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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
Mix Masters: The Secrets of Steve Albini’s Sound
Jul 11, 2024
Mix Masters: The Secrets of Chris Lord-Alge's Sound [CLA Analyzed]
Jun 27, 2024
You Need a Mixing ROADMAP
Jun 18, 2024
Mix Masters: The Secrets of Tchad Blake's Sound [Analog Tones with Digital Tools]
Jun 16, 2024
Mix Masters: The Secrets of Serban Ghenea's Sound
Jun 13, 2024
My Top Reference Mixes (...And how to choose your own)
Jun 11, 2024
The Beatles Studio Sounds with Modern Gear
May 28, 2024
How to Use Reference Mixes (The RIGHT WAY)
May 16, 2024
Can You Have a Talent for Mixing?
May 07, 2024
The Most Streamed Song, EVER. (What Makes this Mix Great? The Weeknd: "Blinding Lights")
May 02, 2024
Will A.I. Musicians and Mixers Steal Your Job? (...Or save it?)
Apr 26, 2024
I'm a Mastering Engineer. Ask Me Anything.
Apr 12, 2024
What Makes this Mix Great? Tame Impala: "The Less I Know The Better"
Apr 02, 2024
Mastering the Car Check: How to Get Great Mixes Everywhere
Mar 14, 2024
Mix Breakdown: Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"
Mar 04, 2024
Mix Breakdown: Britney Spears "Toxic"
Feb 19, 2024
Best New Audio Gear of 2024: NAMM Edition
Feb 08, 2024
Mix Breakdown: Pharrell Williams "Happy"
Feb 02, 2024
What (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong About Sampling Rates
Jan 12, 2024
Why Your Mix Sounds OK, But FEELS WRONG.
Jan 07, 2024
Mixing Masterclass with Jeff Ellis [Doja Cat, d4Vd, Frank Ocean]
Dec 21, 2023
MixCon Q&A and Interviw with Joel Hamilton [Tom Waits, Black Keys, Highly Suspect, Sparklehorse]
Dec 15, 2023
MixCon Q&A with GRAMMY-Winning Mixer Nic Hard
Nov 16, 2023
MixCon Q&A with GRAMMY-Winning Mastering Engineers of Lurssen Mastering
Nov 03, 2023
MixCon Q&A with Sylvia Massy [Tool, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers]
Oct 25, 2023
How to EQ EVERYTHING: A FREE Comprehensive Guide
Oct 13, 2023
Joel Wanasek Interview: Rediscovering Analog, Mastering Yourself & Ignoring Bad Advice
Sep 29, 2023
Chris Selim Interview: Studio Moves That Matter, Best DAWs, Faith and Music
Sep 17, 2023
The Best Headphones for Mixing and Mastering (ALL Models Compared)
Aug 27, 2023
Venus Theory Interview: The Present and Future of Music Production
Aug 13, 2023
Music Production & Mixing Channels RANKED: Best and Worst?
Jul 15, 2023
Soundproofing Small Studios: The Essential Guide
Jul 10, 2023
The Controversy Around Dolby Atmos: Hype Vs. Hate
Jun 26, 2023
What Does a Music Producer REALLY Do?
Jun 20, 2023
Soft Skills for Producers, Engineers & Musicians, Or: "How To Win Fans and Influence Gatekeepers"
Jun 12, 2023
Audio Engineer Salaries & Jobs in 2023: How and Where Do They Make Their Money?
Jun 05, 2023
The Ultimate Guide to FINISHING the MIX
May 29, 2023
How Long Does it Take? (To MIX like a Pro?)
May 22, 2023
Why Audio Gear Advice SUCKS. (A Buyer's Guide)
May 07, 2023
BEST of NAMM 2023 (Audio Nerds ONLY.)
Apr 24, 2023
Thriving in Music With Hearing Damage: How to Beat Tinnitus & Hearing Loss (w Jack Rubinacci)
Apr 09, 2023
Top 10 Ways To Get Better at Mixing, Faster
Mar 30, 2023
10 Weird Things Your Studio Needs
Mar 23, 2023
Rick Rubin's Top 10 Insights for Music Producers (...Read between the lines.)
Mar 16, 2023
How to Get Your Music Heard on YouTube
Mar 09, 2023
All the WEIRD Compressor Controls You Never Figured Out.
Feb 23, 2023
The Ultimate Guide to Studio Monitors (...How to pick the PERFECT speakers for your studio.)
Feb 17, 2023
Meters Made Simple (See Your Sound, Better.)
