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Andys Fiver Friday #112 – UVI’s Toy Museum, A 49 Year Old Skate Legend And Fire Imaging

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:53

 

Here we go with Nr. #112 Ladies and Gents…

It’s been a busy week!! But if you have a harp player in the studio and the Christmas bed production is running, you take the opportunity to calm yourself, listen to something relaxing and make a Fiver Friday

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #111 – FREE Soundtoys PlugIn, Radio’s 50 Biggest Imaging Voices And Dutch Imaging Power

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:03

 

I dont care if Mondays blue, Wednesdays grey…Yeah guys it is Friday. Get the new FREE PlugIN from Soundtoys and check the other weekly findings!

  1. Plugin

Since Soundtoys released a new Plug-In this week, i just have to feature it here. It’s awesome and free through Nov. 22nd !!!

Little Plate Reverb Plug-In

 

2. Inspiration

Great series to watch on Netflix. I love the Tinker Hatfiled one, he is the father of the AIR Jordan brand! Impressive!

Watch it on Netflix

 

3. Music

Some Old School Friday stuff ! Loved that crew as a kid and still do!

  4. Web/Social/Whatever

BZ50 is on, the 4th year in a row! Benztown is setting up a comprehensive list of the Biggest Radio Imaging Voices working in the US & Canada. Apply here and get a part of the most prestigious list in the Voice Over Business.

  5. Imaging

One of the best out there..The dutch Imaging guru Steph Jansen has a new demo out:

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A Quick Guide To A Christmas Bed – Benztown Tutorial

Benztown Imaging Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:10

We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas…

So today we are giving you a quick guide on how to create a simple Christmas bed. Turn a regular bed or loop into your soothing Christmas atmosphere very quickly and in a few steps.

All you need is some Christmas SFX like a Belltree, Sleighbells or Footsteps in the Snow to add in, aswell as 2 PlugIns for small adjustments. In this Tutorial we used:

 

This is a short and effective way to produce a christmas bed and is meant of course for beginners or people who are simply in a hurry.

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Behind The Mic with Kelly Malone

Benztown Voice-Over Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:09

We are so excited to have Kelly Malone join our roster! She’s got a versatile voice that’s perfect for any station. Oh and total side bar…she has a Stanley Cup ring…WHAT!

What radio VO work have you done in the past? I have been voicing radio stations for close to 15 years; mainly in the Northeast including markets around New England and Pennsylvania.

What are you up to presently? Freelancing and loving it! I spent close to 8 years hosting mornings on WBMX in Boston and have been doing voiceovers ever since. Commercial and radio imaging are my passions.

What do you love about your job? I’m a media geek. When most people turn off commercials, I love listening to the latest production and radio station imaging…and I still love hearing myself on radio and TV!

How did you get started as a VO actor? What was your first gig? My VO career began while I was hosting mornings in Boston. I picked up some commercial gigs and radio stations to image. One of my good friends, the great voice talent, Damon Oaks, was the Imaging Director at the station and helped me gain a few clients to voice after I was off the air in the morning.

Have you ever had a voice coach? Would you recommend it? Yes! and Yes! I’ve worked with the legendary Marice Tobias. Her guidance has been worth its weight in gold.

What is your dream gig? I spent 11 seasons as the Public Address Announcer for the Boston Bruins…but I’m still waiting to voice a McDonalds commercial.

The Bruins Stanley Cup Ring Ceremony in 2011 after they won the Cup.

Can you offer 3 helpful tips for newbies trying to make it in the voice-over industry? Don’t give up; you won’t get every gig, but you’ll get the gigs perfect for you. Talk to audio engineers for advice on affordable equipment. Never correct your clients. And don’t wear headphones.

If you weren’t doing voiceover, what else do you think you’d be doing for a career? Media in general has always been a passion. I’ve hosted a TV show for the local CBS affiliate in Boston, but radio and voice work has always been what I love. Although I’d love to be on a sitcom.

What’s it like being a part of the voiceover community? I’ve been lucky to have many ultra-successful friends in the industry who have been nothing but supportive!

How do you schedule/prioritize your work? Work is always a priority. I’m constantly in contact with clients in cast there is a scheduling conflict or if I’ll be out of studio. Courtesy goes a long way.

