New Sound Design: Dark Arts FX 2

My old pal Dan Mumford has released another gem available to have NOW – Dark Arts FX2.  I suggest you check out the demo below instead of reading my words.  In fact I’ll write very little except (go get it and) I love the Tonal Sounds Dan has created.  They are incredibly useful and as…

Episode 111: Wendy K Gray

How about one of the top Radio Imaging Voices as my next guest?  I welcome in Wendy K Gray.  On top of that, Wendy is a killer in the world of Promo, Animation (all aspects of that), Commercial, Industrial and Narration. Plus she is a singer/songwriter with years of writing, recording and performing under her…

New Sound Design: Two HUGE and One FREE

I LOVE my new Sound Design products. The quality in product that comes out in buy-out form keeps elevating.  I had a few packages come across my screens in the last couple days.  As I promised to the world, if you release it, I’ll post about it!  Here are THREE products to show you –…

Episode 109: John Pleisse

The more I think that being north of 100 episodes means I’ll start to run out of BIG names to get on the show..the more I realize thats absurd. John Pleisse is a major player in the voiceover world especially when we talk in terms of Radio Imaging AND TV Affiliate work. He is heard…

Episode 108: Chris Ward

Chris Ward’s official title: Content Operations Director / Group Production Director for the Bauer City Network , Northern England & Scotland. That means he has his hands in dozens of stations and networks across the UK.  He is also part of the larger Bauer Media Group which, as I learned in the interview, is REALLY HUGE in…

Episode 107: Andrew Berger

Andrew Berger is the Imaging Director at POWER 106 in Los Angeles, CA.  Power is one of the longest running Hip Hop stations in America and one that has built genres and landscapes, waged battles and defined radio strategies for decades.  It has certainly evolved in different ways but to say it isn’t an EXTREMELY important station…

Pro Tools: Plug-in Menu Favorites

I believe this is NOT new but I didn’t know about it and other producers who know MUCH more than me didn’t know about it either. So, You own 397 plug-ins. Scrolling through your category list is SO easy right? Nope. Now you can pick out 3 or 4 or 6 and put them at…

New FX Package: Splat!Freqz

125 TRACKS OF NEW SOUND DESIGN FREQNESS I’m a sucker for new Sound Design FX products.  Especially good ones (duh) and that’s what we have here. SPLAT!FREQZ.  Now, I don’t want to take undue credit for anything but SPLAT!FREQZ is pretty much all because of me.  I mean I didnt produce anything nor was I…

Episode 106: Justin Spencer Dove

Justin Spencer Dove is a rising star and has been for a solid decade or more.  I always know that if a guy’s name comes up many times, by many independent people consistently, I want to get him on my show.  AND he has one of the real nifty Imaging gigs out there too!  He’s…

DRAGGED OFF A PLANE – It’s JUST a Parody, Calm Down

United is the worst!!  Today. Of course,  I know this “Outrageous Incident” will be left behind by the internet soon enough but we had a little fun over at TM this week.  Figured I’d share a few versions of the parody here.  The idea was kind of obvious I guess so it was easy to do.  I…

BodalgoCall: Hi-fi Online Recording

I’ve noticed the arena of live, hi-quality, online audio recording has become a little more crowded with expensive to free options. It’s also become a little confusing to me.  Do we need to pay or not?  Do you pay for what you get? Free is necessarily bad…or not? Are there some overt cash grabs being…

New FX Package: Glide 3

While I’m busy prepping my next Podcast (Roger Rose!!) — or trying to find the time to edit it — This just hit my inbox. GLIDE 3 from Sticky FX.  I won’t waste your time yapping about it – I will let them do that in the form of a Press Release.  I did embed…

Episode 104: Marc Vickers

“Tell us how you did it.” I should do this more often but I pulled a small, simple quote from the end of our interview because I think this is very important for new/young/budding talent to keep in mind. When applying for gigs and sending audio THAT is what Marc Vickers, Creative Director of Wisebuddah…

