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Andy’s Fiver Friday #171 – THE CHAMP IS BACK, Iron Imager 8 and the magic of making SOUNDS!

14 hours 33 min ago

It’s Friday and Iron Imager is on. I am so excited as this time is my favorite time of the year, when all you super talented Imaging heroes roll up the sleeves and compete with the champ.


This week we’re featuring SPAN, a neat audio spectrum analyzer with a nice interface and customizable preferences! Best of it all – it’s free!! Check it out:

Voxengo – SPAN


I am sure i shared that before or not… It is just so good..


Good new hip hop – not a common thing these days!


Iron Imager is back – the Champ is back in LA for WWRS. Will he defend his title? Who will try to get his hands on the belt. Submission phase starts now!


Sam Wickens Composite


Andy’s Fiver Friday #170 – New Crew Members, FUN TIMES and CRS

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:30

This week was….CRAZY, but in a good way, so many new things and what I am thrilled about the most : We have a new crew member and format captain for our benztown NT Library, Adam Kecskemeti, who by the way is also an awesome VO talent – just saying :)…


Waves Sibliance

Waves just introduced a new de-esser plugin, which unlike most de-essers working as narrow band compressors, works with Organic ReSynthesis spectral filters to identify undesirable bursts of sibilant energy. It then completely separates the nuances of sibilance from the vocal signal, leaving the rest of the signal untouched. Sounds great and is definitely worth a try! Check out the Waves introduction video for more information:

Waves – Sibliance


Get plenty inspiration here – I am so happy we can do this together with our long time friend k3 !


My favorite Country Singer Brad Paisley, yes we are getting ready for that thing in Nashville :)..

CRS 2019


From the US to Japan in 3 hours – Hypersonic Jet

DO IT!!!

5. Imaging

Check out ADAM!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #169 – London CALLING, a legendary reverb and EL PRESIDENTE!

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:01

Wow, this week went fast. It was a lot of fun to hang with EL PRESIDENTE– Paris, London, Stuttgart – where am I? This weeks highlights!


P2F Reverbs Releases AKG BX15 Spring Reverb!

One of the best sounding spring reverbs ever made. Carefully sampled all decay times (1.5 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.5)
You get 15 world class impulse responses inclusive digital captures and analog tape captures with 2 different tape formulas. Old School baby!!!


A good read for the weekend!




Nice tune to kick off the weekend!


London calling. What a great time! I really enjoyed one of the radio capitals in the world. Enjoying times with my mates from Global, the BBC and of course the benztown UK team. Thanks for making it to London guys.









My mate Brad….Just so good!!


Imaging News/Talk for 22 YEARS and why Microsoft WORD is the most powerful tool for an Imaging guy – Meet IHeart’s Scott Stanley

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 06:32

I got introduced to Scott by K3. She recommended Scott as being one of  the best out there and she was so god dam right :)…My interest in these format keeps growing and the more I learn about it, the more I love it. Dive into Scott’s audio examples, learn about scheduling priorities in a crazy news cycle and and and…Enter Scott!

  1. Which production system do you use and why?

I use Adobe Audition.  It’s a fine system and does everything I need it to do.  I didn’t choose it. One day an engineer installed it in my studio and that was that.  I didn’t have much say in the matter. I’ve never really been picky about equipment. As long as it does what I want it to do, I’m fine with it.  I couldn’t tell you model numbers for half the stuff I use. Honestly, the most important piece of equipment I use is Microsoft Word

  1. What are your favourite plugIns?

I don’t have any plugIns.  The various effects built into Audition work just fine for me.  Since the majority of my work goes on the AM band, a lot of effects just get lost.  I use a few built in filters and EQ on my VO talent, but for the most part, I try to keep them natural sounding.

  1. How do you schedule your work?

The news of the day dictates my work schedule.  I’ve learned over the years that the best laid plans can go up in smoke because of some sort of breaking news.  Because of this, I try to work ahead.

I have to promote Reds Baseball, Bengals football, the sports teams of our two local universities.  I try to stay two weeks ahead on game promos. I try to work ahead on weather imaging – I know winter is coming, I know summer is coming – there’s no need to wait to get going on those.  

