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Andy’s Fiver Friday #188 – SubLab, Lessons of history and KLIF!

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:25

Boom, Friday, I am outta here :)…I hope you had a great week, like I had! Check this weeks findings…

1.Plugin

Check out this new powerful sub-bass plugin/synthesizer! Looks really promising, as you can adjust your 808s just the way you want them to sound.  Also, it’s on sale right now!

SubLab

2.Inspiration

Wanna know how to get ripped for summer, fantastic video from our ozzi friend! Really funny stuff!

3.Music

It is summer

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #187 – Ford vs. Ferrari

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:15

Thanks so much for all the emails, comments on socials and you reaching out to us, because of this. I am so appreciative as it shows again hard work and having an idea scratching your own itch can work out great!! Here are this week’s findings:

1.Plugin

This week we’re featuring Bassroom from Mastering The Mix – Looks really promising and definitely worth a try! Check out the walkthrough:

2.Inspiration

Just Insane and inspiring! 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9226784/d-day-veteran-97-parachutes-normandy/amp/?fbclid=IwAR1RtoXDq0t37LQ3Z2oYq173MgFDVwxR_akywY6vZoeA70wCMe_byfCCWVA

3.Music

One of the best movies ever, break through for Vincent Cassel and an incredible Soundtrack!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

What an inspiring story for every car lover!

5.Imaging

This is more than awesome…The global team has done a phenomenal job! Sick!!!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #186 – The Email INSANITY, Tarantino’s playlist and THE BENZTOWN PLUGIN!!!

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:13

This has been a challenging week for me as I got sick and Oli had his eye surgery and I had to pull through. Thanks to Jan, Alex and the crew for covering my ass!!! Here is this week’s goodies!

1.Plugin   Guys, it needed a while, but finally : IT IS HERE!!!!!! From ProTools to Audition to Logic, Reaper, and more. AAX, VST and AU formats are supported. Thanks to Alex Kusnezov for bearing with me the entire process! You are a super star!!!   All the infos here: benztown.com/plugin   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benztownradio/photos/a.515959365118424/2176048129109531/?type=3&theater   Twitter: https://twitter.com/benztownradio/status/1133871775442448385   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6539638280319836160   2.Inspiration

Underrated and inspiring artist! Also check his songs on Spotify/Youtube, amazing work!

3.Music

Not sure, if I have shared that before, but it is still one of my all time favorite playlists!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Think about this, when you check your INBOX next time. 

Radicati Group estimates that employees receive around 78 business emails a day and send around 37 a day. This brings the total to around 115 emails a day (sent and received)! On average employees check their email 36 times an hour which amounts to 288 times a day for an eight hour work day.

5.Imaging

Alex creates what I understand to be modern AC imaging these days!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #185 – Going to the moon, best of Memorial Day Imaging and what do I listen for working out!!!

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:00

 

This was a great week! summer is near, I can feel it! FINALLY! Off to an awesome , long Memorial Day Weekend!

1.Plugin

And another one (DJ Khaled voice): Check out this free piano plugin which sounds really great for being free to download. Enjoy!

Soundmagic – Piano One

2.Inspiration

Simply inspiring… WOW!

3.Music

This is what I listening while working out!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Really astonishing how far technology has come, if we progress like that what will be left to the artist?

5.Imaging

This is a quick recap of what we do for Memorial Day this year on the Benztown library, including yours truly with some CHR stuff!!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #184 – Submarine, Speaker TOYZ and 40 years of Hip Hop

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:12

Yeah, it is Friday , again. This week was good, cant tell now, but great things are coming your way:)….It goes to 11!!!!! TRUST ME!

1.Plugin

Waves just released Submarine, a plugin creating subharmonic frequencies to boost your kicks, basses, synths etc. Looks quite promising and is definitely worth a try, check out their demo:

2.Inspiration

I started with this last week…hosted by Will Smith!! Awesome series!

