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I always get emails from people asking how to create FX for Radio Imaging or Sound Design and what do we use beside the all know Rise & Hit, Damage, Whoosh, theRiser, SFX Recordings and and and…

Here are some tools I never told you about before. Try and play around with this 4 secret weapons!

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Hey all, I am proud to announce today we will have a guest author for the next time being. Some of you might know Matt Damrow from various radio imaging groups on fb. Matt and I agreed on 6 episodes of pure awesomeness!
Radio Imaging, what is next, tipps and tricks for adobe and much more. Matt is currently looking after the sports brands of Sirius XM in NYC, is a highly talented VO talent (represented by CESD) on the benztown VO roster, a father, husband and and…In his first episode he was sneaking around at WWRS and interviewed some of the biggest names in our industry including Mike McVay, Gillette, Tim Zunckel, Rob Cressman, about their opinion on the developing role of an Imaging Director. Enter Matt!

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Filters can improve your workflow and sound. You can use HiPass and LowPass filters or a combination of both, depending on what you want to do. Today I will show you effective techniques to use these filters.

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You maybe have heard Jan’s Remix of Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’. I asked Jan to to give you an insight into his workflow and to share some tricks he used in this production. You will see that Imaging and remixing is closer to each other than you think.

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Guys, I bet some of you remember Fabi. Fabi used to work with me here in Stuttgart. He started as a volunteer in 2008 and then became the first official benztown trainee. In his last year at benztown he was imaging, producing and overseeing benztown Rock, Avalanche and various other stuff. Then this Imaging Wizard got hired to become the new head of On-Air Design at YOU FM in Frankfurt. He is there for almost 3 years now and I am proud as hell. When I met Fabi the last time I took the chance to talk with him about what has changed personally (sorry girls, he has a new girlfriend) and of course work wise. He also gave me a great picture about what the guys are doing at one of Europe’s most forward thinking young radio programs. Enter Fabi!

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Benztown fans…we hope you enjoyed today’s live stream from WWRS, hosted by the lovely Rachel McGrath! Check out @benztownradio on Periscope if you didn’t catch it earlier. Thanks again for being a part of this year’s Iron Imager contest. The winner will be announced tomorrow at the Industry Awards Luncheon at 1p PT, sponsored by our good friends at Westwood One. We’ll definitely be back on Periscope for that, so tune in!

Now down to business. Below are the 2 final submissions. Your job is to simply choose YOUR favorite!

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periscope-iphone6-blog-vote Tomorrow is the day! The Worldwide Radio Summit is finally here. More importantly, it’s almost time for Benztown’s 4th annual Iron Imager contest where imaging gurus Dan Kelly and Sean Galbraith go head to head in an all out battle for the title (and awesome champion belt) of Iron Imager 2015. We’ve got 2 exciting new features for you this year – live streaming AND readers vote!

Want to get in on the action? Benztown will be streaming live from the Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel. All you have to do is download the Periscope App here and follow @benztownradio to get exclusive video and audio of the competition.

Thursday April 23rd, between 11:30a PT and 1:00p PT, keep an eye out for our live stream from #WWRS2015!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER…we’re welcoming our readers (you guys) into the voting process. That’s right. Who do you think deserves the title? Each of the contender’s final audio pieces will be posted right here on the Benztown Imaging blog by Thursday April 23rd @ 3p PT.iron_imager_logo

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As radio Imagers, we are all pitchers and shifters! It’s common to adjust the bpm and keys of various songs to do a great beatmix for example. We also like to use pitch shifting for creative effects. For this task it’s necessary to call a good time and pitch manipulation plugin your own. Serato has the reputation for one of the best time-stretching and pitch shifting algorithms wrapped in a plugin (Side Note Andy: I think it is the best).  Enter Serato Pitch n Time Pro:

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As we ramp up for the 2015 Iron Imager contest at the Worldwide Radio Summit, we thought it would be cool this year to share a few submissions that stood out…the “runners-up” as it were. Feel free to comment below, and if you want to get in touch directly with any of these standout audio imaging producers, let us know!

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As you all know by now, the judges have voted, and chosen Sean Galbraith from Z103.5 to touch gloves (scratch that)…touch mouses… against reigning champ Dan Kelly in the 3rd Annual Benztown Iron Imager Contest in Hollywood, California. I got a chance to get to know our competitor a little better and hear how he plans to take the championship belt to Toronto, Canada.

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