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Goran, James  and I will host a presentation @radiodays europe. It is about Imaging, sure thing, but in a very different way. It is about breaking the rules in Imaging…how to break the rules, why to do so and who can or should do it! As a kickstarter for the presentation we created a website where all of you can post RULES you have broken in the past or you always wanted to break. Help us to create an outstanding presentation,  to make IMAGING brave and legendary, again, by leaving a comment on the blog, our webiste or on Facebook. You can also tweet me

Thanks
Andy, James and Goran

ps. we are looking forward to meet you in Dublin!

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Turbulence is the most powerful Imaging library for Rock and Alternative and it is created by a killer combo of the 3 most rocking countries in the world… The United States of Rock’n’Roll, the Republic of Rammstein and The HOME of the KIWI… yes, Chris Davis is from New Zealand, he lives in New Zealand and works for the iconic 2day FM in Sydney and of course for the most bad ass imaging library in the world – TURBULENCE. I love Chris style and how he interprets the Rock/Alternative Formats… his work for  2day is also impressive. Check his audio, steal some of his presets and enjoy the dirty side of IMAGING. Enter Chris Davis….

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“For the past year, the Iron Imager belt has been mine. Wanna take it away from me?? BRING IT ON!” -Dan Kelly

The BIGGEST Imaging BATTLE in the WORLD returns. Iron Imager 2014 is open to any and all radio imaging/production professionals…this means you! Benztown invites you to take on the reigning champion, Dan Kelly (Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York) for the highest industry honor: the title of Iron Imager (and the belt that comes with it). There’s only one belt like it in the world…and Dan Kelly isn’t going to give it up without a  fight. If you think you can overthrow the champ, and you want to come to Los Angeles to prove it…then what are you waiting for?! Sign up here, and send us your submission no later than March 10th by 11:59 PM (Pacific). Click here to sign up for Iron Imager 2014! Last year, Dan Kelly defeated Paul “The Irish Pitbull” Duffy, and now it’s your turn to take a shot at the champ! If you win, you’ll take home the coveted Iron Imager belt, along with a $1,000 cash prize! The contestants will demonstrate their imaging skills using  audio from the Benztown Branding Libraries and their handwritten scripts. If any contestants need voice-over, they can  get it from 4 of Benztown’s newest world-class voice talents, including Correy Webb, Grant George, Jessica Gee and Jules Riley.

First Round – One Contender. Out of Many. Challengers will compete to cook up the most delicious 60 SECOND MUSIC PROMO, using audio ingredients from Benztown’s imaging libraries. Final pieces must be submitted to ironimager@benztown.com no later than Monday March 10th at 11:59 PM (Pacific). Cuts will be judged by a panel of the industry’s top producers and programmers.

Final Round – A Shot at the Champ. The top contestant from Round 1 will compete head-to-head against the current reigning Iron Imager Dan Kelly (Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York), during the 2014 AllAccess Worldwide Radio Summit. WWRS admission will be provided by Benztown. International contestants are eligible. Benztown will provide US domestic airfare ONLY. Winner will receive $1,000 cash AND the most prestigious title in radio production: Iron Imager!

For more information visit www.benztown.com/ironimager. We can’t wait to hear your entries. Submit your piece and become the next Iron Imager. 

Ashley Bard Capital Xtra

Lately I discovered Ashley’s work on Daryl’s blog and I knew right away this guys needs to be interviewed. Especially his work for Capital Xtra  blew me away – I love how he uses Filters, Stutters and rhythmic in general to create a new world of sound attached to the regular Capital brand, but far away enough to keep an own character. Check Ashley’s audio, hsi screen caps, read about his tips and tricks and enjoy one of the UK’s rising Imaging stars.

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James Stodd - Avalanche

Enough said about James. He is one of the most talented and experienced Imagers I know and I am proud to host a panel with him at Radiodays Europe in Dublin. In his career he worked for iconic stations like Capital in London and now oversees the legendary Jack brand in Southampton. I am proud to have him on board as part of the benztown brigade and as Format Director for Avalanche he creates world class Classic Rock IMAGING on a weekly basis. Check the screen caps from James’ session and listen to his incredible work. Read the rest of this entry »

Reverse Reverb

You all know how to create the legendary reverse reverb effect used in thousands of productions and imaging pieces around the globe. It is a cool effect and not hard to create, but there is several steps included – until ProTools 10. Jan discovered last week how easy it became to create the REVERSE REVERB with just one click! Insane, that we all have overlooked the small button on the right in True Verb f.e. …Maybe you have as well. :)… Read the rest of this entry »

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Everybody loves to do CHR Imaging. Why? Big FX, big processing, crazy VO treatment, bad ass beats….
I love Justin’s approach in our CLIQUE library, as it is kind of fresh and very fast paced. The VO is Mikey Muscatello. Check also some of Justin’s screen caps….Enjoy! (Side Note Andy: Check Justin on Ryan’s Podcast) Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Valentine’s Day to all our lovely blog readers!!! WE LOVE YOU!

We know not many of us can be as romantic as Gary, who found his great love today as you can see above. But our SFX-Diggers Konrad and Max gave their best and did a brainstorm on which sounds to record for Valentine’s Day. (Side Note Andy: In this regard, they had to face some things, they always have been avoiding in conversations with their girlfriends…)

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Check out a first video draft with some impressions from our visit in Russia, where we recorded the new jingle package for Europa Plus. The VI sound studio had a lot of great gear, but I did not tell you about a once in a lifetime experience… The B&W 800 Diamond Series! (Side Note Andy: This post is all subjective and my personal opinion, for speakers everyone tends to like different stuff also: Thanks to Romain Travaillé for doing this great video – check more of his great work here. )

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SFX Winter Sports Gary

We have a new trainee here at benztown, he’s called Max and one of the many great things about him is that he loves recording sounds! He studied at the SAE institute in Stuttgart and worked as a boom operator and location sound mixer for several movie projects (especially for the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg).

Dont be afraid of the recording process,  it’s actually a funny trial and error task and doesn’t take as much time and money as you think. Our first big mission was to record SFX for the Olympic Winter Games – without having real winter temperatures and olympic environment here in Stuttgart. Get into recording your own sound effects – Step by Step! Read the rest of this entry »