Another thing I stay on top of is Obits.  The worst thing in the world is to scramble for sound when someone important passes.  I already have Obits produced for all the living Presidents, as well as the big names locally – sports / media heroes, etc.
  1. What do you love about working for News Talk? How important is writing to you?

What I enjoy most about News Talk is the variety of topics and issues I can have fun with.  Obviously, certain topics have to be treated with kid gloves; however, I do take liberties with just about everything else.  Politics, weather, traffic, issues, sports… I try to present them all in an entertaining way. If I can get a laugh, I’ve done my job.  When a promo is perceived as entertainment instead of a commercial – I’ve done my job.
  1. What is the best protools or production trick anybody should know?

I don’t have any studio tricks per se… but I do think the most important thing an imaging person can do, is write copy to be heard.  Copy should speak to the listener the way the listener speaks. Does the average person say precipitation? No. Does anyone say they have “Automotive needs?”  No.

Another thing – be honest.  Nothing sets off the bullshit buzzer like “The show everyone is talking about.”  If everyone was talking about it, there wouldn’t be a need to promote it. That doesn’t mean you can’t go over-the-top, as long as it’s so ridiculous the listener gets the joke, for example: “This winter storm is so bad, you may be snowbound in your home, and just may have to eat your fingers to survive.”


  1. How do you get inspired and what do you use as source of creativity?

I get inspired by the things I see every day.  The fat guy who takes off his shirt to mow the lawn, the bratty kid who has a tantrum in the store, the woman at work who always gripes she doesn’t have money but gets her nails done every week.  I’m also inspired the ridiculousness of Monty Python, the imagination of Disney and sound and feel of big epic films.


  1. Who were your radio production idols, who influenced your work as a producer?

In high school, I listened to our local rock station WEBN.  They did stuff I’d never heard on the air before. They ran fake commercials.  They had bizarre contests. They even had an on-air theatre of the mind parade every April first.  I would listen to the station just for the production elements – that’s what really entertained me.  Later in life, I got to intern at WEBN and learned from the men who created those pieces, Tom Sandman and Joel Moss.  I learned from them how to channel my ideas and attitude into production pieces

  1. What have been the key advices you received throughout your career?

Never take yourself too seriously.  Be a team player. Keep trying something new.



Andy’s Fiver Friday #168- Paris, Le Catacombs and See With Your Ears

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 06:54

Fasten your seatbelt we’re heading towards the weekend! What a week, amazing memories where made and I got you a brief overview of this week’s news! What are you waiting for?


Fuse Audio Labs presents the VCL-864U Vintage Tube Limiter/Compressor plugin.

Using modern circuit-modeling techniques, all aspects of the original model are mirrored in this plugin down to the smallest detail. A high-powered set of versatile features have been added, including switchable release times, a side chain high pass and a dry/wet control to streamline your ITB workflow. The result is a vintage tube limiter with an outstanding range that gives you everything from thin and transparent to gritty, distorted operation without ever losing its unique easy-going vintage vibe.

Available for Mac OS and Windows in AAX, AU, VST2.4 and VST3 in 32 and 64 bits.


A short interesting clip of how the sound affects what you see. Visuals aren’t the most important part of the film, sound really alters the way we perceive a scene.


Check out this groovy cover, this guy has some talent! 

4.Web/Social/Whatever This week we stayed in Paris for the European Radio Show. Great time to see friends, enjoy the show and of course check one from the bucket list, The Caracombs!     5.Imaging

My mate BT with a monster collage of his actual works. 14 minutes of awesomeness!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #167- Waves Sibilance De-Esser, Excessive Thinking and the Language of Music

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:53

What’s up guys? Another week, another friday aand another blog-post! You’re ready? 


Waves announces Sibilance De-Esser Plug-In 

Powered by Waves’ innovative Organic ReSynthesis technology, this transparent vocal de-esser removes harsh vocal ‘s’ sounds faster than ever before, with exceptional quality – allowing you to make your vocals brighter without harshness. 


