Posted: December 9, 2013 in General
All our Christmas contests have been a great success and after 2011 and last years “create the Best Gary Promo”, the 2013 contest will be:
Presets 4 Presents!
This year we have some new awesome prizes that you definitely don’t want to miss.
All you have to do is send us a screen cap of your favorite plugin preset, no matter what DAW you are using and what voice effect, instrument or other purpose it is made for (send to firstname.lastname@example.org). No matter it is a preset for a compressor, EQ, limiter, modulation effect or else…only rule is: The preset must be entirely YOUR OWN! Whatever you like and whatever sounds awesome. Best case you add an audio file to showcase the sound to the blog community. (Sidenote from Andy: This will increase your chances of winning.)
Please send your entry to email@example.com by December 19th at 12 noon PST. On the 20th we will upload a poll to have all the blog readers vote for their favorite preset. On Tuesday the 24th, we will close the poll and announce the winner on the Monday the 30th. (The winner picks the the first prize and so on….)
Guys, i dont know what to say…ONE WORD:
Unbelievable…check it out. This is the MEGAMIX of 2013 – no doubt about it! Enjoy my good friend David Konsky rocking it, again!
Posted: November 29, 2013 in General
Tags: Ableton, Ableton Live, benztown, benztown branding, Big Fish, Big Fish Audio, East West, House Of Kush, iMaschine, Komplete, Komplete 9, Loopmasters, Maschine, Native Instruments, plugIN, PlugINs, presonus, Prime Loops, radio imaging, studio one, Studio One 2.0, TC Electronics, Waves, X3 TDM
Hey guys, here’s a selection of plug-in and audio manufactors, where you can get nice Black Friday Deals. If we forgot some sites, let the world know in the comments… Read the rest of this entry »
You all know Sidey. One of the most talented guys in the business and creative genius. But how can every one of us be creative, write great scripts and do remarkable work and do we need an R8 for it? Well, the last question is personal – I would go for a Porsche, but..does great Imaging has the need to be creative or is this non sense and it is all about turn around time, quick in and out and delivery of facts….What THE hell is CREATIVITY in radio imaging? Check my interview with Sidey! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 26, 2013 in General
Tags: 64, AAX, Avid, benztown, benztown branding, DAW, DAW Review, DAW Test, DAWs, logic, logic pro, logic pro x, pro tools, pro tools 11, pro tools tricks, production, production tricks, protools, radio imaging, radio imaging tricks, update
Last week we wanted to know, what should be next on our blog and YOU voted for a special radio imaging test of Avid Pro Tools 11! On second place (pretty close) is Apples Logic Pro X…
Thanks for voting guys – we decided to check them both!!! So stay tuned and we’ll hook you up with the reviews as soon as possible! If you already have some specific questions depending the new versions of PT and Logic, feel free to post them in the comments…
Posted: November 21, 2013 in General
Tags: Apple, benztown, benztown branding, gear, gear porn, izotope, Izotope Nectar, logic, logic pro x, Native Instruments, new gear, plugIN, PlugINs, pro tools, production, radio imaging, review, test, U-He, Urs Heckmann, vote, voting, Waves, waves plugins
Here at Benztown we always check the web and magazines for new plug-ins and amazing gear which maybe help to take our imaging and music production to the next level… or we check out classics like the U47 and hit you up with a mic comparison (Side Note Andy: great feedback on that, thanks guys!). And because there’s so much new and old stuff that’s worth to review or to test, we are having a hard time to decide on our own, what should be NEXT?! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 18, 2013 in General
Tags: ACRA, Australia, Australian Commercial Radio Award, Australian Imaging, Australian Radio, award, awards, benztown, benztown branding, michael andersen, michael sideshow andersen, mike andersen, production, radio imaging, sideshow michael andersen, sideshow mike andersen, Triple M, Triple MMM
A few weeks since this years Australian Commercial Radio Awards in Brisbane – and there is one well known name when we take a look at the winners… My homie “Sideshow” Mike Andersen got the award for “Best Achievement in Production” again like in 2012 ! He produces for Triple M in ast year he said “In all honesty, there is nothing like a blueprint for how to win awards” but if keeps on rocking the ACRAs like this, we won’t believe anymore;) TELL US THE TRUTH!!!! Take a listen to his awarded reel and you know how he does it – by creating amazing, funny, innovative and high quality radio imaging!!!
Congrats Mike – we’re blown away again! And go for a Triple ACRA in 2014!!!
Posted: November 11, 2013 in General
Tags: benztown, benztown branding, morning show, Morning Show Imaging, production, radio imaging, radio imaging tricks, reynolds group, reynolds radio, reynoldsgroupradio, steve reynolds, WABC, WABC News, WZLX, WZLX Boston
Today I am really humbled to present you a friend of mine, which I met back in 2011 on german radiodays: Steve Reynolds. Steve is THE morning show consultant and I was very impressed by the presentation he gave back in cologne, talking about how to coach an on air personality, where he finds talent and how he creates major market success stories in morning radio. His track record speaks for itself and I am more than happy to got some spare time with him to ask some questions about imaging and how he uses imaging to brand his major market morning shows.
Learn from one of the best how SOUND Design can influence a great Morning Show brand. Enter Steve:
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Posted: November 7, 2013 in General
Tags: 2day, 2day FM, 2Day Radio, analog gear, benztown, benztown branding, customers, gear, Harry Legg, manley, Manley Voxbox, radio imaging, repair, service, warranty
Just a quick post today… My friend Harry Legg (you all know Harry as the Voice for iconic radio stations all over the world (f.e. 2Day FM) and being one of my format voices for benztown CHR) send me this: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 4, 2013 in General
Tags: analog gear, benztown, Benztown Radio, benztownbranding, compare, gear, Iboga, imaging, k2, Laetitia Dana, manley, mic, microphone, mics, neumann, neumann u47, production, radio imaging, rode, rode k2, telefunken, test, u47, VO, vocal recording, voice over, voxbox
There have been various discussions on facebook about mics, preamps etc. and I always told my opinion loud and clear. There is nothing as important as good gear and to know what to do with it…
Recently we had the luck to use a Neumann/Telefunken from the 50s. Check the difference with a Rode K2 450 US$ vs. 10.000US$. We used the Manley Voxbox as PreAMP for both recordings. Vocals by the amazing Laetitia Dana performing a snippet of “Lay Down” from here album Iboga!
The difference is massive, but check it out yourself – the Rode sounds like “a mic” and the U47 sounds like Laetitia would stand next to you! INCREDIBLE!!!
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