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Andy’s Fiver Friday #155 – BYOME, Gary Backstage at the AMA’s and Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:50

Yeah, it’s Fiver Friday! It was a fantastic October week with beautiful weather, great imaging and effective work days. Hope you´ve all had an amazing week as well and are as much excited for the weekend as I am. Now get ready to inject some fresh content into your veins. Let´s jump right into it!


Build your own modular effects with Plugin Alliance BYOME. A new plug-in which brings together some of everything Unfiltered Audio have ever done into a modular and patchable environment.


There is a new book from the Jedi master of modern Hollywood Micheal Ovitz. As you may know, few people have played a larger role than Michael Ovitz in writing the history of Hollywood. In this memoir you gain great insight on how to build an empire, transform an industry and get to know a side of Hollywood that you might not have seen before. Awesome read!


Check out this week’s new single from the incredible talented singer Sia. A great song for calming down your thoughts after a stressful day. This is our new interns Lisa’s pick…:)


Follow Benztown’s Gary backstage at this year’s AMAs!

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Benztown Backstage at the 2018 AMAs

Gary had an awesome time backstage at the AMAs! #2018AMAs

Posted by Benztown Branding on Thursday, October 11, 2018

  5. Imaging 

Best of the global production group at Capital FM!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #154 – Route 91, Stone Mountain Sinners And RX7

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:32

The weekend is finally here and another productive week is over! This week we’re featuring some great music from our very own Adam Hood. Enter this week’s fiver friday and The Stone Mountain Sinners! 


iZotope RX7 – Great tool for repairing damaged audio, especially helpful for cleaning vocals and VO. Just had an update and there’s a 3 day trial available, go check it out!


Netflix does it again with another great documentary, featuring the amazing Quincy Jones!


Some great Music from our very own Adam Hood. They’ve been working very hard for this, go check it out!


Stone Mountain Sinners! Official Trailer for Tones of Home: 


Benztown’s Scott Mayton put together this tribute for the Route 91Festival!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #153 – Simplon, Soul and Susan’s NAB experience

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:35
So, finally we wrapped up NAB, so sad I could not be there this time, but the boys and girls had a blast! Check benztown’s NAB pics. 1.Plugin

Another nice simple Filter from our friends from Fabfilter.


“Remastered“ is a new Netflix series about the myths, secrets and unknown stories in the world of music. Trailer looks promising!!!


A fantastic Duet, Love that song! Country meets Soul!!!


Our new marketing coordinator Susan  got to experience her first ever Radio trade Show and starts with the BIG GAME – NAB Radio in Orlando. Check out Susan’s impressions and photos.

Hi Guys, it’s Susan reporting from the Orlando Airport! I just spent almost a week in Orlando for the Radio Show with Benztown and it was an incredible experience. I got to meet so many of our partners and friends, meet/network with other women in the industry, check out some of the latest technology in radio and also new workflow systems that can be used behind the scenes on the marketing side. Being able to talk to people about Benztown’s Libraries, formats, jingles and all the great things we do was definitely a highlight. It was also awesome to meet university students looking to have careers in radio, it definitely reminded me how excited I was to study broadcast communication in college. Can’t wait for the next conference!

Check out more photos here.


So long no news from Dan and the crew from KIIS.



Jan on the ROAD – Imaging India, Radio Mirchi and Bollywood Music !

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:40

If you think India, I assume it is not radio or radio imaging what comes to mind first, but..Radio is an integral part of India’s media mix and the stations reach hundred of millions of people every single day. Radio Mirchi based in new Delhi asked Benztown to do a five day workshop for their Imaging Directors to work on overall Imaging and Station Brand. Radio Mirchi is a huge radio network with over 50 radio stations spread all over India. They mostly play Bollywood and Indian Film Music, mixed with local music from the specific broadcast area. Jan went there to share his knowledge  and work with their highly talented producers. What an experience – Imaging India ! Enter Jan.

While teaching, I learned a lot about the Indian music, as well as the style and sound of Indian Radio. To be honest, it’s totally different than in Europe and the USA. Also there is a huge influence of the Bollywood music in the imaging as they do a lot of harmonious and sung productions. Check out the Radio Mirchi Top 20 to get a feel for that:

Radio Mirchi Top 20!

