Joe is a musician, engineer, producer and educator in NYC.
Joe Albano
He started out studying music formally with some of the pioneers of electronic music —including time at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, one of the first electronic music studios in the country.

After college, Joe divided his time between performing in various bands (keys, bass, guitar) and recording, initially operating a multitrack remote recording service. He also began teaching—the first of two stints—at audio schools in NYC, covering subjects that ranged from acoustics & physics of sound, to analog & digital recording, mixing & mastering, to synthesis, sampling, & MIDI.

Joe took a break from teaching to become a co-owner/operator of Rooftop Productions, a recording & production studio in midtown Manhattan, where he was involved in all types of recordings from music & album production to v/o & post.

Eventually, he returned to freelance production, recording & mixing, and began writing for industry publications, including Recording magazine. He returned to teaching, for a second stint that lasted a number of years.

Currently, Joe is continuing his freelance work, and is now also writing for AskAudio magazine and creating training courses on a variety of subjects for macProVideo/AskVideo.
Courses by Joe Albano
  • Logic Pro X 206
    The Delay/Reverb Plugins
    Logic’s Delay and Reverb plugins are some of the most essential plugins in the Logic Pro library. Joe Albano is here with this course to explain and explore all of them. Watch this course and get learning...
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  • Pro Tools 105
    Mastering Essentials
    Mastering is an art, and Avid Pro Tools offers a wide range of plugins, perfect for any mastering tasks. Dive in this course to learn the subtle art of mastering with experienced engineer Joe Albano.
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  • Logic Pro X 205
    The Distortion Plugins
    Logic Pro X has a bunch of distortion plugins and it’s hard to know, at first glance, just what flavor of distortion they actually produce. No worries, Joe Albano is here to explain them all in this in-depth course!
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  • Pro Tools 104
    Mixing & Automation
    Pro Tools is considered be the gold standard for recording and mixing audio. Learn how to use every Pro Tools’ mixing and automation feature in this 2-hour + course by audio expert Joe Albano.
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  • Logic Pro X 204
    The Modulation Plugins
    Logic Pro X’s FX plugins, with their redesigned GUI and added functionality are now more powerful than ever. Get the inside info on all of LPX’s modulation plugins in this course by Logic expert Joe Albano.
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  • iZotope Insight 2 101
    Gaining Insight
    In this iZotope Insight 2 video manual by audio expert Joe Albano, you learn how to deploy all of Insight’s visualization tools to get the “insight” you need to understand exactly what’s happening, technically, in your audio tracks. Whether it’s loudness compliance, phase issues, frequency distribution, metering or any kind of advanced audio troubleshooting, this in-depth, workflow-based Insight 2 video manual explains it all!
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  • Pro Tools 103
    Recording & Editing Audio
    Avid’s Pro Tools is considered by many as the industry standard for digital audio production. Learn the power of audio recording and editing using Pro Tools in this course by expert trainer Joe Albano!
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  • Logic Pro X 203
    Logic's Compressors
    Apple’s Logic Pro X comes with a complete set of killer compressors. In this 11-tutorial course, Joe Albano explains every inch of Logic’s bundled compressors!
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  • iZotope RX 7 301
    RX 7 - The Unofficial Video Manual
    The industry standard for audio repair just got better… iZotope’s RX 7 is here! Learn to repair, enhance, and restore damaged audio in this in-depth course by master trainer Joe Albano!
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  • Pro Tools 102
    Recording and Editing MIDI
    Do you want to get up to speed with Pro Tools’ powerful MIDI features? Delve deep into the MIDI side of AVID’s Pro Tools in this course by expert trainer Joe Albano, and become a Pro Tools MIDI master!
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  • Logic Pro X 105
    Mastering Essentials
    Apple’s Logic Pro X includes all the tools you need to create pro-sounding masters. Learn the craft of mastering in this Mastering Essentials course by pro audio engineer and trainer Joe Albano!
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  • Logic Pro X 301
    Smart Tempo Demystified
    One of Apple’s Logic Pro X 10.4 top key features is its powerful tempo detection feature, aptly named Smart Tempo. Join audio expert Joe Albano in this course, and get up to speed with this amazing new feature!
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  • Audio Concepts 203
    Advanced Metering
    Audio meters are invaluable tools when it comes to audio recording, mixing, mastering and repair, but they can be somewhat difficult to fully understand. So join audio expert Joe Albano in this advanced Audio Concept course, and learn the ins and outs of audio metering!
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  • AudioPedia 110
    Synths, Samplers and Virtual Instruments
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This tenth installment is about Synths, Samplers and Virtual Instruments.
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  • AudioPedia 109
    MIDI
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This ninth installment is about MIDI terminology.
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  • AudioPedia 108
    Mixing and Mastering
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This eight installment is about Mixing and Mastering terminology.
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  • AudioPedia 107
    Editing and Signal Flow
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This seventh installment is about Editing and Signal Flow.
