more.

This episode is sponsored by Plugin Alliance, Soundtoys and Eventide. Visit Joel at http://studiogbrooklyn.com for Joel's tips on recovering flood damaged audio gear, mentioned in the episode, try here: http://www.trustmeimascientist.com/2012/12/03/how-to-recover-flood-damaged-audio-gear/

Jun 27, 2019
Don't Be Afraid of Recording Your Effects! With Nic Hard [SSP #025]
55:44

Nic Hard has been fearlessly recording his effects and audio processing for decades, and talks to Justin Colletti about how you can do the same.

This industry veteran has worked with artists including Snarky Puppy, The Bravery, Ghost Beach and routinely commits to audio processing choices while tracking, from compression to EQ to distortion to pitch vending, sometimes to an extreme degree, all in his pursuit of getting as finished of a sound as possible while going in.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Mixing Breakthroughs for sponsoring this episode.

See Nic's MixCon 2016 presentation, The Mix Starts With the Mics here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bR1n88OIDg

Jun 20, 2019
What Matters MOST In Any Mix: The 80/20 Rule Of Audio Engineering [SSP #024]
38:41

This week, Justin Colletti talks about the 80/20 approach to audio engineering: how to focus on the things that matter most and avoid the comforting lies that keep us from making great sounding releases.

He skewers the "Myth of A Thousand Little Choices" and offers a better mindset and a set of techniques for making sure you can make bold choices and avoid getting bogged down in the kind of minutia that just doesn't matter.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Mastering Demystified for sponsoring this podcast.

For the original article that inspired this conversation, click here: https://sonicscoop.com/2014/05/29/the-myth-of-a-thousand-little-choices-the-8020-rule-as-applied-to-audio-engineering/

Jun 13, 2019
Studio Business and the Craft of Mixing with Manny Marroquin [SSP #023]
01:22:30

In this episode Justin Colletti talks to Manny Marroquin, one of the biggest mixers of the 21st century about music production and the studio business.

Manny is a multiple GRAMMY winner who has worked with the likes of Post Malone, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons, Lizzo, Whitney Houston, 2Pac, Pink, Shakira, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Ludacris, and many more.

In a conversation that jumps seamlessly from right brain to left brain, Manny and Justin talk about how to run a successful business in the contemporary music industry, Manny's approach to mixing and a whole lot more.

Thanks to Plugin Alliance, Eventide and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast. For more, subscribe at SonicScoop.com, and be sure not to miss the MixCon even coming up in NYC, weekend of July 27.

Jun 06, 2019
Q&A: Monitoring Levels, Brauer Mix Buses, Landing Audio Jobs and More [SSP #022]
42:52

You asked, we answer! In this episode, Justin Colletti fields questions about monitoring levels while mixing and mastering, the details of Michael Brauer's multi-bus compression setup, how to land studio jobs and more.

Want to ask questions of your own? Hit us at podcast [at] sonicscoop.com or comment below. For special, regular live Q&A sessions where you are sure to get your questions answered, consider becoming a supporter at patron.com/sonicscoop.com

This podcast is sponsored by Eventide, Soundtoys and iZotope.

May 30, 2019
Audio Engineer Salaries and Jobs: How Much Do They Earn? [SSP #021]
43:50

How much do audio engineers make? Justin Colletti dives into the statistics on income in the audio and sound fields to break it down, and examine some fo the latest trends.

Some of key takeaways this year? After migrating from New York to California earlier this decade, some of the audio jobs may be migrating back OUT of California, now to smaller, even more affordable locales.

Thanks to iZotope, Soundtoys and Gear Club for sponsoring this podcast.

Want to go even deeper? Read the article version here: https://sonicscoop.com/2019/05/20/2019-audio-engineer-salary-jobs-report

May 23, 2019
Overcoming the Fears of Mixing with Michael Brauer [SSP #020]
01:34:29

Legendary music mixer Michael Brauer joins Justin Colletti to talk all about the art of mixing, and how to overcome the fears that have kept so many mixers—including him—from doing their best work early on in their careers.

From Coldplay to John Mayer to Grizzly Bear, Brauer's body of work, spanning more than 40 years, has made him one of the most respected and influential audio engineers on the scene today.

Filled with his incomparable wit and wisdom, this 90 minute journey with Michael Brauer just flies by. From the art and mindset of mixing, to some of Brauer's trademark tools and techniques, Justin and Michael cover a tremendous amount of ground, including how Brauer learned to hear compression, and how he integrates it into his multi-bus mixing setup, now in a new hybrid studio without an analog desk.

