This year, we’re allowing our readers to get in on the voting process. Below are the 3 top-voted promos from the First Round. Listen to all 3, then make your selection based on:

  • Overall Presentation
  • Technique
  • Originality




NOTE: The readers’ vote will count collectively as one single vote, and thus be weighted accordingly. This poll will not necessarily decide the outcome of Iron Imager 1025 Round 1.

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As well as most of you, I use Pro Tools Session Templates to get my stuff done. It’s a nice way to save your arrangement in the way you like to work – track arrangement, panning, sizes, color, plugins – you get it.

But have you ever thought about doing this for a plugin chain and whole track of groups? I’m sure you did! Well, a guy from the Pro Tools Experts community, Phillip Nichols, did it as well: he found a way to set up Track Templates. They work similar to Session Templates, but in a smaller way. So this hack allows you to add preset tracks within a session. Isn’t that awesome?

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Flange like a Butterfly. Stutter like a Bee. #IronImager Dan Kelly

It is the 4th anniversary of our Iron Imager contest and this guy is still the reigning champion. On April 23, during the WWRS Dan will be back in LA to defend his belt against YOU! Are you ready? Get all the background info here:

Are you excited to be back in LA?
It’ll be amazing to be back in LA….I’ve only been there a few times and it’s so different than the NY area…And if you’ve seen anything about the damn winter we’ve had in the Northeast…Get me OUTTA here! Sunshine and 80 degrees here I come! Seeing the Benztown crew is always great…and the Radio Summit is pretty cool. I wind up seeing a bunch of people I know and it’s great to see everybody.

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We recently upgraded to Komplete Ultimate 10. With it’s 440GB of content, it’s worth checking out what comes with this bundle. While doing this, I stumbled on a tool again, which really looked interesting to me: Rise&Hit

I heard about its release back in 2014 and by watching the demos and samples, it seemed that it’s made more for cinematic sound effects. Now that I have it in my toolbox with Ultimate 10, I can say: I was wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is a bit off topic for our blog, but an important post, maybe the most important one I have ever written. Please take yourself 2 minutes and read the following lines very carefully.

I am sure a lot of you guys know Gavan Bruderer as a great producer and very active member of the imaging community. Gavan and his lovely wife go through rough times as their little son Paxton Bruderer was born at 27 weeks (about 3 1/2 months early) via an emergency c-section on January 11th 2015.

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Matt Innes stranded at SEA FM on the Gold Cost a couple of months ago. Last week he sent me a note with a really well produced and creative piece of Imaging.

Matt: “Thought I’d share this with you! Pirates of the Caribbean start filming the next movie here on the Gold Coast next week…so I thought we should do a Promotion around that!”

Very simple production techniques, but its creating some fun on air!

This is what production / imaging is about, at least for me. We want to tell a story, catch the attention of the listener, entertain and most importnat brand our station with giving people a fun time. This is what Matt did in this piece. So, what is your take on creative writing and production, especially in the ppm driven Radio World in the US? I, personally would love to see and hear more of this kind of stuff!

Have a great start of the week!


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As you guys already know, Avid has just announced two software releases at NAMM 2015: Pro Tools First and Pro Tools 12.

There aren’t that many infos about these new applications out there. So today’s post will have a look on what we already know – and if that really sounds like a must-have.

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I met Boz back in 2012, when he sent some amazing stuff for our Iron Imager contest.

Back in the days he and Chris Davis, our HOT AC and Turbulence Imaging Guy, were doing morning show productions for 2Day in Sydney together. Now Boz is overseeing the KIIS brand and helped making the station No1 in Sydney. Recently Boz went from doing monrings to station Imaging and is responsible for the two biggest markets in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne. (Side Note Andy: My old friend and benztown brigade member Mike Santos is now doing mornigs for KIIS in Sydney and will update you guys about his new gig here shortly). But now back to Boz and his incredible carrer.

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The original idea behind a vocoder was to code speech for telecommunication transmission in  in the 1930s. Nowadays we use this kind of synthesis as an electronic instrument for audio production, which is an interesting way to pimp your VO. I know a lot of you use vocoders, melodyne, auto tune or else already, so you might be interested in what we do here at Benztown!

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