Feb 09, 2023
The Secrets to Getting Your Mixes to Translate, Everywhere, Everytime
Jan 20, 2023
5 Lazy Habits That Are Quietly Killing Your Mixes.
Jan 14, 2023
Top 10 Reasons You Don't Have a Music Career (…Here's What's Holding You Back in Music and Audio.)
Jan 07, 2023
Mixing Q&A with GRAMMY-Winning Mixer Chris Tabron [Beyoncé, The Strokes, Erykah Badu, Rick Rubin]
Jan 03, 2023
Mixing Q&A with Multi-Platinum Mixer Ronald Prent [Rammstein, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Def Leppard, Manowar]
Dec 28, 2022
Mixing Q&A with Diamond-Selling Mixer Richard Furch [Prince, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd]
Dec 06, 2022
Mixing Masterclass with Joe Chiccarelli [Beck, U2, The White Stripes, The Killers, Morrissey]
Nov 16, 2022
Mixing Q&A with Catherine Marks [St. Vincent, Foals, The Killers, Interpol, Wolf Alice]
Nov 04, 2022
"Beat a Grammy-Winning Mixer with Stock Plugins??" Ask Me Anything! MixCon Q&A Episode with Justin Colletti
Oct 28, 2022
Top 3 Reasons Your Low End SUCKS (...And what to do about it.)
Oct 05, 2022
Top 5 Hip Hop Mixing Mistakes (...This is why your beats don't bang.)
Sep 26, 2022
Top 10 Rock Mixing Mistakes (...Why your tracks don't sound badass.)
Sep 19, 2022
Which Effects Should Come FIRST in Mixing?
Sep 05, 2022
The MOST IMPORTANT thing in Mixing (isn't what you think it is...)
Aug 27, 2022
There Are ONLY 5 Ways to Make Money in Music
Aug 14, 2022
The 7 Deadly Sins of Mixing ("The mastering engineer's pet peeves")
Aug 01, 2022
How LOUD You Listen To Your Mix Matters! (The "magic" number?)
Jul 23, 2022
The ONLY 4 Ways to Get Your Music Heard (...Or: how real artists actually get fans and listeners)
Jul 13, 2022
Why You SHOULDN'T Learn Mastering
Jul 10, 2022
Avoid The #1 Mastering Mistake (How Revisions SHOULD Work.)
Jul 06, 2022
The 5 Most Common Compression Mistakes You’ll Make
Jun 17, 2022
Top 5 Recording Mistakes You Will Definitely Make
Jun 11, 2022
“Fixing It In The Mix”. If you’re gonna try, here’s how to do it.
May 31, 2022
Best 21st Century Record Release Strategies For Getting Your Music Heard
May 20, 2022
Top 10 Reasons Your Mix SUCKS.
May 05, 2022
How to Compress EVERYTHING: A FREE Comprehensive Guide
Apr 30, 2022
How to Get More Work in Mixing and Music Production
Apr 19, 2022
Is Music Streaming Worth it for Musicians?
Apr 10, 2022
10 Worst Pieces of Common Mixing Advice
Mar 28, 2022
Why it's so hard to make money in music. (And what to do about it.)
Mar 20, 2022
Are There Objectively Good Mixing Techniques?
Mar 15, 2022
The 4 Main Mix "Shapes" (...what's the frequency curve of your mixes?)
Mar 03, 2022
Great Songs with Bad Mixes?
Feb 17, 2022
A Much Better Way to Release Albums in 2022. Plus: Using YouTube as a Musician (with Josh Turner)
Feb 10, 2022
My Biggest Mistakes in the Studio
Feb 03, 2022
Loudness Targets for Mastering (...It's not what the streaming services tell you.) FIXED AUDIO
Jan 29, 2022
The 5 Keys to Keeping Perspective in Your Mix
Jan 21, 2022
"Mix Matching" and "Master Mimicking" (The best ways to get better, fast)
Jan 09, 2022
How to Use Frequency Analyzers (The Right Way)
Dec 30, 2021
Is Quantity Better than Quality in Music Production? Producer Hyperbits on his Path to 50M+ Streams
Dec 17, 2021
Legendary Grunge Producer Jack Endino on Recording, Mixing, Mastering and "Setting Himself on Fire"
Dec 10, 2021
Bad Arguments for Super High Resolution Audio, Rebutted!
Dec 04, 2021
Mix Bus Processing: How to Compress, EQ, Limit and More (...Without Destroying Your Mix)
Nov 29, 2021
Making Money in Music with Brands (ft. Tommy Zee)
Nov 27, 2021
Gain Staging Demystified (...How To Set Ideal Levels for Recording and Mixing)
Nov 15, 2021
How Much Does Gear Matter in the Studio?
