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FORGING AHEAD AN ACCESSIBLE APPROACH TO DIGITAL AUDIO EDITING

Earle Harrison
Freedom Scientific, Blind/Low Vision Group
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Blind and visually impaired audio enthusiasts and multimedia professionals are thrilled with the new support built into JAWS for Windows for the feature rich Sound Forge digital audio editing software program by Sonic Foundry. What once required thousands of dollars in audio production hardware can now be accomplished on a single computer using quick and intuitive keyboard commands.

By employing other software packages such as the popular Cakewalk Pro audio multi-tracking MIDI and Audio software by Twelve Tone Systems and any one of several popular CD burning programs, it is possible for multimedia professionals to see their projects through from start to finish, all from a single keyboard and best of all there is no sight required!

Sound Forge, is a digital audio editing program produced by Sonic Foundry. There are two versions of this product, the full version used by multimedia professionals, musicians and audio engineers or the EXP version for hobbyists and audiophiles. The full version retails for about $350 U.S. and the EXP version comes bundled with several different soundcards or is available by download over the Internet for about $50.00 U.S.

Earle Harrison, Distance Learning Project Manager for Freedom Scientific has been using the Sound Forge program for two and a half years to develop tutorials designed to teach JAWS for Windows with several popular applications, produce product demonstration tapes and new feature CD’s, as well as generate audio files used to guide visually impaired end users through the JAWS for Windows installation itself. A serious musician, Earle also uses Sound Forge to produce his own original music.

In this presentation, Earle will demonstrate techniques of editing a sound file, converting files to popular streaming formats such as Real Audio or MP3 files, recording, applying effects such as reverb, delay and dynamic compression as well as mixing different audio sources to create broadcast quality radio sweepers and voice overs.

Come join Earle as he introduces blind and visually impaired people to techniques that will allow them to confidently produce digital audio projects on a competitive level with their sighted colleagues and peers.


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