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, 2009

Homage to Nikon

Filed under: Nikon,PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 11:29

This is scary stuff people… watch it at your own risk!

Life at 1000 frames per second

Filed under: Shutters Inc,slow motion — Bruce Williams @ 7:59

I thought Ricoh’s CX1 with its 120 frames per second was impressive, but this is just awesome.
Thanks to Oleg for the link.

Shutters Inc – episode 131

Filed under: !Podcasts,PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 7:30

What happens when 4 guys, 3 pizzas, 2 bottles of red, and one mega trade show reach their ultimate destination?
You probably DON’T want to know…. but if you do, then this is your podcast!
Shelton Muller, Nathan Muller, Richard Annable and myself sat down for a chat (after the PMA Imaging Technology Show wrapped up) to talk about life, the universe and everything.

No SL or BTP again

Filed under: Building the Pod,Integrate '09,Sine Language,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 0:24

Sorry guys… this weekend has seen the PMA Imaging Technology Show being held at Darling Harbour here in Sydney, so all of my time has been consumed by that (lots of ‘special’ episodes of Shutters Inc.)
However, the good news is that today (Monday) is the first of a 3 day trade show for the pro audio industry (along with video and lighting).
And my plan is to once again take along the hand held recorder and grab some interviews on the trade show floor, so hopefully, I’ll have a ‘special episode’ or 2 of Sine Language to release this week, too!
Stay tuned.

June 27, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 130 (PMA vendors)

Filed under: !Podcasts,PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 23:46

In episode 130, Bruce talks to various vendors on the floor at the PMA Imaging Technology Show at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

00:00:38 Fujifilm
00:04:05 Ricoh Business Printers
00:08:02 Canon
00:11:03 Olympus
00:18:31 Sony
00:30:21 Kodak
00:36:20 Momento Pro
00:38:28 Westwell
00:42:17 Nikon
00:50:00 Adobe
00:53:08 Lifetime Art and Photo
00:56:45 Wacom
01:03:16 Maxwell Australia
01:09:29 Epson

June 21, 2009

Building the pod – episode 134

Filed under: !Podcasts,Building the Pod,Equalization,Parametric — Bruce Williams @ 14:33

This week, we look at the parametric equalizer.

Shutters Inc – the state of play

Filed under: PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Hi there all you SI listeners,
I expected to have another episode to release this week, with Shelton, and talking about all those things we hinted at, at the end of ep 128.
However, with PMA coming up next weekend, Shelton is like a hamster on a treadmill at the moment.
So, alas, there will be no normal episode of SI this week.
Apologies for that.
However, as well as the pre-PMA teaser episode (#129) released a couple of days ago, I am also planning on taking a hand-held flash recorder to the show on Friday and recording some interviews with some of the vendors. Those interviews will then be chopped up into another special PMA episode.
Plus, we’re planning something else a little bit different for next week, as well.
So, the short version of the story (now that you’ve already read the long version!) is, it may be another couple of weeks before we get around to wrapping up the “going pro” series.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t have SOMETHING to listen to in the mean time.

June 18, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 129

Filed under: !Podcasts,PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 22:13

A special pre-PMA Trade Show episode.
Bruce talks with PMA spokesman, Paul Curtis about what to expect at the show, and why anyone interested in photography ought to be there.
Remember, you can still register for free access to the show, to save yourself $20.

June 14, 2009

Sine Language – episode 113

In ep 113, a bit of a discussion on patchbays,
Michael Rooney’s AATranslator software,
Peachey wanted to know about how to lay out the audio for a film mix,
somebody liked my Muggshot commercial and wanted to know about de-breathing techniques,
the Loudness War awareness campaign is reaching mainstream (with a Facebook group supporting an end to the madness),
a new album WITH dynamics caught me by surprise,
and Yuli Mitsner alerted us to a Mac app called Max (which sounds like the Mac equivalent of dbpoweramp) for converting audio files from one format to another.

Shutters Inc – episode 128

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 17:44

In episode 128, we’re nearing the end of the ‘going pro’ series.
This week, Shelton talks about when, and how, to push your limitations as a photographer.

June 13, 2009

An advisory (or a rant)

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:18

Dear valued podcast listener,
If you know me at all, you would probably know that one thing I cherish in this world is consistency.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not averse to change if there’s a good reason for it!
What I hate is when things that SHOULD be consistent are not, because of laziness or sloppiness on the part of the creator.
What am I talking about here?
I’m talking about metadata in podcast mp3 files.
There are very few podcasts that I have come across where the metadata can be relied upon to remain consistent from one episode to the next.
Why is that important, you may well ask?
Well, the information contained in say, the ‘album’ field of the mp3 file will determine what ‘album’ the mp3 file appears to belong to on your mp3 player.
Likewise, the information contained in the ‘artist’ field will determine which artist the file appears under on the mp3 player.
So, if the content creator subtly changes the information in the ‘artist’ field from one episode to the next, then all those episodes of that podcast will not appear under the same ‘artist’ listing on your mp3 player.
No doubt, some of you have already been frustrated by this!
OK, you say. Bruce is anal about metadata. What of it?
Well, the reason for this post is to advise that I am making a change to the ‘album’ metadata for all 3 of my podcasts effective immediately.
Instead of all my podcasts belonging to the album ‘ podcast’, the album name will now reflect the name of the podcast.
Hopefully, this will not be too disconcerting for you all.
It just means that all future episodes will not be listed under the same album (on your mp3 player, or in the WMP, iTunes, MediaMonkey database etc) as the episodes you currently have.
Thank you.
And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

June 7, 2009

No SL or BTP this week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:48

This was meant to be a Sine Language week, but I just got snowed under with other tasks.
Apologies all.
There’s always next week…

Shutters Inc – episode 127

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:47

In episode 127, we’re still “going pro”.
This week, shooting for stock, part time vs full time, and selling your style to your target audience.

June 1, 2009

Beware: Technician at work!

Filed under: Building the Pod,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:50

Having totally missed the boat with regards getting photos of the rest of the studio relocation project, I thought I should at least grab a couple of snaps of Ritchie in action, wiring up my patchbays.
For those of you NOT in the professional audio industry, it might amaze you (or it may not) just how much cable is required to wire up even a modest little studio like mine.
As you can see, there is quite a pile of cable there on my desk… at a guess, about 80 metres (88 yards) of the stuff.
Ritchie has now taken that great bundle of spaghetti home with him, where he will finish off the soldering of all those cable ends to the patchbay.
I am SOOOOO glad I was able to pay someone else to do this for me!
If I had tried to do this, I probably would have become so frustrated by the process that it would have just languished, half-finished, forever and a day.
Ritchie reckons he’ll have the rest of it done by next week.