In December 2011 S2blue will be 10 and to celebrate we’re giving away 10 “fabulous” S2blue prizes!
All you have to do is have any jingle or commercial signed off by 23rd December 2011 to go into the draw to win one of the 10 prizes!
There’s no limit to the number of tickets you can have in the draw so get as many as you can in.
We recently produced a new custom package for Lakeland Radio. The 8 cut A/C package featured vocals from Mel Williams and Chris Madin.
The latest Lakeland Radio is now available to be resung - click here to hear the package
Our new imaging tool kit, AudioSweets.com, is now live! AudioSweets is an imaging tool kit consisting of a continuously updated library of beds, promo and sweeper shells, sound design, utilities, breaks, artist drops and song drops. Plus a sweet load of programming elements.
The AudioSweets service has been put together by an experienced collection of imaging producers, station programmers and composers. The result is a service created for radio producers by radio producers – with useful elements, work parts and pre mixed shells allowing users to make some sweet radio whilst save time and money.
There’s thousands of files already on the site – check out the latest demo now or email us for more information.
As we prepare for the launch of Audio Sweets – our new imaging tool kit – we’ve put together a really cool teaser demo to show off what Audio Sweets has to offer. You can check out the demo and register your interest on www.AudioSweets.com and you can follow AudioSweets on it’s own Facebook page.
We have recently resung more PAMS cuts for Tony Blackburn’s Pick of The Pops show on BBC Radio 2.
The Pick of the Pops show has been a real hit since it came back on air in January 2011 and the PAMS resings have really helped with the sound of the show.
All the cuts (including the latest batch of resings) can be found by clicking here.
All our PAMS resings are available on the PAMS page by clicking here.
We have a new member of the S2blue Family – we have taken on James Macleod as Project Manager to represent S2blue in Australia and the Asian Pacific. James has a vast experience in radio, working in the UK for many years before immigrating to Australia. You can learn more about James on our S2blue Family page by clicking here.
This summer sees the launch of our new imaging tool kit – Audio Sweets.
Audio Sweets is an radio imaging tool kit from S2blue, containing a continuously updated library of beds, promo & sweeper shells, FX package, utilities, stages, breaks, artist drops and vox pops.
You can register your interest on www.AudioSweets.com
We have recently produced a new package for Irish station Midlands 103.
The package was made up of cuts from the recent custom package we produced for Spirit FM plus a number of custom cuts.
You can hear the Midlands 103 package by clicking here.
A year on from the first package we produced for Chinese station U Radio they have come back for a brand new package, with a hotter, more contemporary sound.
The latest U Radio package takes highlights from a number of recent custom packages to give it an overall fresh sound.
To hear the latest U radio package click here.
Two new Freenotes albums are to be released on CD - Volume 11 and Volume 4 are the latest physical release from the Freenotes Music production music library.
The albums, which are composed by James Harrington and Steve England respectively, are part of the complete Freenotes Music collection of non-MCPS tracks which are designed for the broadcast industry to be used behind commercials, programmes and promos.
Freenotes CDs are available free to PRS returning UK broadcasters and production houses. Click here to make sure you get copies of the new CDs. You can also download the complete Freenotes Music collection from www.freenotesmusic.com
Following on from other BBC stations, including Radio 2 and other BBC Local stations BBC Ulster have commissioned resings of vintage PAMS jingles.
The classic collection of cuts from some of PAMS most famous packages the BBC Ulster cuts are part of nostalgia programming and will sit alongside existing imaging.
All our PAMS resings are available on the PAMS page by clicking here.
We have recently completed a revamp to the new Studio 2 which upgrades the studio to Pro Tools, allowing vocals and music to be fully produced in two studios.
The overall revamp leaves us with 4 SADiE studios plus a ProTools 9 system in Studio 1.
The latest CD in the JingleWorld collection is now available – featuring a further 98 categorised commercial jingles.
To order your copy of any of the JingleWorld CDs click here or to hear the complete range of commercial jingles available to resing go to www.JingleWorld.co.uk
We have been commissioned to produce an initial 12 month radio ‘soap’ for Manx Radio. ‘Glencastle’ will tell the stories of the people of a fictitious village on the Isle of Man with 3 weekly episodes and an omnibus at weekends
Weekly podcast is available by clicking here
Following on from other BBC Local stations we have recently resung a collection of PAMS cuts for BBC Solent
The authentic vintage cuts are to be used as part of the station’s nostalgia shows.