During the workshop, I taught them some techniques and styles that we’re doing for radio stations in Europe, the US and all over the world,  along with how to integrate those techniques into their own productions and style. The goal was to give them a little bit of edge and “international” sound. It was a pretty productive week with many feedback rounds, discussions about plugIns, techniques, processing, mastering and how to improve the overall sound. They are a great bunch of highly talented people, who play a big variety of instruments or are really talented vocalist and I learned a lot from them about contemporary Indian music. Working with 15 of their lead imaging directors has been a big task for me, too, as the workflows, DAW knowledge, Imaging skills and overall creative was very different amongst them. Their dedication and willingness to learn and improve was really impressive to me and I am sure there will be a lot talented Imaging guys come out of India in the not so far future. I am more than confident Radio Mirchi will implement the stuff we worked on in actual productions and shape its sound. The market is very crowded and competitive and the excellent station branding will be a true advantage for them. So looking forward to listen to the pieces the guys come up with, while you are reading this article.


I also had a chance to see a bit of Delhi, where the workshop took place. It was my first time in India and therefore it was totally overwhelming for me. I was stunned by the huge amount of people in the streets and the crazy traffic. Although India is rich in ancient wisdom, culture and spiritual tradition, you see a lot of poverty in the streets. On top of that, I had the chance to try some delicious Indian food and see some incredible buildings and monuments. India and Delhi is worth a visit and I will be back! A huge thanks to Radio Mirchi for setting up a great sightseeing tour for me. Guys, I had an awesome time in India, I highly recommend to check it out. IMAGING INDIA PART 2 – I am ready!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #152 – Output, Panamericana and who else loves ARCADE?

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:02


Autumn is coming, the last days were just awesome here and reminded me so much of how I love the sun and the summer!

Our boys at OUTPUT released that new baby a few weeks ago. ARCADE !

My favorite book – ever day read – as it comes in calendar form. (If I could only stick to all the maxims all the time:)

Highly recommended by the man himself Tim Ferris. Love it for writing, too…

Dont know if it’s true, but my relatives down there, sent me this..

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Paraguay is the most positive country in the world


Andy’s Fiver Friday #151 – Traveling to dangerous countries and what do you know about gipsy music?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:00

Weekend is here!!! YEAH!!! What a week. Gipsy music – what a tease!!!!


Tough one, as I tested some new stuff this week and I keep on loving this bad boy on BASE and VO more and more, even as plugIN. The 1176!


Awesome podcast – check it out! History on FIRE! So good!


What do you know about Gipsy Music ? I assume as less as I. I had to dig in for a project and loved it!!!



Our friend RDUB, host of SLOW JAms, PD, DJ, TACO INSPECTOR and Travel Wizard on high risk traveling. I enjoy his travel stories and blog posts about it. I assume the No1 frequent traveller in radio (at least to weird destinations:). DUB is the man!

How I Travel to Risky Countries: 9 Must-Dos Before Going In


The latest from the hot seat here at benztown


Andy’s Fiver Friday #150 – NIKE’s new commercial, KOMPLETE 12 and TICK TOCK…

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:13


WOW! I never taught I will get this thing to 150!!! Kinda proud :)…here is my new findings this week! Have a great weekend!


Native Instruments just introduced their latest KOMPLETE Update, what do you think? INSTANT BUY!!!


When I was a kid, he was a hero and his car was the one I wanted. RIP Burt Reynolds!


A Hip Hop Classic!!!!!


Nike taking a stand! One of the most powerful commercials this year!!! Love it!

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Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad

Colin Kaepernick voices this new Nike 'Just Do It' ad set to air during the Falcons-Eagles season opener on Thursday.

Posted by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, September 5, 2018


My good friend Bryan putting out some nice free FX – Was great seeing you in NYC in July!!!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #149 An update for Omnisphere, Eminem is back and why discipline equals freedom?

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 04:25

Hey guys, hope you have a fantastic labor day weekend!!!! Here is this weeks goodies!!!


Spectrasonics just unleashed an update to their flagship synthesizer Omnisphere, including a brand new library featuring samples of all the iconic hardware models! New features and over 1000 new sounds, all free!


A book I am reading right now…Brilliant Life Story as well! Great art work!




He guys, one of the great guys is back – EMINEM – will never forget the moment when I heard his first track back in the days!


A new series on amazon prime – killer, if you are a soccer fan. 

5. Imaging

This year’s Back to School Composite – Check it out!