One Strange Rock

3.Music

Masa’s pick for the week!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Remember those?

5.Imaging

Jan still ruling the Urban format like a boss – gotta love this VO effects… Check it out!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

FX for world domination or how to build Killer Sound Design for Radio Imaging!?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:23

So this is a short in between type of post, as I got this question so often within the last weeks. What Do you use for building FX? Answer : A LOT :)! I thought it would be helpful to add a few things I use the most and maybe you can let me know what you guys like the most, use for creating the workparts, building, layering and and and…

In general I think there is a ton of ways to approach this, we are talking about how to generate source sounds here and what plugIns are good for this and are worth checking out.

1. Field recording and foley material:

Depending on what you want to build there is a ton of great stuff available, if you go out yourself, record or purchase the sounds online.
We do both!

2. Drums

All type of DRUMS, base drums, cymbals, snare, percussion – again a ton of stuff available on the www and in various plugins.
My go to would be BATTERY and SPLICE as online source !

3.Plugins

Of course, there’s awesome plugin for fx creation and sound design out there! I listed you some of my/our favorites:

UVI – Meteor

Native Instruments – Rise & Hit

Heavyocity – Damage

AIR Music – The Riser

 

Apart from that, Native Instruments – Reaktor offers a lot of sound design possibilities, you should definitely check that out too!

So, thats basically what I use in a nutshell and of course a lot more and whatever I can get my hands on. What do you like the best? How do you manipulate the source sounds… Let me know!!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #183 – Free PlugIns, omnystudio and that’s the way it is!

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:27

So again, guess what it is Friday and here is your latest …Before that, make sure, if you are in Toronto you catch up with these guys at Canadian music week :)!

1.Plugin 

Guess everyone loves free plugins, so here’s another one – Camel Crusher: Looks kinda old school but offers compression, distortion and a filter for times when you just want some quick results without tweaking too much. Sound is ok and solid.

2.Inspiration

What a great read, I feel everyone should read this at least once a year if working a creative job!

21 reasons you should make Art!

3.Music

Love this new track….Relax!!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

A great company out there, if you are interested in the Podcast Creation Space you should check them out!

Omnystudio

5.Imaging

Our very own Ketch with some awesome stuff for Virgin.

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #182 – Why Sonic Logos stick, The Tom Brady of Music and Scratch Radio

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 07:55

The week goes by so fast, I know I say that very week, but the wheel is spinning and it is MADNESS :)! Hope you guys have a  great weekend and enjoy the time of the PROTOOLS !Here is this weeks findings!

1.Plugin

This looks awesome for sound design! Didn’t have the time to check it out yet, but you should definitely give it a try, trial is free!

Krotos Audio – Reformer Pro 

2.Inspiration

Great Read I found on socials. Wanna know why some Sonic Logos stick and turn out great? 

How to succeed with sonic logos!

3.Music

My favorite Singer/Songwriter, the Tom Brady of MUSIC!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

The students of Scratch radio are one of the reasons why I love working at a company like benztown!

Student Radio Station WJWS-LP/97.3 wins Imaging Honors using Benztown Library

5.Imaging

Just gotta love what Bryan is doing for LL COOL J Radio!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Iron Imager Recap – Brendan Tacey

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 05:01

So, the champ is back home in Oz in the HEMP Studio. It was such an awesome week hanging in LA and this years’ WWRS was a blast. BT and I took some time to reconnect. Enter BT!

1.How was your overall LA / WWRS experience?

Wow.. what a week!

Where do I start! From smashing a Philly Cheese Steak with Dom Evans when we first arrived in Glendale at 8:30am on the Monday…. to passing out for 5 hours on the flight home from exhaustion (and maybe a couple too many Vodkas in the Qantas Lounge)… The experience of being in LA for WWRS and Iron Imager is one that will stick with me forever. Cementing amazing friendships with the Benztown Team and Re-Connecting with your good self Andy, opening my world up to so many amazing Image producers who’s back stories blew my mind, shaking hands with guys I have idolised my entire career and never actually met (Jeff Thomas), getting to know Sam Wickens (and Em and Ryan), being introduced to Moscow Mules (purchased 4 of the copper cups the minute I got home) and just making my way around parts of L.A in Ubers that don’t involve a Pier at the end of Route 66 and some shady looking characters handing out prescriptions on a beach. To be honest.. the buzz of the week is still with me.

