Some recent listener feedback

Shutters Inc

Firstly let me start with reference to something that Bruce had mentioned, I think in episode 137.
You were quite concerned with the audio quality that you were able to present to listeners from the portable recorder used at Echuca, the audio on that episode was fine.
I have recently dabbled with other podcasts, and have since canceled all of the downloads except Shutters Inc.
Bruce the quality of the audio delivered by you leaves all others far behind, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the great pod casts not only in the information passed on but also the technical quality.
Mark Chapman

Sine Language

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

Building the pod

I've only recently decided to get back into music production after a prolonged absence.
So, when it came to choosing a DAW, it came down to a choice between FL Studio and Audition.
Dollar wise, quite similar although FL Studio does offer more in the way of virtual instruments for this price range.
But I chose Audition for two clear reasons.
1. I really like the look and feel. The layout is just easy on the eye and made sense to me very quickly.
2. I knew I had a great teacher. I discovered Building the Pod through the Adobe web site and soon found Sine Language.
I have to thank you sincerely for your weekly tuition.
It has turned a somewhat severe learning curve into managable bite size pieces.
I simply can't overstate how thankful I am of your weekly podcasts.
Bye for now.
Ross Huntley

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.

Shutters Inc. – episode 079

Filed under: !Podcasts,Filters,GR Digital,GX100,Ricoh,Shutters Inc,Tripod — Bruce Williams @ 21:51

Version 2.0, sponsored by Joby.

Gorillapod by Joby
Fun and games with this week’s recording. Listen in for the details.
Shutters Inc now has its very own domain name… woohoo! Bookmark shuttersincpodcast to only receive posts from which relate to Shutters Inc. How cool is that?
Shelton and Bruce talk about the Gorillapod Original (that’s the little one), Shelton answers a couple of listener e-mails, and then dishes out his top 10 tips for getting correct exposure…

01. Grey card (such as the Lastolite Ezy Balance, available in Australia from Kayell)
02. Histogram
03. Watch the background
04. Watch for highlights
05. Spot metering
06. + or – 2 stops
07. Meter for the highlights
08. Filters
09. Reflectors or fill-flash
10. What is CORRECT exposure anyway?

Print these out and stick ’em in your camera bag!!

Shelton has again shared some of his photography with us. Check these out for creative metering.

Tzee Yoong’s photo from the Silk Road, as mentioned by Shelton.

Also, after recording this episode, I took Cath and Max up to Newcastle (2 hours drive north of Sydney) to see the Pasha Bulker, a freighter which has run aground on Nobby’s Beach. Check out some of the shots.

Sine Language – episode 063

Filed under: !Podcasts,Backmasking,Binaural,Recording,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:50

Bill Wilson from the winefornewbies podcast wrote to comment on binaural recordings and to relate an experience he had with the technology.

After a request from David K., some advice on cleaning up digitized vinyl recordings.

Plus, I received an e-mail from Rob Alter enquiring about backmasking…. is it real, or merely coincidental? The ensuing discussion reminded me of the episode of Twin Peaks entitled “The Red Room”.

By the way, not sure if I mentioned it on the podcast or not, but Sine Languge now has its own domain name.

By bookmarking this link, you will be able to load a version of the site and only see posts that are categorised as “Sine Language”.

June 22, 2007


Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 10:31

Hi all,
Just wondering… is anyone else seeing an empty feed in iTunes (for Shutters Inc)?
When I look in iTunes, I’m seeing a valid feed for SI, but no items in that feed.
If you’re also seeing nothing in the feed, would you mind dropping me an e-mail please?

June 21, 2007

Hello, testing, testing, is this thing on?

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:56

Hi all,

Seems there are one or two bugs still running round giving the RSS feed some grief.
I’ve employed an entire army of code monkeys to find the…
oh, ok, 5 guys to…
(blush) alright, one guy… and he’s doin’ it for free…
but trust me, we’ll get this thing sorted.
No really, we will!
Hang in there.