Imaging KiSS 92.5 and why Research is Key – Meet Beatmixing Wizard Albert To

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:52
I got introduced to Albert by Scott, but was following him on soundcloud for a while before, especially impressed by the beatmixes he was doing. Of course I picked the chance to shoot Albert my rapid fire questions. Learn why research is so important (SIDE NOTE ANDY: Totally agree, prep is everything) and what PlugIN you have to learn, if you want to do tune and pitch corrections / manipulations.   Enter Albert. 

(For more background information on Albert click here!)

1. Which production system do you use and why?

In school I used Audition, but I picked up how to use Pro Tools when I started interning and have stuck with it…mainly because I like it, it’s what is available at work, and…I also use it at home.

2. What are your favorite plug-ins? Not sure if I can nail down favorites but I’ll give 3 that I think are super neat:  

For beatmixing I love H-Delay Stereo, especially since I tend to do multiple beatmixes in one session. It’s helpful for me as I can just set it on a track and I can set it to snap to whatever tempo I have in the section of my session.

Speakerphone is this cool plugin that comes with a bunch interesting pre-sets and what not, but you can use it to mimic different mic settings like if it was recorded on your phone, a bull-horn, or in recording studio in 1960. You can also add things like bull-horns and ambiences that come with the plugin.

Lastly, this plug-in is starting to become a favorite, even if I’m essentially an amateur at using it. Melodyne. That fancy, fla$hy plugin. I’ve used autotune, waves tune, even just regular pitch shift, and I’m incredibly privileged to be able to mess around with it. You can use it to tune VO’s and drops to whatever music you are using. Essentially, all nuances can be covered. I mean…there’s a reason recording studios use it…

3. What is the perfect VO chain?

Personally, I don’t believe there is one. You can use a plethora of plugins, but it’s how it all sounds in the end to your ears. A lot of plug-ins have the same function, I think you just find the one that works for you (whether that be easy to read, or with helpful extra, etc). What I currently use is the L3-LL Ultramaximizer and L1 Limiter for mastering. I also use Renaissance Vox (RVox) on VO’s as well as REQ 4, REQ 6, and also EQ3-7-Band.

4. How do you schedule your work ?

Spreadsheets, mostly. Besides primarily working on KiSS 92.5 in Toronto, I also am the CHR Lead for Rogers, so when there are national projects I either have to work on them myself, or I assign them to another producer. I try to stay as hyper-organized as possible, so I keep a constantly updated list of on-going projects, run-dates, which producer is working on what, what things have come down last minute, which things have to be delayed, etc. I am always checking in to ensure the list stays updated (for own sanity and so that if any other producer is helping me out with a project I can keep track). I’m lucky that I don’t have to handle everything on my own, and so when things get too busy I have support.

5. How do you balance your music vs imaging time wise?

What’s considered music vs imaging? Are beatmixes and things like branded intros, parody songs, etc considered “music”? I would almost consider all of that falls under imaging?

6. What do you love about working for Rogers?

I love being able to work with a team where we can always get a second opinion. We’re able to share our own tips and tricks with each other, and it’s great being around people who aren’t fiendishly guarding their “production tricks”.
Grrr. Argh. Muh Secrets! Hiss.

7. What is the best pro-tools or production trick anybody should know?

The biggest secret that I have is…research.
OMG, so exciting!

Literally, that. It goes a long way. If I’m creating a beatmix, I typically receive a list of songs from which I arrange by Key and Tempo. From there depending on the project (such as if it’s a concert promo), I start looking into other things such as lyrics of their songs. I’m a huge fan of utilizing word-play. I mine the internet for clips or interesting things. So what I’m saying is…be an audio hoarder.

A great tool to have if you’d like to organize your audio is Mixed in Key.

Other than that, I’m not fully sure myself. Did you know if you’re in grid mode on Pro Tools if you hold CTRL (I think it’s CMD on a Mac) while dragging a clip it’ll treat it like you’re already in slip mode? I dunno. Don’t dump water on your computer?

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

Music is the biggest source of my inspiration. I am always scouring for new, interesting songs. If there is a cool beat, a cool lyric, or a clip, I’m always thinking, “How can I use this?” If I can’t it becomes “If I can’t, how can I make it work? What will make it work? Adding a beat-bed? Speeding it up? Does it work when mixed with something else?” I’ve re-written entire promos just because I found a small piece of audio gold that I want to really make shine… 

… also, there’s Soundcloud. A lot of other radio producers are on there. I like to listen to what other people are creating.

