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 30, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 134

Filed under: !Podcasts,D3x,forum,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:55

This week,
Richard Ingram wrote to say how much he enjoys the show, but could we have guest hosts when Shelton is unavailable,
Bruce got to play with a Nikon D3x for half an hour through the week (verdict: blown away!),
the canvas of the Tabourie Lake panorama arrived last week (looks stunning, by all accounts!),
and Shelton talks about mentoring (both the pros and the cons), and the pitfalls of getting stuck in one style.
Also, the forum is now open and awaiting your involvement.

Sine Language – episode 118

Filed under: !Podcasts,Ambience,Loudness,Pro Tools,Sine Language,Sound design — Bruce Williams @ 20:22

This week,
The forum is open. And a big shout out goes to Mike Wills for helping with some of the background tweaking,
Bomar wrote to ask about the sound design elements I use for the intros to my podcasts (or at least, the one at the beginning of Shutters Inc which sounds like the Batmobile),
Somebody (apologies for not remembering who it was) wrote to remind me of the “portabooth”, a home-made solution for recording in ambient spaces without picking up said ambience,
J.R. also wrote in to tell us about the Reflexion Filter made by sE.
J.R. also wondered if anyone else is having dramas with getting Pro Tools 8 to play nicely with Windows 7,
and finally, Jim Addie wrote an epic e-mail about loudness meters, in all their various forms.

Some links that relate to that discussion:

Durrough meters
Fletcher Munson curves
CBS Labs
ITU-R BS.1770
The Orban meter that Jim mentioned
THX Loudness Plus
Dolby Volume
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
and finally, The Frank Foti/Robert Orban white paper I mentioned toward the end of the podcast.

August 23, 2009

No podcasts this week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:27

Sorry one and all.

Shelton is up north conducting more Creative Photography workshops, hence why there’s no Shutters Inc.

And as for Sine Language, I’ve just been busy, slack, unmotivated, insert favourite adjective here. Sorry.
Next week for sure.

August 20, 2009

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Photography,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:50

Following is a post that I have just posted on the National Trail blog.
I’m copying it here for various reasons which may or may not be obvious.

Hi all,
My name is Bruce Williams.
Just after the National Trail was set up, my mother suggested the idea that we both plan to ride the entire length on horseback.
Mum had loved horses all her life, and had owned one when I was a kid. I also had a pony when I was younger (7-8 years old).
I got back into riding lessons in preparation, but for some reason, the goal of riding the trail never came to fruition.
The scope of such an undertaking was not lost on me, but I think that perhaps Mum realised that it was maybe just a bit more than we could have handled.
Anyway, that was then.
This is now.
Mum is no longer with us, I’m in my 40’s, and still love horses, even though I don’t currently own one.
And it turns out that my son, Max (now 9) also loves riding.
So, I’ve been re-kindling the idea that Mum had back then.
I’d still love to do it.
I know it’s not going to happen overnight.
Yes, both my son and I are going to need a LOT of experience before undertaking such a project.
I know that.
But if there is one thing I’ve learned in 40 years, it’s that to achieve a goal, it needs to be written down.
So, rather than just write it down in a diary somewhere where I’ll forget it, I’m putting it out there on the interwebs for all to see.
This IS something I want to do before I die, and I WILL do it.
Probably not for another 10 years or so.
I have some obstacles to get over, like:

* Owning a horse or 6 (well, duh!)
* More riding experience
* Planning the support vehicles and someone to drive them.
* The financial side of things… what do you do for an income while you’re spending close to 2 years in the saddle (it took Dan 21 months, right?)
* And some more riding experience :)
* And there’s probably a whole bunch of other things too.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, introduce myself, state my goal, and I guess get my mind thinking about it all.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve had too many goals in life that I didn’t take seriously enough.
Too many things that I wanted to do/achieve, but didn’t because I didn’t put enough energy into it/them.
And this is NOT going to be one of those….
… Springsteen just popped into my head… “is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?”
Anyway, where was I?
Yeah, this is NOT going to be one of those ones that got away.
If I keep posting here, keep reading about other people’s experiences on the trail, keep it all in the front of my mind, rather than allowing it to slip away, then maybe it’ll have a better chance of coming true.
Sorry if I’ve crapped on for too long.
If anyone wants to help keep me motivated, please feel free to drop me an e-mail (listed below).
I’d be happy to talk with others who have done it, or are planning it.

