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Become Speedy Gonzales or The Short Cuts Imperium

29th November 2011 - General

At Benztown we love to work with short cuts. They make you fast as hell and we could never imagine working without them. Last time, Andre focused on Keyboard Command Focus Mode and now it’s time to count down our own personal favorites. A lot…

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iPhone and iPad… an enrichment for your studio? – Andre’s Production Diary Part 44

27th November 2011 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. It’s now my 44th week at the Benztown Studios and I’m still learning everything about radio imaging and production. In today’s world, it’s almost impossible to find someone without a smartphone, especially in the media business. The iphone and its bigger…

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A tribute to Phil Collins – How to create a Gated Reverb on Snares

25th November 2011 - General

A gated reverb is a technique to create thick snares, without cluttering your sound negatively with a long reverb tail. This sound was made very popular in the 80’s. I guess, we all remember this classic track from Phil Collins, a perfect example for gated…

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Turn your Session in a Delay Battlefield or MY Favourite Delays….

23rd November 2011 - General

Today, I want to share some Screen Caps of my favourite Delays and for what purpose and how I use it! In general, I am a delay freak, I use it all the time and in almost any session: No matter, if I create a…

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Survey: Get the best out of your voice – What’s your favorite Preamp?

21st November 2011 - General

I love outboard gear. It is like an addiction, every time, I turn on our MANLEY VOXBOX and the yellow light in the meter sections comes up. This is true old school, the sound is analog and warm especially with recoding vocals. This is not…

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Working with Headphones – Andre’s Production Diary Part 43

19th November 2011 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. It’s now my 43rd week at the Benztown Studios in Stuttgart and I’m still learning everything about radio imaging and production. Headphones are an essential tool of every production studio. They help you for fine editing tasks, which can be overheard…

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ALERT! ALL Adobe Audition Users: Tell us your compression & EQ secrets and help out Kyle

18th November 2011 - General

Our reader Kyle wrote us an email with the following question: “Hello Benztown Boys and Girls, Was wondering if you could ask on your blog for the Adobe Audition Users (Version 1.5 to 3.0), what the best compression and EQ settings are in Adobe’s own…

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Vocal Recording Part 1 or How to create a TOP NOTCH headphone mix?

16th November 2011 - General

In our studios in Stuttgart we’re not only creating imaging for our international clients, we’re also creating jingles, music, acoustic IDs and and and.. often we need various singers for those sessions. Of course, you cannot just slam down your instrumental mix and let the…

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THE LEGEND from Down Under “Black” Matt Nikolic or meet the Greek lunch GRID specialist!

14th November 2011 - General, Interviews

I often promised you guys to get this guy on the blog one day and today is one of my luckiest blogging days ever, because I finally got him….I am talking about one of the biggest influencers of the CHR Imaging world – Matt Nikolic….

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Let the Bass kick! Make your drums fatter with Sine Waves – Andre’s Production Diary Part 42

12th November 2011 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. It’s now my 42nd week at the Benztown studios, so it’s the 42nd issue of my production diary, where I share all the things I learned every week. Finding the right drums can be a freaking pain. Sometimes there are days,…

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No static, MORE Groove – Create ULTIMATE Groove Templates with Beat Detective

10th November 2011 - General

No drummer in this world can play perfectly on BPM. You will see this, when it comes to recording drums. You will recognize that recorded drums don’t fit your grid perfectly, they have a natural groove. Having a groove is not a bad thing. It…

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Survey: EQ, before or after compression? A question, that devides the imaging community…maybe…

8th November 2011 - General

When I was skimming through the latest issue of Music Tech Magazine, I stumbled over an old question I have been asked a thousand times while doing personal trainings with imaging guys, sound designers or webinars. EQ, before or after compression? It’s a tricky question,…

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Movember or Mustaches Against Cancer – Andre’s Production Diary Part 41

5th November 2011 - General

Hi guys, It’s Andre. You know, I’m used to write about my experiences in radio imaging and share the tricks and techniques I learned at Benztown, but today I’m gonna tell you how you can make the world a bit better with a mustache. I’m…

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Useful Links: The best of Both WORLDs – ProTools and Audition on the www

3rd November 2011 - General, Useful Links

We have two big groups of readers on the blog: Pro Tools and Adobe Audition users. Each DAW has its loyal fans since years, so we have a special just for you guys. I had a little time to do some research on the net…

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