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

March 25, 2008


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 23, 2008

Sine Language – episode 086

I know, I know… I told you all that there would be no podcasts for 7 weeks, right?
Yeah well… I got a great e-mail from Meredith Matthews (otherwise known as Mer from Braindouche, but I hadn’t made that connection at the time I recorded this) who asked about the whole “loudness war” thing.
Which of course led me off on a half hour rant about peak limiting, rms, VU, average loudness… all the usual suspects.
Anyway… THIS will be the last podcast for another 6 weeks, ok?

The prosoundweb thread I mentioned is here.
And here’s some 1kHz tone to play with, if you’re interested.

And a late starter… the ModernMeter plugin can be downloaded from here (right click and “save as”).

March 16, 2008

Bruce is “off the air” for a while.

Filed under: Building the Pod,Flickr,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 14:04

Hi guys,
Sorry to say but I’m not going to be able to produce any new podcasts for about the next 7 weeks.
By the time you read this, it will (almost) be Monday here in Sydney and I’m starting (at least) a 2 week stint filling in as Commercial Producer at MIX106.5.
There is a high probability that that will be extended to 3 weeks, which is going to take me right through until the weekend I fly out to California.
And every spare minute I have between now and then is going to be spent on research for my Lynda duties.
And of course, I was always going to be out of the podcasting arena for those 3 weeks in the U.S. anyway.
So, it looks like I won’t be able to produce any shows until the first week of May.
Naturally, I will blog as often as I can to keep you informed of what I’m up to, and will certainly post pics both here and on Flickr of whatever I shoot in the States.
Sorry for the absence.

Shutters Inc – episode 108

Filed under: !Podcasts,Green screen,Off camera flash,Shutters Inc,Silhouette — Bruce Williams @ 14:00

This week, our last podcast for about 7 weeks!
Shelton is off this week to take a photo tour to Kangaroo Island (for those wanting to see what Kangaroo Island looks like, Shelton recommends the movie, “December Boys” with Daniel Radcliffe),
Bruce is freelancing at a radio station in Sydney for the next 3 weeks, and will then be heading off to the US for the following 3 weeks,
we received some ‘green screen’ photos from Mark Haffner at ENVPIX Photography (see below). This is a topic we may cover in more detail upon our return.
Bruce is now on facebook,
Also, the final episode in our “wedding series”… shooting the wedding reception.
Shelton is going to supply some silhouette shots of the bridal waltz, but we’re still waiting for those. Check back soon.

Girls 1 Girls 2 Green screen 1 from Mark Haffner Green screen 2 from Mark Haffner

March 14, 2008

A video for you

Filed under: Lighting,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:10

One of my contacts on Facebook just posted this clip.
I watched it, and was struck by how much it echoes exactly the things that our fearless leader has been telling us all these months.
I’m not familiar with the guy speaking, but he is obviously a fairly experienced photographer as well.

March 11, 2008

Looking for Bruce on Facebook?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Facebook,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 13:44

I’m right here!

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”.

Sine Language – episode 085

This week,
Scott Hess discovered why it’s a good idea to disable Windows sound events,
Bruce is heading back to the States for NAB (Yay!!!!),
the Marantz PMD 620 arrived for me to play with,
I need your help on a couple of things,
and Bruce is now on Facebook.

Shutters Inc – episode 107

Filed under: !Podcasts,Photo book,Photo tour,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 10:00

This week, more on the “after-the-ceremony” shots,
Shelton is heading off to Kangaroo Island to conduct a photo tour,
a couple of e-mails addressed,
Carlos Rivera’s video on YouTube,
the photo book company Shelton mentioned last week is Susanpro,
Bruce’s dream car,
and a few of Shelton’s wedding shots….

March 4, 2008

Audition v3 Graphic Phase Shifter

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

Hi all,
Just noticed this on the beta tester’s forum and felt I ought to mention it straight away.
It seems that Audition v3 shipped without the Graphic Phase Shifter tool.
This was apparently quite unintentional on Adobe’s part.
So, they’ve posted the dll (in a zip file) on the Adobe servers for you to download and install.
Installation is quite simple.
Just extract the zip file, and move (or copy) the dll to the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Audition 3.0\Plug-ins\ folder.
Then, next time you run Audition v3, refresh your effects list and you’ll be good to go.

March 2, 2008

Sine Language – episode 084

Filed under: !Podcasts,Cache,Defragmentation,H2,Sine Language,Zoom — Bruce Williams @ 22:13

This week, a warning from Bruce McKinnon about the Zoom H2,
plus another e-mail from Paul Fischer regarding laptop audio. This time, about the capacity of the cache on your hard disc drives, plus a warning about disc fragmentation.

Shutters Inc – episode 106

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc,Wedding,Wide angle — Bruce Williams @ 22:07

We’re back!
This week, the wedding progresses.
More on the “after-the-ceremony” shots, then moving on to the “location” shots.
Also, making your images distinctly “yours”.
And Shelton occasionally uses his 11mm wide angle lens.

Building the pod – episode 118

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Effects,restoration — Bruce Williams @ 22:02

This week, a look at the healing brush tool, and the effects paint brush.