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

August 31, 2008

Sine Language – episode 096

This week, a further discussion on filters.
Something I should have covered last episode (but sadly neglected) was to distinguish between shelf filters and peak filters.

I also received an e-mail from Ike Tamigian, who is interested in hearing a discussion on the ins and outs of Izotope’s Ozone plugin.
I’ve put it on the list, Ike.

Then, Rob Scalise chimed in with a suggestion that I check out a podcast called the HT Guys (for Home Theatre).

Next up was Mike Wills, whose Dad has given him a cassette to convert to digital files of one description or another.
Mike wanted some tips on transferring the audio.

And finally, Greg Anderson asked why the mixes he does on the crappy little speakers in his laptop translate better to other playback systems than the mixes he does on ‘decent’ speakers.

Building the pod – episode 125

This week, a bunch of listener e-mails to answer.
First up, we heard from Bomar in France. After editing and mixing this episode, it occurred to me that this really should have been in Sine Language rather than BTP… oh well, sue me!
Bomar mentioned (among other things), a microphone which is alledgedly capable of picking up the sound of an ant’s footsteps.
Unfortunately, the site doesn’t appear to have any audio samples of this awesome feat.
Mmmmmm, sorry Bomar, but please forgive my scepticism! :)
Bomar went on to talk about field recorders, which led to a discussion on ‘auto gain control’ circuits (and why I don’t like them).

Next up, I received an e-mail from Ken at Bear Creek Studios who alerted me to a piece of software called Mediasweeper.
This looks really nifty, although I do need to spend some more time with it.
What it is designed to do is to look at your Audition .ses files and show you a list of which assets (read: wav files, mp3’s, avi’s, whatever) are referenced by the session file, and then allow you to either move all those files, or delete any wavs in the project folder which are NOT referenced by the session file!
If it does as promised, this will be a God-send!
Unfortunately, there’s no help file with it.
When I’ve spent some more time with it, I’ll report back.

Then, Wayne Montle wrote to tell me about Pamela, a piece of software which sits in between Skype and your DAW of choice.
What it does is allow you to split your outgoing audio (your voice) and your incoming audio (the person you’re talking to) into a left/right stereo signal so that you can later edit your Skype call with split tracks.
For those with soundcards which don’t offer that flexibility natively, this could be a huge blessing.
Thanks for the tip, Wayne.

Finally, I received an e-mail from Patrique Osborne who was concerned that I was advocating the growing of marijuana in episode 124!
I had a good laugh at this.

August 27, 2008

Dramas last week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 17:35

As many of you noticed, I was having problems last week with my RSS feeds being broken.
Turns out that my web hosting company had changed something behind the scenes which promptly broke my feeds.
Although I have already privately thanked him, I just wanted to quickly say “Thanks mate!” to Phil Massyn (publicly) for getting his hands dirty on my behalf trying to work out what had gone wrong.
So…. thanks mate!
If you’re interested in understanding the technical side of podcasting (scripts, computer languages, etc) you should definitely check out Phil’s podcast.

August 26, 2008

Connected again

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:23

Hi all,
Sorry for the lack of communication this past weekend.
Cath, Max and I went to Melbourne for 4 days.
Had very limited access to internet due to the absolutely OUTRAGEOUS prices being charged by our hotel (A$29 for 24 hours internet!! You gotta be freakin’ kidding?)
It’s now Tuesday night, and we’ve just finished a 10+ hour drive home.
Totally knackered.
Off to bed now.
Obviously, no podcasts.

August 21, 2008

Adobe e-Seminar tomorrow

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 15:38

Sorry for the short notice, but I’m conducting another Adobe e-Seminar tomorrow, at 12 noon Australian Eastern Standard Time (02:00 UTC).
This one will be on Optimizing Audio in Soundbooth CS3.
Go here.

Facebook group for

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 14:55

I’ve started a Facebook group for anyone who is interested.
Not sure exactly what the benefit of that is, but I guess if a few people join up, we’ll soon work it out, huh?
Take me there!