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  • AudioPedia 106
    Microphones
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This sixth installment is about Microphones.
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  • AudioPedia 105
    Recording and Monitoring
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This fifth installment is about Recording and Monitoring.
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  • AudioPedia 104
    Recording Media, DAW and Computer
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This fourth installment is about Recording Media, DAW and Computer terminology.
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  • Neutron 2 101
    Mixing With Neutron 2
    iZotope Neutron 2 is here and so is this essential 20-tutorial Neutron companion course! Join audio expert Joe Albano, and learn about Neutron’s innovative features, including the Visual Mixer, Tonal Balance Control and more.
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  • AudioPedia 103
    Digital Audio Terms and Standards
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This third installment is about Digital Audio Terms and Standards.
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  • AudioPedia 102
    Acoustics and Studio Design
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This second installment is about Acoustics & Studio Design.
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  • AudioPedia 101
    Sound Waves & Hearing
    The NLE AudioPedia series, our video-based audio encyclopedia, is a comprehensive dictionary of audio terminology. It's an invaluable resource for sound engineers, musicians, students, educators and all audio enthusiasts. This first installment is about Sound Waves and Hearing.
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  • Logic Pro FastTrack 205
    Tracks and Alternatives
    Apple’s Logic Pro X offers many ways to organize, arrange and edit your tracks. Get the inside info on Logic’s track-related features in this laser-focussed FastTrack™ course by Logic expert Joe Albano, and instantly improve your workflow!
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  • RX 6 Advanced 301
    The Unofficial Video Manual
    iZotope’s RX 6 is here and so is master trainer Joe Albano with an in-depth look at every module included in the RX Advanced collection. Join him in this course, and learn how to repair, enhance, and restore damaged audio you thought was unrecoverable.
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  • Logic Pro FastTrack 303
    M/S Processing in Logic Pro
    The new Dual Mono & Mid/Side options introduced in Apple's Logic Pro X 10.3 open up a whole new world of mixing possibilities. Join audio expert Joe Albano in this highly focussed FastTrack™ course, and learn everything about M/S processing in Logic.
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  • Waves 202
    Abbey Road Mastering Collection
    Master your recordings and get that classic Abbey Road Vinyl sound using the Abbey Road Mastering Collection plugins by Waves. This course, by audio expert Joe Albano, explains and explores every aspect of these emulations. Watch it now!
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  • Neutron 101
    Mixing with Neutron
    Neutron, iZotope’s latest mixing channel strip, is here, and so is this essential 15-tutorial course, led by audio expert Joe Albano. Dive in now, and see how this new iZotope plugin will intelligently assist you with your mixes!
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  • Audio Mistakes 109
    10 Common Vocal Recording Mistakes
    Recording vocals is hard because there are so many chances to make HUGE mistakes! This is why it’s a great topic for our popular Audio Mistakes series! Let US make the mistakes so YOU don’t have to!
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  • Audio Mistakes 108
    10 Common Distortion/Saturation Mistakes
    Distortion and saturation, when misused or poorly executed, can ruin a production just as easily as they can warm it up! That’s what inspired Joe Albano to create this course! Let US make the mistakes so YOU don’t have to!
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  • Audio Mistakes 107
    10 Common Signal Flow Mistakes
    When you insert a plugin into your DAW, that insertion is actually a connection. That’s signal flow. Making poor connections can destroy an otherwise great track. Let US make the signal flow mistakes so YOU won’t have to!
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  • Audio Mistakes 106
    10 Common Studio Design Mistakes
    Did you know that an inferior studio setup can ruin the sound of your tracks? It’s true. Luckily, Joe Albano is here to show you what NOT to do when setting up your room. Let US make the mistakes so YOU won’t have to!
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  • Audio Mistakes 105
    10 Common Panning Mistakes
    Panning is a technique that, when messed up, can ruin an otherwise healthy mix. Don’t fret! Joe Albano is here to explain what NOT to do when when setting up your audio panorama. Let US make the mistakes so YOU won’t have to!
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  • Soundtoys 5 101
    Explained and Explored
    The Soundtoys 5 collection is a one-stop powerhouse bundle. Clocking in at 18 plug-ins, it can be a lot to digest. If you’ve got questions, our in-house expert Joe Albano is here to answer them!
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  • Audio Mistakes 104
    10 Common Mastering Mistakes
    WARNING: Mastering mistakes can wreck a track! Luckily, Joe Albano is here to explain what NOT to do when you master your tracks. Grow! Learn! Make mistakes! Or, better yet, let Joe make them FOR you!
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  • Audio Mistakes 103
    10 Common Reverb/Delay Mistakes
    Discover all kinds of time-based reverb, echo and chorusing faux pas to avoid in this blunder-ridden course by audio expert Joe Albano! Grow! Learn! Make Mistakes! Or, better yet, let US make them FOR you.