How much time do you spend auditioning for new work? Depends on the length of the script. I try not to get caught up in my head too long, but always listen back to the audio with a critical ear while trying not to over think it!

How do you market your services to potential clients? Word of mouth has worked wonders for me and I’m in the process of updating my website while beginning to market my services.

Which production system do you use and why? Well…Garage Band, to be honest! I spent quite a bit of money on Logic a few years ago, which was unnecessary. A good friend of mine, who is an audio engineer, set up my recording system. It’s been highly effective for the last 8 years!

What gear do you use? Focusrite and M-Audio at home; Apogee One for Mac when I’m traveling.

How has new technology changed the way you work? You can work from anywhere!

What is the best voice processing trick or voice-over technique everyone should know? My audio engineering friends!

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #110 – Halloween, The Summit LA and a new CHR package for Russia

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:23

This Halloween Week was great! For the first time 2 days off during the week, due to a new and one time bank holiday in Germany – just sayin:)..

 

1. Plugin

In case you have not seen in on the web. Our friends from SoundToys offer a fantastic FREE PRESET Pack for Effect Rack! I love Effect Rack and SoundToys, so a must for me!

 

2. Inspiration

“When I wake up … I spend the first hour of my work not looking at email,…”

Ashton Kutcher has an interesting way of starting the day, probably a lot of people out there who could benefit from that.

 

3. Music

Jingles sound like music. The latest package for Europa Plus in Russia. So proud of this package!

  4. Web/Social/Whatever

One of the most inspirational conventions: Summit LA 2017

Justin will be there and represent the Benz crew. Speakers are breathtaking and the program is…I AM JEALOUS…JUSTIN!!!!!

  5. Imaging

There is only one Sidey – check his great new demo!

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Last Call For Halloween and Fall Discounts – Benztown Sale Check!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 05:10

Last day of October means just one thing – Halloween Insanity around the world! Good thing some of our favorite audio companies take that oppurtunity to give us some great deals and savings on their awesome products. Frankly, this comes a little late – but better late than never, right ? 

So this overview should help you to quickly see if there is something to grab for you. And be quick, most of them end today!

 

  • UAD

Save 30% On All Unison Plug-Ins

through oct 31st

  • Big Fish Audio

Fall Sale: 20% Off All Loops with Code: Fall17

through oct 21st

  • Waves

Halloween 29$ Deals

no specific end date mentioned

 

Best Service

Save Up To 5€,10€ or even 20€

through nov 1st

  Loopmasters

Several 30-50% Off Deals

through nov 5th

 

Audio Deluxe

50% Off All Melda Plugs

through oct 31st

 

Plugin Boutique

Huge sales up to 90% off

ends from nov 1st to nov 5th

 

Plugin Alliance

10 Products – Save Up To 81%

through oct 31st

 

Avid Marketplace

50% Off On Several Products

through oct 31st

 

Eventide

99$ For The Elevate Master Limiter

through oct 31st

 

 

   
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Andy’s Fiver Friday #109 – Razor Vocoder PlugIn, Crazy Soccer Fans and an early Christmas Gift

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 05:58

Another week, holiday season is coming. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Years Eve. You know how it is – the yearly Imaging INSANITY!

1. Plugin

Not used for a long time, but back on my map. The Razor:)…Still one of the best Vocoder Presets collection out there. I created an old school Vocoder Effect to match the start of Mono Mind – Save me a place.

  [See image gallery at blog.benztown.com]    2. Inspiration

What I am reading right now. Crazy stories and Life lessons!

           

 

3. Music.

R.I.P. to the first Rock’n’Roller.

4. Web/Social/Whatever

My favorite sport and the best sport in the world :)…
The insane Fans of Boca Juniors. One Day!

  5. Imaging

Christmas time is on now, make your Christmas imaging stand out with this free complimentary service additional to every benztown client + get 30 high class imaging Workparts for free!

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AVID Pro Tools 12.8.2 – What’s New

Benztown Imaging Blog - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 08:35

Pro Tools released it’s latest version and in case you have missed it, here is an overview! 