WIN Some Sounds: CLAY FX

UPDATE – WINNERS! – Congrats to the THREE lucky winners of CLAY FX! Ryan McClean ‏@RyanOnYourRadio Christian Thon ‏@christianthon J.J. Stone ‏@jjstone_FM —————————————————————— Mark Chadwick is one of those creatives that likes to keep his hands in all kinds of audio.  He’s a well known VO talent in the UK, Music Producer and Sound Designer.…

Episode 103: Ben Marks

That’s Ben marks!  Imaging Producer at Reel World Europe.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many people from their team and like everyone else – Ben exudes class, humility and TALENT. Check out the link below to Reel World’s Blog about the Radio 1 Extra project.  It should show you all you need…

TEXTROBOT: Kontakt + Sound design from SoundFX Wizard

Giorgio Riolo checks in with a new “Toy” for us sound geeks – TEXTROBOT. I have had my way with it and can see lots of potential uses. It utilizes Kontakt and allows you to “play” a ton of digital typing, clicking, switching and slamming FX in a one-shot or rhythmic manner.  Perhaps you’re making…

EPISODE 100: THE 100TH SHOW

To celebrate the (official) 100th show of my now 8 year old podcast I set out to create the most International audio program about the current state of Radio Imaging.  I asked about 40 radio pros to talk about radio imaging. Simple right?  We discuss why we do it, the future of the industry, what we…

New Sound Design Package: Bubblefuzz

Not too often do I write up a post about a new AC Radio SFX product.  They exist but are often over shadowed by the big CHR or  more aggressive content.  Adam Venton via his Little Monster Media brand has released BUBBLEFUZZ. I am happy to write up a post on these packages as they…

The Imaging Days 2016: #TID16 DAY 2 Update

****(Day One Update Post)**** I’m writing this after I made the 6am trip over to Berlin. Some hours to kill – so lets post some pics! #TID16 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/RDREAN/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RDREAN FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/drean The Imaging Days Website: http://www.theimagingdays.com/ Again, check out Steven Martin’s posts for the “play by play” at Earshot Creative. ***UPDATED*** Day 2 was just as great as Day…

The Imaging Days 2016: #TID16 Update Post

***UPDATED*** I plan to use Instagram to put out live updates from the show and when appropriate I’ll also put those posts on Twitter and/or FB. #TID16 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/RDREAN/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/RDREAN FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/drean The Imaging Days Website: http://www.theimagingdays.com/ ***UPDATED*** Monday 3 October 2016: I invite you to check out Steven Martin’s posts for the “play by play” at Earshot Creative.…

Episode 101: Denzil Lacey

Programming Note:  No, you did not miss Episode 100.  I had planned to line it up with my trip to Europe BUT I actually did a couple bonus episodes so I’ve brilliantly traveled forward to 101 today.  NEXT, in October, I will create and post a “100th Podcast Extravaganza Show” – and that will fittingly be titled…

Episode 99: Staxx Williams

It was not quite ONE year ago today when one of the highest profile Imaging jobs on earth opened up. Dave Foxx left iHeart/NYC – Z100 and KTU – after almost (or more than??) 30 years on the job.  I immediately started asking some friends on the inside (including Dave) who would, or could, take…

Episode 98: Chad Erickson

Another high level and still continually rising voice-talent is featured on the show. Chad Erickson is a big name in the world of Radio Imaging Voiceover but he is also found all over your TV box with promo work heard on CBS, Fox, CNN, ESPN College Basketball, Steve Harvey and many, MANY more. Chad is heard on…

Quickly ‘Borrow’ a Session then Make Alias to Preserve Future Sanity

What a horrible title!!  I don’t know how to even categorize this and its admittedly a very simple concept but I wonder if others haven’t been doing it…if not it will save you TIME, future headaches and drive space. Scenario: You make a football promo on Monday for “STATION A.”  It sounds great.  Client loved it,…

