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4 days ago
For the guitarists and bassists who employ pedalboards, there is an air of sacredness to the way they set them up. While the core of any excellent tone comes from a player’s fingers, instrument, and amp, an array (or just a choice few) of effects can unlock creativity and, in many cases, help establish a unique tone or playing style. As many musicians will tell you, setting up a pedalboard can...
2 weeks ago
Has this ever happened to you? You’re mixing a rock record, one that needs to sound as huge as possible, but you run into a huge roadblock: there’s only one guitar track to work with—for the whole song. This has happened to me. Quite often, actually. See, in my mixing practice, I tend to work with acts who’ve recorded rather quickly and cheaply. They expect me, in post, to turn their one-take...

2 weeks ago
In this video, Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti gives you several tips for greatly improving vocals in a mix, including how to use commercial references to gauge how loud to make a vocal track, when to use automation, what kinds of time-based effects to employ, and which frequency bands to concentrate on while applying EQ. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of...

3 weeks ago
Hear the difference as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti takes to Braund studios to contrast and compare many different microphones. The common through line? All these mics are modelled on one of two classic capsules: The Neumann U47 and the AKG C 12. In this video, you’ll hear the results as...
3 weeks ago
Perhaps more than in any other creative field, the line between professional and prosumer is the blurriest in pro audio. Just within the last 15 years, the quality of gear that has become financially obtainable by hobbyists and enthusiasts has increased exponentially, from interfaces to...

1 month ago
Time is of the essence in Part 3 of this series—time-based effects, that is! Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti manipulates reverb and delay on a vocal track to craft a sense of ambiance, folding in classic slapback echoes and creating unique reverberations out of repeating delays. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

1 month ago
Sit down with Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti for this extended look at how to shape a vocal with EQ, dynamics manipulation, and automation. Some tricks Colletti employs in this video include multiple compression stages, level-riding, and harmonic distortion. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional...
2 months ago
Anyone who’s ever miked or mixed a drum set knows that a putting up a room mic—and getting a good room-mic sound—is unbelievably useful for shaping the tonal picture of acoustic drums. There’s a problem though, one that rears its head in these days of declining budgets, where people often flock to home studios—or their own living rooms—to record drums: it’s not always possible to put up a room...
2 months ago
When I was tasked to write an article on five mistakes I’ve made on stage, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to come clean with my clams, to let go of my guitar-based gaffs, so that we may all laugh and learn. I’m hoping this article won’t fall on deaf ears, but then again, we’re all guitarists here, so… …I kid! I kid! But really, I don’t. From personal experience gigging on guitar...

2 months ago
In this conversation between Grammy-Award winning producer/engineer John Congleton and Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti, Congleton talks about gear—specifically not letting it get in your way, utilizing non-fussy classics like SM7s, putting up as few microphones as possible on the drum set, figuring out the right pedal-chain for electric guitars, preserving dynamic control, and doing whatever you...
3 months ago
Over the past few years, podcasting has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. With renewed enthusiasm in the commercial and “do-it-yourself” segments of the medium, the art of the podcast is quickly evolving. As the content has gotten better and better, the standards for sound quality, sound design, and music have also taken a quantum leap. In my time co-producing and engineering the B&H...
3 months ago
We are about a year into the B&H Photography Podcast and, while we still have a lot to learn, our success in this relatively short time has been inspiring. In addition to the wonderful guests who continue to come to our studio, our listenership and subscriber list have steadily grown over the months, and we were even...
3 months ago
It is much too easy to take our sense of hearing for granted. However, let’s face it—if you saw someone walking around treating one of their other senses the way our hearing gets abused, you’d call social services. It’s common sense not to stare directly into the sun, or not to pick up a hot pan with your bare hands, but we regularly expose ourselves to the damaging sound pressure levels (SPLs)...

4 months ago
Sitting in New York City’s Legendary Sterling Sound, John Congleton talks with Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti about the mixing process. Together they cover mixing by instinct, focusing on the big picture, using the rough mix to your advantage, listening to music while you’re mixing, and working on the vocal sooner rather than later. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide...

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