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Catching Up With Gavan Bruderer – Reasons For Switching His DAW, How To Stay Creative And The Importance Of Work-Life Balance

Benztown Imaging Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:50

 

Gavan, long time no talk, what happened since we spoke last? I bet a ton

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Free PlugIn Monday – How to create a monster Sound for Free?

Benztown Imaging Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:03

Hey guys, this is the benztown way of saying thanks for a fantastic year, for great imaging and awesome support.

Every Monday we will feature a few nice freebies from the “Internets” and  of course, check them for you. I can tell you, there is some awesome free SH** out there. Enjoy the first ever edition of Free PlugIn Monday!

Some weird sound spheres can be created with the free Native Instruments Reaktor 6 Library: The Space Drone! 

A sound Designer tool, which is absolutely fun.

The controls of Attack, Resonance, Density, Pan, Decay and some other features are nothing that we wouldn’t be used to yet. But in this case, everything is made for creating width and surrounding elements, so the Attack might affect the sound slower and the decay harder than you would expect. But since the Space Drone is a 96 voices Synthesizer, which is not made for leads or rhythms, but for giving you huge sound beds to work on, the parameters absolutely makes sense.

The only thing that makes handling a bit complicated is, that you cant play it with a keyboard. It is producing Sounds on its own as long as it is engaged. So you should prepare a Print Track in your session to have more control over this little spaceship.

The Space Drone is a  Synth from another world and it is FREE, go check it out!

Check some recent works…

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Space-Drone-Dark-Project.wav

 

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Space-Drone-Drip-Drop.wav

 

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Space-Drone-Gischt.wav

 

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Space-Drone-Halo.wav

 

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Space-Drone-Sub-Wind.wav

 

Get it HERE for FREE!

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Andys Fiver Friday #114 – Winter Is Here, Benztown Social Campaign “Cans4Cans” And Aussie Power Imaging

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:56

Winter has come to town people!

As we get closer and closer to the end of the year, the christmas vibe is settling in. We already got gifted with snow and an early christmas tree this week!
So we’re just hoping for it to stay like this so we can have a wonderful white christmas!

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Catching Up With Sergey Zelentsov From Europa Plus – Building A New Team, Taking Opportunities, Work To Be Proud Of And More…

Benztown Imaging Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:21

It has been ages since we have done our first interview and while we created the latest Europa Plus package I had some time to catch up with Sergey. We were chatting about the unbelievable ratings of Europa Plus, new challenges, new findings and of course the new package we created. Sergey still runs the imaging department at Europa Plus. He recently started working together with 3 new producers and creates “Larger Than Life” Imaging for Russia’s No1 Stations. Enjoy my conversation with Sergey!

Sergey, how is starting from scratch with a new team?

Hi Andy. Glad to talk to you again! Concerning my new team – it’s always hard at the start. Every person has his own character and you should find the best way to interact with one. You have to show and explain many things. Everyone has their own habits and workflows they are used to. So one of the main goals – is to involve them in “our production workflow”. To give them maximum comfort and make them feel free to be creative and at the same time not to lose my job if their creativity is “too high”.

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #113 – Thanksgiving, Black Friday DEALZ and a fantastic cover!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:48

Happy Thanksgiving folks!
I am really thankful for you! Enjoy your Turkey and the downtime with your families. Here are this weeks goods!

 

1. Plugin

Black Friday Deals are still running! Reason enough to refer to our Black Friday Sale Check we did earlier this week.

Go see for yourself if something is there for you:

Benztown Discount Check 2017 – Black Friday Deals!

  2. Inspiration FASTEST-GROWING FOOD AND BEVERAGE BUSINESSES OF 2017      

 

 

There are some innovative and healthy products out there getting bigger and bigger. I like it! 

  3. Music

Great Cover for easy going relaxed Sundays.

  4. Web/Social/Whatever

Take an in-depth look at the sound design of the newest Blade Runner Movie. I recommend watching it!

 

5. Imaging

Our mate Nick has done it again..Check his latest

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Benztown Discount Check 2017 – Black Friday Deals!

Benztown Imaging Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:33

Black Friday is THE DAY for shopping of any kind. And thanks to online shopping, you can take advantage of theses great offers and discounts from all around the world, isn’t that awesome ?!

So as always we were checking out our favorite Audio Companies to see on which deals we might be missing out. In the process, we put together a list to also give YOU an overview of the the best deals we could find.

Check it out, go nuts!

 

  • iZotope

various savings and discounts on their best products

updated weekly through the year


 

• UAD

up to 60% on favorites from Neve,® SSL,® Manley,® Fender,® API,®and many more

through Dec. 1

 

Softube

various items on Sale

 

Ableton

20% off Live 9, Push and Packs, free upgrade to Live 10

until release of Live 10

  • Fame FX

20% off Fame FX Vol.3!

  • Big Fish Audio

up to 70%  on a selection of products every week

 

• Waves

25% OFF the 2nd PlugIn

30% OFF the 3rd-5th PlugIn

40% OFF the 6th PlugIn & Beyond

Limited time offer

 

PreSonus

50% off Studio One 3 and Notion 6, and more deals

through nov 27

 

Best Service

get the Galaxy X-FX for free with every order 99€ or more

through Dec. 4

  Loopmasters

up to 70% on various sample packs

through Dec. 3

 

Audio Deluxe

sale on various products

 

Plugin Boutique

huge sales up to 90% off

 

Heavyocity

up to 50% on their products

 

Soundtoys

will have Black Friday Sales from Nov. 23 – Nov. 29

 

Native Instruments

50% off a good amount of products

through Nov. 30

 

Exponential Audio

Save 30% on everything in the store

starts Nov. 24 – through Dec. 23

 

Avid Marketplace

save up to 75% on various items

 

East West 

up tp 60% on various products

through Nov. 30

 

Eventide

MangledVerb Reverb PlugIn for 49$

through nov 30

 

Steinberg

50% off Cubasis 2.3

 

Zero-G

up to 60% off on several bundles

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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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