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…

Episode 82: Rachel McGrath

It’s been a long time coming but FINALLY Rachel McGrath jumps in and joins the show.  Rachel has certainly been building up her roster of amazing stations but as we will learn she has put in the work.  Years ago she simply got out there and started hustling to build her business and hasn’t shown…

Episode 81: Drew Hall

What doesn’t Drew do?  He is the Creative Dir. at WFLZ – Tampa.  This station, as most of you  know, is maybe most revered for its BRANDING than anything else.  It’s been a consistent leader for outstanding creative and a jump-off point for some truly legendary Imaging Talent over the years.  Aside from that Drew is the National…

Alien Imaging ROTR Discount

VIDEO: Alien Imaging – AI-FX Library walkthrough

The very respected Jeff Schmidt of Alien Imaging released AI-FX V1 recently as he is also in the midst of becoming a “For-Barter” service via Benztown (Read more on that on his site or join his email list).  I’ve owned EVERY package he’s released and I feel like I’ve been more than clear about AI’s quality and…

Episode 80: Mitch Faulkner

The Original Voice of Urban Radio – not a self dubbed title but a view held by many in the format, Mitch Faulkner has been heard…everywhere!  I probably don’t really need to write much in the way of an intro ad he certainly doesn’t need any hype.  I’ll say this – I got as much…

Vocal Volume Control Plug-in – Audionamix

If I had a nickel for every time I heard a prod ask for an instrumental version of some popular song….   Now it doesn’t look like this will get you 100% there but it could be a nice weapon for the arsenal.  And then of course there are all the music producers, mastering engineers…

New Sound Design Service: Race to the Bottom

I’ve been speaking (utilizing back channels) with the secretive, underground force behind Race to the Bottom Radio.  With seemingly hundreds of “for barter” services popping up every week its rare we see a new cash based updating imaging service.  Thats not to say most barter services will put a cash amount on their product…but they ain’t gonna…

PRO TOOLS 11: Mac Custom Keyboard Shortcuts FIX

Hey! So wouldn’t you know when I FINALLY got rolling and everything updated in Pro Tools 11, the first thing I noticed is all my keyboard shortcuts were gone!  Awesome right?? NO.  After some research I found the fix and if you like to SEE these kinds of things, I made a video… ..If you like…

Episode 79: Tom Cross and Adam Burgess – Imaging Blueprint

This time I feature two guys I respect AND am happy to call friends, or mates, or whatever you say wherever you are. They are the creative force behind Imaging Blueprint, Contraband Media and plenty of other past and present creative endeavors.

Show Notes: Cross-Burgess

Here are some links and the full audio demos I mentioned: Imaging Blueprint – http://www.imagingblueprint.com/ ContraBand Media – http://www.contrabandmedia.co.uk/ Adam Burgess Full Demo Tom Cross Full Demo [Old-School Prod – from 03/04] Imaging BluePrint March 2015 full Demo

Inspiration: Just 2 Guys Creative

Sometimes you just need to see or hear something special to be creatively inspired. The following is the footage they took and edited from 30 days with their new drone in and near Vegas. 30 days of Inspire 1 aerial footage packed into one video! – Jacoo

Download FREE MUSIC – ProducerLoops.com

HAVEN’T EVEN LISTENED T EM YET BUT YOU CAN’T BEAT THE PRICE. IF YOU NEED SOME SOUNDS TO CHOP/SCREW/TWEAK/MANIPULATE – GRAB THESE. Euro House Bundle (Vols 1-3) Source: Download Sample Packs, Loops, MIDI files and Samples | ProducerLoops.com

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an iTunes Master

I am not a big “itunes guy” but i still have to use it.  Perhaps a few of these tricks from Gizmodo will be useful or you, like me! Apple’s venerable media suite isn’t everyone’s favorite bit of software, but there are more functions and features available here than you might have realized—from desktop shortcuts to…

Episode 78: David Lee

Certainly a guest that needs very little introduction.  Even if you don’t know the name, once you hear him you will know him. David Lee is heard, well, everywhere and maybe most notably on motorsports commercials OR national sports broadcasts.  I know that when Howard Deneroff cast him as the signature voice of Westwood One…

John Frost at the Imaging Days

The press release below says it all but based on this announcement and the previous Kelly (x3) Doherty announcement, Anthony Timmers and the team with The Imaging Days is REALLY getting serious.  To make it official:  John Frost will be at the Imaging Days, 2015.  So far two big time “International” talents this year.  I am…

THE Media Bracket!!

If you need another bracket to be a part of I’ve set this up for media pros everywhere.  To be honest anyone who finds this page can sign up because the password is…right there…so yeah. Sign up for the Media Bracket here: http://dmedia.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=BPM15_paste_cbsinv   Password: Med1a The more the merrier, so get in it!

