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Wednesday
Aug232017

iPhone and Tesla, The Next Generation - iBT93

Join Shaun, Garth and Kayaker in this latest Audio Pizza roundtable discussion as concern grows over Garths out of control domain name habit. Is an intervention the answer?

Shaun then goes on to discuss the recent iPhone 8 leaks concerning the fate of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Can Apple really be ready to retire your finger in favour of your face?

Kayaker then tells us of his recent trips to New York and Las Vegas, and just how well his Aira glasses performed. Sir Patrick Stewart and Levar Burton seemed to be impressed anyway.

Finally, Garth tells us why he’s so excited by the Tesla Model 3. With his deposit down he predicts that Model 3 will be the tipping point, the start of the smart electric car as a serious option for the masses.

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Click here to play Episode 93

Saturday
Aug052017

Adding Effects in Reaper - iBT92

  

This tutorial looks at adding effects to tracks or items. It briefly covers the very capable EQ and Compressor included with Reaper.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • F Track: View FX chain for current track
  • Shift+F Track: View FX chain for master track
  • Shift+E Item: Show FX chain for item take
  • B Track: Toggle FX bypass for current track
  • Command+Option+M View: Toggle master track visible

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Click here to play Episode 91

Tuesday
Aug012017

Aira Glasses First Look - iBT91

Kayaker gives us a first look at the Aira Glasses, initial impressions and setup. 

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Saturday
Jul292017

Reaper's Project Settings and Save Dialog - iBT090

In this episode I take a look into some of the project settings and the save dialog. I show how to set a project such that when you move by bar, or measure, you will move by a minute, and when you move by beat, you’ll move by a given number of seconds. This is a useful way of navigating projects which are not musical in nature, since there is no native keystrokes for this.

If you set the tempo to 60, and the time signature to 60/4, each measure will be a minute long, and each beat will be a second. If you keep the tempo at the same value as the first number in the time signature, you will move by a minute each measure. Reducing these two numbers will increase the length of a beat. So 30, 30/4 will give 1 min per measure and 2 seconds per beat, and 15, 15/4 will give 4 seconds per beat and keep the bar at a minute. Changing the ratio of the tempo to the first number of the time signature will adjust the length of a measure. 60, 30/4 will give 30 second measures and 1 second beats. Once you understand the maths, you will be able to set this up however you like, or just have a play and find something that works for you.

I also show how to set up your project so that any files recorded into the project are conveniently placed into a sub folder in the project folder. This is done by accessing the media tab and providing a folder name in the path to save media files.

Within the project settings, you can also set the default recording format for files recorded into that project.

Prior to looking at the save dialog, I show how to optionally import a collection of files either consecutively on one track or such that the files all start at the same time on individual tracks.

Also covered briefly is the process of rearranging the order of your tracks within a project.

Looking at the save dialog, along with the standard settings of location and name, I cover the options that specify the creation of a sub folder, and the options available for moving the actual files associated with a project into that folder. On Windows, you will need to use your screen reader’s, screen review mode to make these selections. On the Mac, the check boxes are presented to VoiceOver.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Option+Enter File: Project settings…
  • Command+S File: Save project
  • Command+Option+S File: Save project as…

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Click here to play Episode 90

Saturday
Jul012017

Letter To Tim Cook - iBT89

This is Audio Pizza’s open letter to Tim Cook podcast where we discuss the accessibility issues of MacOS, iOS, and the Apple Watch, and ask Tim to listen and react to the unique problems faced by the VoiceOver community.

Dear Tim,

Thank you, as a company, for realy being a pioneer in accessibility, but we would like you to bump it up a notch and make quality a high priority for the accessibility team.

So we had four issues we wanted you to take a look at under the mac. First, there’s the HTML5 rendering engine that we demonstrated in the MacOS app store where the navigation flow is completely broken, which is as if your mouse just jumped randomly all over the screen instead of where you moved it. Second, there is the responsiveness of the action item with the VO-spacebar to trigger buttons, which is as if your mouse button only worked some of the time.. Third, there’s the audio ducking where we loose the VO text to speech volume , which is as if your screen brightness just randomly went dim all day long. And fourth there is the drag and drop / finder issue where VO is reporting the wrong item under the VO cursor, which is as if your selection in the finder was the item next to the one you wanted.

