[nabs-l] Accessible Audio Production Training in Minnesota
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Wed May 13 01:08:13 UTC 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
For Immediate Distribution
earle at handytech.us
Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology & Handy Tech North America present.
Accessible Audio Production:
Track, Mix and Master with SONAR
When: Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, 2009 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Where: Handy Tech North America, 3989 Central Avenue NE., Suite 402,
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
info at handytech.us
Handy Tech North America
Registration: To register, fill out our
Online Registration Form
Learn to use the SONAR digital audio workstation software that
converts a Windows-based PC into a multi-track, high-end recording
studio complete with high-tech
audio effects such as reverb, flanging and equalization. SONAR lets
you record electronic instrumental sounds onto individual tracks
using a MIDI musical
keyboard. using a microphone, you can record acoustic sounds such as
someone singing or playing a real violin onto audio tracks. SONAR
ships with a number
of so-called soft synthes. These are digital software instruments
that can be triggered by the musical keyboard.
CakeTalking for SONAR from Dancing Dots is a JAWS-based access method
for SONAR that allows blind audio producers to use SONAR
independently using a blend
of verbal and sound cues. CakeTalking installs a number of detailed
tutorial documents containing hundreds of pages of valuable
information written primarily
for the user of JAWS for Windows and also features extensive online help.
What You Will Learn
A trainer from Dancing Dots will teach you to record and edit
instrumental and vocal performances on individual tracks using SONAR.
You will learn techniques
to adjust timing on MIDI and audio tracks, how to apply various
effects, insert soft synthes, alter volume and panning settings, and
remove unwanted noises
such as a cough, etc. Once all tracks are complete, you will learn a
technique called mixing for blending all tracks into a cohesive
you will learn how to mix the tracks down to a stereo, two-track
master. You will export results to any of a number of standard audio
formats such as mp3,
.wav or Windows Media. These files can be burned to a CD, uploaded to
a website, E-mailed to customers, etc. The material to be recorded
will be of your
own choosing but ideally should be a selection which you can use for
some "real-world" purpose such as putting it up on a site to share
with family and
friends or to distribute commercially.
Prerequisites: Blind participants should have strong skills in the
use of the JAWS for Windows screen reader software. Sighted
participants should be prepared
to learn the technology without the use of a mouse. That is, they
should be able to learn to operate SONAR from the PC keyboard using
JAWS just as those
they will train will need to learn to do. Musical ability is not
required if your goal is to learn enough to be able to train others.
Also, some participants may want to create test projects such as
voice-overs for commercials or promotional messages using prerecorded
music as a sound
bed. However, those wishing to create audio productions of musical
compositions or arrangements obviously must have some musical talent.
That being said,
you need not be a professional musician or even an experienced
amateur to create an audio project that's all your own.
$550 per person for two days.
$400 for each additional participant from the same organization or family.
Included: : Use of a PC workstation loaded with SONAR 8, CakeTalking
for SONAR 8, JAWS for Windows, high-end audio interface with
musical keyboard, box lunch, coffee/snacks.
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