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  • 1. DAISY Local implementations of a global standard Panel Members 1. Phil Lawson - CBM Australia 2. David Vosnacos - Association for the Blind of Western Australia 3. Hiromitsu Fujimori – Plextor Japan 4. Marianne Kraack – Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind 5. Andrew Furlong – Vision Australia
  • 2. DAISY Recording at CBM Australia The CBM Audio Library is a FREE Library service distributing predominately Christian audio books and magazines to anyone with a print disability throughout Australia and New Zealand. Phil Lawson
  • 3. DAISY Production • New DAISY books • Studio • Field • DAISY Magazines • Conversion to DAISY from Analogue Masters • Reels • Cassettes
  • 4. CBM Studio • CBM has a fully equipped Recording Studio setup for book and magazine production • Professional and Volunteer Narrators • Use LP-Studio • Engineer operates equipment, quality checks book as it is read and does the post production
  • 5. Field Recording • Volunteer narrators record books and magazines from their homes in various parts of Australia. • Setup with a laptop, USB Microphone, headphones and USB DAISY Recording Remote • Process • Self Installing CD • LP-Studio • Book returned on USB Memory Stick • Post production done in studio • CD sent to volunteer quality reviewer • If OK Master file; • created, archived and distributed
  • 6. Converting from Analogue • Load Reels onto PC (multi-track/high speed) • Load Cassettes using multiple decks simultaneously • Re-master Audio (NR, EQ, Level Matching, Peak Reduction) • Mark Chapters • Replace Announcements • Re-Save and add to DAISY Structure in LP-Studio • Mostly done by Volunteers
  • 7. DAISY Magazines • CBM records a number of monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly magazines. • Distributed Monthly on a single Compilation Disc • Subjects such as Library News, Devotional, Current Affairs, Music, Christian History and Church Newspapers • Production varies depending on content • Music • Multiple Narrators • Interviews • Combination of LP-Studio and Multi track editors • Field Magazines – Similar to book production.
  • 8. Issues Faced • Magazines • Some magazines are date specific • Need to have all magazines finished at least a month early to put compilation together and get it distributed • Getting Print Source early enough can be a challenge • Borrower with MS
  • 9. Issues • Field Recording • Narrators are distant – Fixing problems • Be available over the phone • Computer Literacy • Remove most of the technical aspects and let them do what they are good at. • PC Remote Assistance • Recording Remote Control needed as keyboard/mouse too noisy • Lessons Learned • Good Contact is key (personal / organisational) • Staged Implementation
  • 10. For more Information • library@cbm.org.au • Free Call: 1800 678 069 (Aus) • PO Box 348 Box Hill Vic Australia 3128
  • 11. David Vosnacos Program Manager: Information Systems Association for the Blind of Western Australia (Inc.)