Taken individually these bugs are serious. Taken together as a whole, they are critical. They have a direct impact on our productivity. We need these fixed. Please, Tim, make it so.

Under iOS we think you are doing a great job with accessibility. But some of the hardware choices you are making affect us more than you may think. There are bluetooth issues where we cannot control VoiceOver reliably with our keyboards. The lack of a headphone jack and the lag we see with your wireless solution fails us.. It’s as if every key you type takes seconds to appear on the screen. It affects our productivity to the point of making the device unusable. Please try this yourself, it’s easy to understand once you experience it. And finally under iOS consider taking the next step to being an advocate for accessibility. Require your developers to do the bare minimum to their apps if they want to be in the app store by requiring them to use Xcode’s accessibility tools to remove all warnings and properly label standard UI controls. It’s a small price to pay and it makes Apple look really really good as a leader of universal access. Not to mention, quality of the apps in the app store will improve as you educate developers. Since you will happily kill 32- bit apps, how about killing the poorly coded non-accessible apps as well.

And with WatchOS, we are just looking for improvements over time. We thank you for making nit accessible out of the box. We look forward to its future as improvements with both tactical feedback and text to speech evolve. We are very excited about the direction you are taking the Apple Watch.

We respect Apple as a company; we respect you as a person. You are both leaders in universal access and accessibility. We hope you listen to this podcast and reflect upon the management and design decisions you make and how they impact all your users.

Thank you Tim, and I’ll be happy to demonstrate that walking chocolate tour using voiceover for you anytime.

Sincerely, Scott, Shaun and Garth

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Click here to play Episode 89

Saturday
Jun032017

WWDC 2017 Rumours - iBT88

With WWDC 2017 just a couple of days away, the Audio Pizza team get together to discuss the various rumours regarding what may be announced at Apples much anticipated event. Shauns lack of funds underlie his disintrest in anything Macbook, while Garth declares a fetish for function keys. Will Apple give a glimpse at the iPhone 8s new design if the much rumoured 10.5" iPad is revealed at WWDC?

Finally just how bad is Siri and can it be improved if given it’s own new shiny home in the form of the Siri Speaker? Garth seems to think it can’t be much worse then what he’s heard of the Amazon Echo.

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Click here to play Episode 88

Friday
Jun022017

Picking an Input Source and Recording in Reaper - iBT87

This Reaper Tutorial looks at picking the default recording input from your interface. How to select a different input, and of course how to record.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • F7 Track: Toggle record arming for current (last touched) track
  • F8 Track: Cycle track record monitor
  • R Transport: Record

if you’re following these tutorials along on the Mac, make sure you get the latest build of OSARA and update your key map.

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Click here to play Episode 87

Sunday
May212017

Ripple and Item Editing in Reaper - iBT86

In this episode I cover the basics of editing using items, and the three different ripple modes. A number of other actions are briefly covered as well, such as cut copy and paste, adjusting track pan, soloing a track, and duplicating a track.

Keystrokes

  • A Custom: Select and split item under edit or play cursor
  • Command+C Edit: Copy items/tracks/envelope points (depending on * focus) ignoring time selection
  • Command+X Edit: Cut items/tracks/envelope points (depending on focus) ignoring time selection
  • Command+V Item: Paste items/tracks
  • D Track: Duplicate tracks
  • Option+Left or Right Arrows Track: Nudge track pan left or right
  • F6 Track: Solo/unsolo tracks
  • F5 Track: Mute/unmute tracks
  • Option+P Options: Cycle ripple editing mode
  • Option+Shift+P OSARA: Report ripple editing mode

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Click here to play iBT 86

Saturday
May132017

Audio Editing with Time Selections in Reaper - iBT 85

if you’re following these tutorials along on the Mac, make sure you get the latest build of OSARA and update your key map.

In this third of a series of beginner tutorials, we finally get a bit of editing done using time selections. The context sensitive nature of Reaper is discussed along with some further navigational and editing techniques. These include selecting and moving between items, scrubbing, moving by beats or measures, making and refining time selections, previewing your edit and the implications of your zoom factor.