Nov 02, 2021
Releasing Good Music Isn't Enough (To Get You Noticed)
Oct 26, 2021
How To Master Albums (...Full of Very Different Sounding Tracks)
Oct 21, 2021
Two Secrets for HUGE Sounding Mixes
Oct 11, 2021
The Most Important Frequency Ranges for EQing Kick and Bass
Oct 02, 2021
Better Editing Can Improve Your Mixes More Than Compression or EQ
Sep 25, 2021
Is Your Mix Just Different, or Actually Better? Here's How to Tell
Sep 16, 2021
The Most Overrated Studio Gear (and the Most Underrated)
Sep 08, 2021
The Secret Science of Stacking Compressors
Aug 28, 2021
How to Parallel Compress EVERYTHING: A Comprehensive Guide
Aug 23, 2021
3 Key Takeaways from Producer and Electronic Artist TAETRO
Aug 12, 2021
3 Key Mixing Takeaways from 7X GRAMMY-Winner Brian Vibberts
Aug 09, 2021
3 Key Takeaways from Award-Winning Mixer on Mixing Soundtracks and Orchestral Elements
Jul 30, 2021
Top 3 Insights from Multi-Platinum Mixer Koen Heldens
Jul 22, 2021
Top 3 Music Production Insights from Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL)
Jul 16, 2021
Top 3 Takeaways from Grammy-Winning Mixer Quentin "Q" Gilkey
Jul 08, 2021
The Top 5 EQ Myths, Busted!
Jul 06, 2021
You’re Not Automating Your Mix Enough!
Jun 17, 2021
For a Career in Music, You Need Lots of Little Victories
Jun 10, 2021
Dial In Your Effects BEFORE You Mix?
Jun 03, 2021
How to Get More Stereo WIDTH in Your Mixes
May 27, 2021
How Your Ears Will Lie To You (And What to Do About It)
May 20, 2021
Why Pre-Production is the Key to Great Records
May 13, 2021
How to Mix Your Own Tracks (And Why You Maybe Shouldn't)
May 07, 2021
Mixing From Scratch Isn't the Only Way (A More Modern Approach to Mixing)
Apr 30, 2021
A Much Better Way to Talk About Sound (What do "Warm" and "Punchy" Really Mean??)
Apr 22, 2021
Top 10 Reasons Not to Become an Audio Engineer
Apr 16, 2021
Why Super High Resolution Audio Makes No Sense
Apr 08, 2021
How to Deal with Mix Revisions (Should They Cost Extra?)
Mar 26, 2021
Does Dither Really Matter?
Mar 18, 2021
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sidechain Compression (...but were afraid to ask)
Mar 11, 2021
How to Use Saturation on the Mix & Master Bus
Mar 04, 2021
The 6 Most Common Mix Problems (And How to Fix Them)
Feb 25, 2021
1 Big Tip for Much Better EQing
Feb 18, 2021
1 Big Tip for Much Better Masters (...And Mixes!)
Feb 11, 2021
How Much Should a Mix Cost?
Feb 04, 2021
Should You Pursue Your Passion into a Music or Audio Career?
Jan 28, 2021
How & Why to Use the RATIO Control on Your Compressor
Jan 21, 2021
Pre-Fader vs Post-Fader Reverb and Effects
Jan 14, 2021
Preparing for Mastering: What Files (And Levels) Do I Need to Send to the Mastering Engineer?
Jan 07, 2021
How to Make Your Studio or Music Work into a Real Business (Not a "Job")
Dec 31, 2020
Don't Release an Album... Do This Instead!
Dec 24, 2020
Do You Need Multiple Versions Of Your Master for Streaming Services, Vinyl and More?
Dec 17, 2020
Why I Stopped Stealing Music (and Plugins) and How It Helped My Career
Dec 10, 2020
Dealing with "Problem" Mix Clients Who Have "Demo-itis"
Dec 03, 2020
The 2 Most Important Factors in Studio Success (Happy Thanksgiving... Episode 100!)
Nov 26, 2020
How to Get More Depth In Your Mixes
Nov 19, 2020
"Rich Kids in the Music Industry": Is Money Really What Makes Success in Music?
Nov 12, 2020
How to Fail Your Way to Better Mixes
Nov 05, 2020
The 2 Biggest Mix Balance Mistakes
Oct 29, 2020
The 2 Biggest Reverb Mistakes
Oct 22, 2020
To Succeed in the Studio, Should You Diversify Skills or Niche Down?