2. Iron Imager champ, how does that feel?

For me winning the spot to challenge Sam was the prize. The above mentioned experiences were the prize. Honestly. 
Taking home the chocolates was a bonus. I had a fair backing at home as it turned out… and when I walked back into work with the Iron Image Belt raised above the head…. the Triple M Team really got around me and it was at that moment the win truly sank in.

 

3. How did the actual contest feel? How challenging was it to produce a country promo? Have you worked in the format before? 

I have done the odd country thing here or there in the last 2 years as our network has a couple of country brands.. in ‘Triple M Country’ and ‘The Range’ but nothing more than a couple of sweepers to give the producer who usually looks after the brands a bit of a chop out. Whatever the format we were to be given… I always had it in my head that I will take what I do for Triple M and adapt it to the format. That thought process helped keep me calm right up to the start of the contest. Then.. the shit hit the fan. Take the clock out of the equation and I would be comfortable to work on the format. Give me my toolbox I work with everyday and the promo could be calmly built in the same or less time.
But throw in the clock, and a folder full of 300+ elements that I have no idea of what is in there and where and having to sift through it all before even making a start… thats when the minutes start melting and the stress levels peak. 

 

4. What have been the biggest challenges during the contest?

1. Keep calm. The minute u stress.. u start spinning the wheels. Spending all your energy and going nowhere. 
2.Trusting your instincts. Knowing that the process you go thru, combined with a cool head… will get you through.
The stress of it all was the hardest.. but also the coolest thing about the contest. Because what it did… it brought Sam and I to somewhat of a level playing field. 
It will bring anyone of any number of years experience to something of a level playing field. Workparts and format aside…. It all comes down to your process and the way you go about putting a piece together.

5. What has been your favorite LA moment?

Realising that Benztowns Chris Johansing and I (or whoever chooses Chris’s clothes and My Wife… who is my ‘Director of Fashion’) … have the same taste. Around the table back at Benzhaus the night after the contest… pulling up a chair beside Chris to take my place in the drinking game and we are basically in the same outfit. That moment and that image will be with me forever.

6. Any new learnings, take aways, parting words?

The only thing really is to encourage Image guys the world over of all levels to support the Iron Image Contest that you guys have been putting on for 8 years now. No-one else is doing anything like it for our part of the industry. I can imagine it is a fair investment from Benztowns point of view not only in Dollar$…. but also in time and energy. The entire Benztown team put so much into the week and the event…. So all I can do is encourage other Image guys to support the contest…. have a crack at it… cos u just never know where it will end up for you. 
It’s been nothing short of a world of fun.

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #181 – Valhalla, Jim Collins and 2 Soundcloud Imaging Superstars!

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 06:01

This weeks Fiver Friday straight from Berlin. Love it!!

1.Plugin

From our friends of Valhalla comes a new delay. Check it out.

ValhallaDelay

2. Inspiration

Learn more about the pope of research for what makes great companies. 

Jim Collins

3.Music

A classic

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #180 – Easter EDITION !

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:00
  Easter weekend!!! Over here, this means two extra days :).. Love it! Get this weeks findings below!!  

1.Plugin

Check out this smooth sounding reverb from Oril River – Free to download here!

2.Inspiration

What do you think?

Boosting your creativity through music!

3.Music

Love that series and the Soundrack is outstanding! Cant wait for the final season! #peakyblinders!

4. Web/Social/Whatever

Thanks for all the love @imaging house – An honor to be interviewed a long side industry icons, such as Dave Foxx and Steve Stone.