MIDI Enhancements such as:
  • MIDI Input Display
  • Pencil Tool enhancements
  • Record Progress Indication

-> Detailed information

Batch Track and Batch Clip Renaming features
  • Rename Groups of Tracks and Clips

-> Detailed information

Scroll To Track
  • identify a track by name, rather than a number, and scroll to it in the Edit or Mix Window

-> Detailed information

VR Workflows
  • work with 1st, 2nd and 3rd order Ambisonics
  • Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation

-> Detailed information

 

My favorite new features are scroll to track, especially for big music mixing or jingle sessions and batch track renaming!

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #108 – I am back at home, the Fabfilter Timeless2 and this years Benztown Halloween Composite

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:47

I am back at home people! Giving you some serious PlugIn recommendations this week.

1. Plugin

In our latest Interview with colleague Chris Davis i asked him about his favorite PlugIns and techniques. So this weeks recommendation is actually coming from Chris, he likes using the Fabfilter Timless 2 aswell as SoundToys’ Little AlterBoy and Crystallizer. This guy just won the ACRA with a sick promo, so he knows what he is doing!

[See image gallery at blog.benztown.com]

 

2. Inspiration [See image gallery at blog.benztown.com]

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3. Music

Young and talented.

4. Web/Social/Whatever

Our friends from Output created this awesome package of their favorite free PlugIns.

—> Link to their Facebook post

5. Imaging

Check out the 2017 Benztown Halloween Composite!

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Catching Up with ACRA Winner Chris Davis, How he feels about winning, his latest techniques to create a successfull promo

Benztown Imaging Blog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:17

The Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) are held annually by Commercial Radio Australia. They are the largest gathering for commercial radio professionals in the southern hemisphere.

I caught up with Benztown’s Hot AC and Turbulence Producer Chris Davis, a friend and Winner of the Category “Best Achievement in Production”, in which he won with a production for the KIIS Network. 

Chris literally works on the other side of the world from me. After producing the biggest Morning Show in Oz, Kyle and Jacky O, he joined forces again with his Genius Partner “Bozz” and made KIIS number one in Sydney.

[See image gallery at blog.benztown.com]

 

Chris, how does the winning piece sound?

The Entry this year was a quick cross-section of the production i do for KIIS on the Daily. So a Kyle and Jackie O Tactic in Breakfast, Branding for across the day, Bieber Tickets Giveaway promo and a Seize Opportunity for the station.

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/KIIS-CHRIS-DAVIS-ACRA-KIIS-NETWORK.mp3

 

How does this feel to win a high prestige award like the ACRA?

Amazing!! Its great recognition to the hard work i have put in over the past year. But I was very surprised when my name was called out as i am a huge fan of the other guys that I was nominated with this year. 

How has work been lately? How do you manage the insanity? Do you have any new techniques, tools, tricks?

Always busy hahaha and everyday is different so managing that can be tricky. I find putting the day into smartsheet, having folders in my outlook and setting reminders helps manage my day. 

On an audio and DAW side I find having presets and templates to make my workflow more efficient. 

Any new PlugIns? Maybe include a screencap and audio?

Im loving the Fabfilter Plugs and also sound toys. I also find putting multiple plugs on a track can give you some really unique sounds on both music and Voice. We are running “”The Cube” in Melbourne at the moment and P!nk in Sydney and really loved how these 2 promos came up (Love using Howard Richie’s Voice).

The Cube Promo:

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/P-KIIS-M-THE-CUBE-ON-AIR-LAUNCH-270917.mp3

 

P!nk Promo:

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/P-KIIS-S-PINK-TICKETS-LAUNCH-041017-R.mp3

 

[See image gallery at blog.benztown.com]

 

What is the latest imaging techniques you tried out and stuck with it?

Um.. Well I like to try new things when I hear them or come up with my own sounds.. Matching Key and pitching VO is a big part of my production at the moment.. And I have always been a firm believer in that there is no right way to do this crazy job..  BUT make sure the message it clear! VO needs to stand out and the production around needs to compliment.

Creating a great major promotion/tactic promo – what is key? How do you do it?

Again For me its all about doing something different with each Promo or Tactic, take a script and make it sing! What can I do differently to make the boss/listener/team sit up and say wow!

I start by putting a rough promo together and get everything lined up.. Then I pull it apart and add effects/hooks/music etc to finish it off.

Thanks a lot for answering my questions Chris.

