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

March 29, 2009

No SI or SL this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 9:51

Sorry one and all.
Shutters Inc was going to happen, but Shelton had a commercial shoot dropped on him at the last minute. A man’s gotta eat!

Building the pod – episode 130

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,dynamic eq,Equalization — Bruce Williams @ 9:44

This week, we move on to the ‘filter and eq’ section of the effects menu.
First cab off the rank… dynamic eq.

March 22, 2009

Photography 1 – Audio 0

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 9:11

Hi gang,
This was supposed to be a Sine Language week, but I have been brought unstuck by some MiniDV tapes which don’t want to be captured.
It’s a story barely worth the effort of retelling.
Although perhaps I should ask…
For those of you who have had experience in the video/MiniDV world, have you ever encountered tapes recorded on one particular brand of MiniDV camera NOT playing back on another brand of MiniDV camera?
I read (on Wikipedia, if I remember correctly) that there are ocassionally issues with the tape lubricants that different manufacturers use… and perhaps that’s what’s causing me grief.
Anyway, if you have any insight, leave a comment.
I’d love to hear from you.

Shutters Inc – episode 119

Filed under: !Podcasts,FE,Leica,M8,model release form,Nikon,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:51

This week, Shelton talks about the first SLR he bought for his son, Nathan… a Nikon FE… for $40!
I asked Shelton what he knew about the Leica M8.
Shelton then talks about the issues for photographers shooting in public places, which led me to ask about model release forms.

March 16, 2009

Video: Cath’s skydive

Filed under: video — Bruce Williams @ 22:45

Last weekend, Cath finally did her skydive.
And here’s the proof! (It’s about 32MB.)

March 15, 2009

No BTP this week

Filed under: Building the Pod — Bruce Williams @ 20:44

Y’know how it is folks.
There’s always next week!

Sine Language – episode 108

This week, I discuss a couple of e-mails traded back and forth between myself and Karl Cooper, who asked about all the usual suspects…. tracking levels, compression, signal chains etc.
Which of course led me to talking (again) about this thread at :)
Next up, in an effort to get further through the backlog of Christmas/New Year e-mails, I cover another message from My Man in Hollywood, this time responding to some of Jim Addie’s comments from a previous episode (is this getting convoluted, or what?) on theatre speaker systems.
MMiH provided this link to show us all what serious theatre speaker systems look like! Thanks mate.
Then, something a little off the usual beaten path… Tommie Kelly wrote to tell me about his daily web-based comic strip Road Crew.
Well worth a look!
And to wrap it all up, a couple of e-mails from Jim Weishorn enquiring about dither, an oft-neglected piece of audio-nija trickery.

Shutters Inc – episode 118

Filed under: !Podcasts,D60,Shutters Inc,workshop — Bruce Williams @ 20:17

This week, SI listener Roy Booth submitted this image, which he shot on his Nikon D300. This image is straight out of the camera with no post processing.

Shot by Roy Booth on a Nikon D300.

Shot by Roy Booth on a Nikon D300.

Shelton dicusses the value of doing a photography workshop,
I ask whether you rename your images as part of your workflow, and if so, why?
David Zack asked what lens to use for a rainforest tour (if you don’t want to change lenses in the forest)?,
Shelton bought his mum a Nikon D60,
and we’d like to know if there are any other ‘series’ of podcasts you’d like us to do (along the lines of the ‘wedding’ series we did a while back)?

March 8, 2009

Another curve ball

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:14

Sorry to do this to you all, gang.
Shelton and I were scheduled to record Friday night, but then at the last minute, he had something come up that couldn’t be avoided.
Keep those fingers crossed…..

Sine Language – episode 107

In episode 107, Rob Scalise gets on my soapbox about the potential dangers of prolonged use of headphones.
My man in Hollywood got back to us with answers to Jay’s questions from ep 106 re: movie audio.
Ernie wrote and mentioned that he prefers my AKG C3000 to my R84. He also commented on previous assertions that my podcasts were distorted, and asked about recording nature sounds with field recorders and what would be the best way to approach it.
This led me off on a discussion of how it’s not JUST the microphone which influences our perception of the recorded sound, but that the mic preamp, plus any outboard gear etc etc also play a big role.
Which then led me off an a train of thought related to Slau’s latest podcast episode where he did a shootout between a whole bunch of large diaphragm condensor mics.

Building the pod – episode 129

Finally! BTP is back for 2009.
In this episode, we continue from where we left off with the last 3 entries in the “Delay and echo” sub-menu of the effects menu.
Also, Michael Rooney has been slaving away over a hot text editor, cranking out utilities for use with Audition.
Check out the Audition FX Management utility, and the SES Backup utility.
And if you find them useful, please make a donation (even if it’s only a couple of  bucks)!

March 4, 2009

Fitzroy Falls, New South Wales

Filed under: Fitzroy Falls,Landscape,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:42

Last weekend, we headed down the south coast to attend the 40th birthday of one of Cath’s old school friends.
Along the way, we stopped for a break and a short bushwalk at Fitzroy Falls.
The image below is a small version, and if you click on it, it will load the FULL SIZE IMAGE in a new window. The full size panorama is 12,000 x 2,837 pixels and weighs in at around 18MB.
Fitzroy Falls is/are right over on the left hand size of the image, and just to put it in perspective, that drop is about 80m (250ft).

Fitzroy Falls

March 1, 2009

A week of curve balls

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 19:06

Isn’t life just fun?
This week, I thought I was actually going to get all 3 podcasts recorded.
Had the whole week planned.
Buiding the pod – Tuesday night.
Shutters Inc – Wednesday night.
Sine Languge – Thursday night.
Lay low Friday night before going away for the weekend to attend a 40th birthday party for one of Cath’s girlfriends.
That was the plan on Monday.
But Monday arvo, I got a text message from a friend. The documentary he’s currently shooting and editing (and for which Dave and I are scoring the soundtrack) has suddenly had an abrupt shortening of its deadline. It’s got to be finished NEXT WEEK! Aaarrrggghhh.
“OK”, I thought. “We’ll ditch Sine Language on Thursday night so Dave and I can do what we need to do. After all, no-one was expecting SL this week anyway.”
Tuesday night rolls around.
I record an episode of BTP to the newly acquired Marantz PMD580 flash recorder. 45 minutes worth. I drag it into Audition ready to edit, and find the whole thing is BADLY distorted because I screwed up the settings!
Oh ye Gods.
And to make it worse, it was something that I should have picked up.
Too eager.
Too full of enthusiasm.
So, now we’re down 2 of the 3.
“Never mind”, I think. “At least we’ll get Shutters Inc done tomorrow night”.
Wednesday night rolls around and I text Shelton.
“We still good for 8pm?”
“Mate, I’ve had an emergency come up. Can we re-schedule?”
To which I had to reply that no, unfortunately this is the only night I’m free (as by this stage, I’d already promised Cath that Friday night we’d spend together).
So, there ya have it, folks.
A week of curve balls.
The only up shot was that Dave and I DID get some nice work done on Thursday night, and doco-maker JB is very happy with the results.
One out of four.
Not quite the odds Meatloaf was happy to settle for.
There’s always next week…