COLLEGIATE FX is OUT NOW

Just got word that Tom Baker, that college puke (I mentioned HERE) who thinks he’s a professional Sound Designer, has officially released his first SFX package.  On the first day of school too! All joking aside I asked him for more info, a link…and if he was going to offer a discount at release…he obliged.…

New(ish) Blog/Sound: Little Monster Media

My (internet) friend, who I am sure I will actually meet IRL someday, Adam Venton has elevated his efforts with his Production business, blog, sound design etc over at littlemonstermedia.co.uk/ Looks like he’s going to put a sizable effort into everything but really what got my attention…he mentioned ME.  Never hurts 😉 But seriously I’ve known Adam a long…

Episode 97: Howard Cogan

I don’t like to label someone as “The guy from…” or  “The person you know as…” in reference to what they do – but in this case, as far as Radio Imaging Voices, Howard Cogan is as connected to ONE specific brand as anyone. Howard is the well known voice of the multi-national JACK FM Radio…

NEW FX PRODUCT: Collegiate FX

Tom Baker checks in with a cool new sound design product. COLLEGIATE FX.  For now…he is just TEASING us with the Freshman 15. http://tombakerradio.com/fx-sign-up/ Go there, sign up, get free noises. From Tom: The Freshman 15 is a free sampler pack of 15 Imaging FX that will be featured in the first Collegiate FX pack…

Episode 96: Miles Hlivko

The not so new Imaging Director (about 1 year in now) is Miles Hlivko. YEP…Another major talent to come out of Ohio, and more specifically, Cleveland. He was at WMMS for years elevating to APD in 2013.

Episode 95: Cowboy Kyle

CK, Kyle, Cowboy – whatever you call him – Cowboy Kyle is the Imaging Director at WUSY – US 101 in Chattanooga. CK also images over 20 country stations nationwide including New Orleans, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Augusta, Des Moines, Wichita, and several more. He KILLS it by knowing the audience, knowing how to write for…

Echo Collective: Lockdown

I’ve mentioned the audio experts at Dallas Audio Post before and by extension, their Echo Collective brand – they record highly technical, high quality audio including custom sound kits and instruments for design, film, trailer, and RADIO.  Some of their releases are way too detailed for radio or at least too detailed for daily use.  SOME are…

FREE VST’s in 2016 (So Far)

Been way too long since I wrote up a simple, unassuming blog post.  I typically try to save the blog for something of real value, whether free or discounted product, or just great info.  AND today I keep it going BUT it’s FREE product x 25! That’s right, 25 free VST plugins producers are digging…

Episode 94: Steven Lemmens

Creative Director at Studio Brussel in Belgium, part of VRT, Steven Lemmens has an outstanding mindset and skillsetfor radio creative and station branding. He specifically crafts the sound of Studio Brussel but works as part of a large team within the company where everyone is encouraged to wear many hats. Heck he is also the…

Episode 93: Larry MacInnis

Sometimes you just have a great chat with a great talent. Larry MacInnis has been at the center of some large scale creative.  In fact if you are in Canada you’ve heard of CHUM-FM, of course.  Or maybe specifically Toronto, you’ve heard the Al Palladini’s Pinetree Lincoln-Mercury spots?  Experience, skill, wisdom, NO hyperbole, creativity and INTERESTING…

Imaging Days 2016: Dave Foxx – Teaser Video

Fact: We all love Dave Foxx but THIS is fun!  I’ll let the video do it’s job re informational purposes but looks like we are getting some early info about The Imaging Days 2016.  LOVE this event, highly recommend it! Press releases is below as well… TIP: Plan early so you can book a few days in Amsterdam…

Episode 92: ARN – Dubai

The guys from The Arabian Radio Network in Dubai took time out of their busy schedules to do a group interview. While there are many talented producers at ARN I spoke with three including AJ Traspaderme (originally from Canada), Vinay Rao (India) and Heinie Hartendorp (Philippines).  Because of the diversity on staff these three producers also represent…

