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Andy’s Fiver Friday #123 – Max’s new venture, MComb and some HARP Action for Valentine’s Day!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:01

This was a great one, had so much fun destroying Oli and Jan at Tischfußball and of course also by creating some new awesome Imaging with a PlugIn I have not played around with for a while… MCOMB!

   1. PlugIn 

MComb, the extremely powerful multi-comb filter… The best feature is to create the filters in the key of the song and automate the feedback – check it out!!!

 

                         2. Inspiration 

How did you capture the very essence of romance in sound this Valentine’s Day? See below:

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/180212_Harp_Benztown_rfcs_MASTER.mp4      3. Music

The greatest filmmaker of all time and his soundtracks…

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Imaging Malaysia, Creating Music, and… Who is Skinny D?

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:54

I was following Yuhashan’s work on Soundcloud for a while and lately I decided to hit him up and learn more about his work for Hitz Fm, his music and… oh man, we clicked right away…

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Imaging OZ in 2018, Chris Davis, Mike Santos and the KIIS Imaging crew show you how to rock down under and the Imaging world!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:09

WOW! It’s finally here! The first masterpiece of 2018. I am so thrilled we could finally put this together. One of the best Imaging teams in the world in one interview. Thanks so much to the KIIS crew for taking the time to answer all of my questions and for going far beyond! ENJOY…and learn more about favourite PlugIns, tricks and of course check the latest imaging pieces!

Chris Davis – Senior Network Image Producer – Sydney and Melbourne / Benztown HotAC & Turbulence Format Captain Rhys Messenger – Kyle and Jackie O Audio Produder (New in 2018) – Sydney Mike Santos – Jase and PJ Audio Producer – Melbourne Jaxson McLennan – 2nd Audio Producer for Melbourne Breaky Show Dan Hunt – Network Image Producer – Sydney and Melbourne Melissa Alger – Will and Woody (National Drive Show)     WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RADIO RELATED EXPERIENCE IN 2017?   Mike Santos:
Producing the lead up piece for the Same Sex Marriage result.  It was a massive deal and probably the biggest thing I’ve produced in my career. That, and being nominated for an ACRA.  
KIIS Same Sex Marriage Montage   http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Mike-Santos-KIIS-S-SAME-SEX-MARRIAGE-MONTAGE.mp3


Melissa Alger:
Intro-ing a refreshed team for the 3pm show on network. It meant a re-package that played up the playfulness of the new girls, and staying an active part in editing show content. It was a way to re-energise that hour of content.

Chris Davis:
Well, the biggest highlight has to be winning the ACRA for Best Achievement in Production. But broadly speaking, our ratings successes are always highlights and great to celebrate! Other highlights include repacking the station for a fresh launch in 2018. We updated almost everything on the station (Sydney and Melbourne KIIS) in one big go and that is always the most satisfying.  
KIIS Sydney Switch Promo   http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Chris-Davis-KIIS-S-SYDNEY-SWITCH-PROMO-LONG.mp3
Dan Hunt:
The morning every listener that got to air during The Kyle and Jackie O Show won a car! 14 cars were given away during the show that morning which sounded amazing. In the production booth, I got to make an epic montage of all the car winners and the funny content around them winning, along with a winner promo to play outside show hours.   Jaxson McLennan:
Getting the gig at KIIS!   Rhys Messenger:
 It would have to be landing my dream job as Kyle & Jackie O’s Imaging Producer. Nothing in my 2017 can really top that.   Kyle and Jackie O Show Opener   http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Rhys-Kyle-Kyle-And-Jacky-O-SHOW-OPENER.mp3  
TALKING ABOUT YES AND NO, WHAT IS A MASSIVE YES IN RADIO IMAGING FOR YOU @KIIS, WHAT’S A BIG NO?

Mike Santos:
YES – we’re always pushing each other to be more creative, to produce bigger.
NO – losing to Chris at the ACRAs! hahaha

Melissa Alger:
Massive YES – keeping imaging playful and upbeat, while not being afraid to play around with stopdowns and playing up
awkwardness in content. 
Massive NO – getting used to relying on the same tricks without trying to explore new ways of doing things. 

Chris Davis:
YES – big, bright, slick and energetic imaging that sounds different to the rest. 
NO – plain, boring, typical, near enough is good enough sounds.

Dan Hunt:
YES – making station/show branding that is not only selling a message but is creating great content at the same time.
NO – doing the same production over and over again. I think all audio producers always need to change what we do and not be afraid to try something different.

Rhys Messenger:
A massive YES is making things sound loud, tight, hot, big… need to say more? Also, you’ve definitely got to live and breath radio. Some people believe the complete opposite, but I think you have to, because if I didn’t analyse and study radio as much as I do, I wouldn’t be where I am now. A big NO is having something go to air that sounds crap. As an Image Producer, it’s your job to make things sound 110% even with the tightest of deadlines.

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PEOPLE COPYING YOUR SOUND? DOES THIS HAPPEN AT ALL?