About 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy. This kind of compulsive thinking is actually an addiction. Wan’t know more about it? Check out this short clip:


With that being said, lay back and calm your thoughts with this new relaxing beat from Sam Smith:


If you have some free time this weekend, take a glance at ,,Trailer City- Tom Dowd and the Language of Music”.

A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.


Sidey is back with some awesome Rock imaging Mashup Insanity!!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #166- New Classic Rock Composite, UA Vocoder and Procastination

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 07:01

What’s up? Wow, the first full work week of the new year is over! I hope you’re just as excited about 2019 as I am. This Friday we dive into topics like procrastination, the new UA plug-in and much more. Let’s go!


Universal Audio releases Softube Vocoder plug-in 

Vocoders have been used to stunning effect, transforming human voices into various forms of robot speak on hits by Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Afrika Bambaataa, and countless modern producers. Now we can get a taste of it ourselves!


Ever had a problem with procrastination? Well you’re not the only one. Check out this funny TED Talk about that issue. This guy is truly amazing!


Check out this chill mix. A perfect tune for the weekend:


Live Nation and the House of Blues’ Music Forward Foundation have teamed up to offer three $10,000 scholarships to college juniors and seniors pursuing careers in the music industry!

The Live Nation scholarships were established to help support a new generation of music industry professionals.

Music Forward Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Live Nation US Concerts Scholarship Program. Click yourself through for more informations!


Take a listen at the new composite from James for Classic Rock!


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 24: MERRY CHRISTMAS or Start the New Year with a BANG – Free New Years Fireworks FX

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:20

Merry Christmas from us to you!!! Thanks for all your help, your love, support and your dedication to what we all love the most : Radio IMAGING. Here is some FREE New Years SFX for you. ALL recorded by our one and only Max Kotzur.

Straight to the point, get your free NYE fireworks FX here!

Also check out the Benztown libraries for more New Years content!!!!!!


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 23 : My Imagers of 2018

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 08:05

I’d love to point out some inspirations of mine this year. Beside all the guys I work with daily and their incredible talent, which helps me to get better day in and day out. HERE IS THE IMAGERS of 2018! Of course there is so many more guys I stalk on soundcloud :)…and some who should upload more stuff on Soundcloud…

The Capital Imaging Team and Ashley’s Producer Monthly…

Our former Iron Imager and highly talented Brad Leask…Love his layering the build ups 

One of the funniest writers  out there, who flipped the style of Z100 around + just a great guy! STAXX

A unique and crazy style for EVERYTHING!!!! Sidey I love you!!

Fantastic Sound from the Netherlands – Steph Jansen

We cant miss the KIWI – Chris Davis



24 Days Of Xmas – Day 21: Andys Fiver Friday – XMAS Edition

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:00

Wow, it is that time of the year agin. Thank you so much for all your support and love in 2018. I am taking off for Christmas and hope you and your families have a fantastic time and enjoy the days of great food, presents and quality time. Here is this years FIVER FRIDAY XMAS Edition.


Universal Audio “FATSO” – Chris recommendation, a modern classic compressor/saturator which is incredibly useful for bass, guitars and smashing stuff together! – Check it out!


The best Christmas movies ever:)…My Favs.

1. Die Hard
2. Home Alone
3. Bad Santa
4. Trading Places

3. Music

Like every year my favorite Christmas Song!

4. Web/Social/Whatever 

Best ad by far this year! Still love the movie!

5. Imaging

Christmas Jingles for France from yours truly Oli


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 20: Office Christmas Party

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 16:17

It’s almost Christmas Time! Like every year we’re having our christmas party today! So let’s keep it short, here are some expressions from our party, we’re wishing you a good one aswell!


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 19: Remix MANIA or How to step up your productions with remixes!

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 10:34

It’s REMIX time! Here at benztown we’ve been using remixes for our productions for some time now, as you often like a song but need a more uptempo/downtempo version of it. Our very own Konrad put together a sweet collection of remixes suitable for production (and for enjoyment of course). Here are some of Konrad’s recommendations and an outlook on 2019! Enjoy!

