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Free Plugin Monday becomes Free PlugIn Wednesday – Warm Compression from Klanghelm

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:36


First things first: I am sorry for the delay of this post. Under all the christmas pressure and some huge projects we have to finish before this year ends,  I had to turn  the #FreePluginMonday into a #FreePluginWednesday! But to make up with you guys I show you THREE great FREE Plugins today!! Wich are all easy to get HERE at Klanghelm!

Klanghelm is a small company based in Germany. Tony Frenzel is the guy behind Klanghelm, he is  a man with passion for everything what is related to music. He created some really affordable, warm sounding and highly flexible Plugins that you can get around 20 bucks. 

He also offers three junior versions of the three best Plugins in his portfolio for FREE! Today I want to show you the MJUCjr, the junior version of the Klanghelm MJUC. A really handy compressor with some nice 60s vintage character.

Tony Frenzel is not about to emulate existing analog gear, but creates what sounds good to his ears, something that “stands on its own feet sound-wise”

The Klanghelm MJUCjr is a tuby, very soft and gentle reacting compressor, which can also pump really hard when you crank up the Compression Knob a little bit. And next to the Make-Up Gain there is just a three way switch with FAST, for fast attack and release, SLOW, for slow attack and release and AUTO, for fast attack and automatic release. So it can easy lead you to good results. 

Following i put the compressor on some drum track. For that i used the FAST mode. In the first track you will hear eight bars of the dry drum sound. On the second track i put some gentle compression on it and on the third track i compressed the drums quite hard.

Also go ahead and check out the other two Klanghelm Juniors, a saturation driver and another great compressor. All 3 for FREE!



Andy’s Fiver Friday #115 – Izoptope’s Trash2, 400 Million Monthly Views And An Xmas Jingle Package

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:57

Merry Christmas guys! 

I just want to use this special time of the year to say thank you. Thanks for your support, for your love for our craft, for your dedication. Writing this blog with more than x posts was not always easy, but it feels so good after doing this for so many years now, because I still get messages from people saying thanks and that we are inspiration for them. This makes it totally worth doing!

Sure it can be stressful sometimes, between all the deadlines, business appointments, productions to finish, but I love it and I LOVE YOU.

Merry Christmas and have a great time with your friends and family!

Andy and all your friends at Benztown!


1. Plugin

Today’s PlugIn tip is coming from our Producer Alex. Among other formats he is producing for our Rock Library, where the Trash 2 Distortion PlugIn comes in place. Although, it’s not an every day tool to use and even if you do, be gentle with it. 

  2. Inspiration

Now that’s a clever idea! Followed through with the right decision and a sense for the audience.

Bleacher Report’s House of Highlights gets 400 million monthly views — and famous fans — on Instagram

  3. Music

Keep on rockin’!

  4. Web/Social/Whatever

It’s been only a couple days and the #Cans4Cans Social Campaign is already a success thanks to YOU guys. People are dilligently posting pictures to make sure we are helping a ton this year! Thanks a lot guys and keep on posting since the Campaign will go through Dec. 22nd.

  5. Imaging

Listen to our latest Xmas Jingle Package for HitWest.


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

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:50


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


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

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:03

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

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

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

A sound Designer tool, which is absolutely fun.

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

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

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

Check some recent works…


Get it HERE for FREE!


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

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:56

Winter has come to town people!

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


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

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:21

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

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

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