Get to know Andreas Sannemann

5. Imaging

BBC’s Matt Fisher leading the charge on this concept. Interesting read and a innovative concept. Let me know what you think?

6 Music pioneers dynamic personalised trails

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #179 – Schiller, deep work and a true super human and sports legend says good bye!

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 06:48

 

Yeah, thank God it’s Friday and the weekend is here. It was a tough week and I am looking forward to some rest and relaxation on Saturday and Sunday. 

1.Plugin

This week we’re featuring Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst, a free spectrum analyzer plug-in that lets you monitor the spectral content of your audio signal in real time. If you’re still missing a plugin for monitoring, this should suit you just right!

2.Inspiration

This book is mind blowing, at least for a notorious overwhelmed multi tasker !

3.Music

German DJ Legends & music project Schiller has a brand new album out. Love that track :

4.Web/Social/Whatever

He was one of the greatest in this sport, a legend while still playing, true superstar and awesome humble human being. For a sports fan, this is a must watch

MFFL feiert Dirk Nowitzki

Da bleibt kein Auge trocken! Der letzte Abend von Dirk Nowitzki im American Airlines Center war unvergesslich! #MFFL Fans, Spieler, Coaches und lebende Legenden feierten Dallas #41 bis tief in die Nacht. Macht mit! Schickt uns weiterhin eure persönlichen Botschaften und Erinnerungen an Dirk Nowitzki – mit dem Hashtag #DankeDirk – und lasst uns den

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Imaging ITALIA – Meet Lucio Scarpa from Radio Globo

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:49

Lucio and I met on Facebook. He send me some of his stuff and I was blown away. You could tell right away Lucio has tremendous experience and his stuff sounded really hot. We started talking and I felt there is a lot more here to discover and this is what we did. Learn how Lucio does do beatmixing, what plugIns he uses and what was his most fun project ever. 

1. Lucio, can you give me a bit background on yourself, your career, achievements, role at the Radio Gobo. I am sure a lot of the readers will know you or of you, but  it puts a lot of the below in context I assume.

I started my job as assistant engineer in 1989 for a record company called ACV Records at this link you can see most of my works.  In 1995 I started to work for Radio Globo as DJ and Producer, from there a lot stuffs were done.

2. How is it to work in radio in Italy? How Italian imaging differs from the imaging world wide?

Unfortunately here in Italy most of the radio owners doesn’t know about imaging like us. Here at Radio Globo we do a several works with imaging productions. We believe, imaging is the difference between the Radios. From the imaging you can know well what radio is on air.

We are the ones who looks ahead in the future and listen the radio all of over the world to understand were to go and in which way to evolve. Lucky for us, we have an owner Bruno Benvenuti who knows perfectly. We have always done imaging from 1986, from when Cesare Benvenuti e Virginia Dantas (Bruno Benvenuti’s family) started this adventure in italy.

3. How do your days look like? Is there a blueprint? A routine ?

I start to work at 7 am and I spend half an hour on soundcloud to listen my Colleagues from all over the world and their new productions to have some inspirations and to find some more effects and beds to use for me so I’m constantly updated. After that I start to work for ours jingles and promos until 16 pm.

4. What is your baby? Most fun project? 

The most fun was the Pulcino Pio, do you remember the song for children? Listen here: 

WE MADE THIS!!

But this isn’t imaging is just for fun. My last masterpiece is the recap of the years 2018,  at this link you can see the video and listen to my big 10 minutes mashup.

5. Which DAW do you use?

Pro Tools 12

6. What are your favorite plugins?

I like a lot Waves Tune, Little AlterBoy, Melodyne. I like to use and discover a lot of plugins. I try every day to give always some more.

