Sine Language - a weekly discussion of audio production techniques, acoustics, etc



Some recent listener feedback


Bruce, I can only say, in my opinion, that the services you are providing are greatly appreciated.
J. R.

I value your podcast. As much as I love TWiT, I wish they had you engineering their audio :)
James

Oh man... I just came across your site for the first time and listened to this podcast episode, Bruce, and I'm afraid I don't have enough time in the day to listen to all this great info!
I'm excited to get started, though.
Keep up the terrific work!
Tristan.

Just a quick note to say that Episode 86 of Sine Language where you address Meredeth's questions about the "Loudness War" was absolutely brilliant!
You cleared up a number of questions I've had bouncing around in my head for quite some time in regards to compression and limiting.
Thanks to you, the world is becoming a better sounding place.
Curtis Dingy Room in a Nowhere Town Podcast


January 17, 2010

No podcasts this week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 16:03

And what a rip-snorter of a start to the year!
One week in, and already, I’m letting you down.
Sorry gang.
Shelton and I had plans to record, but something came up at his end.
And I did plan on recording a BTP, but hit a bit of a brick wall.
Grrr.


January 11, 2010

Manual downloading broken

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 6:37

Hi all,
There seems to be some issues with manual downloading of mp3 files at the moment.
I am aware of the issue, and will get it resolved asap.
Sorry for the inconvenience, folks.


January 10, 2010

Sine Language – episode 122

Happy new year!
A quick mention of our holiday cruise (blog and pictures start here),
an e-mail from Steve Filmer regarding a couple of articles on NPR;
this one on the loudness wars, inluding this great pdf,
and this on one the average level of TV commercials,
a quick mention of James Cameron’s epic, Avatar,
and the final segment (I guess?) on vocal recording, including hung mics and signal structure. I know I’ve covered signal structure in the past, but am having issues finding which episode that was in. If anyone knows off the top of their head, drop me an e-mail, would ya, please? Cheers! :)


December 16, 2009

Sine Language – episode 121

Yay! Got another ep out the door before the eyar escaped from me!
This week, just tidying up some loose ends.
A while back, JR sent us a link about the Schwartz Engineering Laser microphone. That link has now been revised.
Someone also sent in a link to the Waves Vocal Rider, which at the time I received the e-mail was still in development.
It is now a released product, and you can check it on the Waves site here. (Now that the podcast is edited and mixed, I discover that I covered this on the last episode! D’oh!)
Bomar wrote in asking about ID3 tags, artwork and metadata.
I use MP3 Tag Studio almost exclusively.
He also asked about the chipmunk effect and how to avoid it.
Plus he mentioned this article about shockwaves and how they can be photographed.
Also, if you are interested in picking up one of my Bruce Williams Photography 2010 calendars, please check ‘em out here!


November 19, 2009

2010 calendars

Filed under: 2010 calendar,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:45

Bruce Williams Photography is pleased to announce the arrival of the “2010 – It’s a wide wide wonderful world” calendar, professionally printed on 150gsm paper stock.

The calendar is available for purchase in limited quantities.

For more info, please visit Bruce Williams Photography.


November 16, 2009

Tumbleweeds and crickets

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 9:05

Hi one and all.
So, you’ve probably noticed that things have gone a little quiet round these parts, of late.
Has Bruce lost the momentum for podcasting?
Yeah, a little.
Is it all over?
Hell, no.
BTP and SL listeners, I will say this. I am unlikely to get another episode of either of these podcasts out until the new year.
My holidays commence 4 weeks from today, but in that period, I have sooo much on my plate, it’s not funny.
Notice I said “unlikely”. That doesn’t mean I “definitely won’t”. There is always the slight chance that I WILL find some time somewhere to get one of my audio-related podcasts recorded. But for now, assume that there won’t be one ’til early 2010, and if I do get one out before I leave on December 16th, well, it’ll just be an early Christmas present, won’t it?
As for Shutters Inc, I am looking forward to Shelton’s return just as much as the rest of you.
If you’re following him on Facebook, or his blog, then you’ll have already seen some of the awesome images he has been taking whilst there.
However, if I know Shelton, his first week back is going to be manic for him, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he doesn’t have time to record straight away.
But I do anticipate a new ep being out within the next couple of weeks.
So, that’s the state of play for now.
If I don’t speak with you again before Christmas, have a merry one (if that’s your thing).
I wish you all the very best for the new year, and thank all of you for your support over the last 12 months.
Oh, and SI listeners, no, I haven’t forgotten about the Honl giveaway!
Just waiting on the product to arrive!
Don’t want to get stung by giving away something we don’t have!
Long term listeners will remember the Gorillapod debacle of a couple of years ago.
We don’t want a repeat of THAT, now do we? :)