Chris on Soundcloud

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Behind The Mic with Dave Hoffmann

Benztown Voice-Over Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:31

1) What radio VO work have you done in the past? After doing my first commercial at 12 years old, I started in radio at 15 and became a Production Director at 17 and then Imaging Director for stations in my hometown of Colorado Springs including: KKMG, KKFM, KILO, KKCS and KVUU. I later voiced KSPN/Aspen, KSNO/Steamboat, KSMT/Breckenridge, KAFA/US Air Force Academy and KTFX/Muskogee. I also help at US-103.5 Tampa from time to time.

2) What are you up to presently? I’ve been a freelance VO talent since 2001 and have been with the legendary Atlas Talent since 2011. I’ve worked for ABC, CBS, Discovery, History, Nat Geo, TBS, truTV, A& E, Spike, Cartoon Network and others. I’ve currently been working as the promo voice for the Weather Channel during all the hurricanes in 2017. I’ve been getting into TV affiliate too and just picked up 4 stations! I also own a post-production studio called Audio Architects for sound design and commercial work.

3) What do you love about your job? I love that every day is different and it’s always an adventure! I absolutely enjoy helping spread the word with the power of voice.

4) How did you get started as a VO actor? I did my first Commercial at 12…my sister was a model and the agency needed a kid for a commercial for a local Chiropractor. That commercial is on my site at www.davehoffmann.com.

5) What was your first gig? I worked in promotions at KATM. I was a mascot. Yup…a “Kat”. You’ve gotta start at the bottom and work your way up, right? lol

6) Have you ever had a voice coach? YES. I trained and learned from many of them.

7) Would you recommend it? Absolutely. You don’t know…what you don’t know. It made a huge difference in my ability to self-direct and my range.

8) Who are your VO idols/mentors? I remember rewinding tapes of Brian James and Joe Kelly and trying to learn off the reels they sent in where I produced. (Boy, that was a long time ago, eh?). I later was able to work with the talented Chris Corley, the late Sam O’Neil and Joe Cipriano. I have also always been a huge fan of Dave Foxx and Brian Lee! Brian once used my studio for a week while on vacation in 2007 and that’s when I really got bitten by the VO bug. Undoubtedly, I’ve learned a lot about this business from Jonn Wasser at Atlas too. His belief in me changed my life.

9) Who influenced your work as a VO artist? My coaches, for sure! I’m better because of them! And Brian Lee has been a big supporter of my work and I owe a lot to that guy.

10) What is your dream gig? I’d love to voice Z100 or KIIS FM. Who wouldn’t, right? They are epic stations!

11) Can you offer 3 helpful tips for newbies trying to make it in the voice-over industry? Get coaching to get better, be persistent and don’t give up.

12) If you weren’t doing voiceover, what else do you think you’d be doing for a career? I hope I never know, but I wouldn’t mind being a race car driver.

13) What’s it like being a part of the voiceover community? This business of VO is growing and becoming more competitive. But, conversely, what I love is that people still are willing to help each other along the journey. It’s a supportive bunch as we all hear no…way more than yes! Oh, and hearing great talent is always humbling…and inspiring!

14) How do you schedule/prioritize your work? I try to do it as it comes. But some scripts are more urgent than others and I shuffle around things every day. You know, like they say, “Everyday I’m shufflin’”!

15) How much time do you spend auditioning for new work? It’s daily and often.

16) How do you market your services to potential clients? I try to make connections everywhere I go. You truly always have to be planting seeds and watering your “Client Garden”.

17) Which production system do you use and why? I love ProTools, and after 15 years, it’s hard to stop.

Dave’s booth AND his two studios in case one goes out. That’s dedication!

18) What are your favorite plugins? I love WAVES. They have everything you could need. The C4, L1 Ultramaximizer and on and on. Izotope is awesome too.

19) What gear do you use? I use the Neuman TLM-103 and Sennheiser 416 shotguns with Presonus and Symetrix pre-amps. The booth I made with my Dad years ago helps make it all nice and quiet. I even recently recorded VO when my house was being re-roofed and on the same day my neighbor put up a new fence. Nothing will stop me from talking. Ha!

20) How has new technology changed the way you work? I think technology is making us all faster. Source Connect is awesome but I still like ISDN.

21) What is the best voice processing trick or voice-over technique everyone should know? Try talking quiet, you can sometimes sound huge that way.

