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Andy’s Fiver Friday #172 – Iron Imager FINAL call, Unstable and the world of the esoteric…

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:18

Lets get ready for the WEEKEND!!! Here is this weeks findings!


Stumbled upon this little gem – pretty useful for some subtle pitch modulation! Check it out, it’s free and pretty self-explanatory:

Delamancha – Unstable


I am blown away buy a book I am reading right now – a bit esoteric, but gives a different view on things, which I really love.


Crazy how one loop can be heard in so many different productions and genres!


Iron Imager entry is closing soon! Get your hands on the TOOLS and try to beat this guy ! Deadline is the 25th at NOON (PST)!!!!


Mitch is killing it again! Great work mate!


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

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:30

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.