Martin Garrix feat. Khalid – Ocean (Banx & Ranx Remix)    Cool uptempo remix of an almost ballad:) Watch out for Banx & Ranx in 2019! Besides the great original song they also did cool versions of Woman Like Me and Let Me Live.   Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – Miss You (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)   Jersey Club influenced, busy and fresh remixes from a very young, but professionally approved (Diplo, Skrillex, Marshmello) artist.   Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (Party Pupils Remix)   The Party Pupils still keep if funky but evolved their signature sound and can turn every (lame) song into a party jam:D   David Guetta & Sia – Flames (Aazar Remix)   Wham meets David Guetta? No, Aazar from Paris just seems to be a very creative and versatile producer who keeps making noise f.e. together with The Chainsmokers   Instant Classic – Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix)   Last but not least – Skrillex take on one of the biggest songs 2018! Maybe a hint for more stuff to come from him in 2019!      

24 Days Of Xmas – Day 18 : BENZTOWN MEGA MIX 2018

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:46

Today is the day, my favorite day of the year – IT IS TIME for the Benztown Mega Mix. Jan and Alex outdid themselves – again! 40 Songs in 4 minutes!!!! I am so proud of these guys…Check out my favorite Imaging piece of the year!! NOW!

MEGAMIX 2018 – jan brückner x alex kusnezov


Jan was so kind to share a screencap and a screenshot of the whole session – Enjoy!




24 Days Of Xmas – Day 17 : Imaging KFI – Why writing is important and what does John Frost have to do with it? Meet John Considine!

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 09:03

I am so happy Staxx introduced me to John a few weeks back. John has been with iHeart since 2003, mostly spent working out of a small market in Northern California, and got connected to some good people who eventually led him to LA and KFI.  I totally understand those good people, as I was just blown away when I heard John’s Soundcloud and his creative, unique approach to image KFI. Why John does what he does and how he gives KFI a unique Voice in the NT world…Learn more here! Enter John!

1. Which production system do you use and why?

I learned on Adobe Audition, and it’s the DAW I used for fifteen years, but when I came to LA, absolutely everyone in the building was using ProTools. I spent a few days eating, sleeping, and breathing ProTools, and that was enough to get me to the point I could produce things with it, and it’s only gotten more and more comfortable in the ensuing two years. I know this is a common response, but: the best DAW for you is the one you’re comfortable using. I would add that “the one everyone around you is using” is also a particularly good DAW, as that opens the door for easier opportunities to pick up tips from your contemporaries and swap sessions around. As someone who was pretty isolated in a smaller market for a long time, let me tell you: the best imaging you’ll ever do is the stuff you do after talking with other people who do it.

2. What are your favorite plugIns?

I’m going to disappoint a lot of audiophile producers here, so let me say up front that I have 100% heard the difference a really great effects chain can make in your production. I am not that producer though, and my job calls for different talents, I think. KFI is an AM station, and more than that, it’s a talk station, and both call for an emphasis on the message. With an AM stick in particular, all you have is your message, so you’re working with a different set of tools. As a News/Talk station, we are, more than other formats, typically serving a purpose other than just entertainment, so getting the message right is crucial. 

3. How do you schedule your work?

Honestly, it always feels like I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I tend to schedule it on a priority system, so regularly updated things take a backseat when there’s something that needs to be addressed. Working in News/Talk is a little different, because you are also at the mercy of the news cycle. If something major happens, especially if it affects your listening area, you may need to respond to it. During the recent wildfires, the whole team at KFI went into serious do-work mode, and really prioritized getting information out to the people that needed it. I played a small part in that by creating imaging that assured listeners of the types of information they could find by listening, or visiting our website, etc. It also necessitated going into what I think of as “Stealth Mode,” in which any of my usually snarky and (hopefully) funny imaging gets pulled off the air, and we focus on information delivery. Stealth mode meaning the imaging and personality of the station takes a backseat to our ability to instantly deliver information when it’s needed.

