Posts Tagged ‘recording’

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Today it’s St. Patrick’s Day and we all know that the only mission is to eliminate as much beer as possible! And as you know that we are always in search of authentic sound effects Jan, Max and Konrad had the VERY UNPLEASANT job to record real beer drinking SFX. Check their hard work at the benztown studio… (more…)


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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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…)

Hi guys, it’s André.

It’s been now a year ago when I started as volunteer at the Benztown studios in Stuttgart and I’m still learning everything about radio imaging and production and sharing it with you guys.

A while ago, I recorded some sound effects. The problem was: there only was a stationary tube microphone in the studio, which made it really hard to record sounds.

Now, we got an upgrade to our microphone arsenal – a portable recorder.

So, I spent the weekend walking through the town on the look for noises and sounds. Recording sounds is way easier, when you’re able to move with the microphone 😉

Doors, cars, all types of everyday items and even animals – every sound must be recorded.

It’s totally easy. A pair of unidirectional microphones for exact recording of certain sound sources and a pair of omnidirectional microphones for recording atmospheres. Now adjust the right input level. Today’s recorders have a detailed peak meter, so it’s no hard task to set up the right level. Many recorders have a lot of more functions like creating new tracks without stopping the recording or setting up markers to help you navigate through bigger audio and and and…

I can’t wait to hear the files in the big studio.

Cheers and have a nice weekend.

In our studios in Stuttgart we’re not only creating imaging for our international clients, we’re also creating jingles, music, acoustic IDs and and and.. often we need various singers for those sessions. Of course, you cannot just slam down your instrumental mix and let the artist sing over it. There are still elements in your mix, which can distract the artist and make it harder to sing over it, so you might need a special headphone mix for your singer to give him the information he needs without distraction by other elements.

Today I’m going to show you how to create a headphone mix for the special needs of your singer without affecting your original mix. (more…)

Hi guys it’s Andre.

It’s now my 26th week at the Benztown Studios.

Those of you who ever place recorded audio in many takes,  need playlists.
Playlists are a great way to store unlimited variations of the same raw audio file, without using tons of audio tracks.
When it comes to chosing the right VO take, IDs, FX, etc… playlists are perfect for this task. Just switch between the playlists without creating new tracks for all the takes.
When you’re loop recording in Pro Tools, just use the preference “Automatically create new playlists when loop recording.” found under the Operations tab of Setup > Preferences. When this option is checked, Pro Tools automatically appends each new pass in loop record to a new playlist.

Here’s an example for using playlists for loop recording: (more…)

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s my 20th week at the Benztown Studios and this time, I started something really new for me: I tried myself in SFX creation, means recording and editing real nature sounds.

With a a stationary tube microphone made for voices, it’s not that easy task to find ‘real natural sounds’.

In short: Me and a friend were towing everything we could find to record it. Matches, glasses, lighters, almost everything two guys could lift.

Another factor was that our microphone is suited more for voices.

It’s the Rode K2

Is was surprised, that the mic worked for the SFX recording aswell.

Maybe we gonna get a handheld microphone.

What do you suggest?

Do you have any experience in recording natural sound?

What Mic do you use for recording natural sounds?

I would like to hear your thoughts.

Just write an email to blog@benztown.com

Cheers and have a nice weekend.