Justin Cortelyou

Mixer and Engineer

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Justin Cortelyou is a Grammy Nominated mixer and engineer located in Nashville, TN. He has worked with artists such as Phish, U2, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Reid, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and many more. Justin works out of his studio, Soultrain Sound Studios, using a hybrid mix in the box with the best outboard equipment available.

I have been in the music industry for 16 years and have had the privilege of working with some of the biggest and most influential musicians and artists of our time, I've been nominated for a Grammy, have several platinum records internationally, and many #1's. I've been on both sides of the glass and come from a music background. My mentor was Mike Shipley, one of the top mixers of our time, and worked along side legendary producer, Bob Ezrin, for many years. My approach is to honor the song and the music that's inside the tracks. I bring energy, width and depth no matter what genre.

My studio is equipped with a rack full of the best modern and vintage gear available. I typically work on Pro Tools Ultimate using Burl converters in a hybrid mix approach. I have worked and had success in all genres. If you need to record drums, I have one of the best sounding drum rooms in Nashville, access to the world's best drummers, and microphones including Neumann U67's, M249, KM56, SM2, Fet47, U87's, Telefunkin U47's, AKG C12, Sony C800g, and many more.

I'm available to zoom or skype during sessions for distance recording and mix reviews using Audio Movers' "Listento" plugin and application.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Justin Cortelyou
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Mitchell Tenpenny
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • Alice Cooper
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Phish
  • Phish
  • JJ Shiplett
  • Michael Ray
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Donnell Leahy
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Donnell Leahy
  • The Tenors
  • Blake Shelton
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Saliva
  • 2Cellos
  • 2Cellos
  • Will Hoge
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • K'NAAN
  • K'NAAN
  • K'NAAN
  • The Darkness
  • The Tenors
  • The Tenors
  • Alan Jackson
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Kimberly Caldwell
  • Kimberly Caldwell
  • Taylor Swift
  • Framing Hanley
  • Kumi Koda
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • SafetySuit
  • Kiss
  • Glass Tiger
  • JJ Shiplett
  • Corey Hart
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Corey Hart
  • Johnny Reid
  • Johnny Reid
  • Johnny Reid
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Ellie Goulding
  • JJ Shiplett
  • JJ Shiplett
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart
  • Corey Hart

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Rachel Potter
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    Justin is such a talented mix engineer! I have used him for many album projects and I am always thrilled with his work! Not to mention he's a great guy!

  2. Review by Tyler C.
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    I've worked with Justin a lot. He is a consummate pro to do business with, and his mixes are always world class. Highly recommend!

Interview with Justin Cortelyou

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I just finished a Gramps Morgan reggae record, I mixed a couple songs for Chingy, a few songs for country artist Jerrod Niemann, and I'm currently mixing a classic country record for Canadian star Johnny Reid.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both for me. I have most of the tracks hit pieces of outboard gear to get the tone shaping and color, then I use plugins that do things that you cannot find in the analog world. That way I can get big sounds while also using modern mix techniques and quick recalls.

  5. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  6. A: Generally they ask what gear I like or what I think about a specific piece. I used to work almost exclusively in the box. I've now started using a lot of outboard gear, and I feel that it really adds dimension, color, and life to the mixes.

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. A: Probably that I can just import a session into a template. I do not. I mix the song that you give me and let that guide the sound.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: I always ask my clients for a few song references that go in a similar direction as well as any rough mixes. Sometimes explaining sounds and colors is tricky, so being able to say, "listen to the snare sound on this track" is very helpful.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: Neve 1073, Urie 1176, RCA BA6A, Neumann U67, Neve 33609 and 2254

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I cut my teeth in 2002 under mixer, Chuck Ainlay at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, TN. I was night manager at Sound Stage before being hired by master mixer, Mike Shipley. After that, I engineered in LA with many pop, rock, and hip hop artists before moving back to Nashville where I began working with producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel). I recently partnered with a client on a state of the art private, boutique studio in Berry Hill (Nashville). I recently mixed the Andrea Bocelli record, "Si", which was nominated for a Grammy in 2019

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Modern, punchy, energetic, and polished.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Leave space for the vocal. If you have fills, riffs, or melodic licks, build them in around the holes of the vocals.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: The power and energy of the mix, but also finding the musical moments and featuring them in a way that does not impede on the vocal or the message of the song.

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: I bring musicality, experience, and energy to the mix. What sets my mixes apart is the depth and width of the mixes, attention to the musical phrases, and most importantly the vocal.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: I like having a rough mix to listen to in order to make certain that I have all of the required files and to reference general values. This gives me a look into where the artist's mind was during creation. I can see what instruments they feel lead the way, etc. I like to mix no more than two songs a day. I have hardware inserts that I use to either put things through the desk or through the outboard gear, then I commit so that recalls are fast and easy.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I have a state of the art full commercial studio which includes an SSL 4000E 40 channel console, great sounding live room with house kit (Gretsch Renown Maple kit), Yamaha C7 grand piano, Hammond B3 with Leslie 122, amazing mic assortment featuring Neumann U67's, U87's, M249c, KM56, SM2, KM140, U47FET, Telefunken U47's, AKG C12, Sony C800G, and many many more, a rack of gear featuring 16 channels of UTA MP-DI's, Coil Audio CA-28's and CA-70's, API 3124's, 4 x 1073's, 2 x 1081's, Neve 2254 (pair), 33609 (metal knob), API 550b's, 560's, 529, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, EMT 140 (stereo Tube), EMT 250, RCA BA6A, UTA Unfairchild, Retro Sta Level, 4x Distressor EL-8, AMS RMX, Burl Mothership, Bricasti M7, and a list of plugins.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: I am a mixer of all styles of music, ranging from old school rock, to pop and classical.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: Michael Shipley (Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Shania Twain, etc) was one of my favorite mixers and my mentor. I worked with him for several years, and that really influenced my approach to mixing.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I work in all genres. From country to rock, from classical to pop. It's all music, and my goal in the mix is to honor and enhance the song.

  33. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  34. A: Any artist that brings creativity.

  35. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  36. A: Communication is key. My job is to enhance your song and get it to where you absolutely love it. I enjoy hearing feedback from my clients. It's not my record I'm mixing, its yours.

  37. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  38. A: I love when I get a song that is really creative, and that could be in any genre. When the artist is truly tied to the song, it really raises the bar. Those are the songs that I just can't wait to finish so I can take off my mixer hat and just listen for the pleasure of listening.

  39. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  40. A: I promise that I will put all of my focus on your song and material until it is finished. I've never had a client come back unhappy, and I believe its because of that focus and communication between us.

  41. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  42. A: There are so many great artists, producers, mixers, musicians, and mastering engineers on this site.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: The Hollywood Vampires record was just an amazing experience. It spanned almost two years and I flew back and forth from Nashville to LA. We recorded much of it at Johnny Depp's house, and had some surreal musical guests including Paul McCartney, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Marylin Manson, Perry Ferrell, and many more.

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Hollywood Vampires Feat Paul McCartney, "Come and Get It"

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GenresSounds Like
  • The Killers
  • Phish
  • Taylor Swift
Gear Highlights
  • SSL 4000E console
  • Neve 1073's
  • 1081's
  • 33609
  • 2254
  • EMT 140 plate
  • Unfairchild
  • Urie 1176 rev D
  • RCA BA6A
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