December 21, 2008

Sine Language – episode 104

Filed under: !Podcasts,Home theatre,Microphone,Monitoring,Sine Language,Speaker — Bruce Williams @ 14:02

In episode 104, some more from Bomar on the microphones that can hear the footsteps of an ant… or in this case, the rhythmic drumming of the legs of a spider during a mating ritual.
The university which carried out this experiment is here.
Then, I received a lengthy e-mail from Jim Addie (he of not only Moving Bits Productions fame, but also Platinum Home Theaters fame).
Jim goes into great detail on speaker choice, placement, and calibration.

November 23, 2008

Sine Language – episode 102

This week, Greg Anderson sent in a voice comment of his own “radio war story”,
Jim Weishorn wrote to ask for more info on subtractive eq,
Alexander Williams* (no relation) wrote to ask about processing audio for live streaming (as opposed to pre-producing content),
…which led me to again remark about having VU meters rather than just peak program meters (PPM’s), and a great free VST plugin VU meter is the Modern Meter,
and then Jim wrote again asking about home theatre… setting up speakers and subwoofers and so on.
After I finished mixing this episode, I realised I didn’t really finish answering Jim’s questions, so consider this ‘part 1 of 2’.
And talk about freaky… in the very week I talk about my Energy 10.2 subwoofer, the damn thing decided to die on me! About an hour after I recorded this ep, I realised that the sub wasn’t working. After some investigating, I came to the conclusion that it had died. I took it to 2 different stores to be checked, and they both deemed that it was dead, too. So, I’m taking it to a friend’s place today for him to have a look at it (he MIGHT be able to fix it). But if he has no luck, looks like I’ll be buying a new sub in the next week or so.

* BTW, I love Alexander’s tag line for his streaming show:

“Like a morning show. Only interesting. And at night.”

June 1, 2008

Sine Language – episode 089

Filed under: !Podcasts,AEA,Figure 8,R84,Ribbon,Sine Language,Speaker,TRP — Bruce Williams @ 11:12

I had a whole bunch of e-mail I was supposed to address this week, and I completely forgot it.
And why?
Because I currently have a new toy to play with.
And in my excitement, I totally lost the plot.
So, what is it?
Well, you really should HEAR it, but if you must see it, then here ya go.
The AEA R84 ribbon mic.
OMG people!! This thing is gorgeous!
Once you’ve heard the podcast, you’ll understand why I’m telling you that I ended up adding a high shelf (about 3dB at around 3kHz) to my voice track.
I was also using the AEA TRP ribbon mic preamp.
And thank God I was!
My Focusrite VoiceMasterPro had nowhere near enough grunt to drive the R84.
The TRP offers up to 83dB of gain! That’s awesome.
And my speaking voice needed about 70dB of that gain.
But what a sound!
Anyway, enough of my raving… go listen to it for yourself.
Oh, and before you reach for the credit card… the R84 plus the TRP will set you back around US$1800!
And believe it or not, I DID actually get on to covering Noel’s question from last week about nearfield monitoring vs headphone monitoring.

Gearcast podcast feed is here, and the website is here.

August 5, 2007

Sine Language – episode 069

Filed under: !Podcasts,Creative,H4,Sine Language,Speaker,SPL,Zen V+,Zoom — Bruce Williams @ 21:30

In ep 69, Jan Polland gives us a rundown on the Zoom H4 (download Jan’s original mp3 here),

plus he asks about keeping monitoring levels in check.
Which led on to an impromptu war story (which I now fear may be a repreat). JBL 4430 studio monitor spec sheet. (Sorry, I got the dimensions a little bit wrong.)
Also, a follow up to last week’s “processing order” discussion,
plus my new mp3 player… the Creative Zen V+ (4GB).

May 28, 2006

Sine Language – episode 014

Filed under: !Podcasts,Equalization,Harmonics,Sine Language,Speaker,Standing waves — Bruce Williams @ 22:15

This week, Bruce answers a couple of listener e-mails, including USB audio interfaces, the Fletcher-Munson Equal Loudness Curves, Apple’s Audio HiJack, standing waves, “smiley face” EQ, and finally, an extra special announcement. Phew!

March 26, 2006

Sine Language – episode 007

This week, the last word (hopefully!) on compression and setting thresholds,
a brief description of Bruce’s signal chain and setup,
the current trend of hypercompression and peak limiting in modern music,
and subtractive eq when mixing.
Mixing with eq.doc (originally written by Robert Dennis. See his article here)
Focusrite Voicemaster Pro
Tannoy Reveal monitors (although, this link is for the new look Reveals… mine are the now superceded editions)
Home made baffles

February 19, 2006

Sine Language – episode 002

This week, how sound moves through air,
the anatomy of the human ear,
how a microphone works,
how audio is stored on analogue tape,
and why a speaker is just like a microphone.

My Odeo Channel (odeo/fceadf13ab849224)