  • 12. In-house productions Digital conversion Public domain Post processing Miscellaneous
  • 13. Review of options ◦ Cubase LE ◦ Book Producer ◦ Audacity ◦ LP Studio Pro ◦ Obi ◦ SigTuna DAR 3 ◦ Dolphin Publisher
  • 14. Volunteer background Flexibility ◦ Compressed / Uncompressed ◦ Volume management Back up procedures “Tweaks”
  • 15. DAISY Pipeline Audiobook Maker
  • 16. Dolphin EasyConvertor Microsoft Word “Save As Daisy”
  • 17. David Vosnacos Program Manager: Information Systems Telephone: +61 8 9311 8202 Facsimile: +61 8 9361 8696 Email: david.vosnacos@guidedogswa.com.au
  • 18. DAISY in Japan An International Perspective Hiromitsu (Hiro) Fujimori
  • 19. DAISY Creators in Japan • Braille Libraries (100 libraries) • Public Libraries (60 libraries) • Volunteer groups (20,000 people)
  • 20. Relationships Braille Library Public Library Volunteers Municipal Government DAISY Book Production DAISY Book Production DAISY Publication Production Individuals Translation to DAISY
  • 21. Cooperation of volunteer groups • Share guideline information for DAISY production to keep quality level consistent • Share title information under production in order to avoid duplication
  • 22. PLEXTALK Products in Japan Production - Personal - Recording Reading - PRS PTR2 DR1 PTP1 (Pocket) PTN2 NetPlextalk
  • 23. A typical Recording setup
  • 24. Thank You Hiromitsu (Hiro) Fujimori
  • 25. Using DAISY 28 Marianne Kraack Manager, Library Collections and Access RNZFB
  • 26. We use DAISY for • Books: audio only or audio with full text • Magazines • A to D conversions
  • 27. Recording with DAISY • 3 monitored studios • 3 audio producers • 40 narrators • Self-monitoring booth planned • LpStudio Pro / SigtunaDAR3 • Dolphin EasyPublisher
  • 28. DAISY with: human narration Professional narrators are • familiar with recording environment • skilled at characterisation, foreign languages, accents, sight reading
  • 29. DAISY with: human narration • enhances listening experience • voice quality • familiar voices
  • 30. DAISY with: synthetic speech • indexes, reference lists and bibliographies • RNZFB communication to members • trialled magazines
  • 31. Studio statistics • Approximately 130 audio titles produced a year • 20 magazine titles produced • 1100 analogue to digital conversions completed • 3900 DAISY titles in digital archive Slide 34
  • 32. DAISY has fans • Sound quality • Navigating sections • Bookmarking • Book information
  • 33. Replicating the experience of reading print Using DAISY
  • 34. Vision Australia DAISY Production Andrew Furlong
  • 35. DAISY Production streams Studio Recording - Library & Educational Text Production - DAISY text (Synthetic Voice) Conversion - Existing and purchased content Exchange - Other DAISY producers Automated Production - National Newspapers, magazines, DAISY text
  • 36. Different standards of Production Clients can choose Premium – highest quality, contracted, exams… Standard – high quality, human narrated, full DAISY structure, leisure reading… Rapid – Synthetic voice, less proofing, basic DAISY structure, faster availability Express – Automated, Synthetic voice, input = output, fast availability
  • 37. Standard Studio production process Narrator Scan Electronic file from Publishers DAISY Structuring Source file (Transcription) OCR and Edit text Master DAISY Build & Validate (DTB tools) Print Pack and Post to client Internet download Burn CD i-access server storage Proofing
  • 38. Studio Recording LP Studio Pro Studio Production Manager check-in/out Full DAISY structure is pre-made Volunteer narrators – self operate 1 Producer to 2 studios (6 studios) Rubberised keypad and suitable microphone
  • 39. Conversion Dolphin EasyProducer, Wavlab Pipeline, EasyConverter, DTB Tools Custom designed tools – streamline and automation Convert analog tape, CD-audio, MP3, Other… Basic DAISY structuring Exchanged material is ‘standardised’ and validated
  • 40. Automated Production Date specific - Newspapers, magazines i-access production manager, Newspublisher Online submission of content DAISY Text output Synthetic voice output DAISY structuring reflects input source documents Fast process, scalable
  • 41. DAISY Synthetic Voice Nuance Synthetic voice – Kate & Lee Lexicon – pronunciation dictionary 10,000+ Australian place names 10,000+ Other pronunciations Quality of reading reflects input source documents Balance quality with speed
  • 42. DAISY Development Synthetic Voice Lexicon In-house documentation in DAISY – Save as DAISY User selected ‘Multi-title’ CDs Adoption of DAISY Online Protocol For online distribution DAISY 4 Braille integration Mainstream compatibility Obi and Tobi production tools
  • 43. Thank You Q & A Phil Lawson - CBM Australia David Vosnacos - Association for the Blind of Western Australia Hiromitsu Fujimori – Plextor Japan Marianne Kraack – Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Andrew Furlong – Vision Australia