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Justin Colletti
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This story first appeared in Trust Me, I'm a Scientist, September 3, 2013. Earlier this month, we've looked at why deliberate practice is one of the most important activities for becoming successful in your field. It's the only kind of activity that's been shown—over decades of research—to make you dramatically better at the things you …
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Ah, music streaming. We all know that musicians have a love/hate relationship with it. It’s the dark addiction that opens a battle between good and evil in our very hearts. Like so many listeners, I want to hear all the music, and explore all the new bands, but I also want to be paid for …
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As many large-scale recording studios across the country continue to close, the once quintessential path of an up-and-coming audio engineer is changing. Opportunities to “rise up the ranks”—from scrubbing toilets to helming an SSL in a traditional multi-room studio—are fading fast. Over the past 15 years or so, shrinking budgets have forced the record-making process …
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SonicScoop editor Justin Colletti is back once again with another mixing masterclass, this time on vocal processing. In this episode of our video tutorial series with B&H, Justin fires up the rig at Joe Lambert Mastering and pulls up a multi-track of the song "Heroes" by AMFM to help walk through essential principles, tricks and …
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It would be difficult to find a producer, engineer, or musician who hasn’t been influenced by the work of Daniel Lanois in some way. Over the past few decades, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist, mixer, and producer has continuously released his own solo works while collaborating with an array of remarkable, world-renowned artists including U2, Brian Eno, …
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Last week, we explored a variety of ways to get an excellent acoustic guitar recording using a single microphone. The next logical step in the quest for different sonic nuances is to combine two or more microphones to obtain different colors. While the single-mic techniques we demonstrated can be perfect for when the acoustic guitar …
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RTW, an audio company based in Cologne, Germany, has been designing and manufacturing broadcast-quality metering tools and other devices since 1965. This year, two new software releases from RTW bring the most essential instruments from their premium series of hardware meters to an new affordable price point with their Masterclass Mastering Tools and Loudness Tools, …
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Is it location location location? Or maybe timing is everything? Perhaps he made his own luck? Better to can the clichés, and just chalk Velvet Elk Studios up to the great taste of its founder, Don DiLego. This singer/songwriter/banjo picker realized a few years ago that as much as he loved his East Village home …
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From The Hook to The Bridge New York City has long been a home to talented artists, musicians, engineers, producers and world renowned recording studios. But in this age of acceleration, in which recording budgets have shrunk while urban real estate markets have sky rocketed, the era of the large room recording facility has seen …
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This story first appeared in Trust Me, I'm a Scientist, September 3rd, 2013. We now live in a global economy. This means that no matter what path you take in life, if you want anything that resembles a sustainable and fulfilling career in a creative field, chances are that you're going to have to become …
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If there’s one thing Producer/Engineer Matty Amendola loves more than teaching audio on camera, it’s making music in the studio. Lucky for us all, the prolific founder of Brooklyn’s 825 Studios – and its sister label 825 Records – doesn’t have to choose. Once again, he’s put it all together with a video series that …
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This story first appeared in Trust Me, I'm a Scientist, September 4th, 2012. Among self-financed musicians, pre-production is arguably the most neglected step of the recording process. This is especially regrettable because pre-production is perhaps the least expensive part of the process, and the one that offers the greatest return on investment, by far. The …
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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
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Sonic Scientist, Educator, Journalist
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  • Audio Engineer, Educator, Journalist
    present
    Mastering at JLM. Teaching at CUNY and NJCU. Writing for SonicScoop and Trust Me, I'm a Scientist.
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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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