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Justin Colletti
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This story first appeared in Trust Me, I'm a Scientist, August 5th, 2013. In January of 2011, singer/songwriter Gabriel Mintz performed at a popular Seattle music venue. At the end of the night, the venue gave Mintz a printout of incomes and expenses associated with the show. The gross revenue from ticket sales was a …
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Even if the name Diego Stocco doesn't ring a bell, chances are that you know his work. If you have ever used Spectrasonics' instruments like Omnisphere, Atmosphere, Stylus or RMX, you’ve likely been working with some of his creations, as Stocco serves as one of their principal sound designers and his patches comprise a chief …
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In this classic Trust Me, I'm a Scientist post from August 8, 2011, Scott Craggs of Old Colony Mastering provides an easy pre-mastering checklist to help improve any mix. As a mastering engineer, I'm pretty convinced I have the best job in the world. I get to sit in a comfy chair in an air-conditioned …
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Located in North Hollywood, California, Bergatron Music & Post boasts a large selection of analog outboard gear, microphones, and instruments. But the gear isn’t what brings people to this small, sharp-looking studio—it’s all about the experience. Hidden in the backyard of Brian Starley’s home, past the garden vegetables and inviting patio, lies a studio with …
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SPL, makers of acclaimed instant-classic outboard gear dating back to the 1990s like the Vitalizer and the Transient Designer, have a couple of new 500-series units out, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of them: The 1503 “DeS” de-esser. SPL has never been known for mic pres, digital effects boxes …
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Audio equipment maker PreSonus launched a GoFundMe campaign this Monday to help employees who found themselves victims of the record-breaking floods that have been ravaging Louisiana. The headquarters of the Baton Rouge-based business stood up to the high waters, but many workers homes were not so lucky. So far, their campaign earned over $7,500 in …
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Saturday, August 20th, 2016 marked the 3rd Annual Pensado Awards, the second of which I've had the pleasure of attending for SonicScoop. This year started off with a pre-ceremony VIP soiree held in the “Main Street” area of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, under a setting California sun. Upon arrival I began making my …
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Chicago-based Dizengoff Audio has created quite a buzz for itself by by making shockingly affordable recreations of classic gear with mostly locally­-sourced components. You could think of it as something like “farm-to-table” audio, and the care taken by this new outfit's designers and builders really shows in the quality of their work. The team has …
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This story first appeared in Trust Me, I'm a Scientist, August 1, 2011. Joy Division was something of an anomaly. Existing for fewer than four years and releasing only two albums in 1979 and 1980, the band continues to remain intriguing, relevant, and influential to new generations of musicians and fans. The tragic suicide of …
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Guitarists are often tweakers, dedicating hours of research and practice to get the best possible tones and comfort from their instruments. Electric guitarists will audition countless amps, speaker cabinets, individual speakers, picks, strings, and more as they continue on the never-ending search for great tone making some of us acoustic guitar players feel left out. …
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In an industry that measures success by album sales and critical acclaim, it's refreshing to hear from someone who refuses to subscribe to such a narrow definition. “I think some people are putting the idea of success too high on a pedestal and are twisting what success actually means,” Justin Meldal-Johnsen tells me on the …
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    Mastering at JLM. Teaching at CUNY and NJCU. Writing for SonicScoop and Trust Me, I'm a Scientist.
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Justin Colletti is one of the most widely-read journalists and educators in the pro audio field.
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Justin Colletti is one of the most widely-read journalists and educators in the pro audio field. He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles on the art, science and economics of music and sound, and has spent well over a decade working as an audio producer and engineer.

Justin is a regular contributor and editor for creative production magazines including SonicScoop, Trust Me I’m a Scientist and Tape Op. He is still active in music today, particularly as a mastering engineer for Joe Lambert Mastering in DUMBO. He records occasionally and selectively, specializing in drum and guitar tracking, vocal coaching, and pre-production planning.

