October 12, 2008

Sine Language – episode 099

This week, an answer for Bomar who thought he heard distortion in episode 98,
another mic comparison, this time between the R84 and my AKG C3000,
Jim Addie wrote in with detailed definitions of DC offset and wave asymmetry,
plus a reminder about a great thread on PSW about digital recording levels.

Also mentioned, the Shure SM81, and Rycote wind socks.

June 8, 2008

Building the pod – episode 121

This week, my new toy (an AEA R84 ribbon mic),
my lynda.com Reason v4 title is now online,
plus a few e-mails to answer, including using Lame in Audition (thanks Steve Mayfield!),
deleting silence,
plus a request… where am I up to?

May 4, 2008

Sine Language – episode 087

Filed under: !Podcasts,Control Universal,Lynda.com,Mackie,NAB,Sine Language,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 21:40

I’m back!
The 3 weeks in the States was an absolute head trip (in a good way)!
So, naturally, there’s a bit of discussion about that, particularly about the NAB trade show, which was amazing,
then a couple of e-mails to answer.
One from Mark Hobold at JapanesePod101 about whether or not we should peak limit before noise reduction.
Then one from Steve Fernino at djideasharing about what mics to use when conducting interviews on really noisy trade show floors.
Also, my new work commitments,
possible changes to the regularity of audio2u.com podcasts,
and my latest acquisition…. a Mackie Control Universal.

Shutters Inc – episode 109

We’re back!
After a chat about my trip to the States (see the last 3 or 4 posts on audio2u.com if you haven’t already), Shelton talks about 5 Minute Photographer,
how Richard Annable is one of the best photographic assistants he’s ever worked with,
some interesting wedding stories,
5 Minute Photographer (deja vu!),
where YOU should be after you’ve “found the light and put them in it”,
and then some other website about photography…. I think it was called 5 Minute Photographer, or something like that.

April 15, 2008

Where’s Wally now?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Lynda.com,NAB,Shutters Inc,Sine Language,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 13:38

I know… I said I would blog regularly so you’d know what I was up to.
Last week was not the smooth week I anticipated, so let me backtrack a little.
Got into LA on the Sunday. That was ok.
On the Monday morning, I met up with one of my Sine Language listeners on the Amtrak at Fullerton Station in southern LA.
We commuted to his place of work, which is one of the MAJOR film studios, where he is VP of Post Production Services. He has asked me to not to name the studio, as they are very protective of their image/brand, so I shall respect that request. And I can’t name HIM, ’cause he’s an industry heavyweight and is well known in those circles.
Anyway, he gave me a guided tour of the studio’s Post facilities, which was just mind blowing for a guy like me who just loves anything to do with audio technology and hardware.
For those who are like me, how does a fully automated mixing console with 192 physical faders which can handle 580 inputs grab ya??
It was awesome.
Or how about a server room (where they store their sound effects) which can store over a PETABYTE of data?
Yep, a petabyte.
That’s 1024 Terabytes, kiddies.
Anyway, I saw so much cool stuff there that I’d love to be able to say more about, but….
Then, that evening, I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
What can you say? They STILL rock, even though most of them are rapidly approaching 60.
2 and a half hours, with only a ONE MINUTE break between the main set and the encores!!
There are some bands half their age who should take a note.
So, after the gig, I hit the road for Ventura and got in there around 1:30am Tuesday morning.
Rolled in to the Lynda studios around 9:30 only to find a few issues which prevented us from recording anything on that day.
In all honesty, even if we hadn’t had those issues, I’m not sure how effective I’d have been anyway, after the previous couple of days!
So, Wednesday, I got recording in earnest. Finished the title on Saturday around lunchtime. Can’t tell you what it is just yet.
Then, that afternoon, Max (my producer at lynda) and I went and checked out a recording studio in Ventura where we’re going to be shooting some live action stuff next week.
Then, yesterday (Sunday), I drove from Ventura out to Las Vegas… about 6 hours of desert. Not as visually spectacular as I had hoped.
I’ve been here 9 days and haven’t pulled my 7D out of the camera bag yet! Shelton would not be impressed.
Today was day one of NAB.
Woah! What a headtrip!
There’s so much great stuff to see, but there’s all these really gorgeous promotional girls everywhere. It’s very distracting! No, really, it is. :)
Anyway, so now you’re up to date.
I’m off to grab some dinner.

January 11, 2008

Lynda.com Audition v3 Essential Training

Filed under: Adobe Audition,Building the Pod,Lynda.com — Bruce Williams @ 8:41

Thought you’d all like to know that I just received an e-mail advising me that my latest Lynda.com training title is now available!!
As usual, you can either buy the CD-ROM outright through Lynda.com (for US$99.95), or you can buy a monthly, annual or premium subscription to the Online Training Library (which will give you access not just to my Audition v3 title, but to EVERYTHING in the library!).
You will also be able to purchase a hard copy of the CD-ROM direct through me in the next couple of weeks.

August 5, 2007

Building the pod – episode 102

Filed under: !Podcasts,Automation,Building the Pod,Chorus,Lynda.com — Bruce Williams @ 21:30

This week, no Q+A.

Cntrl + shift + n : paste to new

WITE 4:00


Automation – pt 1

Volume lane Pan 2 lanes showing

Thanks to Peter Vautier for his help with categorising old BTP episodes.
However, more help is still needed if anyone has the time.
Congratulations to the winners of the btp100 giveaway. But there is still one more prize up for grabs!

October 22, 2006

Building the pod – episode 068

In ep 68, Bruce discusses making monster voices (and voices for other evil-doing no-good type creatures).
Adobe Audition 2.0 Essential Training Guide at Lynda.com

June 18, 2006

Building the pod – episode 049

Filed under: !Podcasts,24 hour pass,Building the Pod,Lynda.com — Bruce Williams @ 19:16

So, just what was Bruce up to in California? The secrets are revealed right here.