I'm Justin Ball, a Doctor of music, audio-video engineer, and photographer in Tallahassee, FL.
Here you can learn more about me, how I got started, and my journey
from professional musician to AV engineer & photographer.
Before getting into audio, video, and photography, much of my life was spent studying music. I completed the Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance degree at Florida State University in 2023, where much of my passion for digital media was discovered. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic gave me the time needed to develop an entirely new career path for myself. I started out making videos of myself playing on my drum pad in my living room, and syncing the sheet music so that the viewers could follow along...
After about 18-20 videos like this, I stepped up to creating instructional videos for snare drum. This was where I started earning how to truly "edit" videos...
It was with this instructional video series that I scored my very first editing gig working with Rhythm Monster LLC, where I continue to edit videos. Thanks to my time at Rhythm Monster, I was able to hone my editing skills even further...
Throughout my time at FSU, I learned a LOT about recording percussion instruments, from my teacher, Dr. John Parks IV. In the Spring of 2021, I bought my first camera (Sony a6600), and microphone (Rode NT-1), and recorded an entire series on recording percussion instruments...
First Circle (4K) - Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays | FSU Percussion Ensemble
FSU Marching Chiefs BIG 8 DRUMLINE
Slopes (Rennick) - Austin Pelella, Soloist - FSU Percussion Studio
By the Fall of 2021, I started getting recording gigs at FSU, including recitals, live performances, competition recordings, and even small business promos.
I even started doing photography!