Melodyne

Little Alter Boy

Waves Tune

7. What are new learnings? Ideas you work on? Inspirations?

I like to listen to colleagues from other radios in the world like: Chris Hartgers from Radio 538, Ashley Bard from Capital Fm, Denzil Lacey from SiriusXM and so on, I have so many friends to take inspiration from and I hope to give some of it too. In these days I’m working on a new quiz that we will launch in a few days

8. Any new tools you discovered lately?

I would like to have a plug in but at the moment it would cost me a little too much, but slowly slowly I will have it, this is Serato Pitch ‘n Time Pro.

9. Your favorite piece of imaging / production ever?

I like everything I do, and I like every new thing more than the last. I love my Beatmix you can listen to someone on my soundcloud page at this link:

10. What would be your career advice for a youngster your twenty year old self?

Seriously engaged, put passion into what you do and above all BELIEVE IT!!

 

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #178 – Back from LA, Berlin Air Lift and Soundtoys Spring Sale!

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:15

Wow, what a week. Since Tuesday I am back from LA and back to the grind.  
The WWRS was a blast, we had legendary evenings with our Iron Imager candidates Brendan and Sam at benz house and it was just awesome to see so many industry friends, VO artists and imaging colleagues and of course the benz family! I feel WWRS gets more and more traction along our people ! Yes!

1.Plugin

The guys from Soundtoys have yet another sale, awesome prices for awesome products, definitely some of our favorite plugins! Check it out:

Soundtoys Spring Sale 

2.Inspiration

You gotta love that FB page for Travel Inspiration!

3.Music My good friend Rainer wrote this song for the anniversary of the legendary Air Lift in Berlin  

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Interesting new series on Sound Design by Waves:

5.Imaging

Some new FREEBies from one of the best in the biz..You are a real Rockstar, Bryan!! Was great seeing you in LA bro!

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Imaging Espana and why social networks mean FILTERs OFF for imaging? Enter Mikel Vilchez

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 05:36

I wanted to post this interview for ever. Mikel is one of the best Imagers in the Spanish speaking world. His beatmixing is legendary as well as his power intros. We re-connected when Mikel entered the Iron Imager contest this year and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to interview him. Enter Mikel !

1. Can you give me a bit background on yourself, your career, achievements, role at the Flaix?

Ever since I can remember the radio and music have always been by my side. As soon as I was old enough to work, I combined my electronic studies with being a music radio speaker and a DJ in the clubs. During that time I met great DJs and music producers who did awaken my interest in music production and audio editing. Thanks to this I have always worked in what I like: Radio stations like Los 40 Principales, Europa Fm, Rac105, Radio Flaixbac, Flaix FM. Record labels like Blanco y Negro Music, Vale Music o Bit Music performing Megamixes, sessions or musical productions. Grup Flaix is a company who runs to two stations: Radio Flaixbac (Chr) and Flaix FM (Dance Music). I’ve been working for them for 15 years and now I’m responsible for Radio Imaging of both.

Discgos

Soundcloud

Instagram

2. How is it to work for some of the biggest radio brands in Spain? What is special about Spanish radio imaging / the scene?

It’s the daily challenge that I love! I always try to find new things to surprise our audience, and now, not only on the radio but also in social networks. Social networks are the meter of your productions, there are no filters, if they like what you do, they say it and if not, they say it too.

3. How do your days look like? Is there a blueprint? A routine ?

I usually arrive at the studio at 9:30, the first thing I do is having a coffee (until 12:00 I’m not a person ) I take a few minutes to look at radio blogs, listening to what other producers are doing (always learning) or discovering new plugins. At 10:00 my workday begins. I have a meeting with the stations’ director every week and after that I have to produce, renew some promos, sweeps, beds or what songs to do powerintros for example. I have a weekly radio calendar and a monthly one with important events (Summer, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, movie premieres, Halloween etc).

4.What´s your baby? The most fun project? 

The project to which I’v had more affection, it’s one I didn’t produce it for the radio.It was commissioned by the Record labels company Blanco y negro music. I created the Megamix of the Bolero Mix dance compilation.