Oct 15, 2020
Top 3 Mixing Insights from Michael Brauer
Oct 07, 2020
Top 3 Mix Takeaways from Maria Elisa Ayerbe (4x GRAMMY Nominee)
Oct 01, 2020
Top 3 Mix Strategies from Jacquire King (3x GRAMMY-winner)
Sep 24, 2020
3 Top Mixing Mindsets from Jimmy Douglass' MixCon Masterclass
Sep 17, 2020
3 Major Takeaway's from Luca Pretolesi's MixCon Masterclass
Sep 10, 2020
How to Use Low Cut Filters
Sep 03, 2020
Don't Call Them "Mastering Engineers", Call Them This Instead
Aug 27, 2020
How Many Mics Do You Really Need to Record Drums?
Aug 20, 2020
Do you Have G.A.S? (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
Aug 13, 2020
How Long Should it Take To Mix a Song? And How Long to Master a Track?
Aug 06, 2020
Overcoming Analog Audio Envy
Jul 30, 2020
The Biggest Reason Most Albums Go Nowhere
Jul 23, 2020
Advice for Studio Assistants in the 21st Century
Jul 16, 2020
How To Avoid Audio Snake Oil
Jul 09, 2020
Multiband Compression Vs. Dynamic EQ
Jul 02, 2020
Music Publishing and Artist Management with Ben O'Connell of Songtrust.
Jun 25, 2020
Dana Nielsen on Mics, Making the Most of Mixing from Home, Remote Recording & More
Jun 18, 2020
How Much Does Talent Really Matter?
Jun 11, 2020
How do you know if your mixes are good enough?
Jun 04, 2020
Is Mixing REALLY That Important?
May 28, 2020
Should You Compress & EQ Your Mix Bus Or Leave it For Mastering?
May 21, 2020
Why You Need a SYSTEM for Mixing
May 14, 2020
How Loudness Will Lie to You: All About Level-Matching Music
May 07, 2020
The Art of Mixing Hip Hop Records, with Koen Heldens [XXXTentacion, Dr. Dre, Timbaland]
Apr 30, 2020
Mastering Gone Bad! Why I Don't Trust Cheap Mastering Engineers
Apr 23, 2020
Are YouTube Videos Making Your Audio Skills Worse?
Apr 16, 2020
Thom Russo on Rick Rubin, Winning 16 GRAMMYs & Latin Music Production.
Apr 09, 2020
Should You Mix Your Own Recordings? Should You Master Your Own Mixes?
Apr 02, 2020
BONUS Livestream Q&A Episode: Successfully Doing Audio in a Downturn
Mar 26, 2020
The Problem with Going to School for Audio, Music & The Arts
Mar 19, 2020
EQ Mindset: Boosting vs. Cutting
Mar 12, 2020
Using EQ to Perfect Your Room and Speakers (w Martins Popelis of Sonarworks)
Mar 05, 2020
Should You Take Out Debt to Build Up Your Studio?
Feb 27, 2020
How to Finish Your Mixes Faster
Feb 20, 2020
Ask These Questions Early for Better Recordings
Feb 13, 2020
This Is What Separates Successful Musicians & Producers From Everyone Else
Feb 06, 2020
The Most Important Pieces of Gear In the Studio
Jan 30, 2020
The Problem with DIY
Jan 23, 2020
What is Mid-Side Processing? When, Why & How to Use It
Jan 16, 2020
Is There Such a Thing as "TOO MUCH" Studio Time? Probably.
Jan 09, 2020
How to Finish Your Mix BEFORE Your Start It
Jan 02, 2020
How to Pick the RIGHT Studio Monitors
Dec 26, 2019
Don't Release an Album! Do This Instead.
Dec 19, 2019
"Honing In" — 1 Key Strategy for Much Better Mix Balances
Dec 12, 2019
SHOULD You Get a Sub for your Studio?
