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The Accessible Digital Audio Production System

Below is a list of equipment and technical specifications for an OS9 host-based system.
This system configuration is appropriate for production of artist demos, low budget radio productions, and basic tracks for working versions of music projects.
Limitations may include no use of high quality TDM effects, insufficient processing power for high track counts and multiple RTAS effects, and no support for SMPTE sync to video.
The approximate cost for this system, excluding the computer, was originally about $5,000, but as a used system it may now be obtained for well under $1,500.

ACCESSIBLE Digital AUDIO and MIDI PRODUCTION SYSTEM:
Host-Based VERSION

Technology List and Specifications:
(Minimum requirements)

Each listed item (in bold type) is followed by Specifications/description:
(note: manufacturers/developers in parentheses)

ProTools LE 001 for Mac
ProTools 5.1-LE multi-track digital audio recording & MIDI software, 001 I/O, 8 1/4 inch inputs, 8 1/4 inch outputs, 2 balanced XLR inputs, 2 pre-amp circuits, PCI card, I/O cables, and documentation. (DigiDesign)

External floppy disk drive
USB floppy drive for software authorization, Macintosh compatible. (VST)

MacMan MIDI Interface
1 MIDI input, 3 MIDI outputs, ADB in, ADB through. (M-Audio)

Stealth Port
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)

CS10 Controllerbr> Programmable MIDI Control Surface, 8 faders, shuttle/jog wheel. (J. L. Cooper)

Audio Tracker Plug-In
EQ plug-in, (used for monitoring input levels) TDM version. (Waves)

Macintosh Computer
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 info@blindproducers.org.

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