4. What do you love about doing imaging for the News/Talk format? What do you love about imaging KFI?

Imaging News/Talk plays to my strengths. I think I’m a pretty solid writer, and as I said before, I think your message is the single most important thing you can get right with a talk format. KFI is different from any other talk station I’ve worked with or heard of. We try very hard not to take sides (as a station) in a political climate that is basically 100% focused on taking sides: everything this guy does is great because he plays for your team, but everything that guy does is terrible because he’s on the other team. We don’t find this productive. Our hosts have opinions, of course, but our news product is just as important as our talk product, if not sometimes moreso (see: wildfires). KFI also has a very specific attitude that was really interesting to try to crystallize into something I could integrate into my writing. It’s wry and snarky, without being alienating. Like a friend who gives you a hard time, but is just as likely to be self-deprecating, and completely reliable when the chips are down.

5. What is the best protools or production trick anybody should know?

I’m going to go with production trick: come up with a ritualized, organized system for keeping all your audio where you can find it. I’ll share a system a good friend and super positive influence suggested: save all your stuff in the following format: CALLS-YYMMDD-Name of Project. So if I was going to do a promo about not kicking anyone in the face on January 14th of next year, it’d be like KFI-180114-No Facekicking. Since I switched to this system, it’s made it so much easier to keep track of my sessions, and I go back to stuff all the time!

6. How do you get inspired and what do you use as source of creativity?

My inspiration and creative recharge is just talking to people that I like, about normal stuff. I can’t tell you how many times a joke from a conversation I had with a friend has made its way into a rejoin, or a sharp insight from a phone call with my dad has tied a promo together. I also don’t limit myself, and love to explore what seems like totally ridiculous ideas that almost certainly will never see the light of day. You never know when a goofy for-fun project will provide the answer to something else you’ve been working on, and the effect on your creativity that comes with working on something you are enjoying is invaluable.

7. Who were your radio production idols, who influenced your work as a  producer recently?

KFI’s imaging voice is actually this super talented young man whose work continues to blow me away and inspire me to be better and funnier and more morally bankrupt. You should look up John Frost, if you have the chance, he has a future in this stuff for sure. Smaller market guys taught me most of what I know about imaging, and I was very lucky to be able to work with incredibly talented people in the market where I got started. My mentors Dave Mazzy and Matt Hobley taught me so much, and I’ll be grateful forever. More recently, people like Jon Manuel at KBIG, Miles at KIIS, Staxx at Z100, and Roger Keeler at KTCL have all given me both excellent examples of wonderful work, and actionable advice and influence. That list is far from exhaustive, and it’s really a credit to the awesome community of imaging producers that it was so difficult to choose just a few.

8. What have been the key advices in your career till now?

The best piece of advice I maybe ever got was to keep my individual voice. I was assured early on that the best work I would do was the stuff that felt truest to myself, and it has made all the difference.  


An excerpt of John’s work: 

KFI Local News


KFI Unity Thanksgiving


KFI Independence Dad Cluster


KFI Ween Zombs




KFI Vets


Also check out John’s soundcloud for more awesomeness!:




24 Days Of Xmas – Day 16 – The best TOOLS to manipulate Music

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 08:00

Music and movement in music is essential to our craft especially, if you build longer pieces and especially for young target demographic – CHR, Rhythmic, Urban and so on.

A question I often get is:
What can we use to make a boring beat move the needle and make the musical background more interesting?

Of course there is a ton more, but those are my favorites:

One Knob Filter. Automate the Filter and play with resonance.
(Side Note: You can also use any other Filter PlugIn or a EQ like Filter Bank and automate High and low pass filter, works just as well)

Glitch Bitch. A bit more tricky to use, I like using it with MIDI to gain total control or automate various things. Tom Ferguson  is a heavy user of this, too.

Effectrix. A good starting point, love it especially for all Urban and Rhythmic projects.

Pitch and Time. Great for all types of beatmatching and tempo manipulations

Filter Gate. This was overlooked for a long time by me, but it can do some tremendous things. You will often hear this on Imaging from Capital FM!

What are you using the most? Would love to hear your answers!


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 15: Foley Footsteps Plugin Showcase

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:00

Ever wondered how to recreate footstep or foley sounds without even recording anything? For an answer to that question check out day 15 of our 24 Days Of Xmas! Enter Edward Foleyart!