You can hear the BBC Solent PAMS cuts by clicking here
We’ve recently resung more PAMS cuts for Radio 2 – this time for Tony Blackburn’s show.
The authentic vintage cuts are part of Tony’s ‘Pick of the Pops’ programme which transports listeners back in time whilst playing some real classics.
You can hear the PAMS cuts for Radio 2 by clicking here
Leading up to Christmas we produced an imaging package for Lebanonese station Sawt El Ghad. The package consists of a range of cuts to give their imaging a real festive feel through the holidays and into the New Year.
We used a traditional group for the vocals to give it that time honoured feel.
You can hear the Sawt El Ghad festive cuts by clicking here.
As part of the Lincs FM Group we recently sung a new package for KCFM.
The package features a traditional group vocal sound.
You can hear the KCFM cuts by clicking here.
Anita at Fire Radio was the latest winner of our ‘Champagne for a Campaign’ – winning a whole case of champagne just for sending us a script to be produced!
We will be running another ‘Champagne for a Campaign’ promotion soon so look out for more details.
We have recently installed a HD webcam in our live room, allowing clients unable to attend our studios to watch vocal and overdub sessions via Skype or Messenger.
Since installing the webcam we have had clients watching in from China and the Middle East, as well as all parts of the UK.
The new Freenotes library music site is now live, with hundreds of free, non MCPS tracks available.
Freenotes Music provides broadcasters, production companies and producers with tracks to use behind all types of production, from TV and radio commercials to imaging and talk over beds.
Register or login to the new site by clicking here.
As part of S2blue’s ‘new sound’ we’ve just completed a custom imaging package for Spirit FM. The package features contemporary beds with fresh solo vocals.
Ian Crouch, Programme Controller of Spirit FM said “Working with S2Blue was a real pleasure; they made sure we were happy with every stage of the production. It was particularly useful for us to be able to be at the recording and mixing sessions and give direction on how we wanted the final sound.”
Listen to the Spirit FM package by clicking here
We have recently refreshed imaging for BBC Radio Cumbria. The package includes additional cuts, new instrumentation on existing cuts and fresh vocals in a traditional group style.
Ian Timms said "BBC Radio Cumbria had been successfully using a really strong, S2Blue custom package for four years.
We wanted to preserve the heritage of a logo melody you can sing along with and a truly magnificent News build. But we needed something to bring a fresh dimension to the highly used traffic and hour-opener cuts.
The brief called for additional textures to strengthen our speech content and some big band swing idents for nostalgia shows. From Miller to Mika: now that's a full service package!! Simon and Steve wrote just what we asked for."
Listen to the BBC Radio Cumbria 2010 package by clicking here
We’ve just produced a new custom imaging package for Hi FM in Oman. The package features S2blue’s ‘new sound’ of fresh and contemporary beat driven beds with fresh solo vocals.
Darren Barrett, Program Manager of Hi Fm said "When we wanted a new station sound, with a nice fresh sound, there was no question who to call. We play a mixture of AC hits from pretty much every genre, and with the smallest of briefs, (S2blue) created what I think is the best package we have had on air yet!"
Listen to the Hi FM package by clicking here
We have recently launched a new website – www.PassionForRadio.com. It features details of the commercial production and commercial jingle services – from S2blueCreative and JingleWorld.
The site also provides information on the special assistance we offer for sales programmes (Image+, !mpact+, Brand Builder, etc).
Check out the site for yourself: www.PassionForRadio.com
We have produced our first package for a Chinese station – U Radio, a station owned by Phoenix TV and broadcasts in Shenzhen City, which is in Guangdong Province, China.
The station plays an eclectic mix of music – from contemporary western pop to easy listening and so U Radio chose resings from a wide range of our packages. Cuts came from the recent Mansfield 103.2 custom, our Connect and Lite package and even some cuts from the packages Steve originally recorded for Magic 1152 and the Saga stations.
It was an exciting vocal session for everyone involved, with the station listening and watching the session at our studios via two webcams.
Listen to the U Radio package by clicking here
We have just completed a new custom for Mansfield 103.2 which is part of S2blue’s ‘new sound’ and was a collaboration with Lee Turner. The package features contemporary beds and solo vocals.
Ian Watkins, Managing Editor of Mansfield 103.2 said "S2blue have provided us with a fresh new contemporary sound to be proud of.
The team went to great lengths to provide us with an awesome custom imaging package which immediately enhanced the station's sound.
