18.1672, Software: Acoustic Recording Software for Speech Production

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Subject: 18.1672, Software: Acoustic Recording Software for Speech Production

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Date: 28-May-2007
From: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison < gsm2 at bu.edu >
Subject: Acoustic Recording Software for Speech Production

 

	
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Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 14:15:38
From: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison < gsm2 at bu.edu >
Subject: Acoustic Recording Software for Speech Production 
 


Announcing the release of:

Acoustic Recording Software for Speech Production Experiments

by Geoffrey Stewart Morrison

This free software presents written prompts onscreen and records 
spoken responses. Prompts are presented in randomised blocks and 
the number of repetitions can be selected. The researcher controls 
the progress of the experiment and monitors the quality of the 
recording. For each response recording, a raw waveform is displayed 
onscreen, and the researcher has the option of listening to the 
recording (the speaker does not hear the playback), accepting the 
recording, rejecting the recording, or quitting the experiment. If a 
recording is rejected, the prompt is presented again later in the 
experiment. This ensures that the required number of tokens are 
recorded with acceptable quality. Each recording is saved to a 
separate file using a systematic file-naming convention for easy 
processing in acoustic analysis software. If the experiment is 
interrupted no data are lost. If the experiment is resumed the speaker 
can either complete the missing prompts only or can start again at the 
beginning. Prior to the experiment, the instructions are presented in 
written form onscreen, and in audio form from prerecorded readings of 
the instructions. The speaker also completes a short practice version 
of the experiment.

The software runs under 32-bit Windows XP (Tablet version of XP 
works, don't know whether it will run under Vista). The software is 
distributed as compiled Matlab (a Matlab licence is NOT required). 
Version 6 has been field-tested (data collected from 35 speakers) and 
found to be stable. Future versions may include additional features 
requested by users.

Additional information and downloads available from the programmer?s 
website: http://cns.bu.edu/~gsm2/

(URL will change later this year)

Development of this software was supported by the Social Sciences 
and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and by the Department 
of Cognitive & Neural Systems, Boston University. 
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                     Phonetics
                     Phonology





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