Growing up in a Radio Station, Being No.2 on the…

Scott Fisher

Guys, there is a lot of inrcedible talent out there, a lot of us breathe and live radio every day, but a guy whose grandfather was a radio station owner as well as his dad and is also in radio himself?
Thats kind of special, as special as Scott Fisher, who literally grew up in a radio station and is the No2 ranked VO Talent on the benztown50 2015 list. Did I forget he creates fanatstic Imaging, too? Enter Scott, learn about his plugIn recommendations and how he sees Imaging and especially VO processing, effects and treatment.

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Which production system do you use and why?  Oxford Reverb
Pro Tools! Been using it for-eva.

What are your favourite plugIns (including screenshots)?
Waves C4 and L1 are a must in my final mixes.  I use REQ6 for voice eq and looooove the Sonnox Oxford Reverb!

How do you schedule your work?
My studio is in my house, so I am never far from my work.  I like my clients to know and feel like they can send copy anytime.  Emergency copy gets back within minutes….unless I’m in the…ehem…bathroom. 🙂

What do you love about working for Country radio and what is different compared to other formats?
Country artists are real.  The music is real.  The stations and its listeners are passionate about the music. We are basically doing CHR but with steel guitars! I think using those passionate listeners and artists drops in the imaging sounds really good.

reqWhat is the best Pro Tools or production trick anybody should know?
Im not much of a trick guy.  One I use quite a bit is to get a real cool vocal effect, layer 3 to 4 mono voice tracks on top of each other with diff eq settings on each.  You can get some pretty cool and funky sounds coming from all of the tracks or just a couple. And since I only produce my voice for my clients, I can make quick changes on the fly to see how it will sound.  As far as VO, I think simple, is better.  I like to send my vo flat and give the stations the ability to change the sound how they want and need.

How do you get inspired and what do you use as source of creativity?
I get inspired by PDs and Imagers I talk to each day.  Country Radio is such a competitive atmosphere.  We all have to try and make ourselves better each day.

Who were your radio production idols, who influenced your work as a producer?
I’m not sure if there are specific people, but over the years I have listened to a lot of radio and have tried to pay attention to production styles and trends. My VO idols have been the late great Brian James and current fav Chris Corley.  I wish I sounded like them! 🙂

What would be your 3 key advices for a youngster?
First off, it can be long road before you start to get clients. Stay patient.  Listen to other producers/imagers to develop your sound but be true to who you want to be and how you want your production and VO to sound like.  Lastly, this aint digging’ ditches!  Have fun and appreciate the opportunity to do what we do every day!

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