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

Not sure if I’d consider myself a music producer completely, but I can definitely list people who have inspired, influenced, and made me go “wow!” I’ve even gotten to meet some of them as well: Kelly Doherty (K3), Dave Foxx, George Taylor, John Frost, Matt Fisher, Trevor Shand, and Chris Nichol to name a few. Certain music producers and DJ’s have also inspired me as well, like Madeon, SOPHIE, Morgan Page, Kap Slap, and even Kanye (who has an incredible talent of being able to mix together really cool and/or obscure samples).

9. What would be your 3 key advices for a youngster?

Are you implying that I’m not a youngster still? I’m triggered. Where’s my anti-aging cream?
…I’m 28.
…I would say…

1) Find someone who can critique your work. Someone who can be honest and straight with you. You want someone who can give constructive criticism. Anyone can tell you your audio sucks, but it doesn’t do anything for you unless you actually find out what you can do to make it better.

2) Don’t be afraid to try weird stuff. Let someone else hear it. If you’re never hearing “no” or getting stuff rejected then there’s a chance you’re probably not growing. You can fall into a rut. I definitely sometimes do as well. Nobody actually knows it all. Constantly learn.

3) If you’re getting into this, I think you’d better love what you do. I feel lucky to also be working with a format that I also love. Hearing new music excites me, and makes me think of how and what I can use it for in my next piece.

Oh, and toilet paper orientation should always be over instead of under. If you disagree, you can fight me.



Oh hello there!

My name is Albert To. Yes, that’s my real name…and yes, it does make me hard to google.   I’m 28 and I’m originally from a city called Edmonton in Canada. It’s a city that gets hot summers and cold winters. It can easily go as low as -25 to -30 degrees Celsius there (or around the -20 Fahrenheit range for you Americans). Oh, and home of the Oilers and where Gretzky did his thing if you care about sports and stuff.   Currently, I’m based out of and living in Toronto. I work for Rogers Media, primarily working on imaging for KiSS 92.5. I am also the CHR Imaging lead, which means I also work with a team of producers across the country to create content that can be run across all of Rogers’ CHR stations. I’ve been working at Rogers for a little over 2 years. In the past, I’ve worked at stations in both small and large markets and have worked on multiple formats: Classic Rock, Active Rock, Classic Hits, AC, Hot AC, Country, and CHR. I got my first production job in 2012 in a small town doing spots and imaging for 5 stations.   Education-wise, I graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (or NAIT, for short) in 2012 from their Radio & Television program. I credit one of my old instructors, Dave Albright, for introducing me to the world of production. I can admit I couldn’t produce a lick until he shown me the basics. Also, there’s a good chance he’s reading this too, so “Hi Dave!”   Oh, and I’m not saying I have a secret identity…but have you ever seen me and a swamp witch together in the same room?  

Check out some of Albert’s latest work on his Soundcloud page:


Andy’s Fiver Friday #148 – The Imaging House, Rick Allen’s EQ Bible and Nasou

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:59

First full on week and it has been awesome! I am so happy to got some great production done and of course to clean up all my holiday left over email..UGHHHH. 


Check my friend KellyKellyKelly’s brand new website the Imaging House and my favorite post there:

Rick Allen’s  EQ Bible.


An in depth analysis of a true musical genius and inspiring personality – Aretha Franklin:


Our friend Nasou – great freelancer and volunteer here at benztown! Such a talented guy!!!


Backpain is a common thing in our craft, we just SIT ALLL DAY!!! Check out this awesome new thing on KICKSTARTER. 

DISCLAIMER: I am not a physician or pretend to be one, this is NO medical advice :)..!

5. Imaging

Check out this week’s interview with Benni and of course his awesome work, also included in the post!



How to image RTL in Halle and REVOLUTION in MIAMI – Meet Imaging Producer and longtime friend Benni Wellmann!

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 23:19
    Benni and I go way back in time. We had a few chats, while he was working for REVOLUTION in Miami and doing freelance work for several stations in Germany, Italy & Switzerland. Now after a few years in tech and dev, Benni is back with a new gig and new sound for 89.0 RTL in Halle, Germany. Maybe you remember Christian, who was featured on the blog a few years back and shaped the sound of the station. Enter Benni!!!

