April 5, 2009

Sine Language – episode 109

Filed under: !Podcasts,Delay,Ear,Microphone,Panning,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 12:15

In ep 109, a quick plug for iStockPhoto who are now selling user-generated audio clips.
For those of you with a love of recording outdoor sounds, this could be a nice way to turn your hobby into some extra cash.
Worth checking out at the very least.
Then, a lengthy e-mail from Jim Addie answering Scott’s earlier query about panning and delay,
some feedback from Slau about ribbon mics,
plus another shoutout for Stav’s book, Mixing with your mind… specifically in relation to Stav’s theory of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ microphones and sound sources.

February 22, 2009

Sine Language – episode 106

This week, Jay asked about the audio processing used in movie soundtracks, and why the music in movies sounds so much better than the official soundtrack CD.
Scott Hess asked about using small amounts of delay to simulate spatial shifts, rather than using straight out panning.
And Greg Anderson wanted some feedback (from YOU as well as me) about creating a short list of technical ‘goals’ for personnel recording live lectures and conferences.
By the way, there probably WON’T be an episode of Sine Language next week, as I really want to get an ep of Building The Pod done. Just letting you know now, ok?

November 9, 2008

Sine Language – episode 100

Yes folks.
Believe it or not, we’re finally here!
The building of this video has been an absolute labour of love…. I’d estimate that it’s taken me about 20 hours of work to complete!
Maybe, that’s partly my inexperience at producing video podcasts, but hopefully, when you watch it, you’ll see where those hours went.
In an effort to ease the load on my hosting company’s servers, I will be setting up a torrent feed later tonight.
Check back here later for a link to the torrent file.
There’s also a copy of the file at YouSendIt, plus the copy here at audio2u.com.

To download manually from audio2u:
sl100.mp4 280MB

From YouSendIt here:
sl100.mp4 280MB

If you want to download a copy of the final mix of the song (featuring a couple of extra tweaks I did later), grab that here:
Fear of Holding On – 320 kbit joint stereo (13MB)

Towards the end of the podcast (or is that vidcast?), I mentioned that I would make the individual instrument tracks available to anyone who wanted to have a crack at mixing the song for themselves.
Drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you the link to download the files.
Just be warned… that’s an even bigger download than the mp4!!
The tracks are 32bit mono and total about 1.1GB!
The download will be in .rar format, so you’ll need an archive utility like WinRAR (or similar) which is capable of unzipping a .rar file.

August 31, 2008

Sine Language – episode 096

This week, a further discussion on filters.
Something I should have covered last episode (but sadly neglected) was to distinguish between shelf filters and peak filters.

I also received an e-mail from Ike Tamigian, who is interested in hearing a discussion on the ins and outs of Izotope’s Ozone plugin.
I’ve put it on the list, Ike.

Then, Rob Scalise chimed in with a suggestion that I check out a podcast called the HT Guys (for Home Theatre).

Next up was Mike Wills, whose Dad has given him a cassette to convert to digital files of one description or another.
Mike wanted some tips on transferring the audio.

And finally, Greg Anderson asked why the mixes he does on the crappy little speakers in his laptop translate better to other playback systems than the mixes he does on ‘decent’ speakers.

July 13, 2008

Building the pod – episode 123

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Imaging,Skype — Bruce Williams @ 17:45

After my post on Thursday evening, I received an e-mail from Hugo Sharp asking for more discussion on recording Skype calls into Audition.
Also, I’ve produced new podast imaging with a new voice (Mike Drayson). Love that guy’s voice!
And again, I’m asking for some input. Where does btp go from here?

July 3, 2008

Don’t mind me…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Imaging,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:17

…just testing out the latest version of WordPress.


I’m interested to see if that audio file ends up being “published” in the feed, like an episode of a podcast.
Pro Tools manual

ok, that ought to be enough mucking around for now.



Well, no, apparently you can now attach media files to a post without them appearing in the feed!
Where was THAT feature when I released btp100?
Thanks to Felix for the heads up.

February 3, 2008

Sine Language – episode 080

This week, some e-mail to answer regarding what sampling frequency should we use as a default and why,
utilities to use for ripping and encoding your mp3’s,
how to mix podcasts that prevent your listeners from falling asleep (an area in which I apparently succeed!),
and recording audio on a laptop.
Also, Bruce’s recent home theatre trials and tribulations.


Speek’s multi front end
Marantz PMD660

Building the pod – episode 114

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Dither,Imaging,MIDI,Production elements — Bruce Williams @ 14:00

This week, a couple of listener e-mails to answer regarding why mixdowns which peaked at 0dBFS in MTV come out 3dB lower in EV, and another quick recap of what dither is and when to use it.
Also, the promo Bruce mixed for Phil Massyn’s new podcast, Podify.
And as for the MIDI sequencer in AA3? You’re on your own, people. Sorry! I give up.