June 19, 2007

Anyone having dramas?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:55

It has been brought to my attention that there might be a slight problem with some browsers not parsing the RSS feeds correctly.

Now, while it may seem obvious that if anyone was having problems with the feed, they wouldn’t be reading this…. I just want to throw this out there, JUST IN CASE! Perhaps people having problems with the feed have come to the site, and if that’s the case, hopefully they’ll see this post.

So, if you are experiencing any dramas with the new system, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

Just drop me a quick e-mail and say “Dude, it’s all busted-like!”



June 18, 2007

THAT banner

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:09

…is gone!

Quite a few people have commented today about how hard it was to read the links on the Home Recording Network banner, because of the dark blue text on the maroon background.

And I agree.

And because that banner is not something I created (it was an external link), I’m removing it until such times as I can work out how to get the colour changed dynamically. If anyone knows how that could be done, or thinks they might be able to help, please drop me an e-mail at



“Hard Road Home” available now

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 16:54

Listeners to “Building The Pod” will have heard me mention (on numerous occasions) my involvement with the recording, mixing and mastering of Dave Garner’s music.

Well, after a mere 3 years (Ye Gods… aren’t you glad you weren’t waiting on a heart transplant?), Dave’s new album “Hard Road Home” is available now.

Hard Road Home

You can check out some samples from the album at Dave’s MySpace page, and you can order a copy from Dave’s site and pay with complete confidence through PayPal.

Musically, the album is a little bit of Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Melissa Etheridge and Lucinda Williams… you kinda get the idea? Rock/country crossover.

Both Dave and I are very happy with the way this has turned out. For those interested in the technical side, the whole thing (live drums and all) was recorded in my house, straight into Adobe Audition (first in v1.5, later in v2.0). It was then mixed and mastered entirely in Audition v2.0 (with a few plugins for good measure!).

End of plug.

June 17, 2007

As Steve Jobs would say, “One more thing…”

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:46

When you go to click on a Category tag over there –>
on the right hand side, just be sure you click under Category and not (like I’ve done a few times!) , under the RSS Feeds heading!

And now, the acid test

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:31

Well, hopefully, this podcast will make it to all channels.

That will be sweet!

Shutters Inc. – episode 078

This week, we got it all!
The weather,
the things the media chooses to report as “news”,
Kodak’s new extra sensitive image sensors (coming soon to a camera near you),
the movie “Smoke” with Harvey Keitel,

the Ricoh GX100,

Shelton’s photo a day blog idea,
what do judges look for in photo competitions?,
and shooting in low light with and without flash.

Check out Paul Gowder’s photos at PowWowImages

Also, Bruce became an Uncle for the first time this week (Congrats to Paul (pictured here with his new daughter, Taylah) and Nicole!)

Paul and Taylah

Sine Language – episode 062

Filed under: !Podcasts,Acoustic space,Reverberation,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 15:12

This week, I became an Uncle for the first time (Congrats to Paul and Nicole!),
and I was browsing around on ProSoundWeb for something to talk about, and came across a link to an interesting pdf all about audio reflections in recorded content, and within our listening environments, and the interaction of the two. Check it out here.

Building the pod – episode 096

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Marker list,Normalize — Bruce Williams @ 14:46

Q+A 1:24
Got an e-mail from Jim Weishorn about using Google to find specific content on a website.

Ctrl+G – group clips toggle

WITE 9:49
Normalize dialogue box

Marker list
Markers list

June 10, 2007

Sine Language – episode 061

Filed under: !Podcasts,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 19:51

In episode 61, more discussion on binaural recordings, plus a couple of samples.
Also, what has Bruce been working on these last couple of weeks?
Peet Sneekes’ binaural recordings
Peet’s OKM Soundman recording gear
Phil Massyn’s link to a holophonic (or binaural) recording

Shutters Inc. – episode 077

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:43

In episode 77, Bruce and Shelton discuss the blessing of working in a career you love,

Shutters Inc to go on forever!,

And finally, LIGHT… bringing it all together.

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