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After about 20 years in radio full-time, I’ve been working as a director of video productions for a manufacturing company in Kansas City for the last few years. I have clients I do imaging for as a freelancer on a consistent basis as well as working with my “home station,” KZPT-FM 997 the Point in Kansas City, where I’m also on-air as a weekend/fill-in jock.
I’d also like to mention how much I love this “Iron Imager” contest. I’d like to thank Benztown for making it happen. I’d like to thank Dan Kelly and the other champs for being involved and bringing a large amount of credibility to this event. The trip to LA and the chance to share the stage with Dan, catch some hang time with the Benztown Team is a prize in itself! If this brings me new opportunities, that’s just icing on the cake. This experience has easily been one of the most exciting things that has happened to me in my radio career.
I love you, radio.
Love, Brady

PS: I’m on twitter, @bradygoodman, and I’m always open to new opportunities

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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?! (more…)

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A few weeks ago the benztown studios Stuttgart have been visited by a good friend and great production guy, Sergey Zelentsov from Moscow. He heads up the production department of one of the biggest european radio networks Europa Plus and he was here for a special occasion: to check out his brand new  “Brigada U”-Jingles  before they hit the airwaves. I took the chance to interview this very talented radio imager. I wanted to know all about his work, technique and whats rocking Russia at the moment.

So let’s check out Mr. Europa Plus, Sergey Zelentsov…


Limiters, we all love them! We use them on the master, on voice overs, on solo tracks, on everything. WE WANT it to be LOUD! I always was a fan of the L series. The L1, L2, L3 i use and used them in every session I did in the last 10 years. They are tight, easy to use and give a punch like nothing else in the world. In my opinion, they got better and better and the L3 is a monster!
What Limiters do you like? What do you use?
There is a ton of great plugIns around these days, combi stuff like the Izotope series, old analog emulations like Kramer or SSL, the Sonnox Oxford Series, the Maxim + some on board digidesign compressors have additional limiter functions, focusrite d3 can be used as limiters…..and not to forget the T-Racks Brickwall Limiter by IK Multimedia.

Might the battle begin!

Ryan our benztown branding country imaging director and head of Imaging for KSCS in Dallas checked out this amazing new plugIn for you and banged out an insane review video. Ryan also runs the blog “Ryan on the radio”.

Hey Prod nerds (like me),

I grabbed Stutter Edit from Izotope the instant it was released. I had been waiting on this for over a year and can say I love it immediately. I can’t do a full review yet as I just used it on a basic drum loop for now, which you can see in the video…

…But I have a few thoughts on it. Some plugs, like Transfuser, on a normal Pro Tools 8.x LE machine “feel” heavy. They use a lot of resources and bog things down a bit. Other plugs like Nexus 2, are super light and you can’t even tell they are in the session. I LOVE both of those plugs but there are trade offs. The same goes when you use many plugs in a session. Some start bogging things down a lot faster than others. To me, Stutter Edit is VERY light. It may be that my expectations were low (I thought it may be a crazy monster of a program) but it does feel light weight and not a big system resource suck. I know it may just depend on when I start instantiating lots of filters or comps or other synths but for now it loads very fast and doesn’t lag.

You need to use a midi controller. If you don’t have one then I believe you can paint in the “gestures” into the piano roll but I am not positive plus that way would suck. This should be fun not tedious. So get a midi controller.

It promised to stay on tempo with what you are “stuttering” and I’ll be damned if didn’t do that perfectly from the git-go. I was weary about that. Basically, I didn’t know how skilled you needed to be to make it work right but I got it going perfectly, quickly. You hit the keys and cool stuff happens. I need to start using it on more complex tracks or possibly on the master of an entire song but until then I can say in a simple usage, it works great