Episodes
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
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
Published 10/11/21
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. ►Get Mixing Breakthroughs here: https://miingbreakthroughs.com ►Get Mastering Demystified here: https://Mastering Demystified.com
Published 10/02/21
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
Published 09/25/21
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
Published 09/16/21
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 ►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
Published 09/08/21
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. ►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 08/28/21
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.
Published 08/23/21
Justin Colletti shares his key insights from a masterclass from music producer and electronic artist TAETRO, who recently appeared at MixCon 2021. See the full presentation here: https://youtu.be/EitAlJLoHFs
Published 08/12/21
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
Published 08/09/21
Justin Colletti offers his top 3 takeaways from Jake Jackson and Christian Henson’s Mixing Masterclass at MixCon 2021.
Published 07/30/21
Justin Colletti shares his key takeaways from Koen Heldens' 2021 MixCon masterclass. Check out Koen's full masterclass here: https://youtu.be/WHfTwWVt5CY
Published 07/22/21
Justin Colletti shares his top 3 takeaways from Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL)'s MixCon Masterclass.
Published 07/16/21
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
Published 07/08/21
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.
Published 07/06/21
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. 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.
Published 06/17/21
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.
Published 06/10/21
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.
Published 06/03/21
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.
Published 05/27/21
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.
Published 05/20/21
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.
Published 05/13/21
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.
Published 05/07/21
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.
Published 04/30/21
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.
Published 04/22/21