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

December 23, 2007

Shutters Inc – episode 100

Filed under: !Podcasts,Landscape,Natural light,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 22:54

We finally got here!

This week, Shelton discusses his latest trip to Rockhampton to teach real estate salespeople how to more effectively shoot their properties,
more on off-camera flash,
and the John Bertrand shoot (pic 1, pic 2).

Bruce is planning on using My Reflections to print his photobook of his recent U.S. trip.

This week, we heard from John Bell who has put together a very informative video on how to prepare for an aerial photography expedition.
Even if you don’t plan on doing an aerial shoot, this is well worth watching. Thanks John.
And of course, there’s the landscape competition.
Shelton came up with a corker of a prize!

A Cokin “Landscape filter pack” comprising:

Grey grad soft
Grey grad hard
Blue yellow polarizer
Standard polarizer


And the winner?
Mr Tom Nevesley, come on down!

Tom Nevesely - Spillway Lake

There were also some honourable mentions (in no particular order):

Christophe Jager
David Zack
Michael Baxley
Sasha Kozhekin

Congratualtions Tom!
And thanks one and all for your submissions.

Merry Christmas one and all.
We’ll be back mid-January.
Take care.

Sine Language – episode 077

This week, Bruce McKinnon at the dogbox reminded me that I had previously mentioned that a good future topic for SL would be a discussion of stereo miking techniques.
So, being rather light on for experience in the area (read : none), I figured the best course of action was to get Steve G (from the Audiomastersforum ) on the BatPhone.
Steve explains the most common stereo miking techniques, their pros and cons, and various applications.


The wiki article on stereo miking techniques

The Jurg Jecklin disc

No more BTP for 2007

Filed under: Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 22:06

Sorry gang.
I tried, believe me.
Just too much crazy stuff going on here getting ready for Christmas.
I’m taking 2 or 3 weeks off from podcasting now.
In the meantime, have yourselves a very merry Christmas, and a safe and happy new year.
Thank you all for your continued support of BTP, and for your questions too! Keep ’em coming!
I look forward to conversing with you all in mid-January.

December 17, 2007

While you’re waiting…

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 10:00

In the absense of episode 100, I thought I’d share this.
Approximately 6 hours of CPU time (Intel Core2 Duo with 2GB RAM), 24 x 10MB RAW files, 27 layers at 16 bit…. phew!
And the result?
A 360 degree panorama of Seattle from the Space Needle
(taken the day before Thanksgiving).

December 16, 2007

Building the pod – episode 113

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,MIDI — Bruce Williams @ 20:50

This week, the first part of what will probably be 2 or 3 episodes on using the new MIDI sequencing in Audition v3.0.

Inserting a MIDI track in the MT view
The MIDI sequencer panel

Ep 100 will have to wait

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:41

Sorry gang!
Shelton got a last minute call to go to Rockhampton to conduct another photography seminar thingy, which means that we weren’t able to record episode 100 this week.
All things being equal, we will get to record it this Thursday and post it next weekend.
Call it an early Christmas present!

No SL this week

Filed under: Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 19:55

Hi one and all,
Sorry to say that Sine Language had to be skipped this week.
I’m in a bit of a slump at the moment (in case you hadn’t already realised!) with SL.
Not sure what needs to be covered.
Although, I did get an e-mail this week asking about live sound.
And although I don’t specialise in live sound, I might just spend a couple of eps on it.
If anyone has any “studio production” type questions, fire away. I need the fodder!
And just in case I don’t get another SL done this week, have a very Merry Christmas (if that’s your thing) and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

December 9, 2007

Sine Language – episode 076

Filed under: !Podcasts,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:12

I’m back!
Short one this week about (believe it or not), the sound of Disneyland.
Also, a missed opportunity in LA, and after a listener e-mail, a link to Digital Juice, who sell royalty-free production elements.

Shutters Inc – episode 099

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:46

We’re back!
This week (as you’d expect), quite a long discussion on my trip to the States, plus Shelton’s golf club shoot, the new Nikon D3 and D300, Shelton’s air conditioner shoot (true!… see below), plus remote flash.

Here’s the shot of the tree (mentioned in the podcast):

It was THIS big!

To see more of my trip, check out my Flickr stream.

Shelton’s pics:

Air conditioner shoot Charlie 1a Charlie 4a Charlie 10
Wedding 2a Wedding 5a Wedding 9 Wedding bloo 2

Building the pod – episode 112

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 21:12

I’m back!
Had an AWESOME time in the States.
And v3.0 is now upon us.
A quick introductory ep this week, and we’ll get into the first new features for real next week.

