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UPDATE: THIS FILE LAST EDITED 12-2009

DIGITAL

VOICES

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SIGHT LOSS

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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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FOR PERSPECTIVE - THE GOAL IS SOUND AS CLEAR AS A BELL.

IN ROMAN TIMES AN AMPHITHEATER CARVED FROM A HILLSIDE ENABLED ACTORS ON A STAGE TO BE EASILY HEARD WITH NORMAL VOICE. THIS MEANS WITH NO TECHNOLOGY THE ENVIRONMENT PROJECTED SPEECH TO THE ELEVATED BACK ROW OF SEATING, A DISTANCE OF 100 YARDS.

TODAY, MOST VISION LOSS CONSUMERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE FOLLOWING RECORDED SPOKEN COMMUNICATIONS:

1. TALKING BOOKS ON AUDIO CASSETTES

2. TALKING MAGAZINES ON AUDIO CASSETTES

3. TALKING BOOKS ON AUDIO CDs OR MP3 CDs

4. TELEPHONE ANALOG OR DIGITAL VOICE-MAIL

5. SPOKEN INSTRUCTIONS ON CASSETTES OR COMPACT DISCS

6. STAND-UP PERFORMANCES ON AUDIO CDs

7. PRODUCT INFORMATION ON AUDIO CASSETTES OR AUDIO CDs

IN ADDITION TO THESE PRERECORDED EXAMPLES, LOW-VISION AND NO-VISION INDIVIDUALS OFTEN USE AUDIO CASSETTES AND DIGITAL RECORDERS FOR NOTE-TAKING AND RECORD-KEEPING. HOWEVER, A PERSONAL COMPUTER CAN CREATE NON-MUSIC, MICROPHONE-TO-MESSAGE SOUND FILES TO FURTHER EXPAND PRINT HANDICAPPED OPTIONS.

SIMILARLY. AN AUDIO DUBBING CABLE FROM THE HEADSET PLUG-IN ON A TALKING SCANNER (READING MACHINE) INTO THE AUDIO-IN PLUG-IN ON A PERSONAL COMPUTER CAN ALSO PRODUCE VOICE CONTENT FROM A PRINTED DOCUMENT.

POSSIBLE PRODUCTS CAN INCLUDE SPOKEN LISTINGS ON COMPACT DISC AND VERBAL ATTACHMENTS FOR E-MAIL, AS WELL AS WEBSITE LINKS AND BUTTONS THAT SPEAK.

SPECIFICALLY, ANYONE FROM A STUDENT TO A SENIOR CAN EASILY PRODUCE THEIR OWN:

A. COMPACT DISC VOICE LETTERS

A MULTIMEDIA HEADSET COUPLED WITH AUDIO EDITING SOFTWARE ENABLES A CUSTOM COMPUTER SOUND FILE, WHICH CAN THEN BE BURNED ONTO A CDR OR CDRW. THESE BLANK COMPACT DISCS HOLD OVER AN HOUR AND COST LESS THEN A DOLLAR. THIS IS A QUICK AND INEXPENSIVE METHOD FOR TALKING REPORTS AND SPOKEN ARCHIVES.

B. E-MAIL PLUS SPEECH

THE USE OF VOICE ATTACHMENTS FOR INTERNET OR INTRANET MESSAGING IS BOTH ATTENTION-GETTING AND VISION-LOSS ACCESSIBLE.

C. WEBSITE INSTANT AUDIO

ONCE A SPOKEN SCRIPT IS CONVERTED TO A COMPRESSED MP3 FORMAT, THE VOICE FILE CAN THEN BE USED ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB WHEN COMBINED WITH A FLASH-BASED AUDIO PLAYER UTILITY TO PROVIDE SPEECH ACCESS FOR WEBSITE DIALUP AND BROADBAND VISITORS.

D. HANDHELD TO PC

SOME DIGITAL RECORDERS PROVIDE A CABLE-TO-COMPUTER CONNECTION FOR UPLOADING RECORDINGS FOR LATER CONVERSION TO MP3 FORMAT.

E. DIALUP HANDICAP

TO INSURE A SMOOTH AUDIO STREAM WHEN WEBSITE ACCESS IS DIALUP, KEEP MP3 VOICE FILE SIZE UNDER ONE MEGABYTE.

F. QUALITY CONTROL

STEREO HEADPHONES ARE A GOOD TOOL TO VERIFY A CLEAN RECORDING FOR ANY BANDWIDTH.

FINALLY, CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING RELATED ONSITE INFORMATION LINKS...

LINK: FAMOUS VOICES

LINK: TEXT-TO-TALK

LINK: VOICES, VOICES

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