Re: Sound programs that would be good with screen readers

  • From: "Samara Raine" <samararaine@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 19:26:05 -0400

I use audacity and it's quite a pain at times. You need to memorize the numbers 
and it's a bit of trial and error-- the jaws curser does not always go where 
you like it to. Just my experience. If you can get something easier, try it.

Audacity does have some great features though.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tom Lange 
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 6:41 PM
  Subject: Re: Sound programs that would be good with screen readers

  Hi Carol,
  I'm really interested in some sort of multi-track recording software, too, 
and have investigated this a little bit.  In addition to Sonar and the other 
programs that have been mentioned, there's also one called Audacity which is 
supposed to work okay.

  Be forewarned, though, that obtaining and installing accessible recording 
software is only part of the battle.  If you have a modern PC which has its 
sound chips built into its motherboard, or if you use a cheap sound card which 
has no real processing power, you will run into a serious problem while 
attempting to record, as I have.  The problem is called latency.  
  When the latency problem rears its ugly head, as it no doubt will, you'll 
find that there's a significant delay between the instant when a note is played 
or sung and when you actually hear it through your headphones or speakers.  On 
my system, the delay is at least a half-second or more.  Even if you decide not 
to monitor your recording, you will run into it again when laying down the 
second and subsequent tracks, and it's going to be a real bear to synchronize 
everything.  Ask any serious recording enthusiast who uses a computer-based 
setup and you'll be told in no uncertain terms that the only practical ways 
around the latency issue involve installing and using a high-end sound card 
with multiple inputs and outputs, and a serious tune-up session to reduce the 
number of running background processes in order to further reduce the load on 
the computer's processor.  

  That's about all I can tell you since that's what I've gathered so far in my 
research into this, and I don't want to stray further off topic than I already 
have and arouse the ire of the list moderator.   

  Good luck with this.  Write me off-list if you get up and running. I want to 
hear all about your setup.


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