Thanks to iZotope, Eventide and Soundtoys for Sponsoring this podcast.

For more from Michael Brauer, visit https://www.mbrauer.com or https://MixWithTheMasters.com

May 16, 2019
The Independent Musician's Guide to Investing [SSP #019]
44:19

In this episode, Justin Colletti tackles an unlikely topic for a channel that's all about music and audio production and business: Investing.

In this episode, you'll get some evidence-based best practices for managing your surplus so that you can weather lean times in a creative field, more confidently make the leap to working for yourself full time, or even just support an expensive calling in the arts.

Thanks to Gear Club, Soundtoys and iZotope for sponsoring this podcast.

If you need help making sure you have a surplus each month to begin with, try "The Independent Musician's Guide to Not Going Broke" or podcast episode 9 at the links below:

https://sonicscoop.com/2013/09/26/the-independent-musicians-guide-to-not-going-broke/

https://sonicscoop.com/2019/02/28/how-to-make-and-keep-more-money-in-the-music-and-studio-business-ssp-009/

For more of Justin's writing on this topic, try:

http://justincolletti.com/2016/03/10/how-to-tell-when-stocks-are-overpriced-its-easier-than-you-may-think/

http://justincolletti.com/2016/03/08/good-profit-in-life-business-and-art-are-you-investing-trading-or-speculating/

https://justincolletti.com/2016/02/06/the-great-bubble-of-2016/

And for the charts and graphs in this episode, see:

https://www.multpl.com/shiller-pe

https://www.multpl.com/inflation-adjusted-s-p-500

http://pricedingold.com/charts/SP500-1880.pdf

https://www.macrotrends.net/2574/dow-to-gdp-ratio-chart

https://mebfaber.com/2019/01/06/you-would-have-missed-961-in-gains-using-the-cape-ratio-and-thats-a-good-thing/

https://mebfaber.com/2014/04/15/a-spectrum-of-possibilities-probabilities/

Note that this podcast is for informational purposes only and nothing in it should be construed as personal investment advice.

May 09, 2019
What (Almost) Everybody Gets Wrong About Bit Depth
35:42

16 bit? 24 bit? 32 bit?? How much of a difference does bit depth really make? And are these differences you can hear for yourself?

Justin Colletti dives deep into this topic to clear up the common misunderstandings around bit depth in audio and helps make you make the best choices for your productions, whatever DAW or interface you may be using.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Focusrite and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

May 02, 2019
Growing a (Massive) Music Fanbase on YouTube with Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox [SSP#017]
49:05

Scott Bradlee started with nothing but a keyboard and a camera and grew his Postmodern Jukebox channel into a small musical empire, with nearly 4 million subscribers on YouTube alone, dozens of album releases, and tours all around the world. There's a thing or two that any kind of musician can learn from his story.

Join in on a conversation between Scott and SonicScoop's Justin Colletti on what it takes to leverage video platforms and social media establish your own base of fans, and to build a real, sustainable career in music—or any other creative field.

Join in on a conversation between Scott and SonicScoop's Justin Colletti on what it takes to leverage video platforms and social media establish your own base of fans, and to build a real, sustainable career in music—or any other creative field.

Thanks to Novation, Eventide and Soundtoys for sponsoring this podcast.

Check out Scott's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORIeT1hk6tYBuntEXsguLg

Read the first chapter of his new book here:
https://sonicscoop.com/2018/07/23/truth-behind-postmodern-jukebox-shocking-new-tell/

Or check out a detailed synopsis of his story here:
https://sonicscoop.com/2015/01/08/postmodern-jukebox-the-making-of-a-multi-million-view-youtube-music-channel/

Apr 25, 2019
The Realities of Hip Hop & Music Production with Paul Willie Green Womack [SSP #016]
58:55

Justin Colletti talks with Paul "Willie Green" Womack about wearing the many different hats a modern producer/engineer must don in the studio.

How do you keep it all together, shifting between the roles of technician, coach, arranger, craftsman, collaborator, and when should you farm some of the tasks to assistants and others?

This podcast is sponsored by Novation, Gear Club and Soundtoys.

Find Paul at http://www.williegreenmusic.com

Follow Paul on Twitter at https://twitter.com/williegreen1

Read his articles on SonicScoop at: https://sonicscoop.com/author/willie-green/

Apr 18, 2019
Producers, Musicians: Make $1000s More Each Year By Doing your Taxes Properly [SSP #015]
40:45

Taxes? Yes, taxes. SonicScoop's Justin Colletti can make even this topic fun, interesting and useful! 

If you're in business for yourself as a producer, engineer or musician, taxes are a big and unavoidable part of your business. And if you're not doing them right, it could be needlessly costing you thousands of dollars per year.