Keyboard Shortcuts Mentioned

  • Left Arrow View: Move cursor left one pixel
  • Right Arrow View: Move cursor right one pixel
  • Command+Left Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to previous item
  • Command+Right Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to next item
  • Page Up Move edit cursor back one measure
  • Page Down Move edit cursor forward one measure
  • Command+Page Up Move edit cursor back one beat
  • Command+Page Down Move edit cursor forward one beat
  • Delete OSARA: Remove items/tracks/contents of time selection/markers/envelope points (depending on focus)
  • [ Time selection: Set start point
  • ] Time selection: Set end point
  • Option+[ Time selection: Nudge left edge left
  • Option+] Time selection: Nudge left edge right
  • Command+[ Time selection: Nudge right edge left
  • Command+] Time selection: Nudge right edge right
  • Option+Space Transport: Play (skip time selection)
  • Shift+Home Custom: Select from cursor to start of project
  • Shift+End Custom: Select from cursor to end of project
  • Option+Shift+- or NumPad- View: Zoom out horizontal
  • Option+Shift+= or NumPad +View: Zoom in horizontal

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Click here to play iBT 85

Saturday
May062017

Reaper Basics, Tracks, Media and OSARA Preferences - iBT 84

This tutorial gives a basic overview of the conversion between the windows key map and the Mac key map. It covers the hierarchy of a Reaper project. How to add a track, and insert an audio file on it. There’s also a quick run down of the OSARA configuration dialog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for things to cover in future tutorials.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CmD+Opt+Shift+P or Cmd+F12 Open OSARA Preferences
  • CMD+T insert and name track
  • Cmd+I Insert media files…
  • Space Play/Stop
  • Ctrl+Space Play/Pause
  • Cmd+Shift+J Report edit/play cursor position Measures and Beats
  • Cmd+Shift+J, J Report edit/play cursor position Time
  • Cmd+Home Go to start of project
  • Cmd+End Go to end of project

Click here to play iBT 84

Monday
Apr172017

AudioPizza - Online Security. Keeping All Parts Private - iBT 83

Join Garth in his very early morning coffee as he hosts this latest episode of Audio Pizza. Kayakker returns to give us his opinions, advice and tips on online security issues. Oh, and Shaun gets shot in the first 30 seconds.
First up for discussion is Trumps repeal of U S Broadband privacy rules, meaning that your internet provider is again free to sell your details, such as browsing history, to other companies. This story has been big news everywhere but is there really anything to worry about? Kayakker then goes on to tell us just how secure http and VPN can help.
Next, we discuss phishing and password best practice. How do you know if that email from your bank, Paypal or Amazon etc is real or fake and should you ever click on the link they send? Short answer to the latter is No. Kayakker shares his story on how easy it is to get fooled.
To finish up this episode full of great sensible advice, we admit that, like lots of other people, we tend not to follow our own advice when it comes to passwords. Using the same password for multiple sites or not changing passwords regularly are things we are all guilty off. Hey, we never said we were perfect…

Join Garth in his very early morning coffee as he hosts this latest episode of Audio Pizza. Kayakker returns to give us his opinions, advice and tips on online security issues. Oh, and Shaun gets shot in the first 30 seconds.
First up for discussion is Trumps repeal of U S Broadband privacy rules, meaning that your internet provider is again free to sell your details, such as browsing history, to other companies. This story has been big news everywhere but is there really anything to worry about? Kayakker then goes on to tell us just how secure http and VPN can help.
Next, we discuss phishing and password best practice. How do you know if that email from your bank, Paypal or Amazon etc is real or fake and should you ever click on the link they send? Short answer to the latter is No. Kayakker shares his story on how easy it is to get fooled.
To finish up this episode full of great sensible advice, we admit that, like lots of other people, we tend not to follow our own advice when it comes to passwords. Using the same password for multiple sites or not changing passwords regularly are things we are all guilty off. Hey, we never said we were perfect…

 