October 28, 2007

Sine Language – episode 075

This week, the final episode in the series on “constructing your own promo”… the mixing stage.

July 22, 2007

Building the pod – episode 100

At last!
Just when you thought it was never gonna get here… the big one ton is here!

*** EDIT ***

To download the movie, go to
BTP100 downloads“.

*** END EDIT ***

So, what’s in store for episode 100?
A promo remix in real time, for Rem Lavictoire.

Yeah yeah yeah, but what about the damned prizes, man? That’s all we’re here for!

Oh yeah, right…. ok.

Well, Peter Baker at Beatbox Music
Beatbox Music
has been kind enough to donate a copy of the Podcasting Production Toolkit CD.
This is a CD of royalty free music AND sound effects that you can use for polishing up your podcast!
Podcasting Production Toolkit

While I will confess to not having heard the CD yet, I have dealt with Peter professionally for over 20 years, and he has always represented some of the finest music production companies around… and I have no reason to suspect that this won’t be an AWESOME collection of sounds to have at your disposal.

Audition 2.0 Essentail Training
And to keep the CD theme going, I have 3 more copies of the Adobe Audition 2.0 Essential Training Guide from Lynda.com to give away as 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes.

OK, so what do you have to do to win one of these great prizes?

Well, this is where you’re gonna hate me. I’m not going to tell you… just yet.
In order to make this fair, I’m going to hold off posting the details of the competition for 72 hours.
The reason for that is, it will give those on slower internet connections a chance to be involved too.
So, at around midday GMT on Wednesday (25th July 2007), I’ll post the details right here.

Nasty, aren’t I? :)

In the meantime, enjoy the video!

July 8, 2007

New digital audio control surface

Filed under: Building the Pod,Dexter,JazzMutant,Mixing,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:40

Podcastingnews has got this article on a new “hardware” mixer for audio.

Interesting concept… would be keen to see it in operation.

July 6, 2007

Hands up, guinea pigs!

Filed under: Building the Pod,Mastering,Mixing — Bruce Williams @ 12:22

OK, I had an idea for the 100th episode of BTP, and it’s fallen in a hole.


So, I had another thought as I was commuting to work this morning.

Remember ep 64? That was the “promo rebuild” episode. I’d be keen to do something like that again, but this time…. hold on to ya hats, people… I’ll do it as a screen capture (a la my Lynda training tutorials), so you can not only hear what I’m doing… you’ll be able to see it as well.

So, yeah, it will be a video version of the podcast.

OK, I can hear you all chomping at the bit… what do I want from you?

I want guinea pigs!

If you’ve got a promo that you’ve built for your podcast/internet radio show/web site/whatever, and you’d be interested in having me give it a makeover, then here’s the deal:

You MUST still have all the component files that you used in the promo. I’m going to need those if I’m to rebuild your promo.

The promo should be no longer than 45 seconds in length.

Next, send me an mp3 version of your final mix.

You can e-mail it, you can send it to me via YouSendIt or some other online delivery service, or you can just throw it on your server and send me a direct link to download it. I don’t really mind which method you use.

I’ll go through the submissions and pick a promo to rebuild.

I’ll then e-mail the lucky (or is that “unlucky”? ) candidate and get you to send me all the component parts.

Game on, guinea pigs! Let me hear what ya got!

June 24, 2007

Building the pod – episode 097

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Compression,Equalization,Mixing — Bruce Williams @ 21:52

Well, I’m slowly getting those catgeory links in place. HUGE thanks go out to Michael who has (so far) been through 10 episodes of BTP and given me the key topics. If any one else has got some time to donate to listening back to some old episodes, that would be greatly appreciated.

This week, I take a close look at Mike Wills’ podcast Mikeshotdish, and the way it’s mixed. Specifically, how to mix your voice over track with a high energy music track and not lose the vibe by having to pull the music down radically when the voice over starts.

September 15, 2006

Building the pod – episode 064

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Editing,Imaging,Mastering,Mixing — Bruce Williams @ 7:11

In episode 64, Bruce completely rebuilds and remixes a promo for the Dead Science podcast in real time. Bruce delivers a step-by-step dialogue throughout, explaining not only WHAT he did, but WHY he did it as well.

Grab a 320 kbps version of this episode right here.
WARNING! File size is just over 120 MB!
This is definitely NOT for the bandwidth impaired!

March 26, 2006

Building the pod – episode 040

In episode 40, Bruce talks a bit more about radio imaging production techniques.

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