Mike Santos:
We’re in a business where EVERYTHING is derivative and ideas are constantly being shared, borrowed, stolen, etc.  I’m all for copying when you’re first starting out, because it gives you a good starting point and a reference for critique, but it will only take you so far… At one point in time, everyone wanted to produce like someone, but you should never lean on someone else’s style to define yours.

Melissa Alger:
I’m still building up my name and reputation in the industry, so no one is biting on my stuff just yet. I think I would be flattered, more so if they’re someone that I know and have had a conversation with.

Chris Davis:
In terms of sound, I think it’s a great thing when people emulate gear they like and endeavour to learn how to do the same tricks – to get to that next level.  It’s how you grow and improve as an image producer.  

Dan Hunt:
I personally like it and feel complimented. Although I think everyone copies and gets ideas from other audio producers work from time to time as well.

Jaxson McLennan:
Everyone pulls inspiration from somewhere. When you’re working in a team, particularly when you’re all producing imaging for one station – you all want to be pulling in the same direction – so it should sound like it ‘fits’ whilst still having your own creative stamp on it. Completely copying someone else’s work isn’t going to get you far. It’s your own creativity and interpretations that will further your career and get you the gigs you want.
That said, if someone does ‘my sound’ better than me – good on them. Means I need to step up my game!

Rhys Messenger:
I don’t think this happens to me as I’m still quite young (19 years old), but if it did happen to me or does in the future, I actually wouldn’t mind – I would be honoured that someone looking up to my work wants to copy my sound. I think it’s okay to copy some things as long as you can keep developing your own sound at the same time.

 

ANY NEW FINDINGS IN TERMS OF TOOLS, PLUGINS, TRICKS?

Mike Santos:
Meta Flange/MondoMod/H-Delay has been my go-to combo as of late. I love it for VO layering.

Melissa Alger:
Building more with subtle layering with pitch and delay. Especially with stopdowns, as a way to bridge the silence so that it’s building to the beat kicking back in.

Chris Davis:
I’m always messing around with different PlugIns to see if there’s any new stuff they can do. I’m big on messing with octaves on VO at the moment and combining plugs to alter the sounds slightly rather than just hitting presets.

Dan Hunt:
At the moment I am a fan of stuttering VO, distorting, panning and filtering both high/low ends of the stutter for a subtle sonic sweetener.

Jaxson McLennan:
I started working in grid mode almost exclusively a little while ago for anything that contains music or music hooks and it changed my life. In terms of tricks, for me I’ve realised that the most important stuff is not necessarily the tools or the PlugIns, but the process side of things. Learning to keep perspective on the overall mix rather than getting lost in the minutiae and being able to stay in the right headspace so you don’t get sloppy.

Rhys Messenger:
I’m a big fan of going through acapellas for a song lyric that relates to the promo and then find a bed for the promo in the key of that acapella. Once I’ve got the key, I then try to find other acapellas in the same key that also relates to the promo. I think acapella cuts really help sell a promo and make it sound good.

 

STAYING CREATIVE – WHAT’S THE SECRET?

Mike Santos:
Get out of the studio. Live your life. Talk to people. Do everything you can to not stare at the computer.

Melissa Alger:
Being motivated by the team around me helps. If I feel like I’m in a place where people are confident in my work I feel more freedom to experiment more and to take risks.

Chris Davis:
Study different formats/sounds/styles and experiment. Scripting plays a big part. Got an ‘out there’ idea, not sure if it will work? Try it!

KIIS Threesome Tease

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Chris-Davis-KIIS-M-30K-THREESOME-TEASE.mp3


Dan Hunt:
For me at the moment it is listening/viewing other sources of entertainment for content ideas, to get an understanding of different program structures and to keep up to date with new sounds that are out there.

Jaxson McLennan:
Make sure you take time out for yourself. If you’re stressed it suddenly becomes a lot harder to be creative. Consume other media and listen to music – especially music your station doesn’t play if you like it. Be open to the idea of ‘what if’. ‘What if we did…’ ‘What if we took this and did this to it…’. Play around with stuff. Try new things. Find what works best for you – try out different things and see what happens!

Rhys Messenger:
Being inspired daily is definitely the key. Monitoring other people’s work is also good, especially the Imaging Producers that you look up to. Also once again I want to mention, living and breathing radio is a must. Yes, it is easy to get burnt out in this industry, but if you live and breath radio and have a big passion for it like I do, it’s hard to get burnt out, because you enjoy your job and the industry you work in so much.

 

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR PEOPLE  WHO WANT TO WORK AT KIIS? I BET YOU HAVE PLENTY CVs coming your way

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #122

Benztown Imaging Blog - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:30

4. Awesome for collaboration! Check out this insane game changer for the mobile imager!

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #121 – Tischfussball, Imaging Assassins and new colors in the office

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:06

Ahhh. Another week, DONE. And guess what I found out what has been missing in my office life :)…

  1. PlugIn

The new ChromaVerb that came with the Logic Pro X Update, a beauty – by the way, it also sounds really nice

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