Today we showcase a great sound design plugin called “Edward Foleyart Instrument” by Tovusound.  It’s an NKS instrument which works inside the free Kontakt 5 Player. It comes along with 6 different types of shoes and loads of undergrounds, the footsteps can be triggered via MIDI. It also features a pitch control, a reverb, a simple EQ and attack and sustain control, so you can definitely dig deep and create exactly the sounds you need! Combine this with different types of footsteps (slow, fast, creep, walk etc) and you’re good to go! Simple to use and good results – what else do you want?

For a deep analyzation of the plugin check out the review from Pro Tools Expert: 

For a quick preview of what you can get out of the plugin check out the Tovusound soundcloud page:

If you want to learn more about sound design, recording and foley art check out our interview with SFX Master Rick Allen!



24 Days Of Xmas Day 14: Andy’s Fiver Friday#164 – Dave Aude and What Top Producers do in the studio!

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:01

Christmas is near, only one week to go. Boy, this year was crazy. Lets jump right into this weeks findings!


Waves Introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack:

Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of professional audio signal processing technologies and leading maker of audio plugins for mixing, music production, mastering, sound design, broadcast, post-production and live sound, introduces the Dave Audé Producer Pack, eight plugins hand-picked by GRAMMY®-winning music producer Dave Audé (Sting, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga), featuring a versatile selection of virtual instruments, effects and mixing tools for your music production needs.

With more number-one dance club hits than any other producer on the Billboard charts, Dave Audé is one of the music industry’s most in-demand producers. He’s put together a diverse collection of premium instruments, plus vocal and drum mixing essentials, to give your tracks that industry sheen and polish. 



Get insights and a new perspective on music production. This documentary includes clips of producers before they were famous and after success. Where they talk about their inspiration and what drives them in the studio.



One of my favorite Road Trip Playlists..JUST Awesome Music!


k3 posted that this week on Facebook. Really good read and good background info on Mics!



Check out Ryan’s interview with the Capital Imaging Crew.

Ash, Iron Imager Sam ,Jonathan Young, Ed Rummins, Dan Hill, Luke Prior, Chris Longman!

Thanks Ryan for all you do for the Imaging community!!! YOU ROCK!


24 Days Of Xmas – Day 13: Early Christmas Gifts Or Happy Holidays from NATIVE INSTRUMENTS

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:52

For the last few years Native Instruments has been giving out free plugins, vouchers and more during the holiday season. The boys have done it again this year, so check it out!

Get your free version of the TRK-01 PLAY here! An extraction of their powerful TRK-01 kick and bass engine for great low end. All you need is the latest version of Reaktor 6 or the free Reaktor 6 Player. Available for MAC and windows. 

Scrolling down you will find your a free 25€ voucher with the code HOLIDAYS2018 – you can redeem it on the Native Instruments website. 

All the way down you can participate in the the Holiday Giveaway and win a Komplete 12 ULTIMATE Collector’s Edition, Komplete Control S49 a MASCHINE Mikro or the new Traktor KONTROL S4. Definitely worth a try!


24 Days of Xmas – Day 12: The Three PlugIN YOU NEED TO BUY NOW!

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:52

Questions about mastering, plugIn settings, mixing techniques – I get them very often and yes those things are important.

There is no great craftsman in the world creating remarkable work without good tools, but those three PlugiN are my go-tos and I would recommend to everyone to check them out!

1. Work Ethic
Nothing beats a good 4:1 ratio and a -13 db Threshold on the work ethic front. Feel free to set the attack to 5ms to get a straight forward result.

2. Dedication
An important one I use in almost every mix to make it pop and stand out. Use it best in an Aux-Track. Put the mix to 100% and blend it nicely with the volume fader of the Aux-Track.

3. Respect
The key for long term success. You can always use this on all tracks as Insert or even as Audiosuite.
Works with every Audio File – promise.


24 Days of Xmas – Day 11: Imaging UAE Part 2 or Meet Tom Ferguson

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:01

It has been more than 4 years that I had Tom on the blog for the last time. Now Tom and I had a reconnect a while ago and I feel it was time for a round 2. Tom’s personal situation has changed a bit and he is now serving mostly the UAE and the Middle East, but also other parts of the world with his world class imaging. He also joined the benztown custom Imaging crew and we are really proud to have him. Check out his latest work and why he uses 2 DAWs as his go-tos! Enter Tom!

