screen reader speech during streaming

  • From: "Peter Donahue" <pdonahue1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 17:23:47 -0600

Hello Kevin and listers,

    This question is for those who do live streaming of programs and other
events to the Web. I'm curious to know the best way to prevent screen reader
speech from going out over an audio stream when one is in progress. One way
I've heard to do this is to use a PC with two sound cards. One sound card
serves as a synthesizer for your screen reader an the other is used to
handle the audio stream. Is there another way to stream events using a
laptop while being able to answer e-mail messages from listeners without the
audio from your screen reader being heard by them, and without the need for
an additional laptop for handling the e-mail correspondence or an additional
sound card in your PC? I'm still exploring my options in search of the best
fit for me and my budget. Thanks again for your thoughts.

Peter Donahue

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Reeves" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: mixers and workstations

I really think the laptop is the best bet with a digital or analog mixer
because it will give you speech feedback all the way and  there's no chance
for error due to having no speech feedback.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cameron Strife" <cameron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 4:33 PM
Subject: RE: mixers and workstations

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Cameron.
> -----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
> 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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