Episode 91: Jeff Schmidt – Alien Imaging

Wow.  I use that expensive three-letter-public-college-degree-having word to start this post because Jeff DELIVERED.  First, Jeff Schmidt is a San Francisco based Imaging Producer and musician working at the station level, the national level, the service level and he is a highly skilled sound designer for radio, video, web AND Video Games. He is Alien-Imaging…

AI FX2: Dynamics and How Jeff THINKS

My upcoming guest, Jeff Schmidt of Alien-Imaging, released a solid video about Dynamics in sound design elements.  One of the main reasons AI-FX are my goto libraries is the Dynamic range of the sounds.  Other libraries are good at this too…but  JEFF made a video explaining it AND he is coming up on the show!  So…

Imaging Library: Noise 7 – Radio Production Library

I love me some imaging libraries.  I try to highlight all that hit my inbox.  Hit the link below to hear the 7th installment of NOISE from OMEGA PRODUCTIONS…aptly titled NOISE 7.  Solid work (as always), lots of formats covered, all the important categories including a ton a of beds.  See the quoted info below from…

Izotope DDLY: FREE (’til March 10)

Let’s get back to blogging!!  I grabbed DDLY last week and immediately LOVE it.  I get overwhelmed by reverb and delay plugs sometimes.  Mainly because they offer so many ways to tweak and often I don’t have the time to really figure them out.  So… I keep going back to AIR Delay or other simple options.…

Episode 90: Scott Fisher

90th episode??  Damn.  Scott Fisher is one of the leading Radio Imaging Voice Talents in America.  He is heard on some of the largest stations in the largest markets. He is BIG-TIME.  It’s a shame that it’s taken me this long to have him on but I had to save some of the best… Scott is…

Episode 89: Dave Foxx

The first Three-Time guest on the show is (and should be) Dave Foxx.  In one of the major developments to round out 2015, Dave is now the EX-Creative Services Director for Z100 NYC. He was also involved in many other major iHeart Radio responsibilities in New York and other parts of the US.  Dave is also…

Episode 88: Chris Nicoll

A skilled talent in creative imaging and radio management/administration, and someone who I am lucky to call a friend, has left one of the top Imaging Gigs on EARTH to find greener pastures.  Chris Nicoll is (or was, depending on when you read this) Head of Production for Capital Radio, Capital Xtra, Capital TV, Capital Solar System…

Episode 87: George Taylor

Sorry for my extended time away!  I had some unexpected delays with 3 different guests but GEORGE TAYLOR made himself available quicker than I thought so he saved my schedule a little. George is the Imaging Director at IMGR and a writer at Wise Buddah.  He is extremely musical as an Imaging Producer but… also a…

Episode 86: Kelly Doherty 2015

It was high time I had another recorded conversation with Kelly Doherty.  Since we last spoke she moved across the country, twice, and elevated to what might be the most prominent imaging position in the U.S.  Kelly is the Vice President of iHeartMedia. Again, as would be expected with Kelly no holds barred content-wise and we…

Episode 85: Dom Nero 2015

Another installment of: “Get ready for The Imaging Days 2015!” and Let’s revisit with a superstar of radio imaging.  Dom Nero is Creative Services Director @ HOT 97 NYC (Emmis NY).  He has held down this iconic position for over 10 years now.  Seems like yesterday when I hopped in an unmarked town-car (of course, no…

Episode 84: John Frost 2015

Back again and not soon enough, John Frost. He is the demented mind behind Frostbytes and an imaging style oft-mimicked but rarely matched. After years of running the first online imaging service, creating the “World Famous” branding at KROQ L.A. and influencing countless stations and producers worldwide,  John has been invited to present at The Imaging Days in…

Episode 83: The Imaging Days 2015

Here is your Imaging Days 2015 Preview episode!  The show is just one month away.  October 5 and 6 in Haarlem, The Netherlands, about 15 minutes from Amsterdam.  Anthony Timmers, Creative Director of the show, joins me to chat about all things IMAGING DAYS.  We run down the the list of speakers, or most of…