In this primer, learn all the things you never learned in school, and get a great framework and tons of useful tips, tactics and strategies for making sure you can keep more of your heard-earned money each year, and continue to grow your creative business.

Thanks to Focusrite, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

For more detail on this topic, try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2018/03/22/independent-musicians-guide-not-overpaying-thousands-taxes/

Apr 11, 2019
Do Sample Rates Really Matter? How to Make the Choice (With Science!) [SSP #014]
38:54

Sampling rates. 44.1k. 48k. 88.2k 96k. 192k??

How do they impact your sound, and how can you make the best choice for your projects?

Justin Colletti dives into the science behind sampling rates in a fun and informative talk that demystifies what they're really all about, and puts to bed much of the confusion surrounding this topic.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Sonarworks and Eventide for sponsoring this podcast.

Get more from Justin at masteringdemystified.com or mixingbreakthroughs.com

For the articles mentioned in this post try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/02/19/the-science-of-sample-rates-when-higher-is-better-and-when-it-isnt/

https://sonicscoop.com/2013/04/17/beyond-the-basics-harmonic-motion-and-the-root-of-all-music/

Apr 04, 2019
21st Century Music Business with Ariel Borujow [Keys N Krates, Galantis, CID] (SSP #013)
01:17:26

Throw out your textbooks! Ariel Borujow stops by the SonicScoop Podcast to talk all about how the music business really works in the internet age, and offers some tested tips for improving your career whether you're a producer, artist or engineer.

Thanks to Soundtoys Sonarworks and Gear Club for sponsoring this podcast.

Find out more about Ariel at https://arielborujow.com

Mar 28, 2019
Better Ways to Produce Music with Ben H. Allen [Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective] (SSP#012)
55:20

Ben H. Allen joins Justin Colletti to talk about ways of breaking the mold when producing music, and coming up with memorable, trailblazing sounds.

Ben has worked recently with critically-acclaimed artists including Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Belle and Sebastian, Washed Out, and Gnarls Barkley, after an early career engineering for major hip hop all stars like Puff Daddy, Mase and and Notorious B.I.G.

He shares strategies for avoiding the the cookie cutter approach, and getting the most out of artists—and yourself—in every production.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

Learn more about Ben at http://www.makerecordsnotbombs.com

Mar 21, 2019
Should you Go to School for Audio, Music, or Other Arts? [SSP #011]
58:49

Is audio school really worth it? Can you get a "job" out of music school? Is a degree actually going to help you break into a creative field? Justin Colletti dives deep into this topic for prospective students, career changers and those in the job market.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

For more info on this topic, try:

https://sonicscoop.com/2014/09/25/is-pro-tools-certification-worth-it-3-great-reasons-and-3-terrible-reasons-to-take-a-training-course/

https://sonicscoop.com/2018/06/07/industry-intel-2018-audio-engineer-salaries-jobs-report/

 

Mar 14, 2019
What Makes a Hit Song? The Stats Behind Music's Biggest Tracks [SSP #010]
01:22:11

In this week's podcast, Justin Colletti is joined by Dean Olivet, a musician and educator who has compiled data on the biggest songs in history to help discover what goes into making hit records that capture music fans' imaginations.

Dean shares his research into the 40 biggest tracks of the past year—and the 500 most popular songs in history—to find common threads and new trends in the tastes of listeners.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

To read Dean's original analysis on Soundfly's "Flypaper" blog, see: https://flypaper.soundfly.com/produce/we-analyzed-every-dang-song-that-cracked-the-billboard-top-5-in-2018/ 

Mar 07, 2019
How to Make (and Keep) More Money in the Music and Studio Business [SSP #009]
48:55

Aka "The Independent Musician’s Guide to Not Going Broke"

In this episode of the SonicScoop podcast, Justin Colletti talks about mastering your money and finances in a creative field so that you can continue having the freedom you need to do your best work.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Eventide and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

Find the article that inspired this episode at https://sonicscoop.com/2013/09/26/the-independent-musicians-guide-to-not-going-broke/

Feb 28, 2019
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Powerful Drum Sounds in the Mix with Mike Major [#008]
01:14:02

In this week's podcast, veteran mixer Mike Major [At The Drive In, Coheed and Cambria, Tall as Lions] joins Justin Colletti to talk all about enhancing drum sounds in the mix.