When he’s not behind a console or at the keyboard, Justin teaches the next generation of audio experts. He is now the chair of the Audio Technology Department for SAE New York, where he oversees all educational programs. Previously, he served as an adjunct professor for CUNY and NJCU.


Visit him at justincolletti.com or SonicScoop for more info.
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  • SUNY Purchase
    Studio Production
  • Ardsley High School
Chatham Fish and Lobster is one of our favorite places to eat on the cape! Some of the best Fish & Chips you could ask for, and their gluten-free options are even Celiac-friendly, which is essential for our family. Great for catering parties and buying fresh fish, too. Can't recommend them enough!
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Winona, Leigh, and the whole team team at Leigh Jay Nacht were extremely helpful and patient when my wife and I were shopping for our wedding rings. They have an amazing selection, and when we had a minor issue due to a miscommunication about some of the small details of our order, Leigh himself intervened quickly, calmly and professionally, and made sure we walked away two very happy customers. The style, selection and professionalism here is hard to match. Highly recommended!
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I had been thinking of buying into some hiking and camping packages with Gear to Go, but now I won't, due to the owner's bad behavior and disgusting advertising approach on social media. Just yesterday, an item came up in my Facebook feed as a "sponsored post" from Gear to Go that sought to disparage other local businesses. Apparently, a local teenager had tagged his mural (shame on the teenager for that), and when it turned out to be the son of another local small business owner, the teenager's family apparently approached Gear to Go, offering to pay just compensation for the damages, and to come up with an appropriate resolution that would be acceptable to all parties, without having to further overburden the public court system. Good on them for doing so! However, rather than simply figure out an appropriate resolution to fix the situation quickly, cleanly, and to everyone's benefit (perhaps even including public apology and community service in addition to just compensation) the owner of Gear to Go instead rejected their offer, told them to "F*&@ Off"--his words--and used the opportunity to grandstand. There's no reason I should know any of this, except for the fact that the owner of Gear to Go pasted the teenager's face all over social media, insulted his parents' businesses, and spent his advertising dollars to make sure all this showed up as a sponsored post in my news feed! This strikes me as the behavior of an immature and emotionally unstable person, and is not the kind of behavior I want to see from a business owner in my community. Ultimately, this approach backfired, and the owner has just lost many customers because of it, myself included. While the teenager was obviously in the wrong to do a graffiti tag on Gear to Go's building and should face consequences for it, the way Gear to Go handled this whole issue came across as petty, vindictive, and extremely unprofessional. When approached by the family--who appeared to be seeking a way to resolve the situation acceptably and amicably for all parties, without further overburdening the public court system--he lashed out with ridiculous "class warfare" rhetoric aimed at them and their local small business. He then demanded that the child go through the months-long process of criminal court instead, as the only possible solution, and spent advertising dollars to make his "beef" public, trying to publicly humiliate the teen and slander his parent's business. (Which had absolutely nothing to do with the incident.) I'm embarrassed now that I had seriously considered patronizing such a person's business. By spending advertising dollars on promoting this needless dispute, he turned a situation in which he was originally the victim into one in which he comes across as a vindictive and unreasonable cyberbully. Looking at the Gear to Go owner's other berating and seemingly emotionally unstable replies to several disappointed customers on Yelp, I am sad to say I am not surprised by his petty and vindictive behavior in this matter, and do not think it is an isolated incident. Originally, I was satisfied to simply post a reasonable and even-tempered reply on this tasteless Facebook "advertisement" that expressed my displeasure with it, and encouraged him to resolve the issue with the teenager and his family directly. But, despite this being the most "liked" comment on the post at the time, it was deleted by the owner of Gear to Go, along with all other comments critical of this tasteless, unnecessary and inappropriate approach. The owner ended up spending an inordinate amount of time on the thread, trying to argue with myself and others for in the community for expressing our displeasure with this inappropriate tactic, before ultimately deleting all of their comments. Because of this, I have decided to post my displeasure with his childish grandstanding here on Google, where I know it cannot be removed. Badly handled, Gear to Go!
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