Benni, how is it to be back in radio full time?

First off I have to say: Thanks for having me in the same row with other Radio Imaging guys! 

It’s awesome. It was important to see that I can’t live without Radio Imaging. For 3 years I worked as a radio technician and produced Radio Imaging in the evening at home as a freelancer. It was a good experience, but I wanted to do it full time again. For me it’s not a job – it’s a passion. Radio & Imaging is my personal drug. 

How is it to take over from an extraordinary talented producer like Christian?

It’s an honour. He’s a great guy and I really love his work. We’re staying in contact to exchange some knowledge. 

At the beginning it was really hard to take on a job from such a guy, because going from a “freelance evening gig” to a full time job is always a hard thing. Stepping into Christian’s footsteps is like going from a hobby soccer club to the MLS.

Which production system do you use and why?

At the beginning in Nuremberg I started out with Pro Tools, after that I worked with Sony Vegas, then Audition and Cubase. Now I’m back with Pro Tools. I think it’s the best DAW for the radio business. It has a great workflow. Automation tracks are much simpler than Cubase, but that’s my opinion. What I miss in Pro Tools is the single “cut window”. 

What are your favourite PlugIns? What is the perfect VO chain?

Let’s begin with the VO chain. I think there is no “perfect chain”. The VO recordings are a little different each time. Compare it to stones: you have a lot of them looking the same, but they’re not. So you have to work with a different ? setting for every VO. I did templates for every station and then worked with them. Sometimes I did a little bit of playing around with the EQs. Other stations other wishes… 

Promo – Radio 105 (no VO)

Promo – Radio 105 (VO)


PlugIns – oh my god – that’s a never-ending story. There are so many I like. My favorites are: Waves Tune and I really like working with simple things like H-Delay. There is no production I don’t use it with…

Waves Tune


















How do you schedule your work? How do you balance your music vs. imaging timewise?

That’s very simple: If you know what music is playing worldwide currently, you know what you can use. You don’t have to search for music pads. That saves a lot of time. What’s supposed to be on air next will be produced next. So I don’t have a real schedule. 

What do you love about working for 89.0 RTL?

It’s the format – it’s the team – everything’s perfect. CHR is my home base. I like it hot – very hot. It’s like a kick for me. Everyday a new kick. Like base jumping for people. 

What is the best Pro Tools or production trick anybody should know?

There are so many… Having a template with basic stuff in it like FX is the most important for me. It saves me a lot of time when creating stuff.

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

My source of creativity is music. I don’t watch what other guys do. I focus on my own work. Otherwise it get’s confusing. I really love other people’s work, but I’d never copy something. 

When I listen to a song I get the feeling that it’ll work and I know where I can insert a break or an autotune. 

Who were your radio production idols? Who influenced your work as a music producer?

Let’s say it like this: I don’t have an idol. Like I said before: focus on yourself. However, there were five people that got me back into Radio Imaging again.. They said you have to be a Radio Imaging Producer. They listened to my demos I did while not working in radio. They told me to get back into the business quickly! Thanks to Erasmo, Umut, Klaus, Guido and Jens! You guys brought me back the right way!!!

What would your 3 key advices for a youngster be?

 1. Be yourself and don’t say: “I work for radio stations, you can’t touch me!” I know a lot of people that work in radio and I don’t like their attitude. It’s a normal job! When you’ve combined your passion and your work, that’s great! Don’t boast about it!

2. Take criticism as a motivation! If someone tells you to try it a different way, try it! If it doesn’t sound like you imagined, you still have your first version!

3. Radio Imaging should be a passion. It shouldn’t be a 8am to 4pm job. Radio is everywhere, Sound Design also. Stay in touch with friends that work for radio stations. Try to built a network. I did that too. Now I have a lot of contacts from all over the world. It’s important.

Some Extracts of Benni’s work: 

Beginning of reactivation

New Pl

Spanish Imaging Demo

Radio 105 Miami – Neutral Mashup

Revolution Radio Miami 93.5 – Imaging Visual

Radio 105 Miami – Imaging Video Promotion

Fiver Friday #147 – Back from GREECE, R.I.P. ARETHA and what the hell is a Shoe Dog?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:37

So, I am back, boom, finally. The wind made it difficult, but we made it :)..Why Phil Knight is my hero and the most talented female singer of all time dies at age 76. R.I.P Aretha!


