Episodes
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...
Published 05/05/22
Published 05/05/22
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....
Published 04/30/22
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
Published 04/19/22
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
Published 04/10/22
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
Published 03/28/22
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
Published 03/20/22
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
Published 03/15/22
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
Published 03/03/22
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
Published 02/17/22
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
Published 02/10/22
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
Published 02/03/22
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...
Published 01/29/22
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...
Published 01/09/22
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...
Published 12/30/21
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 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 talk about how to improve your chops and your results. For his free toolkit for musicians and producers for SonicScoop listeners just click here:...
Published 12/17/21
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
Published 12/10/21
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.
Published 12/04/21
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. ►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
Published 11/29/21
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...
Published 11/27/21
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:...
Published 11/15/21
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
Published 11/02/21
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. ►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://mixingbreakthroughs.com
Published 10/26/21
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. ►Get Mixing Breakthroughs...
Published 10/21/21