Posts Tagged ‘Beatmixing’

Remember: THE GRID is your friend. I started to work in Grid Mode in late 2002 and it was one of the best production decisions I ever made. A lot of great guys like David Konsky or Matt Nicolic work in the grid  mode as well and I think you should check it out today as: there is no easier way to create seamless beatmix promos, concert shells, artist promos or anything else where you mix music. As you asked for more, now it’s time to get some more CHR Beatmixing madness. Cheers. ANDY!

Chris Ward, Imaging Director for Real Radio in UK emailed me a few weeks ago and sent me an incredible piece of audio. He really got me tracked down on this AC piece, which he called a ‘Mini Mash’ (and as I get a lots of audio all the time, this is not easy)

But check it on your own.

Sure, I had to interview this guy and find out more, how he creates those ‘mini mashes’. Check out more audio from Chris and some more Imaging wisdom including screen caps and tricks – Enter Chris Ward (more…)

Beatmixing Pro and imaging star David Konsky did it again!

A lot of you guys sure remember his last crazy piece from last year, now he’s back with more beatmixing and mash up madness. That’s why Konsky IS THE BEST!

This stunning piece made for 2Day FM summarizes all the hits of 2012… so far. Enjoy and get inspired. Make some noise for DJ Konsky!

Guys like James Smith or Nic Kelly have proven it: Adobe Audition is a hot topic in Radio Imaging. In the last time, we heard a lot of great imaging  produced with Adobe Audition. There is some very hot beatmatching – and all this without the help of a ProTools grid mode.

Morning Show producer for Fox FM in Mebourne, script writer and Pro Tools and Adobe Audition expert, Jerimiah a.k.a. Jez B, created a Beatmixing Tutorial for Adobe Audition.

Check his video, follow a few easy steps and you’ll never miss a beat.

Beatmixing….YES, again! Our blog subscriber Raul sent me this link and I think it was more than worth to share this freaky shit with you guys. The Heavyweight of beatmixing has a new challenger. (Remember Konsky’s XXL beatmix):

http://norwegianrecycling.net

check the audio section… unbelievable!

Can you do this? Sure? Send your mashup to blog@benztown.com and we will send out a few nice pieces to all attendants.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 30th Production Diary, so it’s my 30th week here at the Benztown Studios in Stuttgart.

After my last Tutorial about creating a DJ Mix in Pro Tools, I’m getting a bit more deeper into DJing with Pro Tools.

DJing is not only about beatmatching, it’s about timing, too. Your songs might have the same tempo, but if you’re messing up the right timing, it still sounds like crap.

Electronic (and most Pop-) music works simple. 4 beats per bar. My technique is to sum up bars into  ‘phrases’. I count 2 bars as one phrase. An example: a song with a 16 bars intro has an intro with 8 phrases. After 8 phrases, I start with 1 again. Maybe it’s not the best technique, but it works for me.

Here’s a pic as example (click for full view)

My technique is to mix with phrases, that means, I start phrase 1 of my first song and phrase 1 of my second song at the same time, phrase 2 of my first song with phrase 2 of my second song, etc…. You can also mix phrase 5 of your first song with phrase 1 of your second song, phrase 6 of your first song with phrase 2 of your second song, but that depends on the songs and the way you want to mix them.

When it comes to DJing, you got to know your songs. How long is the intro? How does the Drop sound like and when do you have breaks (softer parts in a song, which build up to a second drop)?

Speaking of Drop, that’s what Wikipedia says:

“The drop is the point in a track where a switch of rhythm or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break.

In Hip-Hop and electronic music, the reintroduction of the full bass line and drums is known as the drop.

In Dubstep, the drop involves a full bass line and commonly a “wobble” bass accompanied by a strong shuffling beat.

In Metalcore sub-genres, drops are often utilized at the first chord of a breakdown, to emphasize the passage.”

In short: the drop is, when the action starts

When your timing is perfect, you’re able to perform a “double drop”, means beatmatching in a way, that both drops occur at the same time. You either can switch to the second song or (if you use the right songs) perform a crazy mash up with both songs.

The following example is one of my favourite double drops, I play in my sets. The included songs are ‘Culture Shock – Bad Red’ & ‘Brookes Brothers – Last Night’ (don’t be afraid. No matter, how fast the music is, the technique with counting phrases works on every tempo).

Performing double drops with vinyl is one of the most difficult techniques in DJing and it might take a long time, till you can do it. With Pro Tools, it’s done in a few minutes. I’ll show you how… (more…)

My friend David Konsky did it again. After his awesome Return 2011 Promo, he created another piece of magic. There is not much stuff on air, which makes me freak out, but this piece does!

Check the short interview:

What was the brief for this spectacular beatmix promo ?I’d made a return promo for 2011 in similar fashion but only in a 30 second format with voice over. Half way of 2011 our PD wanted to showcase top 30 tracks so far and left it up to me to create magic. Brief was 30 songs in under 3 minutes.

How did you started such a massive project? I started with a list of 40-50 songs and established what would and wouldn’t work key wise and then put it together from there.

How long did it take? 4 – 5 hours in total.

Check a screen cap from David’s massive Session and listen to one best beatmixes ever ! (more…)

Hi guys, it’s me Andre,

It’s now my 23rd week here in the Benztown Studios and I’m stull learning echa and every day here.

CHR Imaging is all about energy and speed. With the most songs  played in CHR, it’s no big problem to create energetic imaging. Most of them range between 120bpm and 130 bpm and today’s Pop Music is very electronic and rhythmic.

But then there are the other songs in CHR: Slow Urban songs, Pop ballads, acoustic Singer/Songwriter stuff. Most of them are way under 100bpm and here starts the problem… How do I image these songs without destroying that fast, energetic mood of my station? (more…)

Nic Kelly  from Oz. Right, there was this 15 year old self marketing imaging genius. In my opinion, Nic is one of the guys, who will rock the imaging scene in the future. I know no guy having his age, who has the same skill set and industry connections. There are great imaging guys, who give feedback to Nic about his work like David Konsky and many others. Nic is a master of self marketing, but also a great imaging talent. Becuase we really believe in his talent, Mike Santos, Oli and I decided to offer Nic the chance to get an Imaging superstar even faster and improve on a weekly basis by getting detailled feedback on productions, challenges, reviews and and and. I won’t call it an education program, because it is far more than that. Why? See the new category on the left – yes, Nic will have his own category on our blog to let you guys know what he did in the last weeks, what he created and achieved. His first post is about beatmixing in Adobe!

Enter Nic and Adobe Audition! (more…)

In my 5 minute work out excercise a few weeks ago, I promised you to show you how to do the best Pitch and Time Compression Effects in the world using Serato Pitch’n’Time. I even promised to do a second Part using ProTools 8 and elastic Audio and guess what : I was lying. My partner Oli did it and it is unbelievable easy to do and understand. This is your exercise for today : Watch the video and play around with it in your daily environment.

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