Fab Filter Saturn – I started to play around more with it and really like it!

















Re-read the book while on vacation. Such an inspiring story about building what is the biggest Sports Brand today! NIKE!


It can’t be anything different than the Queen of Soul Music. Aretha, sing for me!!! My all time favorite song from her:


An awesome looking stand up desk for us Imaging and Post-Production guys!

Splice Posts new sit-stand grading desk


Dan Hill has done it again..such a talented guy!


Fiver Friday #146 – Scott Mayton Takeover, CLA Effects, Creative Quest And R&B Grooves

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:54

Since I’m still hanging out in beautiful Greece restoring my creative energy, we’ve got another takeover. This week’s fiver friday comes from our very own Scott Mayton!


An oldie but a goodie that allows for some dirty layering!  Chris Lord-Alge “CLA Effects” is one of my go to’s for quick filters with a heavy punch.  Try the “ear dart” preset, tweak from there and layer with a thinned out VO…dirty! 


I picked up “Creative Quest” by the legend himself, Questlove. A hell of a read, dubbed a most anticipated book of 2018 by Esquire. From the roots, to the Tonight Show and his legendary DJ sets, Quest talks all about how he harnesses his creativity. If you dig these quotes from the book, 1 click buy that is on Amazon right now!

“You need to push toward new ideas of yourself and push back towards the earlier ones that encouraged you to push toward the new ones.”

“Don’t let people make you feel that you’re something you’re not or else you’ll get in your own way.”

“True creativity requires an artist to both insist on his own plan and recognize the needs of the crowd and to live inside the tension between the two.”

“Collaboration can be like hanging out with the Knicks. You’re not as tall as you thought you were. But you have other qualities that you didn’t notice until you stop being preoccupied with your height.”



I drive the LA office a little crazy with the music I play far too loud on a regular basis. Funk and R&B is my groove. Here’s one of my favorite albums as of late: 


One of my favorite daily emails is from The Hustle! Biggest stories of the day in a quick read with some solid humor.

The Hustle 


Had the pleasure of spending some solid time with Albert To, Imaging Producer for Kiss 92.5 Toronto and National CHR Imaging Lead for Rogers, when he was in town for the launch of K3’s “Imaging House.”  Some awesome inspiration, especially with his beat mixed promos…and dude has some solid musical taste.  Check him out!


Fiver Friday #145 – Scott Phillips Takeover, Timeless 2, Moon Safari And Taping Songs off the Radio

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:34

Guys, I am still in beautiful Greece laying in the sun and relaxing all day long. Therefore this weeks Fiver Friday take over comes from Scott Phillips !


I always see people talking about Fabfilter plugins such as Pro-Q, but I’ve not seen anybody talk up their delay plugin, Timeless 2. This is one of my ‘go to’ plugins and it features somewhere in all of my sessions. It comes with a STACK of really useable presets until you become familiar with its functions. I get better and quicker results out of this, than any other delay plugin.


Every time I watch Gary Vaynerchuk speak, it’s like the penny drops. This guy is one of my inspirations and watching this video this week was 15 minutes well spent.


This is a throwback to one of my favorite albums in my collection, and a genre that I never get to work with in radio.


I’d say about 70% of the imaging that I produce is based around creative writing, and sometimes writers block kicks in. Whenever that happens I open google images, tap in a keyword and search for meme’s. I’ll usually find something that will spark an idea and develop it into a sweeper.

Old enough to remember taping songs off the radio? This time, we promise not to speak all over the end – Your Life, Your Music – Mix 92.9


This week we feature one of the leaders of country imaging. Introducing iHeartCountry’s Steve Sykes, who I’ve been following for a long time. You’ll have heard his work on the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones show. Steve takes the format to a whole new level.

The vocals you hear on this montage are all country artists who record with Steve in Nashville on a regular basis.

I’ve uploaded a picture of his set up too, which is insanely awesome.



Andy’s Fiver Friday #144 – On my way to Greece, Layering Wrestlemania and a classic remastered

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:59

This is the last Fiver Friday before my yearly summer break. Man I am excited to hang in Greece for 2 weeks and enjoy the sun, beaches, the fam and of course the time to recharge the creative batteries.


I highly recommend checking out my latest blog post about layering. This should be enough PlugIn Wrestlemania for this week :)!


Highly recommend that one!




