Monday, October 28, 2013

Replay Music 5, Speech Gets Recorded

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 $100
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 device.
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.