Posts Tagged ‘useful links’

I remember meeting Drake Donovan back at Conclave 2012. He’s a multi-format imaging director and VO artist and also a passionate blogger colleague. I stumbled over one of his posts and would like to share it with you as my latest useful link.

Drake relieves his secret of getting outstanding, honest and valuable listener audio, so-called ‘digital gold’.

Check out how Drake gets real sounding people on the mic with a few clever conversation tricks.

Mining for digital gold.

Thanks to Drake for sharing his knowledge and tricks with us and now go mine some digital gold!


Shortcuts Overview

THE BEST useful link and you are about to discover it! Imagine ALL Pro Tools shortcuts collected in a simple online library with search function and even a keyboard view with highlighted shortcut buttons.

Enter www.protoolskeyboardshortcuts.comchose your Pro Tools version and browse through all the shortcuts, Pro Tools has to offer. The shortcuts are sorted in various categories and direct search enables looking for particular commands and short you might not even know yet.

Shortcuts Categories

A pretty handy tool for every Pro Tools user. I think, I might get over this list and get a shortcuts update for myself.

Hi guys, it’s Andy.

Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more — they all rely on the experienced ear of mixing engineer Dave Pensado. He mixed an unbelievable amount of top hits through his career and now, he’s sharing his long time experience and knowledge on his own Youtube channel – Pensado’s Place

Dave talks about common mixing mistakes, how to avoid them and often he invites various well-known producers and engineers from different styles and genres. He already taught, that less is more when it comes to mixing, how to use effects simple and wisely and that you don’t need fancy or expensive gear to create good mixes.

Watch the promo reel, give it a try and get taught by one of the big players in the game.This is a useful links special and I heavily recommend it for every one doing imaging, music or any kind of production.

Hi guys it’s Andre,

Working in audio and multimedia will confront you with various file formats for any kind of audio and video from various DAWs, video editing and many different other kinds of software. AIFF, APE,  WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc… Not every format matches any kind of software and often you need expensive codec convert software for the various formats. Here’s the free Mac only alternative for audio codecs – All2MP3. 

The name explains it perfectly: convert any audio file into mp3 or extract the audio as mp3 from a video. Drag your file (or files) into the window, choose quality and file path and let All2MP3 do the rest.

Get the FREE download link here:

(I’m running 10.7.5 on my Mac and All2MP3 works perfectly)

A simple alternative to expensive converters and perfect for guys who are handing a lot of file formats and just need them as playable format on their Mac.

Cheers and have a great one,


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.

We have two big groups of readers on the blog: Pro Tools and Adobe Audition users. Each DAW has its loyal fans since years, so we have a special just for you guys. I had a little time to do some research on the net to bring you the best of both worlds!

Tutorials, support, tricks, inspiration and much more especially for your DAW. Here’s a list of great websites, every Audition and Pro Tools user should check (besides of this blog of course ;)).

Pro Tools: is the official Avid Audio Forum. Find everything about Pro Tools: Tricks, support, tipps, discussions and much more, no matter if you’re a PC or a Mac user. is an interantional forum covering soft- and hardware and any kind of production with Pro Tools. is an excellent source for the latest news and great tutorials for Pro Tools. offers a wide range of tutorials, videos, tricks, reviews and support for Pro Tools users.

get the latest news and a lot of great links for Pro Tools. is the perfect place for news, tricks and reviews comsidering production with Pro Tools.

Adobe Audition:

The official Adobe Audition Forum is your door to the daily growing community of Audition users. Discuss everything about Audition, get technical support, reviews, inspiration and more.

The perfect source for Audition videos. Check the tutorials and get inspired.

The Adobe Audio Blog. Providing news, reviews, tricks, tutorials and more since over three years.

Today’s world has no boundaries anymore. Everyone is connected and there’s nothing you can’t find online. Radio has to accede that development, too. There’s almost no radio station, which doesn’t offer a live stream and additional music programs on it’s website. What does this mean for you? Take your favourite station with you everywhere, check the Imaging of every collegue around the globe, no matter if you are on the road, at home or on your way to work. Apps is the magic word – iphone, android or windows phone….

Raul inspired us to create a post on that topic, when he was sending us an email, in which he mentioned a radio app:

“This email is to make you know (if you don’t already know) about the existance of app Tune in Radio for smartphones. Its reeeeally interesting as you can hear a ton of radios around the world… it doesn’t matter if you’ve got Android, iPhone or any other… it really rocks!” 

In this episode of Useful Links, we concentrate on several Radio Apps, which enable you to listen to the best radio stations in the world. What are you waiting for? (more…)

Since ever Benztown is working on Mac and is truly Mac Fans. Oli and I believe the performance with ProTools is much better and Mac is not just the more stylish and in general better looking product, it is much more efficent, the overall performance is incredible and for us it is also a massive time saver. Almost no viruses, no system crashes or else in the last 8 years! That been said, I hope not to exclude too much people by writing this post. These programs work for PCs as well,but they have been designed for MAC.

Through the time, we discovered a few programs and services, which made the work with Macs a lot easier so we never want to miss them again

Here’s a useful links Mac special. Check out 1Password, TuneUp, & Dropbox and see how it makes your Mac (and your workflow) much better.


Many of you Production Guys are copy writers as well. So you know how hard it is to come up with new topics and stories every day, especially if there is no major tactic or promotion going on. In my opinion it is also great to tell a story in a sweeper or promo.

That’s why I’m proud to present to you: Useful Links Part. 2. After covering some great Production Blogs out there, it’s all about content. Where to get stories, gossip, rumors and inspiration to make your elements up to date. MAKE your station stand out!

Save hours of searching content by bookmarking these power lists we did, getting the rrs feed or follow their twitter accounts. (more…)