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Click here to play Ep 83

Thursday
Apr062017

New Tech, What's Hot and What Stinks? - AP7 iBT 82

In this episode of Audio Pizza, Shaun and Garth are joined by special guest Steven Scott from the RNIB Tech Talk show to discuss whats new in the world of tech. Starting off with the release of Samsungs new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 & S8Plus, we talk about our experiences with Android and is it time we gave it another chance? It's a beautiful phone but can it compete with the great accessibility on iOS? Then, just when you thought your files where safe, we discuss the story of the Turkish Crime Family. A hacking group that claims to have access to 500 million iCloud accounts. With the ability to access personal photos and files and remotely wipe Macs and iPhones, should we be worried? In other news, Windows 10 Creators Edition will be launched on April 11th, and with it comes support for braille in Narrator and the ability to use Narrator during installation. Also Google Home will be released in the UK on the 6th of April but can it compete with the ever popular Amazon Alexa? And more importantly, can we get through the entire podcast with out triggering our favourite Amazon assistant? Remaining in the theme of smart homes, Steven tells us about a new range of smart lighting from Ikea. With a lower price the the Phillip Hue bulbs will we be rushing out to buy them or sit at home in the dark like Garth? We finish the podcast with the hilarious / nightmarish story of Jessie Newton and his poop painting robot vacuum. Episode Links: Samsung Galaxy S8. Turkish Crime Family Hackers. Windows 10 Creators Edition. Google Home. Ikea Smart Lights. RNIB Tech Talk.

Click here to play Episode 82

Wednesday
Apr052017

Installing Reaper on the Mac with OSARA and SWS - iBT 81

In this Episode I’d like to give you a very brief introduction to the DAW, Reaper. It is an extremely powerful multi track audio editor that is cross platform, working on Mac and Windows. I will be concentrating on the Mac version however most of what is covered is also applicable to Windows. You can find download links at the end of this post for Reaper and OSARA. Reaper is the application and OSARA is a plugin created by NVAccess which makes it more accessible - OSARA: Open Source Accessibility for the REAPER Application. I would also recommend installing an additional plugin called SWS which expands the functionality and usability of Reaper, link also below.

Whether you are on Windows or Mac, you will want to install all three, Reaper, OSARA, and SWS. To quickly check you have OSARA installed, hit the up or down arrow once you’ve opened Reaper, if VO reports “No Tracks” then your good to go.

Okay, so all installed? Cool, lets go. You can use VoiceOver to explore the interface, however almost everything you’ll need is available with keyboard shortcuts.

When you start Reaper for the first time, it will prompt you to set an audio device, go ahead and do this. If you don’t do this initially, you can access the preferences by pressing Cmd+P, and going to Devices in the tree view. Whilst in Preferences, I’d recommend going into Paths and setting a location for peak files to be saved.

Shortcut Help

F12 will toggle on and off keyboard shortcut help. This is an invaluable tool both when your new to Reaper or even when you’ve been using it for a while. When toggled on, Voice Over will report the action that is bound to whatever key/s you press. I recommend making liberal use of it.

The Actions List

Pressing F4 will bring up the Actions List. You’ll be placed into a search field that lets you filter the thousands of actions down to the one you’re looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can see the shortcut, or shortcuts that are assigned to it. If there’s not currently an action assigned, you can also add the shortcut from this dialog. The Import/Export button will allow you to import a another key map over your existing one, or save your own key map for a back up, or to share with others.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Command+P Preferences F12 Shortcut Help F4 Show Action List Shift+F1 Help: Mouse modifier keys and action shortcuts

Downloads

Reaper

NVAccess OSARA

SWS Extension

CAVI Training

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Click here to play Episode 81

Friday
Feb242017

Talking Media. Movies, TV & Books, The VI Options - iBT80 AP05

In the utterly professional manner you’ve come to expect from the Audio Pizza team, we discuss the options available when it comes to accessible media.

While Kayaker hosts and tries to remember his own name, Shaun discusses everything video. With Netflix being the only mainstream video on demand service that offers anything close to a reasonable amount of audio described content, we see just what other options are out there including the audio only Blindy TV and the new 100% audio described streaming service Tell Me TV. Also just why is there so little choice when it comes to accessible televisions and set top boxes, and could the perfect solution to on tap audio description already exist in the form of a smartphone app?