22) Do you have a different approach to reading radio imaging copy as opposed to TV/Radio commercial ads? Radio Imaging can still be very stylized in sound, whereas many commercials are more natural these days. I do what is needed to cut through, but I think knowing what you are talking about and finding an angle to share the story is the biggest thing. It all starts with the copy.

23) What did it feel like the first time you heard your voice on the radio/television? Hearing myself the first time is still the same feeling as it is now. It’s pretty cool.

24) If you could go back to any decade and hang out which one would you go back to and why? I liked the 90’s, it’s where I grew up. I would just tell myself to “go for it” sooner.

25) If you could invite one person to dinner, living or dead, who would it be? I would like to dine with Casey Kasem. You know, cause he would have the best radio stories.

26) What’s your guilty pleasure? Dark Chocolate…and Seinfeld.

27) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why? I’ve always been fascinated by Egypt…but Paris or NYC is always awesome too.

Links: 

Benztown: https://www.benztown.com/brigade/dave-hoffmann

Website: http://www.davehoffmann.com/

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #107 – Inc5000, Top Studios and Tom Petty!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:37

So this is the final week of our US travel. The Inc5000 in Palm Desert has been just fantastic. So honored to be on that list for the 5th time in a row and of course this is all you – thanks for your support over the last years! Here is another Fiver Friday!

1. Plugin

Such a huge compressor: Heavyocity Punish! Go and create heavy sounds, yeah!

 

2. Inspiration

This great list of The Top Recording Studios in 2017 is worth having a look at! Proud that we already had the chance to record at the Larrabee Studios!

Revealed: The Top Recording Studios of 2017

 

3. Music

That’s a no brainer: Best of Tom Petty!

 

4. Web/Social/Whatever

That’s how it sounds when 90,000 people sing a Tom Petty song!

Packed Florida Gators’ Stadium Sings Tom Petty Song In Tribute To Late Singer

 

5. Imaging

It’s just sad when great artists are passing. The world will miss Tom Petty!

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Tom-Petty-Tribute-Socials.mp3
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Halloween Insanity Pt.3 or How To make The Kids’ Sound Scary?

Benztown Imaging Blog - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 05:40

Back again with another quick Halloween Imaging Tip!

This time we show you how to use the voice of a young one to create something that gets under your skin. Try it out!

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What’s Been Goin On with Pete Gustin

Benztown Voice-Over Blog - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:26

From Fox News to big moves, we caught up with our “can’t stop won’t stop” friend Pete Gustin…who by the way, nails Blue Steel. I mean come on! It must be hard being that ridiculously good looking.

1) What have you been up to lately (new projects, life happenings, etc)? 

Well it’s been a busy year. In July 2016 I sold my house in the suburbs of Boston and built a brand new house and a brand new studio right by the beach in North County San Diego. 8 months later, I landed the largest single VO job I could ever imagine getting in becoming the new voice of the Fox News Channel along with Fox News Radio and all of their affiliated network properties. The opportunity came out of the blue but actually landing the job was A LOT of work. I’ve added six new stations to my roster in the last year including major markets like Boston and Denver and also became the Creative Director in Charge of Music Imaging for TuneIn. I’d been the voice of TuneIn for the past 3 years but took on the added responsibility of running their imaging near the end of 2016. My work in the land of movie trailers has also been going great as I was able to be a part of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean campaign over the summer of 2017. Along with all that WORK, I’ve decided to try and have some FUN out here in San Diego as well. Some may know and others may not, but I am legally blind suffering from a degenerative eyesight disorder called Stargadt’s disease. The disease made it impossible for me to “read” copy and so I developed my ear prompter system. It also made it impossible for me to partake in any of the sports my friends in Boston were playing like basketball, golf, tennis and all that good stuff that involves….you know….seeing. Since I’m right around the corner from the Pacific out here though, I walked into a surf shop in late October 2016 and grabbed a surf board thinking “hey…the ocean is pretty damn HUGE. I can probably see that, right?”. I started with an 8 foot foam board and just a few months later was riding with some pros down in La Jolla on my 6’ 2” Channel Island Pod Mod. It’s super exciting for me to be able to get out of the studio and do something really physical. True I might end up getting eaten by a shark someday….but at least I’ll never get hit in the face with a return volley of a tennis ball. The latter is SO MUCH more embarrassing and “blind guy eaten by shark while surfing off coast of San Diego” is a pretty cool headline.

