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 29, 2008

No BTP this week

Filed under: Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 22:18

Sorry gang.
But hey, you’re getting used to this now, right?

Shutters Inc – episode 111

Filed under: !Podcasts,5 Minute Photographer,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 22:15

The audio quality may be a little rough this week. It was a real “last minute” thing that we even got to record at all, but I figured any podcast was better than no podcast!

Yay! We’re back!
This week, Shelton suggests that there MIGHT be some US workshops in the near future!
Woohoo! Stay tuned for more on that.
Shelton is attending both Canon and Nikon release parties this week. More info next week on what the new goodies are.
Carl sent us this wedding shot which he captured with his Nikon D300.

Alana’s wedding dress, straight out of the Nikon D300.

Bob Fischer sent us a couple of potential entries for a portrait competition.

Baby baby baby, by Bob Fischer Kirsten, by Bob Fischer

Then, Shelton takes his “Find the light and put ’em in it” mantra, and turn it upside down.
Now, it’s “MAKE the light and put ’em in it!”

Sine Language – episode 092

Hold on to your hats, people…
In episode 92, a listener (who wishes to remain anonymous) commented on the possibility of hearing damage inflicted by driving with the windows down, and the possibility of same being caused from riding your pushbike in busy traffic. The earplugs he’s using while riding are these.
Of course, my regular listeners know that I love my Sennheiser CX300’s… damn, I oughtta be on commission!
And that led to a discussion of noise-isolating vs noise-cancelling earbuds and headphones.
All of which led me to speculate on telephone handsets and whether or not they do us more harm than good.

Then, Jim Wesihorn checked in with news of a new pdf from the good folks at Izotope (makers of the VST/DirectX Ozone mastering plugin).
Seems they’ve turned out a whopping great 75 page document on audio restoration.
Going to have to check that out some time soon!
Thanks Jim!

Then, Steve Mayfield sent me a link about a dummy head binaural mic for your video camera!
Crazy looking thing.
One would hope it works well given the price tag!

Another long time listener who wishes to remain anonymous wrote to assure me that no, there is no distorion in my podcasts!
Phew! What a relief!
I didn’t think there was, mind you.

He also went on to provide some interesting real-world feedback on sample rate conversion.

Then, Matt sent me this screen shot of the Pro Tools manual where apparently, even Digidesign doesn’t know the difference between “bit rate” and “bit resolution”.
Why do I feel like I’m fighting an up hill battle here? :)

Pro Tools manual

Then, Luke asked about vocal training.
I suggested googling some of these words:
‘voice’, ‘vocal’, ‘coach’, ‘training’, ‘tuition’, ‘diction’, ‘eloqution’, plus your local area
or check your local phone book.

Next, E. Bernhard Warg sent me an mp3 of a shoot out between a Coles 4104 ribbon lip mic and a standard lav mic, with regard to ambient noise suppression.

Then, Jim Addie sent in some great information on how the Red Book standard was established.

And finally, there were some listener comments on audio2u about my disaster last week.

June 22, 2008

The state of play…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 18:28

The short story.

No podcasts at all this week.

The long story.

I had an Adobe e-Seminar to conduct on Friday, so imagine my absolute horror on Tuesday night to realise that a piece of software I had installed had brought with it some malware which blocked me from logging in to Windows!
Couldn’t even log in as Administrator!
Totally hosed my system.
Oh joy.
Of all the weeks for this to happen.
So, a couple of late nights ensued while I tried to get into Windows, because I knew that I needed to be able to de-activate my copy of Audition before I could reformat the machine.
To reformat without deactivating the software would mean losing my license, and obviously, that was not a viable outcome.
So, Thursday night, I finally made some headway with it, and got my system back on line.
Then, Friday morning, I found I couldn’t log into to the Adobe Connect server (the software/interface that we use to conduct the e-Seminars).
By this stage, I was starting to believe that the Gods did not want me conducting this e-Seminar!
Finally got it all sorted with about 30 minutes to spare!
Nothing like taking it right down to the wire!

So, as a result of all that “fun”, podcasts were relegated to the back burner for the week.
My apologies.
Let’s hope this week coming is a little less stressful!