Dec 05, 2019
Your Record May Suck Unless Do THIS [SSP048]
Nov 28, 2019
Top Tips for MUCH Better Low End [SSP047]
Nov 21, 2019
Unpaid Studio Work? When to Work for Free and When Not To [SSP046]
Nov 14, 2019
How to Build ANY Kind of Studio for Just $5,000 [SSP045]
Nov 07, 2019
The Very Best Places to Learn Audio & Music Production [SSP044]
Oct 31, 2019
Learn to Actually HEAR Compression
Oct 24, 2019
EQ Before or After Compression? Plus: Multi-band Compression Principles [SSP042]
Oct 17, 2019
Money For Your Music: Earning Revenue from Sync Licensing for Film, TV, Games, Commercials & More [SSP041]
Oct 10, 2019
Live Sound vs The Studio — with Marc Urselli [SSP040]
Oct 03, 2019
The Secrets of Mix Bus Compression... Demystified! [SSP039]
Sep 26, 2019
Advanced Compression Techniques: Parallel, Sidechain and Serial Compression
Sep 19, 2019
Breaking Through Music Production Plateaus, ft. Ian Temple of Soundfly
Sep 12, 2019
This is What Happens When You Learn an Instrument [SSP036]
Sep 05, 2019
Getting Better, Faster at Music and Audio (Practice vs Talent in the Music Business) [SSP035]
Aug 29, 2019
Getting Better, Faster at Music and Audio (Practice vs Talent in the Music Business) [SSP035]
Aug 29, 2019
Are You an Amateur or a Professional Musician? How to Tell. [SSP034]
Aug 22, 2019
Reading Meters vs. Reading People: Empathy & Art in Music Production with Nicolas Vernhes [SSP033]
Aug 15, 2019
Making Major Music Hits: The Importance of Artist Development with Mark Needham [SSP032]
Aug 08, 2019
The Future of the Loudness Wars, A.I. in Music Production, 360 Sound, and more [SSP031]
Aug 02, 2019
The Most Important Tool In Your Studio Might Just Be Your Reference Mixes.
Jul 25, 2019
"Your Audio is Amazing and Nobody's Happy!" [SSP029]
Jul 18, 2019
Adding Color to Your Sounds with Maor Appelbaum [SSP028]
Jul 11, 2019
Staying Creative While Having a Life, with John Congleton [SSP027]
Jul 03, 2019
Growing a Bigger Better Studio, with Joel Hamilton [SSP #026]
Jun 27, 2019
Don't Be Afraid of Recording Your Effects! With Nic Hard [SSP #025]
Jun 20, 2019
What Matters MOST In Any Mix: The 80/20 Rule Of Audio Engineering [SSP #024]
Jun 13, 2019
Studio Business and the Craft of Mixing with Manny Marroquin [SSP #023]
Jun 06, 2019
Q&A: Monitoring Levels, Brauer Mix Buses, Landing Audio Jobs and More [SSP #022]
May 30, 2019
Audio Engineer Salaries and Jobs: How Much Do They Earn? [SSP #021]
May 23, 2019
Overcoming the Fears of Mixing with Michael Brauer [SSP #020]
May 16, 2019
The Independent Musician's Guide to Investing [SSP #019]
May 09, 2019
What (Almost) Everybody Gets Wrong About Bit Depth
May 02, 2019
Growing a (Massive) Music Fanbase on YouTube with Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox [SSP#017]
Apr 25, 2019
The Realities of Hip Hop & Music Production with Paul Willie Green Womack [SSP #016]
Apr 18, 2019
Producers, Musicians: Make $1000s More Each Year By Doing your Taxes Properly [SSP #015]
Apr 11, 2019
Do Sample Rates Really Matter? How to Make the Choice (With Science!) [SSP #014]
Apr 04, 2019
21st Century Music Business with Ariel Borujow [Keys N Krates, Galantis, CID] (SSP #013)
Mar 28, 2019
Better Ways to Produce Music with Ben H. Allen [Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective] (SSP#012)
Mar 21, 2019
Should you Go to School for Audio, Music, or Other Arts? [SSP #011]
Mar 14, 2019
What Makes a Hit Song? The Stats Behind Music's Biggest Tracks [SSP #010]
Mar 07, 2019
How to Make (and Keep) More Money in the Music and Studio Business [SSP #009]
Feb 28, 2019
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Powerful Drum Sounds in the Mix with Mike Major [#008]
Feb 21, 2019
Networking and Landing New Clients with Eyal Levi [007]
Feb 14, 2019
Getting Your Music Mastered? What You Need to Know with Joe Lambert [006]
Feb 07, 2019
Q&A: Setting Compressor Release, Mastering Loudness & Levels and More [005]
Jan 31, 2019
A Better Way to EQ, Better Way to Compress & Better Way to Reverb [004]
Jan 24, 2019
Making Albums: How Much Does it Really Cost, and How Long Will it Take? [Podcast 003]
Jan 17, 2019
What is Mastering and Is it Really Necessary? [#002]
Jan 10, 2019
Studios, Freelancers: How Much Should You Charge?? [#001]
Jan 03, 2019