He breaks down his process and workflow in detail, offering a repeatable framework for getting the most out of real drum kits, whether you're looking to add size and ambience, or get tighter, cleaner sounds.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Gear Club and Sonarworks for sponsoring this podcast.

http://Sonarworks.com
http://Soundtoys.com
http://Gear-Club.net

See more from Mike at

https://Mike Major Mix.com
https://MixingDrums.com

Fine the article mentioned in the episode at: https://sonicscoop.com/2017/01/31/advanced-drum-mixing-time-aligning-drum-tracks-better-phase-coherence/

Find more of Mike's free articles at: https://sonicscoop.com/author/mike-major/

Feb 21, 2019
Networking and Landing New Clients with Eyal Levi [007]
01:29:14

Prolific rock and metal producer Eyal Levi of Unstoppable Recording Machine joins Justin Colletti to talk all about advancing your career in audio or music by making networking work for you, and discusses strategies for landing new clients.

These insights apply to any genre, whether it be rock or hip hop or jazz or classical.

Thanks to Sonarworks, Soundtoys and Gear Club for sponsoring this podcast. Check them out at:

http://Sonarworks.com
http://Soundtoys.com
http://Gear-Club.net

See more from Eyal at http://urm.academy

Feb 14, 2019
Getting Your Music Mastered? What You Need to Know with Joe Lambert [006]
01:10:24

Are you about to send your music in for mastering? Veteran GRAMMY-nominated mastering engineer Joe Lambert joins Justin Colletti on this week's podcast to answer some of the most common questions mastering engineers get, and to give some tips on avoiding the biggest mistakes artists and mixers make.

Thanks to Sonarworks, Soundtoys and Eventide for sponsoring.

Reach Joe at http://joelambertmastering.com

Check out Justin's course at http://MasteringDemystified for more great tips or his "Mixing Tips from Your Mastering Engineer" series on the Joe Lambert Mastering blog:

https://sonicscoop.com/2015/11/12/mix-tips-from-your-mastering-engineer/

See Joe's video masterclass with SonicScoop here: https://sonicscoop.com/2017/09/28/music-mastering-masterclass-joe-lambert/

Or, check out SonicScoop's best ever posts on mastering at: https://sonicscoop.com/2018/05/13/sonicscoops-top-10-best-posts-mastering/

Feb 07, 2019
Q&A: Setting Compressor Release, Mastering Loudness & Levels and More [005]
51:06

How do you go about setting the release time on a compressor? How hot should I mix and how high should I set my output levels for mastering? Are EPs a viable alternative to albums? All that and a whole lot more in this first Q&A episode of the new SonicScoop podcast with Justin Colletti.

Jan 31, 2019
A Better Way to EQ, Better Way to Compress & Better Way to Reverb [004]
33:12

Can you get better at audio in 30 minutes or less? Justin Colletti thinks you can. Glean some production wisdom from these 3 breakthrough tips that will give you better frameworks for mixing.

Jan 24, 2019
Making Albums: How Much Does it Really Cost, and How Long Will it Take? [Podcast 003]
36:43

Ready to record a full length album? How much should you budget? Justin Colletti explores.

Thanks to Eventide, Soundtys and Novation for sponsoring this podcast.

For more on this subject see:

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/05/21/how-long-is-this-gonna-take-the-time-and-cost-of-recording-a-full-length-album/

https://sonicscoop.com/2016/06/09/time-cost-making-album-case-study-nirvana/

https://sonicscoop.com/2012/08/16/producers-weigh-in-on-kickstarter-recording-budgets/

Jan 17, 2019
What is Mastering and Is it Really Necessary? [#002]
30:21

Just what do mastering engineers really do, anyway? Justin Colletti dives deep into this topic in the second episode of our new podcast series.

Thanks to Soundtoys, Novation and MasteringDemystified.com for sponsoring this episode.

For more on this topic, you can find the two articles mentioned in the podcast below:

https://sonicscoop.com/2014/10/09/is-the-mastering-engineer-still-necessary

https://sonicscoop.com/2018/05/16/im-not-afraid-landr-auto-mastering-software/

Jan 10, 2019
Studios, Freelancers: How Much Should You Charge?? [#001]
33:25

Producers, engineers, freelancers: How much should you charge?? Justin Colletti dives deep into this topic in the very first episode in SonicScoop's new weekly podcast/videocast series.

Have questions? Requests for future podcast topics or guests? Email us at podcast@sonicscoop.com

Remember to subscribe, rate and review! Many thanks to our sponsors, Soundtoys, Focusrite and GIK Acoustics.

For more, visit SonicScoop.com.

For more on this topic, see the article mentioned in the episode:

https://sonicscoop.com/2017/02/05/should-recording-studios-advertise-their-rates-and-how-much-should-they-charge/3/

Jan 03, 2019