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

February 24, 2008

No Shutters Inc this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:44

Hi guys,
Sorry to say Shelton’s wife was ill this week, and the “Guru” was just a little too pre-occupied to fit in an episode of Shutters Inc.
I’m sure I speak for all of us in saying we understand and wish Kerry the best of health, and look forward to Tigger’s return next week! :)

Sine Language – episode 083

Filed under: !Podcasts,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 19:42

This week, an e-mail from Paul Fischer regarding recording audio to a laptop.
This time, regarding the amount of noise generated by the fans (the oscillating variety, not the ‘adoring’ type!).
But, there are a couple of ways to tackle that problem.
There was also an e-mail from Steve Mayfield who is eagerly awaiting the shoot out between whatever field recorders I manage to get my hands on.
There was also a couple of e-mails relating to various forum discussions on tracking levels in the digital domain, and how -18dBFS is not too low a target to shoot for.
Plus, after receiving an e-mail from a Shutters Inc listener, a quick discussion (or refresher, if you like) on how to access all the old episodes of Sine Language.

Building the pod – episode 117

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 19:40

This week, Jim Weishorn asked about editing AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio in Audition.
And it just so happens that there is a free plugin available which allows Audition to open AC3 files!
You can grab it here, or you can visit
There was also an e-mail from Vassya regarding salvaging clipped audio, which led to another of my rants on using the correct terminology (‘bit resolution’ instead of ‘bit rate’ when referring to wordlength).
We also heard (literally) from Mike Wills who commented on the whole cpu usage argument.
Then, editing music in multitrack view using the ‘on track’ auto-crossfades.
Also, after an e-mail from a Shutters Inc listener, just a reminder on how you can find all the episodes of BTP (if you’re interested in downloading the back catalogue.
And finally, another friendly reminder about the Audio2u podcast mastering and promo production service.

February 17, 2008

Sine Language – episode 082

Filed under: !Podcasts,entech,laptop audio,Sine Language,smart av,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 12:22

This week, even MORE about recording to laptops,
signal chains,
Mike Stavrou’s book,
Smart AV,
and mobile recorders.

Shutters Inc – episode 105

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:13

This week, live from the Hundred Acre Wood, Shelton “Tigger” Muller talks about HDR images,
the Nikkor D Focus lenses,
why he’d still take his 85mm f1.8 over either the Tamron 90mm f2.8, or the Sigma 105mm f2.8,
and Jason Paige asks about “finding the light and putting them in it”, particualrly in regard to this image.
Plus, part 3 in the wedding series… arriving at the service, diplomacy DURING the service, and getting good “congratulations” shots after the service.

Building the pod – episode 116

This week, a quick look at the auto phase correction tool in AA3 and just where the use of this tool should go in a restoration workflow,
a discussion on cpu usage between audio apps,
a look at the new “default file type” options for opening and saving files in AA3,
plus the new “top and tail view” and “on clip UI” features in edit view.

February 10, 2008

Sine Language – episode 081

Filed under: !Podcasts,iGroove SXT,Laptop,Sine Language,USB audio interface — Bruce Williams @ 21:40

This week, Viva la revolution!
The listeners stick it to the man (that would be me!). :)
Mer from BrainDouche and Phil Massyn both took me to task about recording audio to laptops.
Also, I’ve just bought a Klipsch iGroove SXT iPod speaker dock… very nice trade off between price, audio quality and size/portability.

Shutters Inc – episode 104

Filed under: !Podcasts,Bokeh,Shutters Inc,window light — Bruce Williams @ 21:32

Shelton continues his series on planning the wedding day shoot.
This week, your equipment list, plus shooting at the bride’s house.
Here’s the shot Shelton mentioned of the bride, taken in the hallway of her own house using nothing more than side lighting:

Plus, here’s a few more shots taken in various brides’ homes:

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Bride and Mother Bridal dress Hall 16 Hallway
Ilana Jeen and Hock Peacock 036 Quill

Also, Jason Paige sent us a pdf of the things that identify his personal photography style. Well worth a look!
And Landon Michaelson came through with some bokeh examples (Onya, Maaaate!)….

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Building the pod – episode 115

In ep 115, we start looking at some of the tweaks, upgrades and additional features in Audition 3 over v2.0.

For those wanting to persist with their exploration of the MIDI capabilities of AA3, you might want to check out this pdf of the Audition 3 MIDI engine.

Some of the new features and tweaks covered:
* You no longer have to mix to a saved file
* Automation can be undone
* The “Save all audio as” dialogue box
* Duplicating a track

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

Shutters Inc – episode 103

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 18:01

This week, a listener reminded us of some of the great resources available at DIYphotography, which we’ve mentioned before (but which deserves another mention!).
A couple of listener e-mails from Carlos Rivera, who was keen to hear Shelton’s approach to wedding photography.
Good news Carlos!
This week sees the beginning of what will be a series of podcasts devoted to planning the shooting of a wedding.
Shelton mentions a few Aussie wedding photographers:
At least one of them, you should already be familiar with…
Shelton Muller
Jerry Ghionis
Yervant Zanzanian
Markus Bell
Martin Shembray
and although Shelton didn’t mention him, I’ll add my “cousin-in-law” (is that the correct designation for someone who marries your cousin?), Jurgen Lunnsmann
Plus you can check out the Australian Institute of Professional Photography website.

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.

Elvis has left the building

Filed under: Adobe Audition,Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 13:09

For those who may not have been following Hart’s blog, Hart Shafer has given up his role as Product Manager (Audio products) at Adobe Systems Inc, to take over the role of Product Manager (Creative Suite – Production Premium).
Nice move, Hart!
Into Hart’s shoes steps Lawson Hancock.
Lawson (along with other members of the Adobe audio products development team) will be blogging about Audition and Soundbooth via the new blog, Inside Sound.