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Re: ViaVoice ECI and CD recording

thanks barry.

I think you're on the right track with the suggestion of running sox
to convert from .AU to .CDR format.

i tried this eagerly but, the CD player still refuses to even spin the

i'm using CDRW disks so, my next idea is to try CDR as i understand
CDRW is not supported on certain players.

this player is a new sony so, i'm surprised if it tyrns out to require
stamped disks or CDR disks.

really though, i just want it working.

as far as testing the disks on the drive i burned them on.  i've never
played audio on this computer which is a red hat 6.1 box with
soundblaster 16 and a SCSI burner.  if i learn of how to do it, i'll
check this too.

once it is working, i may indeed want to have those utilities you

will advise.

>Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 17:00:11 +0100 (IST)
>From: Barry McMullin <mcmullin@eeng.dcu.ie>
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>On Mon, 17 Sep 2001, Jerry Sievers wrote:
>> Hello.  I wonder if anyone is using the ViaVoice library to make
>> output files of the synthesized text and then burning CD disks for
>> later reading with an ordinary audio CD player.
>Yes - I played around with this quite a bit a few months back - I
>did get something working reasonably well, but the details are a bit
>hazy for me now...
>> I see that in the cdrecord manpage it says the audio files should be
>> 16 bit stereo with 44400 khz sample rate.  This is not what I'm
>> getting from ViaVoice.  It gives me 8 bit mono at 11100 khz.  If
>> there's a way to influence the output file format with ViaVoice, I've
>> not learned of it yet.
>There is something buried deep in the ViaVoice docs about
>changing this in some respects ... but I think I just used sox
>  sox name.au name.cdr
>> Ran sox to change the format of these files with partial
>> success.
>What is "partial" success?
>> I
>> went ahead and burned a couple CDs expecting to hear at least some
>> noise from the playing.  All that happens however, is that my CD
>> player makes a brief sound of like the laser looking for something on
>> the disk and the CD actually never spins up.
>I had this problem when I was trying to do an mp3 format CD (the
>player was quite limited in what mp3 parameters it could handle)
>- but I guess you were only trying to do plain audio?
>In that case the problem may be with the vintage of the player?
>Old players (c 3 years+) will have problems with CD-R and (even
>more so) with CD-RW media. I have several players of that sort.
>Were you able to play on the drive on which you did the recording
>(obviously, *it* should be compatible...).
>> Command for burning that I tried is:
>> cdrecord -pad test.au
>Hmmm ... doesn't sound right (excuse the pun!).  CD format data
>files would more typically have a .cdr extension - see my sox
>command above...
>I just used:
>  cdrecord -v blank=fast
>to first blank, and then:
>  cdrecord -v -audio *.cdr
>I have a bundle of scripts and stuff that you are welcome to if
>you want to play with them - no docs, do warranties, but you're
>welcome to them.  Includes a little script to chop a long .wav
>into shorter fixed time segments so that the CD can be more
>conveniently navigated by track...
>- Barry.
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