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  • Audio Mistakes 102
    10 Common EQ Mistakes
    “Mistakes are your best teachers.” This course examines 10 common EQ mistakes and shows you how to fix them. Let US make the mistakes so YOU don’t have to! There’s no better way to learn!
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  • Audio Mistakes 101
    10 Common Compression Mistakes
    “Every mistake is an opportunity to learn.” This course addresses 10 common compression mistakes and shows you how to correct them. Let US make the mistakes so YOU don’t have to!
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  • Sample Logic 101
    CINEMORPHX Deciphered
    CINEMORPHX by Sample Logic is a film and game composer’s dream, sound design machine. It's deep & powerful, and trainer Joe Albano worked very closely Sample Logic in designing this must see course. It’s amazing. Check it out!
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  • iZotope RX 5
    Post Production Suite Explored
    The iZotope RX Post Production Suite is a set of advanced repair and restoration tools for audio post work. This “in-action”, broadcast focussed course explains how RX 5 and the other tools work together to solve everyday audio situations.
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  • GRAVITY 101
    GRAVITY Demystified
    No one can escape GRAVITY… but you can use it to your sonic advantage! Learn how to infuse your tracks with Heavyocity’s GRAVITY in this “heavy” course by audio expert Joe Albano.
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  • FabFilter 201
    Pro Series Plugins
    Nobody makes audio plugins like FabFilter. And there’s nobody better suited to teach them than our very own Joe Albano. This course explains the Pro Series FX bundle and shows it in action!
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  • AEON 101
    AEON Explored
    AEON, by Heavyocity, is the go-to sound design tool used by film/game sound designers and electronic musicians alike. Watch this course and see just what this Kontakt instrument is all about!
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  • Soundtoys 101
    Playing With Soundtoys
    Soundtoys aren’t your ordinary plugins. They are designed to inspire creativity in your audio processing and sound design. Join trainer Joe Albano as he shows these “toys” in action and explains how they work!
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  • Revoice 101
    Revoice Pro: Revealed
    Revoice Pro 3, by Synchro Arts, tightens up the timing and pitch of any track or stacked tracks. Discover what this innovative software -by the makers of VocALign- can do in this 20-tutorial course by Joe Albano.
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  • Logic Pro X 201
    The EXS24: Sampling Explored
    The EXS24 Sampler is at the heart of most Logic Pro projects and presets. This NEW course, by Joe Albano, explains how to program and customize this timeless sampler while revealing some ESX's deepest and newest features!
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  • iZotope Iris 2
    Sonic Fusion Explored
    iZotope has created a new form of synthesis with Iris. Now with the new improved Iris 2 see how every sound sample becomes your sonic inspiration! Join Joe Albano and learn everything that Iris 2 has to offer!
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  • Audio Concepts 202
    Mastering In The Box
    Trainer Joe Albano is back with an advanced look at mastering in our popular Audio Concepts series. See how pro audio engineers master their tracks “in-the-box” in this in-depth, high-level audio engineering course.
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  • Audio Concepts 201
    Advanced Audio Editing
    Audio guru Joe Albano is back with an Advanced Audio Editing course in our very popular Audio Concepts series. No matter what DAW you use, watch this course and really accelerate your audio editing chops!
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  • Waves 201
    The Abbey Road Collection Explored
    The Beatles productions have an amazing sonic quality. A lot of it is attributed to the custom gear they used at Abbey Road Studios. Learn about that gear and how to use Waves’ authentic Abbey Road plugins in this Beatles-worthy course by Joe Albano.
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  • Audio Concepts 105
    Sound Recording
    Recording is easy, right? Just hit the button and BOOM, you’re an engineer! But what is actually happening? Watch this course by Joe Albano and learn the science of recording!
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  • Audio Concepts 104
    Delay and Reverb Effects
    As a follow-up to Audio Concepts 103, this course explains just how those “real world” acoustical FX are recreated in the studio using plugins. Learn how these delay-based effects function & are deployed in this hands-on course by Joe Albano.
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  • Audio Concepts 103
    Acoustics
    In this course, trainer Joe Albano explains how sound interacts and is modified by the listening environment. Learn the powerful influence of acoustics on our perception and the propagation of sound.
    (18)
  • Audio Concepts 102
    Audio Processing Basics
    This course builds on your understanding of sound with a professional look at audio processing in today's recording environment. Join trainer Joe Albano and learn all about audio in this detailed 25-tutorial course.
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  • Audio Concepts 101
    Audio & Sound Basics
    What is sound and audio? How can we measure it? Why do we perceive it the way we do? Learn the nature and science of musical sound, audio and perception in this pro-level audio course by sound engineer, Joe Albano.
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  • Pro Tools 201
    The Plug-Ins Explored
    Pro Tools's bundled Effect Plug-ins are a huge part of the recording experience. They’re inserted on almost every channel strip when you’re tracking, mixing and mastering! In this rock-solid course – designed by audio engineer Joe Albano – they are explained and examined in great detail. Master your tools!
    (5)
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