August 17, 2008

Never count your chickens…

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:38

…before they’re hatched.
As I sat down to record Sine Languge this week, I foolishly passed comment that it looked like this week was going to see all 3 podcasts done!
And of course, at that point, Shelton and I hadn’t recorded Shutters Inc… but we WERE supposedly going to record on Saturday morning.
But then, at the 11th hour, he had a spanner thrown in his works which brought our plans crashing to the ground.
So, my apologies again people.
Both Shelton and I are itching to record again…
Hang in there.

Sine Language – episode 095

This week, so many e-mails to answer, I couldn’t get to them all!
Jim Addie chimed in with some follow up on DC offset (thanks, Jim!),
Steve Mayfield wondered if I’d got my HDMI issues sorted (Yes! Thanks, Steve).
He offered a link to another site that reviewed some hand held field recorders, registered his ‘vote of confidence’ for a video podcast for SL100, and expressed his appreciation of the new podcast imaging.
Then, we heard from Ike Tamigian who owns the Tascam 122L audio interface and reckons that “for the money you can’t go wrong”. Thanks Ike!
Then, Noel Payne asked about what eq filters (high pass, low pass, notch, band pass etc) to use under what circumstances. And after I finished editing the podcast, I realised there’s more I need to add to this topic, next week. Stay tuned, Noel!
And finally, Ron Eastwood wrote in with a photography analogy regarding sample rate and bit resolution, and asked what is the most important factor (with regards audio quality)?

Building the pod – episode 124

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Dynamics processor,Expansion,Gating — Bruce Williams @ 20:56

This week, a discussion on handling noise within your home, prompted by a discussion I had with Luke Stapely on Facebook.

Dynamics processor, with no ratio of compression or expansion Dynamics processor, with no ratio of compression or expansion. Click image to see full view.
Dynamics processor with text box for finite input and output value entry Dynamics processor with text box for finite input and output value entry. Click image to see full view.
Dynamics processor acting as a downward expander Here, all values above -30dBFS will pass through the dynamics processor unhindered. All input values between -30dBFS and -50dBFS will be attenuated according to the steeper slope of the blue line. All input values below -50dBFS will be attenuated as well, but not as radically as those values ABOVE -50dBFS. Click image to see full view.
Dynamics processor acting as a gate Here, all input values above -60dBFS will pass through the dynamics processor unhindered. All input values below -60dBFS will be completely silenced. Click image to see full view.

Grab the Antress Modern Expander dll here. (1.2MB)

August 10, 2008

Lights are on, but nobody’s home

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 17:26

Sorry one and all, but I have been drawn and quartered by a really nasty cold this week.
So, even though I have some good stuff for both BTP and SL, it’s another week of “no shows”.

August 6, 2008

Adobe e-Seminar this Friday

Filed under: Adobe Audition,Automation,Building the Pod,e-Seminar — Bruce Williams @ 12:17

Hey gang!

Just thought I’d let you know that I will be conducting an e-Seminar this Friday at 12 noon Australian Eastern Standard time (02:00 UTC).

The topic is Using Automation in Adobe Audition 3.

If you want to come along and listen, the link is here.

August 3, 2008

Sine Language – episode 094

This week, an e-mail from Steve Mayfield regarding the Tascam US122L usb interface.
Quite a decent looking portable audio interface which might suit those wishing to record direct to a laptop.

* 2 XLR mic inputs with phantom power
* 2 analog line inputs (1 switchable to high impedance for use with guitars, basses, etc.)
* 1 MIDI input, 1 MIDI output
* USB 2.0 equipped (also supports USB 1.1)
* Up to 96kHz/24-bit for high quality recordings
* Zero-latency hardware monitoring
* Headphone/level control
* Bus powered for use with any PC or Mac, including laptops

Also, what’s happening with that hand-held field recorder shootout?

E. Bernhard Warg sent in another demonstation of the Coles 4104 Lip mic in action.

Plus, my dramas trying to get get a PS3, an Onkyo home theatre amp and a Sony Bravia talking and playing nicely together.
And for those interested in home theatre stuff, some reading material for ya!

HDMI and Blu-Ray

Progressive scan

Interlaced scanning

Sony Bravia XBR 40″ LCD

Shutters Inc – episode 113

Filed under: !Podcasts,Canon,Facebook,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 6:00

Something different this week, folks.
It’s Shutters Inc sans-Muller.

The links as promised:

Unlock more features on your Canon compact digital

Concert photography woes with the iPhone

Facebook and copyright