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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…)

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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It’s that time of year where we hook you up with a new KILLER prize for our Presets4Presents Xmas Contest. (more…)

Our little helpers, when it comes to atmosphere, when words or music aren’t enough. No matter if you’re creating a sports promo, if you’re telling a story or if you want to show your listener, what he’s about to win within the next hour. Add that little extra with grest sounding SFX.

A honking car, a football tackle, crashing buildings or just a few birds tweeting – used right, you can create a great picture without using any words.

There are millions of sounds out there and just not enough guys to record it in proper and contemporary quality.

That’s why I’m asking you guys. What is the basic SFX YOU ALWAYS NEED? Are you using SFX at all? What SFX are you using the most and why? What sound would you like to have as SFX, but never found it in great quality?

Here at Benztown, we’re always working on improving on every end, with your help we’ll know exactly what you need and like and what we need to focus on with our new project… Hollywood meets Radio!

I’m excited to see your comments and hear your opinion. AGAIN: What is the basic SFX YOU ALWAYS NEED? Are you using SFX at all? What SFX are you using the most and why? What sound would you like to have as SFX, but never found it in great quality?

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.

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.

Most of our readers definitely remember Andrew Choiniere. He participated in our Fame FX Contest and interviewed his Imaging Idol Joh Frost (read the interview, it’s worth it.)

After the contest we had a really nice discussion about creating own FX and about how it’s done. We told him a few of our tricks and Andrew checked it out.

Now, I’m very proud to present the result:

Nice what? And here comes the great part: Andrew is ready to share his stuff with you all!

Andrew has written down his first experiences with creating own Sound FX.

Thanks a lot to Andrew! He’s a great guy, an engaged reader and guest author. If you want to know about him or his work, check out his site: http://www.andrewchoiniere.com/

And now have fun with Andrew’s little Sound FX creation guide, create your own FX and never forget…

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