And the production, that I´ve had the most fun with, was when I presented Iron Imager 08. Why ? It was the first time I’ve worked with  English voice and that made me produce the promo in a different way.

5.  If you had to pic 5 Plugins…which ones they would it be?

Melodyne

L2 Ultramaximizer

Valhalla Freq Echo

Filter Gate

Ozone Imager

6. What DAW do you use?

I use different DAW depending on the work that must be done. For all radio imaging, I use ProTools. The quality in the mixing process and the audio processing is spectacular. For music production I use Cubase. The functionality, when I am working with midi, is better. But the final mix of the tracks, I do it in Protools.

7. What are your favorite imaging techniques?

I love integrating the radio logo into the powerintros or beatmixes. Finding the sound that most closely matches the original and mix so that seems to be of the same song.

8. What are the new learnings? Ideas you work on? Inspirations?

I have to admit that I am a freak. I listen lots of radios, especially from outside of Spain. that way I am attentive to everything that other radio imaging producers do. The Radio Imaging is constantly evolving and we must be up to date. I’ve been working on the thematize of the Top of hours for some time. When an expected film is released, I try to integrate the melodies of the film and our logo into the top of hours. It’s fun.

9. Any new tools you discovered lately?

YES!!!! The RX7 from Izotope. AMAZING! I can not live without him anymore. With it, you can extract acapellas, instrumental or bass layers for example.

10. Your favorite piece of imaging/production ever?

I couldn’t tell you just one, I have several beat mixes or power intros that I love.

Beat Mix

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Mikel-Vilchez-Beatmix.wav

 

Power Intros

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Mikel-VIlchez-powerintros.wav

 

11. What would be your career advice for your twenty-year-old self?

I would say to him that radio imaging can’t be learned in one day. In a society where “I want it now” is becoming a constant,…, I know that everything has a learning process. It´s not possible to go from 0 to 100 in two days.

My advice: “Listen lots of radios, listen to what big producers do.” If you listen carefully every day their productions, you’ll realize that they are like a masterclass. Start with the basics, know how to equalize, compress, pan, create stereo voices, learn to use the grid. Once you learn the main thing and a lot of imagination, the success will come.

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An excerpt of Mikel’s work: 

TOH Flaixbac Jurassic

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/TOH-FLAIXBAC-JURASSIC-.wav

 

TOH Flaixbac World Cup 2018

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/TOH-WORLD-CUP-2018-FLAIXBAC.wav

 

Flaix FM Downtown

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Flaix-FM-DOWNTOWN-BASIC-110bpm.wav

 

Rampa Mix Speaker

http://blog.benztown.com/imaging/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/RAMPAMIX-SPEAKER-FONTOVA-006.wav

 

Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

Andy’s Fiver Friday #177 – Spitfire LABS, WWRS And Iron Imager

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:53

This week’s Fiver Friday live from Los Angeles, California! Congrats to the winner of Iron Imager 8 Branden Tacey, it was a tough and awesome battle! Here are this week’s findings:

1.Plugin

This week we’re featuring Spitfire LABS, a virtual instrument including pianos, pads, choirs, strings and more! Best of it all – it’s free! So go check it out and also check out this neat episode of Composing with Labs to get a quick overview:

2.Inspiration

Honestly the biggest inspiration this week has been contending at WWRS and connecting with all of you. So much talent and wisdom, we had a great time so far and will love to come back!

3.Music

Debut album from Billie Eilish! Interesting new artist, gotta look out for her in the future!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Kinda old but super interesting! Getting the feeling of big sport events into your living room and the hard and precise work behind it: 

5.Imaging

Congrats to the winner of Iron Imager 8, Brendan Tacey! Awesome competition and awesome pieces, i just LOVE Iron Imager to the fullest! Here’s the winning piece:


Categories: VOIMAGEBLOG

IRON IMAGER 8: Readers Vote!

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 13:17

Well, that was an intense round of the Iron Imager challenge between Sam and BT! We were sweating over here at the Castaway watching them cool-ly produce their Country format flyaway promo for the ACM Awards.

