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

May 25, 2008

Who misses out this week?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

Unfortunately, both Building the Pod and Shutters Inc.
Again, my apologies.
I will do my best to get BTP done for next week.
And Shutters Inc fans, I can tell you that Shelton and I have spoken, and are aiming to get an episode recorded Tuesday or Wednesday night this coming week, so, fingers crossed, you guys will be in luck next week, too!
Of course having said that, I started rebuilding my 2 PC’s last night (Sunday), and at the moment, I don’t have a machine that’s in a record-ready state!
Looks like I’m going to be busy when I get home from work tonight.
Watch this space.

Sine Language – episode 088

Wow! What a big week!
In episode 88, a ton of feedback regarding microphones on noisy trade show floors and the like…
Scott Hess likes the Sennheiser HMD25’s, and the HMD280-XQ’s,
Tokyo Dan suggested checking out this video on YouTube, as well as this video on shooting video on a Nokia N95,
Dave King mentioned these headsets from Eartec, which look like your standard headsets that you’d get from AKG or Sennheiser, but Eartec say they will customise the circuitry for you upon request!
Then, Michael from New Zealand asked about matching RMS levels between his locally produced content, and material coming from other studios,
Jim Weishorn asked about multiband compression,
and we finished off with a discussion on the differences between MP3 and MP3Pro encoding.

May 18, 2008

3 strikes…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:18

What can I tell ya?
It’s just been a full-on week yet again, and I have not had a chance to record ANY of my podcasts.
Two things stood in my way this past week.
1. I was recording yet another title for in the evenings, and
2. A cousin of mine from Perth (Western Australia) whom I hadn’t seen for 2.5 years flew into town on business and stayed with us for 4 nights. It was great to see him again.
And podcasting came a very tragic 3rd in that race, I’m sorry!
Let’s put this in perspective, shall we?
You all know how much of a geek I am, right?
Well, get this…
Sitting behind me, on the floor of my studio/office, is a cardboard box.
In that cardboard box is sitting an Asus motherboard, an AMD Phenom quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and an Asus Lightscribe DVD writer.
Those components are waiting to become my next PC upgrade.
You know how long they’ve been sitting in that box on my floor?
Two freakin’ weeks, people!
So, now you KNOW I’m not just yankin’ your chain about being busy.
If Bruce can’t find time to upgrade his PC, things must be outta control.
Believe me, I’m tryin’…

May 11, 2008

If it ain’t one, it’s the other

Filed under: Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 20:06

Unfortunately, both Sine Language and Shutters Inc missed out this week.
Sine Language was pretty much doomed from the start, but Shutters Inc WAS meant to happen.
Shelton and I were going to record Saturday morning, but he found out lat Friday night that his presence was required a lot earlier than he had realised at the wedding he was shooting on Saturday, so that spoiled that idea.
So, we re-scheduled for Sunday morning, but when we tried to record, his PC was giving him grief and refusing to belive that he actually HAD a soundcard!
Seems the Gods were against us this week.

Building the pod – episode 120

And you thought it would never happen, right?
At last, BTP is back.
This week, a couple of e-mails to answer.
Jim Weishorn asked about the introduction of quantization errors from too much processing.
And Mike Wills asked about encoding your mp3’s from inside Audition, but using Lame instead of the Fraunhofer codec.
Which led to a discussion of the CoolLame filter, available from Rarewares.
Then, a look at the extended capabilities of the Extract Audio From CD tool in Audition v3 (which now has the ability to retrieve album metadata from an internet database so you can rip and tag your CD’s!).
As you’ll hear though, going forward from here, it’s going to be tough for me to maintain 3 weekly podcasts. Time will tell just what I am able to deliver.

May 4, 2008

BTP misses out again!

Filed under: Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 21:45

I  am truly sorry gang, I really am.
I got back into Sydney at 6am last Monday morning, I laid low that day, spent Tuesday with Cath (seeing as how I wasn’t here on Sunday for our wedding anniversary), and then Wednesday, I was back at MIX106.5 where it would appear I will be indefinitely.
Check out the last 3 minutes of this week’s Sine Language (ep 87) for more detail.

Sine Language – episode 087

Filed under: !Podcasts,Control Universal,,Mackie,NAB,Sine Language,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 21:40

I’m back!
The 3 weeks in the States was an absolute head trip (in a good way)!
So, naturally, there’s a bit of discussion about that, particularly about the NAB trade show, which was amazing,
then a couple of e-mails to answer.
One from Mark Hobold at JapanesePod101 about whether or not we should peak limit before noise reduction.
Then one from Steve Fernino at djideasharing about what mics to use when conducting interviews on really noisy trade show floors.
Also, my new work commitments,
possible changes to the regularity of podcasts,
and my latest acquisition…. a Mackie Control Universal.

Shutters Inc – episode 109

We’re back!
After a chat about my trip to the States (see the last 3 or 4 posts on if you haven’t already), Shelton talks about 5 Minute Photographer,
how Richard Annable is one of the best photographic assistants he’s ever worked with,
some interesting wedding stories,
5 Minute Photographer (deja vu!),
where YOU should be after you’ve “found the light and put them in it”,
and then some other website about photography…. I think it was called 5 Minute Photographer, or something like that.