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!


October 18, 2009

Sine Language – episode 120

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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.


August 2, 2009

Sine Language – episode 117

This week, Chris Bartlett asks about cloud computing and how that might affect the DAW market into the future,
My man in Hollywood replied with some more info on film track-lay procedures and definitions,
and then Chris Bartlett wrote in again, first to comment on how being a home recording enthusiast is a bit like being a heroin addict, and second to ask about home recording space acoustic treatment.


February 15, 2009

Sine Language – episode 105

We’re back!
The new studio, whilst not complete, is certainly functional.
So, this ep begins with a bit of a chat regarding what the last 6-8 weeks has entailed.

Then into the meat of it:
An interview with Nick Dika (Product Manager and PR guru for Izotope) about the just released version 4 of their great mastering plugin, Ozone.
If you are interested, they have a fully-functonal 21 day trial version available for download.
Also, make sure you read the pdf on the mastering process.

Then, it’s on to some e-mail, including a lengthy one from Jim Addie about the nature of VU meters, and the benefits of having a fast-attack-fast-release compressor early in your mixdown chain….
This is rather timely, as I have recently read a piece by Mike Stavrou espousing a technique which is almost identical… and which challenges everything I have always believed (and subsequently advised my listeners) regarding dynamics.

Then another e-mail, this time from another Jim, asking about:
a. external plugin processing cards (like the TC Powercore, SSL Duende and UAD-2)
b. third octave pink noise mp3 files, and
c. audio over gigabit ethernet.

And finally, an e-mail from Ron Eastwood asking about USB turntables and cassette decks,
the legal mumbo-jumbo you hear at the end of radio commercials,
plus some tips for me on geography!


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.


October 5, 2008

Sine Language – episode 098

This week, a ton of e-mail to answer from the last month or so,
including some reminiscing about the transition from analogue to digital within the radio industry through the late ’80′s and early ’90′s,
Ron Eastwood tried recording quasi-binaural on a boom box,
Jim Addie sent in a link to an interesting article on the merits, or lack thereof, of recording at higher sample rates and longer wordlengths (when I recorded this episode, I commented that I hadn’t read the entire article. I now have, and have the feeling that at some point in the past, I’ve been pointed to it, and have actually read it. Still, it was good to read it again!),
Greg Andreson (who is all “Bruced” out) wrote to tell me about his Zooms (the H2 and the H4!) and how much he likes them, and to comment on the wildly different standards of audio production that exist within the podcaster community,
and Pascal asked about sidechain compression.
One free VST plugin that I know of which does sidechain compression is Sidekick.
And finally, a bit of a chat about what is in store for episode 100.


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.


June 29, 2008

Sine Language – episode 092

Hold on to your hats, people…
In episode 92, a listener (who wishes to remain anonymous) commented on the possibility of hearing damage inflicted by driving with the windows down, and the possibility of same being caused from riding your pushbike in busy traffic. The earplugs he’s using while riding are these.
Of course, my regular listeners know that I love my Sennheiser CX300′s… damn, I oughtta be on commission!
And that led to a discussion of noise-isolating vs noise-cancelling earbuds and headphones.
All of which led me to speculate on telephone handsets and whether or not they do us more harm than good.

Then, Jim Wesihorn checked in with news of a new pdf from the good folks at Izotope (makers of the VST/DirectX Ozone mastering plugin).
Seems they’ve turned out a whopping great 75 page document on audio restoration.
Going to have to check that out some time soon!
Thanks Jim!

Then, Steve Mayfield sent me a link about a dummy head binaural mic for your video camera!
Crazy looking thing.
One would hope it works well given the price tag!

Another long time listener who wishes to remain anonymous wrote to assure me that no, there is no distorion in my podcasts!
Phew! What a relief!
I didn’t think there was, mind you.
:)

He also went on to provide some interesting real-world feedback on sample rate conversion.

Then, Matt sent me this screen shot of the Pro Tools manual where apparently, even Digidesign doesn’t know the difference between “bit rate” and “bit resolution”.
Why do I feel like I’m fighting an up hill battle here? :)

Pro Tools manual

Then, Luke asked about vocal training.
I suggested googling some of these words:
‘voice’, ‘vocal’, ‘coach’, ‘training’, ‘tuition’, ‘diction’, ‘eloqution’, plus your local area
or check your local phone book.

Next, E. Bernhard Warg sent me an mp3 of a shoot out between a Coles 4104 ribbon lip mic and a standard lav mic, with regard to ambient noise suppression.

Then, Jim Addie sent in some great information on how the Red Book standard was established.

And finally, there were some listener comments on audio2u about my disaster last week.


March 25, 2008

Oops!

Filed under: Plugins,Sine Language,VST — Bruce Williams @ 20:10

Sorry guys, I forgot to put the link to the Antress ModernMeter dll in the show notes for episode 86 of Sine Language.
It’s there now!
Thanks to Tokyo Dan for picking up my deliberate mistake!
That was what they call in the software development world, an “undocumented feature”!


March 9, 2008

Building the pod – episode 119

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Effects,Facebook,NAB,Plugins,Sidekick,trade show,VST — Bruce Williams @ 10:02

This week,
Jim Perry asked about monitor resolution,
and Valente Espinosa asked about sidechain compression (even if he didn’t realise that that was what he was asking about!).
And it just so happens that there’s a free VST plugin which does sidechain compression!
It’s called Sidekick.
Also, Bruce is heading back to the States to visit NAB (can’t wait for that!),
he’s finally succumbed to Facebook,
and he needs your help with some “stuff”.


October 28, 2007

Sine Language – episode 075

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


July 29, 2007

Building the pod – episode 101

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Equalization,Multitrack,Plugins,Sends — Bruce Williams @ 21:41

In ep 101,

Q+A 0:28
This week, a quick follow up on btp100.
I received some really nice e-mails and comments (on the blog)… thanks one and all.
Winners in the btp100 prize giveaway will be announced next week.

KBSCOTW 5:06
F11 – convert sample type
(don’t confuse with adjust sample rate)

Convert sample type

WITE 10:27
effects/amplitude/stereo field rotate
(similar to “centre channel pan” of the stereo expander
and
effects/amplitude/stereo field rotate (process)

Stereo Field Rotate Stereo Field Rotate (process)

INTERFACE 17:48
Track properties area
4 views – inputs,fx,sends,eq

Inputs Effects Sends EQ

BTW, if you click on those images, you’ll (hopefully) get this really funky darkening of your screen, and the images will load in a slidehow over the top of the website.
If it works, you can use your left and right arrow keys to navigate back and forth through the slideshow, and you can use the ‘x’ key to close the slideshow.
Pretty neat, huh?


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 1, 2007

Building the pod – episode 098

In episode 98, huge thanks go out to Jim Weishorn and Rem Lavictoire for their efforts with category tags!

Q+A 0:40
Mike Wills had a couple of questions. One about the tube modelled compressor, and another about the automation in AA 2.0.

KBSCOTW 5:06
Alt+left arrow – nudge left
Alt+right arrow – nudge right

WITE 6:12
Amplitude/pan expand (process)

The pan/expand (process) tool
-

INTERFACE 16:35
Frequency analysis window

Frequency analysis window


October 29, 2006

Building the pod – episode 069

In episode 69, what else? Soundbooth.
And since recording this, I have confirmed that no, there are no multitrack capabilities in Soundbooth.
The Adobe Labs RSS feed.
And a discussion on the multiband compressor in AA2.0.

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