2) You’ve had an outstanding career already. What are some goals you have professionally? 

I started in radio and always wanted to be the voice of as many radio stations as would have me. Every time a station makes the choice to use me as their voice I get all kinds of excited just as if it was the very first time. There are just so many people doing VO’s these days, the fact that a station can decide on just one of them…and it ends up being me…..is a huge honor and I absolutely love that feeling. I want to experience it as often as I can. I also had a pie in the sky dream of becoming the voice of a TV Network and never would have dreamed I’d land that job as the voice of the most watched cable network in America in Fox News. Now, I’m looking to do even more in TV promos and especially trailers. The trailer pool is an extremely small and extremely elite pool of talent and I’m both super excited and very honored to be competing with them for those coveted jobs. Going forward, I’d like to land more and more of them.

3) Any new gear or upgrades? 

Most of my gear is still the same, but I made a HUGE upgrade to my studio. I built this San Diego house from scratch and so I was able to build a really awesome studio inside of it. I hired a company called Sound Proof San Diego to build me a booth from the studs up. The walls are air gapped, packed with max weight vinyl and all that other good stuff that makes a booth bomb proof. All my “gear” is outside the booth and anything inside runs completely silently. I close this door….and I’m in an amazingly silent little cocoon where the only thing I have to worry about and focus on is my performance. I love it.

4) How has new technology changed the way you work? 

If this were maybe just 15 years ago, I don’t even think I’d be able to be in this business. The text to speech technology I use to “read” copy has literally given me the ability to work in my dream job. without little robot voices reading copy into my ear buds, I’d never be able to “read” copy and would just have to get a WHOLE LOT better at surfing so I could get sponsored and do that professionally.

5) What advice can you give to aspiring voiceover artists trying to get into the biz? 

Two things. First is – be patient. Second is – use your own voice. Starting a VO career takes just a second. Buy a mic. Buy a computer. Boom….your career has begun. Getting people to pay you to speak into that mic and send it to them via that computer could take years. Honestly, I started trying to get into VO’s when I was just 18 years old. It was a decade later before I was making any sort of money doing it and another five years after that before I was able to actually begin supporting myself with VO work. It takes time…and patience. As for using your own voice, that’s another one that took me a LONG time to learn. While it can help to listen to some of the more popular voices out there, what you don’t want to do it try to copy them. think about it, if someone wanted a voice that sounded like them….they’d just hire them…not you doing a copy of them. have confidence in your own unique sound. Don’t’ force anything. Do what comes naturally to you. Be super confident about it and focus on your read. read that last sentence very carefully. FOCUS ON YOUR READ. do not focus on the timber of your voice or the pitch and tone of it. just let your voice do its own natural thing and you…..you focus on reading that copy and trying to convey the message the writer wants you to convey.

Contact & Social Links: 

Benztown: https://www.benztown.com/brigade/pete-gustin

Pete’s Website: http://petegustin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeteGustinVoice/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/petegustin

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #106 – In & Out, CALIFORNICATION and Time For Podcasting

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:34

So, this week I am writing this from LA. Max and I are in since Wednesday and having a fantastic time. SFX recordings, tours, meetings, production music conference and of course your weekly dose of FIVER FRIDAY!

1. Plugin

Check out GTR3 Stomps. Great tool for imaging, as you’ve got every plugin in one place. We also used it in our latest Benztown Tutorial:

2. Inspiration

The guys at In & Out: not because they are my favorite Burger in LA. It’s because they apparently turned down a 20!!!!Million $ franchise deal in NYC, as they felt they could not hold their standards. Thats love for your product and brand!!!

3. Music

I love Jamie Foxx. One of the greatest out there. a master of so many disciplines!

 

4. Web/Social/Whatever

It’s the right time to start your own:

Podcasts Democratized Radio. Now PRX Wants To Democratize Podcasts

 

5. Imaging

The biggest player ever passed last week.

 

 

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Halloween Insanity Pt.2 or The High Pitch Distortion VO

Benztown Imaging Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:15

The Halloween Imaging Tip Series continues!
Halloween Imaging is so much fun: creating scary imaging and breaking taboos: And what could be better than giving your VO the special Halloween twist?

