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

October 29, 2008

SL100 – The giveaway details

Filed under: Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 6:37

OK, sorry for the delay in getting this post prepared.
Life just seems to get crazier and busier by the week!
A few people have written saying “I can’t find the details for the giveaway, where are they?”
My bad.
I received an e-mail a couple of weeks back from Jim Weishorn suggesting a couple of good ideas on how to handle the giveaway so that everyone gets a fair shot.
Jim pointed out that competitions like “first 10 correct entries blah blah blah” aren’t always the fairest approach, as some people don’t get to check their e-mail 10 times a day like some other folks do.
Good call, Jim.
So, where does that leave us?
Obviously, I need to receive an e-mail so that I know you’re still listening.
After all, some of the people I received e-mail from 3 years ago may no longer be subscribed, right?
So, a fresh e-mail is definitely in order.
And to vary it up, I’m going to say this:
Make sure the subject of your e-mail contains the number “100” (without the quotes). That way, I can set up a mail filter based on the subject line.
And send me anything you want that’s related to Sine Language, music or audio in general.
It could be a funny story, it could be something sad, it could be a great concert experience you had, it could just be a new and interesting topic for a future episode of Sine Language.
Plus, let’s throw in one ‘general SL knowledge’ question just for fun.
Name Bruce’s current monitor speakers, or the speakers he had previously.
I will pick the 4 most interesting e-mails, plus one random correct answer to the general knowledge question as the winners.
The cutoff date for e-mails will be next Wednesday (5th November).
Just a reminder… you could win one of 5 copies of either Adobe Soundbooth CS4 (Win/Mac) or Adobe Audition 3 (Win only)!
Happy typing, and good luck!
Adobe Soundbooth CS4Adobe Audition 3

October 27, 2008

A big weekend

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:46

Well, as you have probably guessed by now, no, there are no podcasts this week.
Last week seemed to disappear down a rabbit hole, as we made final plans for my party on Saturday night, combined with me preparing for today’s e-Seminar.
I am hoping (stress the “hoping”) to get episode 100 of Sine Languge recorded this week.
As for BTP and SI… that’s anybody’s guess.
I’ll see what I can do.
Thanks again for all the suggestions for birthday presents, too!

October 21, 2008

Birthday presents?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 13:30

OK peeps, need your thoughts.
What does a 40 year old guy want for his birthday?
NOT audio gear (’cause anything along that line I’d buy through my company).
Budget? Up to about AU$500 (US$400).
Don’t e-mail me.
Put your ideas in the comments below.
It might help other folks come up with ideas, too!
Thanks y’all!

This post is now closed to further comments. Thanks to all those who made suggestions!

October 12, 2008

The absence continues

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 14:13

Again, no Shutters Inc or Building The Pod this week.

And next week, there’ll be NO podcasts at all, as Cath, Max and I are off to Western Australia for 8 days.
One of my cousins is getting married next Sunday.
We’ll be back in Sydney Monday night.
Looking forward to getting over there and seeing my Dad (whom I haven’t seen in 2 years) and my Nan (whom I haven’t seen in 3 years).
Will be “off-the-web” for most of that time, I would imagine.
So, if you have questions or comments, by all means, send ’em through, but just understand that I may not get to answer them as quickly as I normally would!

Sine Language – episode 099

This week, an answer for Bomar who thought he heard distortion in episode 98,
another mic comparison, this time between the R84 and my AKG C3000,
Jim Addie wrote in with detailed definitions of DC offset and wave asymmetry,
plus a reminder about a great thread on PSW about digital recording levels.

Also mentioned, the Shure SM81, and Rycote wind socks.

I stuffed up

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 13:35

As a podcaster, as well as a podcast listener, one of my pet hates is when podcasters are inconsistent (or ignorant, or just plain lazy) when it comes to metadata (the information included in the ID3 tag of an mp3 file.
So, I have to offer my sincerest apologies to Shutters Inc listeners for stuffing up the ID3 tags in ep 114.
I only discovered this by accident yesterday, when I happened to look in my library and NOT see metadata for ep 114.
I thought “What’s going on here?”
And upon looking, I found that I had uploaded ep 114 with the ID3 tag of ep 113.
That was just an oversight on my part.
So, sorry guys.
I’ve re-uploaded ep 114 with the correct ID3 tag for anyone who would like to manually download it (for the “comletists” amongst you).

October 5, 2008

No BTP or SI

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 18:14

Sorry gang.
Despite having some time to myself this weekend, I still didn’t get around to recording Building the pod.
And although Shelton and I HAD planned to record Shutters Inc this week, technical difficulties AGAIN conspired against us.

Sine Language – episode 098

This week, a ton of e-mail to answer from the last month or so,
including some reminiscing about the transition from analogue to digital within the radio industry through the late ’80’s and early ’90’s,
Ron Eastwood tried recording quasi-binaural on a boom box,
Jim Addie sent in a link to an interesting article on the merits, or lack thereof, of recording at higher sample rates and longer wordlengths (when I recorded this episode, I commented that I hadn’t read the entire article. I now have, and have the feeling that at some point in the past, I’ve been pointed to it, and have actually read it. Still, it was good to read it again!),
Greg Andreson (who is all “Bruced” out) wrote to tell me about his Zooms (the H2 and the H4!) and how much he likes them, and to comment on the wildly different standards of audio production that exist within the podcaster community,
and Pascal asked about sidechain compression.
One free VST plugin that I know of which does sidechain compression is Sidekick.
And finally, a bit of a chat about what is in store for episode 100.