Thanks again for being a part of this year’s Iron Imager contest and watching our livestream on Facebook. The winner will be announced tomorrow (3/29) at 10:30am PT following the Iron Imager pow-wow @ the Castaway!

Our judges will be contemplating their pick but we need you to vote for your favorite promo down below so that we can announce the Iron Imager 8 Chaaaaampioooooon!!

Before you vote for your favorite… Did someone say something about a hype video?!

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #176 – Above the clouds, Nike meets Maschine and WWRS / Iron Imager

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 08:47
  This weeks Fiver Friday from above the clouds, heading to my second home – SoCal. I am so thrilled to see you all in a few days at WWRS and see history in the making at this years Iron Imager. Sam vs BT Here are last weeks findings. Let’s do it! 1.Plugin

Great opportunity to win my favorite shoes and a MASCHINE Mikro on top! Check this out!

WIN: Nike Air Max 180 & customized MASCHINE MIKRO

2.Inspiration

Something to think about – great content from infamous “In A Nutshell”

3.Music

Our awesome trainee Phillipp and his band have their new record out!

4.Web/Social/Whatever

Trailer for the latest season of Stranger Things just dropped – looks amazing!

5.Imaging

In preparation of Iron Imager, once again check out Sam’s latest work and also Brendan Tacey’s piece that got him into the IRON IMAGER contest:

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IRON IMAGER 8 – The CONTENDER – Q & A with BT!

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:12

So, Ladies and Gents, here he is: The Contender from Australia … Triple M! I mean you guys know all him as BT or Brendan Tacey … a legend in the Imaging space. Starting out, he was one of my influences and his legendary YouTube videos were the first touching points we ever had. I am thrilled to hang with him soon in LA and chat Imaging in person. For now, let’s find out how he prepares, feels and trains to become the new Iron Imager. I am sure Sam will do his best to prevent that. ENTER BT!

Have you been to LA / California / the US before? Are you excited to visit?

Spent a month in the states in Oct’17, covering Florida back to CA, including driving from San Fran to LA with my wife and daughters. Then spent an amazing week in LA. Was such a great vibe and I can’t wait to get back and have an awesome week with some even more awesome people.

Of course you know Sam Wickens – what’s your strategy against one of the best Imagers out there? How do you want to win this battle?

Well … I have everything crossed in the fact that Sam will fit the Pommy Cliché of Loving a Pint and late night dodgy curry … Both of which I will work very hard on loading him up on the night before … In the hope he wont be able to sit at the desk for more than 3 minutes at a time during the contest … If you get my drift.

If any, what will be your key advantages?

Without knowing how Sam operates and goes about his work each day… Maybe having to produce multiple intricate pieces on a daily basis in a very short timeframe will go some way to having an edge on the day. Other than that.. I’mm a deer in the headlights trying to work out what key advantage I might have … um … maybe my lucky Jocks/undies/briefs ?

Any idea of how the training regiment will look?

To be honest from hearing past stories of the week in LA around Iron Imager…I think I might need to do more training on getting my liver in shape for the week. I’m actually more concerned about that than the competition itself!

How difficult will it be to work off a portable workstation vs. your fully equipped studio? What’s your setup?

What’s a workstation?

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Andy’s Fiver Friday #175 – True Iron, True Chill and a True Legend from OZ!

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 09:24

Only 2 weeks left till Iron Imager 8! Getting more and more hyped about it! For now, here are this week’s findings: 

1.Plugin

Stumbled upon this little gem, which looks very promising! Kazrog – True Iron – You can download the demo for free! Also check out this review to preview what you’re getting: 

2.Inspiration

I highly recommend this just for the sake of beauty and getting inspired in a different way. I always loved the awesome combo of big pictures and sound! Here is the master!

Salomon Ligthelm

3.Music

True Chill..it cant get more laid back than this guy

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