Episode 77: Anthony Gay

This podcast has been extra “Britishy” lately and will continue to be for a little longer. (Soon we will get the chat completed with the guys from Imaging Blueprint in London and somewhere near Southampton – my second favorite EPL team) wow…I digress.  Anthony Gay is the guest this time and he is a big…

Benztown Iron Imager 2015 Entry Time

My colleagues at Benztown are bringing back the most cut-throat reality competition known to man: Iron Imager.  Startling are the lengths to which producers will go to win this coveted prize. You basically put together an imaging piece with the tools they provide (everyone gets the same tools) and if you make the top of the…

Episode 76: 360 Country Call – Artist Audio

This is another “Special” episode that runs across multiple platforms.  Personally I think it could or should be useful to anyone who produces imaging, in any format.  This is a Quarterly Conference Call for 360 Country Stations. We have a chat about the BEST ways to gather and utilize artist audio in the Country Format.…

Maxibeats France – Gabriel Passajou

I stumbled into some new production from an old pal, Gabriel Passajou.  He is working with Yan Harris in France on a  new endeavour – Maxi-Beat http://www.maxibeat.fr/ – Check out the vid and I did ask Gabriel for some more detail – find that below direct form him… Its a new company in France called Maxi…

EPISODE 75: DAVID WARTNABY & HOWARD RITCHIE

It’s a big kick off to 2015 for the Podcast.  I reached out to a couple of my favorite non-American voice talents and they agreed to be on the show, together. Howard Ritchie (Website) – the legendary voice of Capital in the UK and David Wartnaby (Website)- the legendary voice of Heart in the UK.…

Big Fish Goes Boom

I promise I will post about things that are not new Imaging FX packages or services soon.  But this is what is on my radar and I also like to help out friends when I can.  Ian at Big Fish Worldwide released Big Fish Workparts 7 a short while back.  It is currently selling at…

New Imaging Service: The Radio Imaging Library

I think I am ready to get rolling with digital content in 2015! And it’s only…the…20th??  I’m terrible.  I’ll start easy with some audio goodness to hear and a new service to check out.  The Radio Imaging Library.  I haven’t yet had time to actually use this or even hear much more than the demo,…

Episode 74: Mike Kaminski

What a fun time it is having 30 different people on your show…in the form of one man: Mike Kaminski.  Actually. I suspect Mike could have brought triple digits if I let him.  But as for Character voices and Imitation specialists I have now interviewed one of the very best.  There is a radio imaging…

JD2: New Buyout Sound Design

I try to toss up a post about new products I run into (or are sent to me;)  and today I will do just that.   AND FYI – I do NOT discriminate.  If you have a product and want to send me info, demos, samples etc etc – I will get them on the…

UPDATE: Noise Fusion – ID_2

I got an email from Ben who was happy I was happy with his product but has alerted me to a price reduction on ID_2 Essentials Extra.  SO…if you haven’t checked it out yet or did but weren’t ready to drop the cash I’m told you save “£50 – that’s around $80.”  Again, I love…

Episode 73: Jason Garte – The Mix Group

Jason Garte is the President/Big Boss over at The Mix Group. If you are not aware they do a lot in the world of radio imaging but primarily custom production and/or voiceover for radio stations everywhere.  I was familiar with them as a group and some of their talent but, full disclosure, I had NO…

Show Notes: Jason Garte

I think its safe to say this is the perfect companion to this show. One video, Probably everything you need t know to know what The MIx Group is all about. THE MIX GROUP “WHATEVER IT TAKES” from The Mix Group on Vimeo.

New Sounds: ID_2 Essentials – Noise Fusion

I think I’ve been pretty open about my love for new sound design packages.  Here, Here, here and well…I could go for a while.  I mentioned ID_2 a while back and was very impressed. That’s mainly because I was one of the first in the states to use ID_1 (no proof, I just think I was) and…

Episode 72 – Steve Dubbz

Steve Dubbz does A LOT of stuff but when it comes to Urban Radio Imaging his name will be at or near the top of everyone’s list.  His skillz (I’ll try not use Z instead of S the whole time) are not limited to Urban Radio as he gets into HOT AC and CHR plenty.…

Show Notes: Steve Dubbz

As promised here are the long-form demos Steve sent me and don’t forget to check out his site even more great soundz. www.DNYLproductions.com CHR DEMO – https://www.ryandrean.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SteveDubbz_DNYLProductions_CHR.mp3 URBAN DEMO – https://www.ryandrean.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SteveDubbz_DNYLProductions_Urban.mp3 VOICE DEMO – https://www.ryandrean.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SteveDubbz_Imaging_VO_Demo.mp3