The whole creative process from original ideas to the finished product was not only seamless but also lots of fun too!"
Check out the Mansfield 103.2 package and see photos of the vocal session by clicking here
In April, our Managing Director, Simon Prentice was asked to sit on the panel for the Radio Academy’s “Future of Radio Imaging” event in Manchester. The evening examined all aspects of station imaging past, present and future.
The panel we’re asked to put together some audio of what radio imaging would sound like in 2020. The entire panel agreed it was an almost impossible task to predict what radio would sound like in ten years as who knows what trends, instrumentation and systems will be available by then, but Simon concluded that it is likely to be an interpretation of what has gone before.
Simon worked with one of our composers, Lee Turner, and came up with a fusion of two musical trends from the last twenty years – dub step beats with early 90’s Italian dance piano. You can hear the 2020 cut here and photos of the event can be found on Radio Hub:
We have recently refreshed imaging for BBC Radio Humberside. The package includes additional cuts, new instrumentation on existing cuts and fresh vocals in a traditional group style.
Simon Pattern, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Humberside said "Working with Maurice, Steve and Simon - as well as their amazing team of musicians and singers - was a delight again. They offer fantastically creative solutions to the problems we throw their way - simply understanding how to translate our ideas into reality - they do so quickly and with real flair. We're delighted to continue working alongside the S2blue team and can't wait to get the refreshed imaging on air."
Listen to the BBC Radio Humberside 2010 package by clicking here
We have produced a custom package for Kiss FM Portugal featuring fresh, edgy, beat driven cuts mixed with contemporary solos and two part harmony vocals provided by Kim Chandler and Lee Turner.
This is the first of a number of new customs which feature a fresh, new S2blue sound, to fit well with today’s radio.
Check out the Kiss package by clicking here
We have recently completed a redesign of our website, making it more intuitive and contemporary. We've also added more content than ever before with new demos, photos and extra details.
We are also working a on a number of new custom packages which will feature a fresh, contemporary sound. These will be going live soon so keep checking back on the site for more information.
Take a look around and let us know what you think by clicking here
Freenotes is changing and expanding - you can now pre-register for the brand new Freenotes website by going to www.FreenotesMusic.com
We are working with a number of experienced composers to produce many more quality tracks for Freenotes Music so in the coming months we will be releasing more volume CD’s, as well as a new set of themed CD’s.
Freenotes Music is a non-MCPS production music library, offering a wide range of contemporary music for use in all types of radio and TV commercial production. The tracks (and Freenotes CD's) are free and all we ask is that the PRS details are sent to the broadcaster.
You can download all the Freenotes tracks by visiting www.FreenotesMusic.com
In the run up to the summer we produced a series of radio commercials for Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer. The national campaign was produced for An Agency Called England and is going out on stations across the country over the summer.
The humorous scripts really were enjoyable to work on and have created a unique character for the brand. Click here to listen to the commercials in full
We recently resung JAM's Fresh NY package for Yorkshire’s Fresh Radio. The innovative and 'fresh' sounding package has been sung with a UK solo female vocalist, which blends well with the beds to give a contemporary feel.
To listen to the package, click here
Freenotes Vol. 3 is now available, featuring 33 new tracks including pieces recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London. The CD contains 96 tracks in various styles from up-tempo to Christmas, all with a choice of mixes.
Freenotes is a non-MCPS library, offering a wide range of contemporary music for use in all types of radio and TV commercial production. The tracks (and Freenotes CD's) are free and all we ask is that the PRS details are sent to the broadcaster.
To order your copy of Freenotes Vol. 3 click here or you can download all the tracks by visiting www.freenotesmusic.com
Two new members have recently joined the S2blue Family – Michael Dentith joins us as a Studio Engineer whilst Julia Small has started working as part of the administration team.
Emma Dickenson has also moved to the position of Production Co-ordinator and will be the main point of contact for all commercial production and scripting questions.
Click here to learn more about the S2blue Family
In 2009 S2blue became sponsors of “24 Hours in Radio”, the radio industry’s unmissable daily news email, delivered from RadioToday.co.uk
The newsletter is a must read within the industry and we are justly proud to be associated with it.
We have a number of competitions planned for the coming months so make sure you sign up at www.RadioToday.co.uk
Following on from the success of Volumes 1, 2 & 3, JingleWorld Vol. 4 is now available, featuring another 98 commercial jingles, which are available to be resung in many markets.
Click here to order your copy or go to the JingleWorld site to learn more and hear all the jingles available.