This is more for my video friends out there, but awesome gadget and super cool – maybe also for ProTools Screen Cap Videos or Studio Shots


The 3 Musketeers are BACK – The best PlugINs for VO layering !

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 02:16

It has been a while since I wrote this post and as there is so much I do and I have not written about. That topic deserves an update, for sure!!! I hope this will give you some fun playing around with it in your session:

My 3 favorites right now are:

1. Pitch’n’Time

Copy the main VO to another track, maybe do a left / right split (meaning 2 mono tracks one left, one right panned), then play around in variable mode in Pitch’n’Time. Make sure you EQ and filter it (I recommend low cut around 400Hz) and adjust volume as you want to mix this proper to generate a subtile layer of excitement.

2. GTR Rack

Again, copy the main VO to another track and then play around with the presets, adjust volume, maybe comp with a panning tool and fiter. Adjust Volume or even automate to create a nice add-on Distortion effect to make the VO pop out!

3. Manipulator

Let me guess :).. copy the main VO to another track.

All of these techniques offer great results if done correctly! Remember to always EQ, Filter and/or adjust volume to blend it into your mix. 

Also let me know about your favorite VO layering plugins/techniques and if you want to get more of these tutorials!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #143 – Back to the grind, Extreme Ownership and BABY I like it RAW!

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:37

So, here we are again, back from NYC to the daily grind. But, good news is : 2 more weeks to go :)…Then the summer holiday with the fam is kicking in! Cant WAIT!

1. PlugIn

I used this baby again since a while and still love it for distortion. Such a nicely saturated real amp sound:



One of my all time favorite guys and master of our craft! Rick Allen:

3. Music

Fantastic Summer Banger!

4. Web/Social/Whatever

I really want to read this while being on summer vacation in August..

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win

5. Imaging

Our boy Denzil is doing it again!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #142 – NYC, Imaging legends and of course Bagels, Hot Dogs and Fluffy’s!

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:48


So, our NYC trip is coming to an end, what a fantastic city! The vibe, the energy, the food choices – insane! Beside that I would argue that this city is still the capital for radio or at least one of the capitals. In the imaging world home of people like Dan Kelly, Staxx, Bryan Apple, Dom Nero, Chris Mercado, John Kerber, the list goes on forever..

Oli and I have been lucky to meet some of the guys, talking Imaging, radio and of course Imaging ;)! 


The guys from Soundtoys just went on summer sale! Means great plugins for an affordable price, huge bang for the buck! Check it out!


New York is just like no other, the most inspiring, crazy, insane and coolest place in the world.


Chris’ favorite: 


Oli is a big fan of these masterclasses, check out Armin van Buren. There is a great free 7 day Trial.


Featuring our good friend Bryan Apple, always a blast!





Andys Fiver Friday #141 – Radiodays South Africa, back to the grind and Darkest Hour!

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:42

Jan, Nadine and Dub are rocking Johannesburg and I feel so good to be home and back in the studio creating magic for CHR.
Next week I look forward to being in my favorite city – NYC… and maybe I can get some extras for you by visiting some of the greatest Imaging guys in the world….Lets see :)..


Gatekeeper – a recommendation by our very own Alex Kusnezov – check out the rhythmic presets!


A fantastic movie I could finally watch in the plane – Darkest Hour – if you have not watched it yet… DO IT!


With Summer in the air, you need to love Jack Johnson!!


Jan’s masterclass in South Africa – here is the handout for all benztown blog readers!!!!  Basic and advanced guides for radio imaging!


Chris Davis goes Rock – yeah every week on benztown’s Turbulence library – great work!


Andy’s Fiver Friday #140 – Broadcast Asia, Multiband Compression and From Zero to One

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:33

What a week. I had a blast at Broadcast Asia in Signapore. So many colleagues, radio friends and media people. In general, I love the city and the people. Come and visit – for BCA or for pleasure.

1. PlugIn

This week we feature a plugin recommended by our very own Chris Pössnicker, the OTT Multiband Upwards/Downwards Compressor by Xfer Records. Best of it all – It’s free

2. Inspiration

“Zero to one” by Peter Thiel. Read it on the plane – Fantastic!

3. Music

Spotify Singapore!

4. Web/Social/Whatever

Some impressions from Broadcast Asia – a blast!

5. Imaging

Check out the latest stuff from our very own Alex Kusnezov! Top notch as always!