Author Archives: Justin Colletti

How to Keep Perspective During a Mixing Session

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If we’re not careful, a mix can be like a black hole. Learn to maintain perspective during the most challenging mixes. Click to read on SonicScoop

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EQ Tips From The Pros

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Contributor Michael Duncan share sounds advice from Joe Barresi, Rick Kwan, Heba Kadry, Abe Seiferth, Andrew Maury, James Saéz and Dan Korneff. Check it out on sister site SonicScoop

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Industry Intel: 2015 Recording Engineer Salaries (By Industry and Region)

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It’s that time of year again: Time when audio students begin graduating into the workforce en masse. Also: Time to review the past years’ jobs data to see where the best prospects in the audio industry lie. Each spring—not too long before schools let out—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its latest job […]

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In Defense of the Laptop Record

Kyle Joseph makes the case for why audio professionals should encourage—not discourage—new artists who want to make recordings on their laptops. Click here to read the story on SonicScoop.

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Recreating Bird: Returning to Detroit’s Legendary “United Sound Systems” Recording Studio

Ron Skinner of TQM Recording Co. visits a recently renovated Detroit recording studio that was almost lost to time. His goal: To faithfully recreate a seminal recording made there, using today’s technology and tools. Before closing, the studio played host to countless artists from John Lee Hooker to Jackie Wilson, Bob Seger to MC5, The […]

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Building the Practice Habit: 6 Science-Supported Steps to Great Musicianship

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“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ―John Irving Research shows that developing a skill is nothing like cramming for an exam. Creative ability, like physical strength, is something that develops slowly, almost unconsciously over time, given the right stimulus. Because of this, the most fundamental determinant of how great your musicianship will become lies […]

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Music Business Lessons From The Beatles

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“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.” -Ringo Starr 50 years ago this week, The Beatles touched down in New York City for the first time. It is a cliché, but a truthful one, to say that the pop music world has never been the same since. By any […]

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Music in 5.1 Dimensions: How the Best Surround Mixers Approach the Soundstage

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Surround sound made its first public appearance in 1941, when Disney released its groundbreaking animated musical, Fantasia. Ever since then, surround systems have increasingly been used to enhance the emotional impact of films (which George Lucas has famously, and accurately, declared are “50% sound.”) In the mid 1990s, a small but meaningful mass market for […]

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The Best Electric Basses for the Recording Studio

It’s hard to make a great pop song without a great bass line, and it’s hard to do a great bass line justice without a great bass sound. The bass often serves as the soul and the spine of a record, and if it’s not right, nothing is. Although the vast majority of tone lies […]

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NYC Indie Labels: Captured Tracks — Instinct, Intellect, and Artistic Expansion

Mike Sniper started the indie label Captured Tracks in 2008, working nights out of the basement of Williamsburg’s Academy Records, which he helped run during the day. Within a year, he’d be putting out a constant stream of new releases. Although 2009 was an especially rocky year for the global economy, that didn’t slow things […]

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