Meet Carl Kinsman: Video Demo

After the demo vid I explain another reason I am sharing it.  But primarily, I wanted to share this quick demo video. 1.  Its from a cool producer up in Belfast who does great work and should be noticed.  2.  It’s a really cool way to utilize video to display what we do with audio.…

Imaging Days 2014 Recap

I’ve had a few days to get back into the swing and dig out of the missed work but I finally pulled some of my pics and created an Imaging Days wrap up.  I wont write too much because there is so much out there about how great the event was. 1.  What was best?…

Episode 71 – FOXX – CHASE – Super Show

To celebrate the anniversary of the show I wanted to do something big for everyone.  To me that meant getting more than one guest and it meant getting the biggest names in the industry.  Based on feedback, listen counts of previous shows and just an overall feeling from industry pros, the two guests I have…

The Wonderful World of Compressors

Rene Coronado from Dallas Audio Post and echocollectivefx.com,  has been a huge resource for me in the past and shared this one.  I LOVE when audio is made visual. For me it’s one of the most helpful ways to understand what is happening with audio properties. Also just plain easier to see, when you do something,…

Alien Imaging: GOT VOICE? Get Ultra 2 Free!

My old pal Jeff Schmidt is at it again with a really creative way to launch a new product.  I’ve used his stuff and promoted it, because I love it, for a really long time.  If you happen to be in the radio world and also a voice actor then you might want to read on…

Episode 70 – Anthony Timmers – The Imaging Days 2014

September 8th and 9th of this year (2014) I will travel to Europe for the first time.  I am excited for many reasons: I am degreed in History so I love opportunities to see, smell, hear and touch historic places.  I am also taking part in a very special international event geared exclusively at the Radio Imaging…

Stew Herrera: Pedaling in the California Coast Classic

his is the 4th year I’m involving myself with this charity bike ride- 525 miles from San Francisco back home to LA. It’s a fantastic adventure, and it raises a lot of money for a great 501(c)3 organization, the Arthritis Foundation.

Imaging Days Update: New Price and Location

I think I’ve mentioned at least once that I am making the trek to Amsterdam to be a part of the amazing roster at The Imaging Days 2014.  I have some updated info and while I know it’s a big expense for the Yanks who read this I hope to see at least a few of…

World Cup Imaging Tools: FREE

My old pal out of Brazil, Gabriel Passajou, posted some awesome sounds he has made in honor of the World Cup.  I don’t know about you but something weird happened to me.  I didn’t just join the USA Soccer team bandwagon….I think I accidentally became a real soccer fan.  I don’t know how it happened…

Episode 69 – RJ Curtis – Country Battle Stations

OK.  Out of the gate, be aware this is NOT the typical episode.  I am doing this in conjunction with my Country Imaging service at TM Studios, 360 Country.  I do a quarterly conference call for affiliates where we discuss random topics related to branding and station positioning.  This particular episode deals with strategies when you find…

Alien Imaging FX for 10 BUCKS!?!

I enjoy supporting great people and great products.  With this you get at LEAST one of those two things…..Buh dum dum. Ahem. I have stripped the contents of an email I got that says it “isn’t for sale to the public yet” but I get to pass on the deal to you.  I paid the 10…

FREE SOUNDS: 99 Sounds Rain and Thunder

Super quick post to pass on some great free sounds.  The “Bedroom Bloggers” at 99Sounds.org have posted what appears to be the first “release” for the absurd price of NOTHING.  I grabbed them cuz I grab any and every batch of freeness and it is quality stuff! http://99sounds.org/ They have a blog/tutorials you should bookmark…

9.5 Questions: Kyle Z at In Session Audio

I focus this blog on people and products that in some way positively affect Radio Imaging.  I include great music based products and instruments (Komplete 9, ReFx, Stylus RMX, Break Tweaker, Assault) because as producers we should always try to widen our horizons – Bring maximum value to a project or the company that pays…

Episode 68 – Jeff Laurence

For this episode I FINALLY get to interview an old colleague and friend, Jeff Laurence.  Jeff is the voice of almost EVERYTHING!  Radio stations, TV Stations, Commercial, Industrial, infomercials, universities and the list rolls one.  Check out the show notes page for full length demos and some cool YouTube Vids.  I kept this one in one part…

Show Notes: Jeff Laurence

Here are a couple long for demos and some YT Vids to check out! JEFF_LAURENCE_MULTIFORMAT JEFF_LAURENCE_TV_IMAGING_AUDIO_DEMO EDIT: I forgot to include his site but you are probably skilled at finding things like this on your own! http://www.jefflaurence.com/