The new Benztown Tutorial shows you how to create an effect we call “The High Pitch Distortion”. Nasty, rough and very grinchy!
We did this with Waves GTR3 Stomps as it gives you this all in one overview with nice effects. But you can also do it with single plugins.

You’ll need:

  • Doubler
  • Delay
  • Pitcher
  • Distortion
  • EQ
Benztown Tutorial 0037: The Halloween High Pitch Distortion

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #105 – Hornet SongKey MK2, Bonnie’s Stunning Photography And A Worldclass Podcast Library

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:50

Boom. Another week! Here is some really nice weekend infusion for you guys!

1. Plugin

This Real-time Key And Chord detector by Hornet PlugINs sounds like a usefull tool that could save some time.

2. Inspiration

Her pictures are just fantastic. Bonnie from the benz crew is rocking the #stairwaystoheaven!

3. Music

Still love Jack – such a great guy and great life story as well!

4. Web/Social/Whatever

Gary speaks truth and thats why we at Benztown focus highly on the independent content creators of the NOW and the future. Amp your production with our cutting edge, world class PODCAST Library.

To The Library

5. Imaging

The latest from Scott!

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Halloween Insanity or HOW to create a scary Halloween VO effect Pt1.!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:39

Halloween is such an awesome time of the year – yeah we all get dressed up as Gary :)..and for the entire US economy it is a really important day too, as it is the second biggest spending holiday in the year.

For our radio stations we all have to create Halloween Promos and Sweepers, Haunted House giveaways and and and – therefore we decided to give away the secret sauce on a weekly basis until Halloween. It will make it easier for you to create some really great Halloween VO effects, scaring the hell out of your listeners and maybe it is a little different to what you usually do!

 

Benztown Tutorial 0036: The Halloween Pitch LoFi

 

 

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What’s Been Goin On with Howard Cogan

Benztown Voice-Over Blog - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:37

Howard Cogan…yeah, that guy. It’s been awhile since we’ve interviewed our talented voiceover friend so…yeah, here it is.

What have you been up to lately? I have actually been exploring more video content, there’s so much that can be done and right now it’s still the wild west. It’s like a radio station with no bosses! Well maybe, except for Mark Zuckerberg and the Google guy.

You’ve had an outstanding career already. What are some goals you have professionally? My goals are to keep evolving. I got lucky once, the next bolt of lightning may strike somewhere completely different or just hit me right in the ass, who knows?

Any new gear or upgrades? Gotta really get rid of the Mac Mini one day but it still works. Love my Universal Apollo. I am really a gear minimalist. Hardware breaks, plugins just crash.

Nowadays it seems necessary to have your hands in multiple aspects of the industry, not just one. How do you feel about that? Unfortunately all I do is voiceover but I honestly don’t see that as a full time thing much longer for most of us. As the talent pool dilutes, so does the value of the individual as well as the available equity. It’s posing an interesting problem for many of us who have done this for a while as to what the skill of voiceover artist can leverage itself to next. My hunch is probably a massive pivot or a government program.

Looking back, what do you think about? Wins and losses but never the ties.

Looking forward what are you excited about? HOCO NEWS.

Social Links: 

Benztown: https://www.benztown.com/brigade/howard-cogan

Website: http://www.howardcogan.com/

Twitter: @hcogan

YouTube: http://bit.ly/2wShM1B

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #104 – The best PlugIn for 10 $, free Eventide EQ and

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:04

This week is all PlugINs, so happy to share 2 really awesome deals with you!

1. Plugin

The best plugIN you can get for 10 $ – times 2!
Love both and use them all the time.

Little Alter Boy – I highly recommend automization of some parameters, especially formant will give you a great effect.

Echo Boy – One of the industry standards considering DELAYs (also according to my good friend and imaging icon Forrest Martin).

2. Inspiration

Does not everybody want to be happy?

9 Timeless Habits You’ll Find in the Happiest People 3. Music

Do they sound the same? Casper track and Taylor – who was first? (listen to Casper’s song at 1:17min, and Taylor’s at 1:10min)

4. Web/Social/Whatever

Check this EQ by Eventide, reminds me of FF Pro-Q2 This one’s free until October 31st! (reg. $99)

5. Imaging

My Friend Thomas from Vienna, also know for his german radio website
radioszene.de did a great job on this power intros!

 

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