2 sound cards Re: Total Recorder

Robert Logue

On 2018-06-08 1:10 a.m., Bill White wrote:
I tried going
the second soundcard route. It didn't work for me. I use Windows 10, and I
kept having the problem of losing my soundcard drivers.
Hi Bill.  I know how you feel.  I'm surprised that you actually lost the sound device drivers.

It is very frustrating to loose speech!

Here are my thoughts on using more than one sound card.

I use more than one sound card.  The trick is to choose which is going to be your default sound device.  Then you can choose what apps will be heard.

Narrator, NVDA, and Jaws can be set to a specific sound card which can be different than your default.

Windows now has a way to set the output sound device for some things including screen readers.  I can't say how to use it as I find the whole sound system in Windows 10 to be very confusing.

One problem is loosing speech during logon as the screen reader often reverts to the default device at the logon screen and when the UAC screen appears when installing or using some programs.  If my default device happens to be off or turned down; I won't hear the prompts.

I have some inexpensive Logitech USB powered speakers that are also USB sound device.  So, I can simply unplug and plug them back in if I loose speech.  But then, It sometimes becomes the default sound device and I need to reset a bunch of sound settings again.

Sometimes screen readers switch sound cards as I'm working. Even jumping back and fourth between then inside one app.  Hard to recreate this.

In short. You can use more than one sound device but it is challenging.

I really have a complex setrup now that makes it more chalenging.  I have 2 computers. I have them both connected to a USB mixing board.  OK Now. What did I turn down or off?


On 2018-06-08 1:10 a.m., Bill White wrote:
Hi, John. When I first got my computer, about 14 months ago, I tried going
the second soundcard route. It didn't work for me. I use Windows 10, and I
kept having the problem of losing my soundcard drivers. Without soundcard
drivers, and being totally blind, I was lost. I live by myself, and I
couldn't even use speech to reinstall the drivers for the soundcard.

Bill White

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of John
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:55 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Total Recorder

I solved the problem of Jaws getting in the way by getting a hardware
synth for Jaws. Or you could get a second sound card just for jaws.

On Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:57:24 -0400,
Bill White wrote:
Hi, Amanda. I currently use Total Recorder for recording captured Internet
streams. I am using Windows 10, and JAWS 2018. Specifically, I use Total
Recorder Professional Edition for audio only. I don't turn off JAWS while
recording. Instead, I start Total recorder, put in the link for the website
for which I want to record the stream, press JAWS key plus SPACE, then S to
turn speech off, then press ENTER to go to the website.
I know there is supposed to be a way to get Total Recorder to exclude JAWS
from what it records, but this has not worked well for me. What happens when
I try to do this is this. I follow the instructions for installing Total
Recorder the way you're supposed to, to only install the Curnel mode driver.
When I start Total recorder that way, it does not record JAWS. It also
records the stream, when I can get it to play. Often, though, the stream
will not play in this mode, plus, when I want to use WinAmp to play my
music, the music won't play. This is why I just let JAWS record at the
beginning, and edit JAWS off the beginning of the recording, after I have
completed the recording.
I have used Total recorder for about eight years now, and although there
have been bugs now and then, I am satisfied with its operation.
If you should decide to purchase Total Recorder Professional Edition,
which is about $39, I would be happy to help you with the learning curve. I
will send a private message to your gmail account with my telephone number.
I hope the information I have provided may be of help to you.
Bill White

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Amanda
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 9:25 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Total Recorder

I was wondering if anyone has experience with the Total Recorder
application while using JFW? I currently have JFW 18 and was told that
Total Recorder would be good for recording system sound. I see mention
of screen reader users on their website, but wanted others opinions
before making the purchase.


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