1. Which production system do you use and why?

Pro Tools and Ableton Live are my DAW’s of choice, with Pro Tools doing 90% of the work and Ableton Live stepping in for Music Image Promos. I love the simplicity and flexibility of Ableton when working with multiple varied tempo elements such as instrumentals and acapellas.

However, I ‘ghost’ the voice over channels in ableton, and then bounce the music image promo minus station voices, I then import the bounce to Pro Tools and produce the finished piece including station voices out of Pro Tools.

2. What are your favourite plugIns?

My Vox Bus, Master Chain etc… are mainly Waves and FabFilter plugin’s, but for some creative, wild and unique layering and textual effects. I’m really enjoying using Vengeance Sound’s selection of production plugins. Glitch B*tch (despite it’s questionable name) is really hot, with some customization of the pre-sets and tailored automation you can get some incredibly unique and impressive effects out of these plugins.



3. How do you schedule your work?

I schedule my working week into a way that accommodates recurring / repeat clients (some are weekly / fortnightly and monthly deliverables) and I allocate a certain amount of time from each day to new / urgent turn arounds that arrive.

I ‘Monday’ to manage this across mobile, desktop devices, it’s a fantastic service and highly recommend it for planning your week / months.

4. What do you love about working for various and very different clients now? What is different than before? How has your regular day changed?

It’s extremely exciting. Imaging is where I started in the industry and whilst I had to cut back on the amount of imaging I could do during my program director years of late, it’s truly where my heart lives and was always the plan to come back to, doing my own thing. There are challenges working with different languages for sure, he UAE and MENA region as a whole are so vast and varied in terms of nationalities, makes everyday a school day. I now speak basic Hindi, Arabic and Russian! (laughs)

Working on the US market was always a dream and thanks to yourself Andreas and the awesome Benztown Crew – that’s now something I do weekly!

5. What is the best protools or production trick anybody should know?

I wanted to try avoid the usual ‘create templates, create channel pre-sets’ that are pretty common information provided. Instead I’ve decided to share something with your readers I recently discovered myself.

Pro Tools Memory locations have really improved my workflow

I have setup pretty basic ones within my Imaging Template that allow me to do things like quickly launch an aux bus and the plugins on that strip at the click of a button!

I now have all my busses and their plugins at the click of a command e.g by simply pressing 2.

This launches my delay bus and plugins, allowing me to adjust the plugin settings without scrolling / locating them manually through a busy session.

You can setup many and instantly launch a workspace configuration you want to access.

6. How do you get inspired and what do you use as source of creativity?

Shout out here to the guys at best radio imaging on Soundcloud, I check that page daily to hear the amazing work being shared by awesome imaging guys around the world!

I also spend a lot of time watching music production videos on youtube from places like beat academy, Z3n World, KSHMR etc… You can pickup some awesome insights into how some of the biggest hits dominating radio formats around the world are produced.

7. Who were your radio production idols, who influenced your work as a producer?

I was very fortunate enough to shadow and eventually work with some incredible people like Chris Thorpe, Dan Snaith, Paul Armstrong, Alex Jungius who were responsible for the sound of one of the greatest network of radio stations in the world, Galaxy FM, I spent 5 years there as an Imaging producer and they were all the original team of imaging guys who made it so iconic when it came to radio imaging in the world.

Now I’m part of the Benztown Custom Imaging crew I’ve got access to hear the amazing work producers like yourself, Scott and Matt are producing and talent like Ashley, Brad and Mike! The imaging world has come together and it’s inspiring to hear how talent do what they do in their respective markets.

8. What have been the key advices of your dad before you want in the radio business?

My family have been incredibly supportive, despite maybe not really understanding what I was doing all that time in my bedroom alone initially, they quickly understood and supported my decision once I got my first imaging job. My dad still shows a huge interest in what I do when he visits me in Dubai. I owe my love for music and radio production to my dad, he was part of a pretty successful uk band and grew up with a studio in our house and being around musicians all the time!


An excerpt of Tom’s work

Promo – KRUF


Sweeper – WQPO


Also check out his soundcloud: