APH News & Press
New software package makes it possible for professionals and hobbyists alike to produce quality digital audio recordings of the spoken word
News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, January 27, 2003
Studio RecorderTM, a powerful new tool from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), includes features not found in audio recording and editing programs designed primarily for music production.
Engineers at professional and volunteer recording studios, teachers, parents, and blind consumers interested in digital audio editing will like Studio Recorder.
"This is the greatest thing since sliced bread," says Roger Smith, entrepreneur and former teacher of the visually impaired, "It’s really good!" As an experienced recording studio user who is familiar with similar programs, Roger says that Studio Recorder is much easier and "some of the special features are outstanding."
Studio Recorder was originally written by APH for internal use as a tool to create direct-to-digital audio masters produced for the National Library Service’s Talking Book program. It contains many features that make recording, editing, and proofreading audio books easy. It has:
- The ability to speed up playback with no pitch distortion
- Three levels of phrase detection
- Index tone generation and removal
- Instant open on large files
- Instant cut, copy, paste, and delete
- Intercom functionality
- Simple user interface
- Accessibility for blind and visually impaired users
- Multiple user marks and notes
- External controller support
The software is the result of extensive field-testing and modifications based on users’ suggestions. Testing began in APH studios in July 2000. Results were so impressive that the decision was made to offer Studio Recorder to the public.
Field-testing began in June 2002 with an early prototype of the new consumer-based software. Test participants included sighted narrators and monitors, parents of blind children, blind and low vision audio engineers (both professional and amateur), and sighted engineers for a state sponsored recording studio.
Ralph Merkel, writer and producer at the University of Louisville (U of L) Department of Television and New Media, has recently produced a program for the Rauch Planetarium using Studio Recorder. He has found it to be "incredibly easy to use, even for people who are not computer savvy." He particularly likes the feature that allows a user to pause and restart and then continue adding to the wave file, something you cannot do with most similar software.
Studio Recorder is now available. Visit the APH web site or call 800-223-1839