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The Accessible Digital Audio Production System!
Below is a list of equipment and technical specifications for an OS9-based TDM System.
This system configuration is appropriate for recording and mixing commercial-release-quality, music cd's, broadcast standard quality radio ads, or audio post production (including descriptive narration) with SMPTE sync to video.
This system provides sufficient DSP power to process high track counts with multiple high quality effects.
The approximate cost for this system, excluding the cost of the computer, was originally about $ 17,000, but is now available as a second-hand, used system for under $5,000.00.
ACCESSIBLE Digital AUDIO and MIDI PRODUCTION SYSTEM:
Technology List and Specifications:
Each listed item (in bold type) is followed by Specifications/description:
(note: manufacturers/developers in parentheses)
ProTools 24-Mix for Mac
ProTools 5.1 multi-track digital audio recording & MIDI software, Mix core PCI card, Mix farm PCI card, and documentation. (DigiDesign)
audio interface (A-to_D converter) 24 bit, 8 inputs, 8 outputs, balanced XLR, AES/EBU in/out, S/PDIF in/out, and I/O cables. (DigiDesign)
External floppy disk drive
USB floppy drive for software authorization, Macintosh compatible. (VST)
Studio 5 MIDI Interface
8 MIDI inputs, 8 MIDI outputs, 2 ADB in, 2 ADB through. (Opcode)
USB to serial (ADB) port conversion kit. (g-three.com)
Express SCSI Accelerator EPCI-DC-Kit
duel chain SCSI, PCI card, cables, and Raid Software. (Atto Technology)
Chita 18 gb hard Drive
External enclosure, 4 mb buffer, 10,000 rpm, 68 pin connector, cables and terminater. (Seagate)
Programmable MIDI Control Surface, 8 motorized faders, shuttle/jog wheel. (J. L. Cooper)
Gold Bundle Plug-Ins
Multiple effects plug-ins including "Audio Tracker" (needed for monitoring input levels), TDM version.
Logic Audio Platinum 4.7
Advanced MIDI Sequencing software with digital audio recording and mastering. (E-Magic)
Mac OS 8.6, 233 mhz minimum processor speed, PCI card compatible, 160 mb minimum RAM installed, cdrom, and monitor. (Apple)
outSPOKEN Screen reader software
version 8.0 for Mac OS 8.6, (version 9.0 for Mac OS 9.x), Apple English Text-to-Speech installation required. (Alva Access Group, Inc.)
Properly connected and configured, these products provide sufficient functionality for professional use by a blind audio production engineer.
For additional consultation, call Rick Boggs at Sound Adventures, Inc., (818) 782-7733 or email email@example.com.
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