Posts Tagged ‘pro tools tips’


Finland, the land of polar bears, wodka, ice and snow :)…and excellent radio imaging.

This year’s 24th “Radio and Production Awards” were announced at the end of march and as always a lot of talented people took the challenge and participated. I am very happy to share an interview with one of the contestants and 2nd Runner Up for Large Market Promo : Heikki Wichman from Finland. Heikki is a great guy who has been doing radio imaging for commercial radio in Finland since 1997. He has been working for many stations like U103, Sävelradio, Radio Nova, Nostalgia and NRJ. For the work below on the “Energy Extravadance Show” in 2013, he earned the 2nd runner-up in the category  “Large Market Promo” on this year’s “Radio and Production Awards” and I am thrilled he took some time to answer my questions.

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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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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. :)… (more…)

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! (more…)

Studio One Shortcuts

After the big success of our most read post of all times we decided to dig deep on the second DAW we are using daily – STUDIO ONE. This post will help you become a faster, more efficient and a better Imager, Composer and Producer on Studio One… Check it out! (more…)

Dan Mumford

I finally found the time to interview my friend Dan Mumford. He’s an extraordinary talented composer, imaging director and sound designer, who will share his incredible knowledge with you.

For 10 years Dan has been working for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. He started as a Programme Transfer Assistant for BBC in 2003 and two years later he managed to become the Producer of X-Trails. After scoring the position as the Station Sound Producer for 1Xtra and then Radio 1 in 2007/08, he finally made his way to Station Sound Manager of Radio 1 and 1Xtra in 2010. One of his greatest accomplishments is re-branding Radio 1’s Breakfast Show for the first time in 8 years. Nowadays he works as a freelancer and his stuff is amazing. Check out Dan Mumford!

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Matt %22Blacko%22 Nikolic

This is Andy with some inspiration from back in the days… 2005 I visited the Pals down in OZ and toured stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Here is some stuff I found today while digging in my archives (I was looking for some stuff to play at a workshop). It was great to meet Rick Wade, Matt “Blacko” Nikolic, Sidey, KCB and David Konsky. Australia was an awesome experience, a one in a lifetime vacation and I am still inspired by the skill set and production quality the guys deliver every day. Today I want to highlight a guy who doesn’t like the spotlight too much, but to me Matt Nikolic is one of the Godfathers of modern CHR IMAGING… This is stuff from 2003!!! UNBELIEVABLE!

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Benztown Halloween Madness 2

Only two weeks until they’ll trick and treat us, so it’s time for the second part of our Benztown Halloween Madness! And what is one of the Halloween imaging essentials? STRINGS! Our choice for scary, thrilling and shocking orchestral sounds are the Symphobia 1 & 2 libraries from Project SAM. And we want to show you why:

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David Konsky 2Day

Guys, I am happy David sent some new pieces, he built for 2day in Sydney. Check his amazing song intros!  David used Antares  and one of my favourite vocoders: Razor.

“My PD was keen for me to build something with “musicality” – so I built some “sonic” integrated ID’s. Same key as original, just different notation mixed with some jingle bits and VO parts keyed aswell.  I used multiple plugins including Antares Harmony Engine, Razor and majority by the grid and using pitch shift.”

Intros for Zedd, Katy Perry and Flo Rida:

Jason Derulo intro in full, acapella and instrumental version

Thanks to David for sharing his work with us!

Plugin Copy Error

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

I’m pretty sure, a lot of Pro Tools users already know this error message. Every time, I want to copy a stereo plugin to a mono track, this window pops up. Sometimes it can be a pain not being able to simply copy a stereo plugin to a mono track. This can be pretty annoying, when you have a lot of stereo and mono tracks and simply want to copy your plugins between them.

Today, I found a pretty simple technique to get past this error message without rebuilding your settings by comparing both the stereo plugin and the mono plugin. Check out, how it’s done! (more…)