mixers and workstations

  • From: "Peter Donahue" <pdonahue1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 21:21:14 -0600

Good evening everyone,

    In the next few months I plan to purchase a mixer/digital workstation to
permit me to digitally record meeting and other live events for posting to
various Web sites I'm responsible for maintaining. Some of these will be
actual events and others will be digitizing past meetings and functions
originally recorded on audio cassette. Going the PC with an analog mixer is
one route, but if I can find an accessible workstation that would allow me
to do this without the need for a PC except when I live stream convention
events for various groups being able to use one device for recording,
editing, and burning them to a CD, or saving them on a compact flash card
for further editing with a digital-audio editor, and eventual archiving or
posting to a Web site or a podcast.

    Several blind people I know who do this recommended the Bharenger analog
mixer for connecting multiple devices to a single input source in order to
send audio to a PC for further processing. In the digital workstation
department so far I've tried the Boss BR-900  which is a very impressive
unit; especially if you're a musician. I plan to further test-drive this
unit to be sure it's accessible and to confirm that this would be a right
fit for me and that it will meet my needs. The other unit in consideration
is the RolandCD-2 digital workstation.

    Interestingly enough both the BR-900 and the CD-2 sell for the same
price through our local Roland and Boss dealer here in town, but one has
music production capability and the other does not. Fortunately Roland does
not lock their .PDF User documentation so I was able to download and
successfully convert the owners manuals for both devices to text. Guess I
need to read through each one and see which one has the exact features I
need. For example I'm impress with the on-board music production
capabilities of the BR-900, but will gladly trade it for a higher number of
audio processing capabilities such as noise reduction, accoustic miror
functions, effects, etc. I'd be curious to hear if anyone has used the
above-mentioned units and how usable by a blind person they are for
recording and processing digital audio. Any other suggestions for usable
mixers and workstations will also be much appreciated.   I'll await your
feedback. Best wishes for a great new year.

Peter Donahue

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