So, there you have it.
For those of you who know of my passion for photography as well, it is also part of the plan to photograph the entire journey and to publish a book of that experience as well.
Like I said, there’s a lot that needs to be planned.
But you gotta start somewhere.

August 16, 2009

No SI this week

Filed under: forum,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:13

Sorry again, gang.
Shelton hit some speed humps this week, which prevented us from recording.
In the mean time, don’t forget about the new forum!

Building the pod – episode 136

This week, Karl Cooper wrote to say how much he enjoyed the episode on parametric eq, and to ask about whether I could knock up a special ‘voice processing’ episode.
Also, the all new forum is up and running.
Go register now!
And then, it’s on to a thorough investigation of the Scientific Filters.

August 9, 2009

The sign of things to come

Filed under: Building the Pod,forum,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 18:38

Hey gang,
Sincerest apologies, but there are no podcasts this week.
Shelton had a full on week, and so that is why there’s no Shutters Inc.
And me?
I’ve been slaving away behind the scenes at trying to set up a phpBB forum.
It’s been a week of VERY late nights and has precluded me from recording.
“Priorities!”, I hear you scream.
Well…. yeah, but this is going to be in your best interests too, y’know! I mean, c’mon! Cut me some slack here!
The plan is this.
Within the next couple of weeks, I will be opening up a subscription-based, members only area on
To begin with (and please note I said “to BEGIN with”), the members area will be targeted more toward the audio side of things (ie the Building The Pod and Sine Language listeners).
There will be the forum, but there will also be video tutorials posted on a monthly basis. I may also consider the idea of live Q+A sessions.
I will confess that at this stage, I’m still not sure what to offer the Shutters Inc listeners in the way of premium content.
I don’t think we need ANOTHER place to store and display photos online! I think there’s currently about 35,435,356,687,057,180^2 sites for that already! :)
I shall keep thinking about this as we move forward.
Any suggestions? Send ’em my way!
In the mean time, I am going to open the forum up to everyone, right away.
This gives you a chance to get in early, bag your favourite username, and decide on whether or not you think it’s going to be worth hanging around for, once the walls go up.
What’s it going to cost you once the walls DO go up?
A$29.95 for 6 months.
A$54.95 for 12 months.
Yes, PayPal will be accepted.
Some people have already commented that they wouldn’t pay to be on a forum.
I completely understand that.
My intention is that you come for the premium content, but you stay for the forum. It’s a kind of ‘value add’, if you like.
So, that’s my take on all of this.
Go sign up.
Give me your feedback.
And start posting!
The all new forum is here!

August 8, 2009

Do you know php?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 9:08

I require the services of someone who knows php.
If you know how to tweak php code and have the time to help out, I’d love to hear from you.
Drop me an e-mail at the usual address, or flick me a message on Facebook.
Thanks in advance.

August 3, 2009

Rule #1

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:47

Don’t go messing about with your wesbite’s configuration until you’ve spoken with someone far wiser than yourself when it comes to such matters.
For those who experienced the glitch this morning, my apologies. Will endeavour to make sure this doesn’t happen again!
For those who have no idea of what I’m blabbering on about, as you were. Move along people, nothing to see here.

August 2, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 133

This week, David Elfering reminds us of some of the bargains that can be had on Ebay with regards to slightly older digital SLR’s,
Jim Rockewll chimed in on the ‘business stationery design’ topic with a reminder to leave some white space in your design, as well as a request for the donation button to be returned to (working on that, Jim),
a bit of a chat about our family holiday down the south coast (oh, and I will state here that I mistakenly claimed that the shot of Max and Aztec in the early morning light was SOOC… I realised after we had recorded that I had in fact touched up the contrast in Lightroom),
some discussion about using off-camera flash in bright daylight and the potential drawbacks thereof,
plus why having all the best camera gear whn you’re just learning is not always a good thing (the School of Hard Knocks has its advantages).

Sine Language – episode 117

This week, Chris Bartlett asks about cloud computing and how that might affect the DAW market into the future,
My man in Hollywood replied with some more info on film track-lay procedures and definitions,
and then Chris Bartlett wrote in again, first to comment on how being a home recording enthusiast is a bit like being a heroin addict, and second to ask about home recording space acoustic treatment.