June 15, 2008

Sine Language – episode 091

Filed under: !Podcasts,DVD-A,Nyquist,Sample rate,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 13:56

In episode 91, Felix left a comment on regarding “ratios”,
Kevin Smith asked about selecting sample rates in your multitrack project,
which led to discussions on the Nyquist theorem,
and the DVD-A spec,
Ross Bennett wrote to say that a) he loves my new mic, b) appreciated my discussion on near field and mid field monitoring in ep 90, and c) to remind us all that good monitoring is all well and good, but we should also take some time out during a large mixing session to listen to a mix we respect so that we don’t get lost in our work.
Plus, Leon McCormick wrote to ask about the processing of my voice when I’m reading out the e-mail.

Building the pod – episode 122

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Noise,Noise reduction — Bruce Williams @ 13:41

In episode 122, Bruce takes a look at the new Adaptive Noise Reduction function in Audition v3.
Plus a nice little trick to employ with ANR towards the end!

June 8, 2008

No Shutters Inc this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 23:21

Y’know what?
I haven’t even had to time to e-mail Shelton this week!
Let alone actually sit down and record something!
Sorry gang.

Sine Language – episode 090

This week, all those e-mails I was SUPPOSED to answer last week!
Most of which were relating to my comments about the “lip mics” that the sports broadcasters use.
Bruce McKinnon sent in this link,
Scott Hess sent in this one,
Steve Mayfield sent in 2 links… one from my former employer, plus another one,
and Chris Harris sent in this link to the Coles site.
After all of that, Tokyo Dan asked about his Audio Technica ATH-30 Com Dynamic Headset which he’s not having much luck with.
Then, there was a comment from Jim Weishorn which I felt warranted sharing with the world… ratio and difference.
Semantics? Maybe. But a good topic for discussion none the less.
And that lead on to a discussion about downward expanders.

Building the pod – episode 121

This week, my new toy (an AEA R84 ribbon mic),
my Reason v4 title is now online,
plus a few e-mails to answer, including using Lame in Audition (thanks Steve Mayfield!),
deleting silence,
plus a request… where am I up to?

June 1, 2008


Filed under: Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 20:28

Hi gang.
I know I said I would try and get BTP done this week, but as you’ll hear in this week’s Sine Language, I got a bit carried away with my new toy.
I would like to promise that next week there’ll be an episode of BTP, but I don’t like making promises if there’s a chance of me not being able to keep it… so I’ll just say again what I said this time last week.
I will do my best to make sure I get an episode done this week.
Thanks for your patience!

Shutters Inc – episode 110

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:02

Another ep sees the light of day!
This week, Shelton revisits his now-famous mantra of “find the light and put ’em in it!”
Also, check out Soph’s website.
Shelton has ANOTHER new favourite lens,
and Bruce isn’t taking anywhere near enough photos (but I AM getting fit).

Sine Language – episode 089

Filed under: !Podcasts,AEA,Figure 8,R84,Ribbon,Sine Language,Speaker,TRP — Bruce Williams @ 11:12

I had a whole bunch of e-mail I was supposed to address this week, and I completely forgot it.
And why?
Because I currently have a new toy to play with.
And in my excitement, I totally lost the plot.
So, what is it?
Well, you really should HEAR it, but if you must see it, then here ya go.
The AEA R84 ribbon mic.
OMG people!! This thing is gorgeous!
Once you’ve heard the podcast, you’ll understand why I’m telling you that I ended up adding a high shelf (about 3dB at around 3kHz) to my voice track.
I was also using the AEA TRP ribbon mic preamp.
And thank God I was!
My Focusrite VoiceMasterPro had nowhere near enough grunt to drive the R84.
The TRP offers up to 83dB of gain! That’s awesome.
And my speaking voice needed about 70dB of that gain.
But what a sound!
Anyway, enough of my raving… go listen to it for yourself.
Oh, and before you reach for the credit card… the R84 plus the TRP will set you back around US$1800!
And believe it or not, I DID actually get on to covering Noel’s question from last week about nearfield monitoring vs headphone monitoring.

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