December 4, 2007

Adobe e-Seminar

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

Not sure if this is going to be of any interest to my podcast listeners, but my second e-Seminar for Adobe Asia-Pacific will be conducted this Friday (7th December) at 11:30am Sydney time (GMT +10)…. so I guess that means 1:30am GMT.
The topic is “Cleaning up poor quality audio using Soundbooth CS3”.
Attendance is free, and requires no client-side software (although you may need to update your Flash engine if you’re running an out-of-date version… you’ll be prompted if this is the case).
You just follow this link to the meeting room.
Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to hear me, and view my desktop as I run though using SB for restoration purposes. Kind of like my Lynda stuff, except, at the end, you get to ask questions (via a text-based chat window).
If anyone is interested, hope to see you then.

December 3, 2007


Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 6:36

Hi all,
International air travel sucks.
There, I said it.
By the time we got to bed last night, we’d been up for about 40 hours… if you ignore the 4 hours of “sleep” we got on the plane. I put sleep in inverted commas, because it was FAR from restful. It may have rested my eyes, but that was about the extent of it’s usefulness.
On top of that, the in-flight entertainment system for the 3 seats that we had together just happened to be semi-functional (which is a generous description). Sometimes, you’d load a movie and it would start playing, but it would be all pixelated and crappy, but then 15 mins into it, it would just reset itself, and then when you tried to restart it, you’d get a screen which would say “we are unable to deliver your requested movie at this time”.
Oh joy.
So, we got to Aukland at 6:30 yesterday morning, and had a 3 hours stop over. Can you believe in this day and age that there are international departure lounges which do not have playgrounds to entertain kids? Who designs these freakin’ airports? 50 year old spinsters? Jesus H.
And so then we jump on our Aukland-Sydney flight which wasn’t too bad, although by that stage, I think most of my senseswere shutting down anyway.
Jaded as I may be with Qantas (who WILL be receiving a letter from me this week… believe me, there were more issues than just the ones I’ve mentioned), we had an awesome time in the States, absolutely fell in love with San Francisco (and have vowed to return there for a holiday at some point in the future), met some really lovely people (and missed meeting some too… my apologies, Michael L!)… yeah, all in all, I’d have to say that it was the best holiday I’ve ever had…. at least in the sense of getting to see lots of different stuff. Probably not so in terms of “restful” holidays, because it most certainly was not that! But, that is my fault and mine alone. We always knew it was going to be that way. As I said to folks we met along the way, “When you travel half a planet away, you have to make the most of your time and cram as much in as possible”. And that’s what we did.
So, there you have it.
Two weeks of madness crammed into a thousand words of blog entries.
Thanks for those who’ve followed along and left comments.
Thanks also to all the folks who wrote to me with suggestions for things to see and do at the various stages along our route. Some we were able to take up, and some we just had to pass by. I think if we had done all the things that people wrote and suggested, we’d have an extra 2 week holiday!
And now, it’s time to get back to work.
Podcast listeners rejoice… 3 new eps coming your way this weekened!
Cath and Max with a Joshua Tree, somewhere north of Mojave, CA

December 1, 2007

Week 3 – Thursday/Friday

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 14:34

Well, I don’t know if it was a case of being spoiled by DIsneyland, or the fact that I’m coming down with a cold, but Universal Studios was a complete let down.
Max enjoyed it, but both Cath and I felt that it really lacked… something.
One thing I instantly noticed was that at Disneyand, they seem to have done a really good job of limiting acoustic spill between rides/attractios. In other words, when you walk away from one attraction, you’re not being bombarded by the music/dialogue from that attraction as you approach the next ride down the street.
But at Universal Studios, there didn’t appear to be anywhere near the same level of acoustic isolation. So, you were constantly bombarded with a mish-mash of noises and music from various attractions all at once.
Also, Disneyland have done a great job of incorporating lots of preliminary “stuff” to keep you engaged/informed WHILE you’re waiting to get on the ride.
But Universal Studios just have these vacant areas where you’re just standing in line with nothign to read, or to look at, or whatever.
Like I said, maybe we were just spoiled by Disneyland.
I’ve been to my fair share of theme parks in my life, and Disneyland is definitely the pick of the bunch. Australia’s theme parks could learn a lot from DL.
And then this morning, we woke up to rain in Los Angeles.
Apparently, this is quite a rare event.
So, we went off a spent a couple of hours in a Westfield shopping centre.
Then, we headed off to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. I had a personal invitation for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, which I found really interesting. Unfortunately, no photos from there!
And right now, I’m sitting in the departure lounge at LAX waiting a boarding call.
Those 2 weeks went way too fast.
Max with the world’s most famous family.