Posts Tagged ‘production diary’

Quit Pro Tools

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

Time flies. It’s almost three years since entering Benztown and starting to write for this blog. In this time, I could watch Benztown and this blog growing as well as me. Three years ago, I had no clue about radio or production and now I can hear my work being played on stations around the world.

Always with me was this wonderful Blog, Radio Imaging, Music Production and Content Development.

Like this blog, I also grew over the last three years and for me it’s time to leave the nest and search my luck outside of Benztown.

I just want to use this space to say thank you to everyone at the Benztown team, everyone who took the time to teach me everything, I know and especially I want to thank you guys. You made this blog what it is now and gave me the motivation to learn, write the diary and grow in a quantum way.

Keep on the effort and great feedback and continue to make this blog the imaging community, we’ve been dreaming of.

Peace, guys. I’m out.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Today I’m going to share a certain kind of compression technique which some is also called ‘Motown Trick’ or ‘New York Compression’, which enables you to get dynamic signals under control without getting loose of the original punch and natural dynamic — also called Parallel Compression.

Parallel Compression is the combination of heavy compression and no compression to get the best of both the compressed and uncompressed signal. Especially signals with a lot of dynamics like drum tracks or VO are great examples to try out this technique. Check below how it works and try it on your own. (more…)

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Here’s a quick trick on how to recreate the crazy plugin combo from your latest session, how to get your coworker’s VO tracks with the complete processing chain or how to transfer some previous synth settings with its MIDI files, just in a few seconds. Today, I’m going you to show, how to import whole tracks with its unique settings, routing and inserts.

Import Session Data

Click File–>Import–>Session Data or use the shortcut ‘⌥+⌘+I’ to import data from other sessions. Check how the rest is done and how you can benefit from this feature.


Extreme Effect Settings

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

Today, I’m going to overuse some plugin effects and features of Pro Tools as Sound Design techniques to create some more extreme effects. We all learned to avoid red meters and heavy overuse of plugins, but this time, we’re going for extremes and create some cool FX with that.

Check out how to overuse EQ settings, reverbs and destruction of sounds to create some soft, big or heavy distorted FX. (more…)

Automation No Overview

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

Automation in Pro Tools is a pretty cool and useful feature and essential for most of us. One thing, I don’t like, is having my automation curve over my waveforms blocking my view or the constant switching between the various automations in one track, if I’m working with several parameters at the same time.

For those who are new to Pro Tools and haven’t discovered it yet, there is a second automation track hidden beyond every normal track. Just click the little arrow in the bottom left of the track to activate it.

Drop Down Automation Menu

Check out the possibilities and benefits of that little feature and how it’s increasing your overview and workflow. (more…)

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

As might discovered in the last months, I’m pretty often using and sharing presets and tricks for Native Instrument’s Massive. I have to admit, that I really like this bad boy synth, because of its endless ways to customize it. I think with the right knowledge and experience in using Massive you won’t need a lot of other synths anymore, because you can create almost any sound in this little gem.

Today, I was once again messing around and twisting some knobs. I set a limit of a few minutes for myself and wanted to see what will result in this.

I ended up with a pretty dark Drone created by using the almost endless modulation abilities of Massive.

Here’s what it sounds like:

And now the cool part… You’re getting this Preset for FREE!

Check out the download link below and see how I created that sound. (more…)

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

So this is it! This new DAW, I heard of taking all the cool features of other DAWs and putting them together in one piece of software – Presonus Studio One 2.

Oli told me about this software and a few of its features and it all sounded too good to be real, so I’ve had a look at a few tutorials and Studio One seems to be pretty cool. The next weeks, I will get my own version and start working with Studio One and exploring all of its features and functions.

I’m pretty excited to check out this new DAW and I’m wondering if you wanna join me on this trip. I you are interested, I will start sharing some my experiences with Studio One here on this blog with you as well. Maybe, someone of you guys already has experiences with Studio One. If you’re not interested in Studio One tips, tricks and features, just let me know in the comments and/or the poll below.

Cheers and have a great day

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Modern Pop music industry is owned by a few labels, artists and producers out there, which create one hit after another. One of these few producers is Lukasz Gottwald a.k.a. Dr. Luke. He’s the man behind artists like Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Britney Spears, B.O.B., Rihanna, Taio Cruz and many more. Some of the biggest hits of the last recent years were created in his studio and it doesn’t look like, he’s going to end it here.

As radio producers, it’s our goal to create work parts, which are as close as possible to the original sound of the music played, but how could a normal guy like me ever compete against the professionals with their years of experience and their big and expensive studios?

Like if someone was hearing my appeal for help, Shane Drasin, one extremely talented musician, composer and producer in our team, sent me over this over 70 minutes long video of Dr. Luke sharing his tricks and giving tips on music production. This video opened my eyes and showed my that it’s not all about having the most expensive equipment or plugins, it’s just about being creative and the right use of the tools you already have. I thought, denying this video of you would be a shame, so here it is, a 70 minutes Pop music crash course with one of the biggest in the game.

Thanks again for sharing this gem, Shane!

Cheers and have a great weekend.

Stereo Tool

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Often in production, you’re fighting with sounds clashing together at the same frequency. Simple changing of volumes won’t help in every case, so often you’re facing a fader creep. A Fader creep means raising the volume of a single channel to make it more hearable, but as result of that, you have to raise another channel and another channel, until you reach the maximum volume and end with clipping.

To avoid the fader creep, you need to create room for each element by EQ-ing for example, but ‘creating room for each element’ can be used literally. You’re also working with another ‘room’ besides the frequency range, I’m talking about the stereo panorama.

Using the whole stereo panorama gives mixing new opportunities for placing several sounds in the same frequency range without making them clash. Clever use of left and right or mid and sides really helps your mix stand out. A pretty common example of that technique can be heard in Rock Music. Instead of trying to place two guitars in the same frequency range in the same place, they are placed in different locations in the stereo panorama.

Avoiding clashing by placing sounds and instruments in various places in the stereo panorama is a widely used technique in music production (got it? Widely? Haha, I’m such a joker ;)), so why not use this in radio imaging as well. All you need is an EQ which able to change between mid and sides. Make your VO stand out with the right stereo imaging. (more…)

Spectrum Bass

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

Radio Imaging is all about the creative use of music, sounds and voices in a maybe 30 seconds long piece of art. Coming with an idea and export this into a 30 seconds Promo is one thing. Finishing this off with the perfect mix is like the cherry on the cake.

But how to get this mix proper and everything clear? – There are a tons of various answers on how to process music, VO or FX and which techniques are the best ones. Sharing them all would be miles longer that this single post should be, so I’ve got only one important tip, this time – Watch your bass! (more…)