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


February 22, 2009

Twenty20 Celebrity cricket match

Filed under: Available light,Focal length,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 22:34

Tonight, Cath, Max and I went to the Twenty20 Celebrity cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which was held as a fundraiser for victims of the Victorian bushfires.
This is a panorama I shot.
For those who are interested, it was 7 RAW images, shot in portrait mode at approximately 40mm focal length (even though I could have zoomed out to 18mm, the longer focal length reduces the perspective distortion).

Shutters Inc – episode 117

Filed under: !Podcasts,Data backup,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:19

This week, Shelton and business partner, Glynn Lavender took a model out to some ruins for a bridal shoot with a difference.
Shelton also recommends that we ALL go and watch this video.
Also, the Victorian bushfires, and what some very generous local photographers (like Richard Annable) are doing to help out.
Shelton, in the process of learning the hard way, talks about the importance of backing up your digital images to another location… preferably a web-based solution like Carbonite.
Bruce answers a listener e-mail regarding the “flash-to-subject distance formula”… and gets it wrong!
Plus, if your camera’s automatic metering modes (aperture priority, shutter priority, etc) suddenly failed, could you survive having to shoot in manual mode?

Sine Language – episode 106

This week, Jay asked about the audio processing used in movie soundtracks, and why the music in movies sounds so much better than the official soundtrack CD.
Scott Hess asked about using small amounts of delay to simulate spatial shifts, rather than using straight out panning.
And Greg Anderson wanted some feedback (from YOU as well as me) about creating a short list of technical ‘goals’ for personnel recording live lectures and conferences.
By the way, there probably WON’T be an episode of Sine Language next week, as I really want to get an ep of Building The Pod done. Just letting you know now, ok?


February 21, 2009

Video tour of my new space

As promised, here’s a short video tour (approx 7.5MB, MPEG4) of my new mixing and editing space.
This is also where I record my podcast voice tracks.
However, I have a room on the other side of the house set up as a voice booth for those occasions when I’m working with separate voice talent.


February 15, 2009

Sine Language – episode 105

We’re back!
The new studio, whilst not complete, is certainly functional.
So, this ep begins with a bit of a chat regarding what the last 6-8 weeks has entailed.

Then into the meat of it:
An interview with Nick Dika (Product Manager and PR guru for Izotope) about the just released version 4 of their great mastering plugin, Ozone.
If you are interested, they have a fully-functonal 21 day trial version available for download.
Also, make sure you read the pdf on the mastering process.

Then, it’s on to some e-mail, including a lengthy one from Jim Addie about the nature of VU meters, and the benefits of having a fast-attack-fast-release compressor early in your mixdown chain….
This is rather timely, as I have recently read a piece by Mike Stavrou espousing a technique which is almost identical… and which challenges everything I have always believed (and subsequently advised my listeners) regarding dynamics.

Then another e-mail, this time from another Jim, asking about:
a. external plugin processing cards (like the TC Powercore, SSL Duende and UAD-2)
b. third octave pink noise mp3 files, and
c. audio over gigabit ethernet.

And finally, an e-mail from Ron Eastwood asking about USB turntables and cassette decks,
the legal mumbo-jumbo you hear at the end of radio commercials,
plus some tips for me on geography!

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Shutters Inc – episode 116

Yep, 2 weeks in a row!
This week, Shelton answers a couple of very old e-mails regarding off-camera flash,
Robert Iverson asked about printing an entire folder of images,
Bruce asks for clarification on Shelton’s “pocket sunshine” technique,
plus the state of play with sensor size and density.


February 8, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 115

Filed under: !Podcasts,Photo tour,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:15

OMG WTF??
Can it really be?
Yes folks, it can.
For the faithful who have waited and waited and waited… THANK YOU!