November 1, 2009

Not again…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

Um, yeah, sorry about this, folks.
I didn’t plan my week out very well, and we’re going away for the weekend.
So again, there’s no BTP or SL this week.


October 25, 2009

It’s my birthday…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 15:11

…and I reserve the right not to podcast if I want to!
So there!
:p
Nah, in all seriousness, Shelton and I DID try twice this week to record, but both times, things came up which killed our plans.
Sorry gang.
And BTP and SL… well, just too many other things on my plate this week.


October 18, 2009

Sine Language – episode 120

In episode 120, some thanks to those people who have made donations via the button on the front page of audio2u.com,
a couple of links to look at:
JR sent in this link to a laser microphone,
and somebody (apologies for not taking note of who sent this in) advised me of the forthcoming Waves Vocal Rider plugin.
Then, it’s on to a cotinuation of the discussion of vocal recording and processing methodoligies.


October 7, 2009

2010 calendars

Filed under: Building the Pod,merchandise,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:24

Hi one and all,
I am thinking of putting together a 2010 Audio2u calendar, and was wondering if anyone would be interested in buying a copy?
I’m not asking for a firm commitment to buy, right now… just looking for ‘expressions of interest’.
Basically, there will be 2 different form factors.
A DL sized desktop ‘flip’ calendar, or an A4 wall-hanging version.
Both versions will feature my 12 best panorama images.
Can’t say for sure what pricing will be.
I expect it will be around the A$12-$15 mark for the DL, and A$20-25 for the A4.
And depending on demand, I may also contemplate doing the A3 wall-hanging version as well.
Once I know for sure (on the pricing), I’ll post a revision here.
If you are moderately interested, drop me an e-mail or post in the comments here.
Thanks!


September 27, 2009

Next Adobe e-seminar

Filed under: Adobe Audition,Building the Pod,e-Seminar,Sine Language,Soundbooth — Bruce Williams @ 17:53

Ohhh yeah, baby! Am I looking forward to this one!
November 6th.
12 noon Australian Daylight Savings Time.
Mark it in your diary.
This e-seminar is called “Adobe Audio Tools : Audition 3 and Soundbooth CS4″.

Dust, and other obstacles

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 17:45

My apologies once again.
This week, the severe dust storms over Sydney gave my lungs and sinuses grief (listen to the episode of Shutters Inc which I somehow managed to struggle through, for evidence), while an ear infection in my right ear is making the concept of sticking headphones on my head one I’d rather not contemplate.
Gonna be an interesting day at work tomorrow to say the least!
All of which is a long way of saying, you guessed it, no BTP or SL this week.


September 25, 2009

Adobe e-seminar today

Filed under: Building the Pod,e-Seminar,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 7:37

I dropped the ball on this one.
Normally I give plenty of notice of upcoming e-seminars, but this time, I managed to completely forget about it.
So, for anyone who has nothing happening 4 hours from now, I’ll be conducting an e-seminar today on “Audio tools for video production”, which will cover both Soundbooth and Premiere Pro CS4.
If you’re interested in attending, please do.
It’s free.
See you there.


September 20, 2009

No BTP or SL

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

Apologies again, gang.
Just one of those ‘hamster’ weeks… no matter what, I couldn’t get ahead.


September 16, 2009

George Massenburg at Integrate ’09

Filed under: Building the Pod,Integrate '09,Sine Language,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 21:05

As you may recall, in August I attended the inaugural Integrate pro audio, video and lighting trade show here in Sydney.
At that show, George Massenburg was the keynote speaker, and thankfully, the guys at Integrate have just released George’s keynote discussion as a 2 part video on YouTube.

But fear not. You needn’t go searching for them, because you can see them both right here.

This (or ‘these’ if you prefer) is (are) definitely worth watching!

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