RE: mixers and workstations

  • From: Cameron Strife <cameron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 17:33:43 -0500

You'd be much better off using a laptop with sonar.  Use that along with
something like the Alesis multi mix 12 USB.  It's an analog mixer but
allows you to stream up to 12 independent channels of audio to sonar.
Once you've recorded in sonar, you can do all your editing and mixing
etc then burn to CD.

I have the alesis multi mix 16 firewire and ti's very accessible.

If you want more info, write me off list.



-----Original Message-----
From: blindcasting-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcasting-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter Donahue
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 10:21 PM
To: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: mixers and workstations

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
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
one route, but if I can find an accessible workstation that would allow
to do this without the need for a PC except when I live stream
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
for further editing with a digital-audio editor, and eventual archiving
posting to a Web site or a podcast.

    Several blind people I know who do this recommended the Bharenger
mixer for connecting multiple devices to a single input source in order
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
fit for me and that it will meet my needs. The other unit in
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
not lock their .PDF User documentation so I was able to download and
successfully convert the owners manuals for both devices to text. Guess
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
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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