[blindreplay] Replay Music 5 & Speech Getting Recorded

  • From: "Petro T. Giannakopoulos" <petrogia@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindreplay@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:42:30 -0400

If your screen readers speech gets captured,
Try the audio driver.
Use a 2nd PC while Replay Music 5 is recording.
Buy a plug n play USB sound card. This is a list of known USB sound cards I was 
told will work.
USB Creative Sound Blastr Play! -this is the one I own.
Blind dealer A T Guys has a USB sound card at,
You get a USB extension cable. The dealer also describes to you the layout of 
the USB sound card which eliminates sighted assistance on the website.
This device has up and down volume controls too.
The key item is plug n play and no software is necessary.
Drivers install on their own.
From a mailing list,
The following is a list of some external usb sound cards. Of these, the Asus 
XONAR U7 and the Creative OMNI are probably the best. There are better units 
but they are also far more expensive.
ASUS Xonar U7 Compact 7.1 Channel USB Soundcard - Headphone Amplifier With 
192kHz/24-bit HD Sound, Dolby Technologies, Dolby Home Theater V4 - USB approx 
Creative Sound Blaster Play! - USB Sound Card approx $30 (if you can find one, 
probably available on E-bay these days)
Creative X-Fi Go Pro USB Sound Card - Black approx $70 (may be less on E-bay)
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro - THX TruStudio Pro, Dolby Digital 
Live - USB2.0 approx $80 (or less on E-bay)
Creative Sound Blaster Omni External Sound Card - 5.1 Channel, Built-In Dual 
Microphones With CrystalVoice Technology, Dolby Digital Live, Scout Mode - 
USB2.0 approx $90 
Creative Sound Blaster Digital Music Premium HD - Black approx $130

You can use an external usb sound card with your laptop. Indeed, if you are 
using Jaws as your screen reader, it allows you to set up an ideal situation 
where Jaws, through its internal settings, can be made to use the laptop's 
internal sound card whilst the external sound card is set up as the default 
sound device to play your music, videos and the like. You would do it this way 
because the external sound device will have better sound quality than the 
internal sound device.
As I have indicated, if you are using Windows, you will have to go into the 
Windows control panel and set the external sound device as the default sound 
When you plug the usb device in, depending on which one you buy, the driver 
will be downloaded from the internet or you will be prompted to insert the 
supplied CD. In most cases, unless you are determined to do something really 
tricky, you should be able to make any adjustments to the sound through the 
control panel. 
I am not sure how you would send the screen reader to one device and your music 
etc to the external sound device if you are using Window-eyes, System Access or 
NVDA but I do not doubt that it is possible to do it with those programs.

Petro comments:
Can be set with NVDA 2013.2 screen reader via Preferences and Synth settings to 
tell NVDA which sound card to use.
With JAWS 14 you can go to JAWS with insert+j then press u then o for sound 
cards list.
One of the cards will have a check mark in the list.
To set the computer's default sound card settings you would go to Control 
Panel's Sounds & Hardware. In the Playback tab you will see a list of sound 
cards. You will see your USB Sound card in the list. To enable this USB Sound 
Card as the computer's default sound card you would arrow down to it in the 
list and tab over to 'set default' button and then to ok.
While for your screen reader's you will be using your internal sound card.
The USB sound card has a headphone output and microphone jack. Connect a 
headphone to the headphone output jack or connect a 1/8 inch cable to speaker 
system input jack. Some call this AUX connection.

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