Next, we move on to books. With the excellent Audible service offering convenient access to the latest audio books but at a price we look at what services are available in the US, UK & Australia that offer audio books for free. Such as RNIB Overdrive, Vision Australia and Baird or even your local library.

To wrap up, we find out what books and shows we’re enjoying at the moment and just why Kayaker loves Game of Thrones so much.

For more information on the Tell Me TV service and to get a discount code check out our interview with Kevin Shaw, President and CEO of Tell Me TV in the next episode of Audio Pizza.

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Episode Links:

Netflix. TIVO Screen Reader.

Tell Me TV. The 100% Audio Described Video Streaming Service

Comcast Accessible Set Top Box

Blindy TV

Disney Movies Anywhere App.

Audible

National Library Service (US)

RNIB Overdrive Talking Books Service.

RNIB Newsagents

Vision Australia Library

The Podcast Engineering Show.

Life After Blindness Podcast

Click here to play Episode 80

Saturday
Jan142017

Return of the Jack - iBT 79, AP04

Hey all,

This is another Audio Pizza roundtable, and I hope you enjoy.

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We’re back with another roundtable, welcoming in 2017. We discuss some of the things to come out of CES, including AIPoly 2, Alexa everywhere, Faraday Future’s electric car and the new chip from AMD. Our holiday gifts rate a mention, who doesn’t love chocolate oranges! We finish the show by putting our reputations on the line with our predictions for 2017. Enjoy.

Click here to play Episode 79

Thursday
Dec222016

Getting Your Ears on the AirPods, a Voice Over User's Perspective - AP003 iBT078

In this episode, I take a look at Apple's new AirPods, their features and usability with Voice Over. Enjoy!

Click here to play episode 78

Sunday
Dec112016

following the Breadcrumbs, Decoding Cara Quinn - AP 2, iBT 76

Another slice of Audio Pizza is served up with the wonderful Cara Quinn joining us. her day time jobs include being an iOS developer, Model, and Musician, but what struck us most about Cara was her kindness and passion for making a difference in the world. We discuss the general topic of coding in Apple’s Xcode environment and more specifically her work with LookTell. We also talk about some of the well known email lists Cara owns such as Macvisionaries and viphone.

Episode Links

@ModelCara on Twitter

Cara on,One Model Place

LookTell

MacVisionaries

VIPhone

Click here to play AP 2

Tuesday
Nov012016

Mac Event 2016 - Touchable, Accessible, Unobtainable? - AP 1, iBT 75

Welcome to Audio Pizza, and our first roundtable. Shaun and Garth are joined by The Dark Kayaker, someone who knows what he’s talking about, this is actually a nice change. We jump into Apple’s recent MacBook Pro event and discuss the implications of the new touch bar enabled Macs, the new TV app and Apple’s new Accessibility website.

For listeners hearing this on the iBlindTech Feed, this is a new project Garth is working on in conjunction with Shaun, The Blurred Nerd. Moving forward, to get everything from Garth and Shaun, subscribe to audio.pizza/rss

Yu will still be able to get all the iBlindTech content the usual way, but but if you want one place to get everything from both Shaun and Garth, not to mention other random things that will come up in the feed, get subscribed to Audio Pizza. Check out Apple’s Accessibility Site

Click here to play Episode 75

Wednesday
Sep212016

project starfish and the Blindfold Racer Championship 2016 - iBT 74

It’s time again to meet with the folk from Project Starfish. You can listen to prior episodes I’ve done with them here if you’re not familiar with them. We catch up about some of what has happened since last we spoke and introduce a new promotion they have running with Blind Fold Games to introduce the Blindfold Racer Championship 2016. Please visit Blind Fold Games for more information. Get yourself signed up as soon as possible as the championship starts on October 1.

Click here to play Episode 74

Sunday
Jul312016

Metering and Recording Audio with Amadeus Pro - iBT73 

This episode looks at how to record with the Mac app Amadeus Pro. I take a detailed look at the recording dialog and cover * How to pause and resume recording * How to adjust recording levels * how to accessibly meter the recording level to ensure the best possible recording * How to drop and name markers during recording for easy access when editing * How to listen or monitor what is being recorded Enjoy!

Click here to play Episode 73