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Benztown, what a ride – Andre’s Production Diary… or this is the END!…for now

31st August 2013 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Time flies. It’s almost three years since entering Benztown and starting to write for this blog. In this time, I could watch Benztown and this blog growing as well as me. Three years ago, I had no clue about radio or…

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Compress it NYC Style – New dynamics with Parallel Compression

21st April 2013 - General

  Hi guys, it’s Andre. Today I’m going to share a certain kind of compression technique which some is also called ‘Motown Trick’ or ‘New York Compression’, which enables you to get dynamic signals under control without getting loose of the original punch and natural…

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Recreate plugin chains and track routings – Importing Tracks in Pro Tools

14th April 2013 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. Here’s a quick trick on how to recreate the crazy plugin combo from your latest session, how to get your coworker’s VO tracks with the complete processing chain or how to transfer some previous synth settings with its MIDI files, just…

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Overdo it… on purpose! – Breaking the rules and limits for Sound Design

25th March 2013 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Today, I’m going to overuse some plugin effects and features of Pro Tools as Sound Design techniques to create some more extreme effects. We all learned to avoid red meters and heavy overuse of plugins, but this time, we’re going for…

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More control and less switching around – A second automation track in Pro Tools

18th March 2013 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Automation in Pro Tools is a pretty cool and useful feature and essential for most of us. One thing, I don’t like, is having my automation curve over my waveforms blocking my view or the constant switching between the various automations in…

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Modulation Drone for FREE – Grab my Massive Preset, now!

3rd March 2013 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. As might discovered in the last months, I’m pretty often using and sharing presets and tricks for Native Instrument’s Massive. I have to admit, that I really like this bad boy synth, because of its endless ways to customize it. I…

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Checking out some new stuff or meet Presonus Studio One 2

24th February 2013 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre.   So this is it! This new DAW, I heard of taking all the cool features of other DAWs and putting them together in one piece of software – Presonus Studio One 2. Oli told me about this software and a…

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Useful Links – Learn from Dr. Pop, the man behind the hits

17th February 2013 - General, Useful Links, Videos

Hi guys, it’s Andre. Modern Pop music industry is owned by a few labels, artists and producers out there, which create one hit after another. One of these few producers is Lukasz Gottwald a.k.a. Dr. Luke. He’s the man behind artists like Katy Perry, Kelly…

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Use your full room or stereo imaging

3rd February 2013 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. Often in production, you’re fighting with sounds clashing together at the same frequency. Simple changing of volumes won’t help in every case, so often you’re facing a fader creep. A Fader creep means raising the volume of a single channel to…

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Turn up the bass or how to screw your mix

1st February 2013 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. Radio Imaging is all about the creative use of music, sounds and voices in a maybe 30 seconds long piece of art. Coming with an idea and export this into a 30 seconds Promo is one thing. Finishing this off with…

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Too hot for Hot AC or why I need your help – Andre’s Production Diary

27th January 2013 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Working in a radio imaging service team is a great thing, because I never have to stick to one format or genre. I am able to create work parts for any kind of radio format, style or genre. Pop, Dance Music,…

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Tuning it up – Create a custom Saw Riser in NI’s Massive

7th January 2013 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. Today I’m going to show you how to create a saw riser in NI’s Massive.  This is a pretty common effect in dance music and a great way to create tension before the drop. Instead of taking just an ordinary riser from…

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Some last thoughts before Christmas…

23rd December 2012 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. While our Christmas contest voting is getting into the crucial phase, it’s time for most us get calm down a bit and get ready for Christmas. It’s a bit hard to get in a festive mood, when the only weather, I’ve seen for…

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The right dose of effects to make your VO stand out

16th December 2012 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Playing around with voices is one of the coolest things you can do in radio imaging and we’re always experimenting with various plugin chains and settings to create some unique and hot effects on our VO. Especially when it comes to…

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas or how to image Santa style! – Andre’s Production Diary

9th December 2012 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Christmas is coming closer every day. Like  retail sale, many stations made that massive switch to Christmas right after Thanksgiving was over. Especially in AC radio, you’re getting overwhelmed by Christmas imaging these days. Also the music changes. It’s getting softer,…

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Production Diary – Revive the classic Sci-Fi sound or FM Synthesis reloaded with NI’s Massive

2nd December 2012 - General

Hey guys, it’s Andre. Today, I’m going to revive a classic effect known as FM Synthesis. FM means frequency modulation and that explains it pretty much. One Oscillator’s frequency is getting modulated which creates that well-known metallic sound. I rebuilt that effect in NI’s Massive…

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Sound Designers, here’s your new toy! Hands on NI Skanner

25th November 2012 - General

Hi guys, it’s Andre. While I was sampling some of my software instruments on the lookout for new sounds for possible FX and Drones, I stumbled over this little fun tool, I almost forgot about – Native Instruments’ Skanner. Skanner was released for free a…

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1 Click Pro Tools Troubleshoot – Backup and restore your Pro Tools Preferences in seconds!

11th November 2012 - General, Useful Links

Hey Guys, it’s Moe! I’m sure you all know this: You have to finish some Elements with Pro Tools, but the Program runs really slow and crashes all the time. That’s really annoying and also costs you a lot of time. The only solution for…

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Starting things smooth – Moritz’s first week in Urban AC Imaging

4th November 2012 - General

Hey everybody, it’s Moe! As I told you in my last post, this was my first week doing Urban AC Brandings for Benztown’s Speaker Toyz AC format. And, what can I say, it was so much fun and I’ve learned a lot about imaging this really smooth…

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Introducing Moritz – our newest team member!

28th October 2012 - General

Hey everyone! I’m sure you’ve read about that “upcoming co writer” in one of André’s previous Posts. Here he is 😉 : My Name is Moritz and I’m really proud to tell you that I’m going to be a permanent part of the Benztown Branding…

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