If you live close to an airport, you may be used to this. We don’t live close enough to an airport to experience this on any sort of regular basis. This was definitely unexpected and super loud! WTF? Hope everything‘s OK!
It’s interesting, when something becomes such a part of your life, it becomes more than a pattern, more, ingrained in who you are. That’s what Twitter has become to me. Jesus. I feel like I’m writing some sort of good by note, but it’s nothing of the sort. I just haven’t found another social media platform, where I can just, be me, and I don’t have an explanation for that.
I remember, it was 2008. I was attending the Colorado center for the blind when I learned about Twitter. At that time, I didn’t have an internet enabled phone, but I could text a phone number, and get an update out that would also appear on the web. That was sick!!! What an amazing concept.
A few years later, I remember asking someone, why would I want a Twitter client, do that, many people, use Twitter? Indeed they did, and I did, need a twitter client. There was JAWS scripts on Windows which was again, another brillient concept. There was a client on Series 60 Mobile which I used when I started having very little data, and WiFi around the house.
Twitter for me, enabled networking, beyond my wildest dreams honestly. A few years later and I had a successful internet radio show Rebel Fusion and was also imaging 30+ blindness internet radio stations. How did people find out I existed, how did I find all of these new found awesome friends, and people. Twitter.
So I guess first off, I just want to say thanks, to Social media, to a platform that has changed, I believe all of our lives, more than 140 chars can allow to say.
Roosterloop, became RadioDrew1, and then? I was gone, vanished. What? happened. I ditched a thousand plus followers? There’s not a better time to bring this up. First off, I had gotten a new job, a very stressful job. I was drinking a lot, and most of my tweets were drunkin. I’m sorry for that. I have really focused on not letting my social media space become that again. People have accepted me again, followed me back, and for that, I truly thank you all. It does mean a lot.
I want to say, I’m sorry for just vanishing. It was a weird time, and at that time, I felt it’s what I needed to do. I won’t say much more about this, other than, I work for a government agency. Nothing scared me more than the government. Why? For an example, When I was on SSI, Social Security got my address wrong, and I hadn’t even changed it. I got yelled at more times than I can remember by SSA phone agents, I felt controled. When I started this new job, I was told that, I was held to a higher standard now, more than before, even if I quit I would still be held to this standard, this is what you signed up for. I was being watched. To me, it was more control, and so, that was one of the big decitions of taking down my account. I have mostly though come out of this fear, mind set. I very much care about security and I respect my career, but I believe, I still have the right to be me.
I am not taking down my Twitter account. We could be back to an open API and have apps to use that are much better than the Twitter app, tomorrow, next week, or next month. I probably though won’t be as present. I don’t like the native Twitter iOS app. So, you’ll see my Word press, but not me liking your posts. It’s not that I don’t want to it’s just, I want Twitter back the way it was and I don’t know if I have the patients to sift through what it has now become. Lets all hope and pray it gets back to where it needs to be.
Thank you all again, for everything!!! I love you all!! Pretty deeply. You have all and do all impact my life.
Whiskey recorded the drums at his place sent them to me and I recorded guitars and vocals with the binaural #Annabell rig!
I put this out on SoundCloud, but the bitrate really destroys the binaural image. That’s crazy! I kind of have expected it would do something with it. Listen below for a much better quality.
Meet Annabell: Audio below:
All links to purchase peaces for this project are at the bottom of this post.
I first heard a Binaural recording on a BCT podcast created by Neal Ewers back in 2007. From that moment I was fasinated and had to get my hands on a pare of in-ear Binaural mics. To me, Binaural recording is the most realistic method of capturing audio, the way the human ears hear it. Not only do you hear stereo, what is to the left or right, but much more defined than standard stereo recording. You can hear the smallest of movements, the immage is also much wider, more spacial. You can also hear if the source being recorded is above or below the warer of the microphones. On top of all of this if the condissions are right you can hear a source positioned behind the warer of the microphones.
Why a dummy head instead of you just waring the mics?
Several things come into play here. Remember that audio recorded in Binaural is a very life like audio capture. I didn’t realize many of these things until I started recording with the use of the Binaural in-ear technique. In real life, in real time I believe our brains acomidate for these things, but when we’re listening back to a recording they are noticeable.
If you turn your head the audio spins, if you breathe and a semi quiet recording, you hear it back strongly on the recording, when you talk your voice is muffled.
On the other end, and this is a bit wild, we really haven’t heard ourselves from someone elses prospective, in less, we have a friend or family member waring the in-ear microphones, and then you hear them breathing and the other things I mentioned above.
Probably 10 to 15 years ago I started truly researching Binaural audio and discovered that before in-ear microphones were regularly available binaural was captured from a dummy head. My mind thought of a million new ways which I could use Binaural audio, if I myself wasn’t the one waring the mics. In research of dummy heads I found then, and now, that they are very costly between $300-500 without microphones and considerably more with mics. I went to Guitar Center and had my Fianci record me as she wore my in-ear Binaural mics. I had not heard myself from her prospective playing that guitar before. It sounded much different than it does while I am holding the guitar recording with in-ear mics. Much Clearer! I was amazed.
how could I build my own Binaural rig?
I started researching several months ago and found that Amazon cells dummy heads for manicans to display wigs. In further research I found that the best ears may be made of cilicone and that with motifications one could create a Binaural recording dummy head which is much less costly.
I texted my dad a few weekends ago after watching a DIY youtube video and asked if he would be interested in assisting in making the motifications to the head in the video and shipping it out to me. In the video the creator was using a styrophone head, which he had to drill in the ears to place earbud style roland mics. Dad agreed and in some further research, found a head on Amazon with pronounced ears that come off the side of the head as human ears do.
The head is filled with PVC. In research I found that they use PVC in baffles for studios, so I gave dad the green light to give it a try. There were two models of the head from the brand we were looking at that we chose, the female 20 inches, the male 21 inches. The female had the more pronounced ears. In testing we settled with the female, and that’s how the Annabell project began. The only motification dad had to make to the head from stock, was to drill both ear canals a bit deeper for the earbud tips of the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset to fit in. He used a half inch whole bit which creates a perfect hole, instead of a drill bit, and drilled in 1/4th inch at an angle towards the front of the head mimicking the human ear canal. Because the ears come off the head as human ears do, this also acomidates for the over ear hooks of these mics.
I heard multiple test recordings from Annabell. The Before drill, which was incredible as far as the stereo immage left to right, but lacked the third demention. After drilling, it sounds like Annabell is a live human waring the mics and recording. It is breath taking!
Annabell on a pedestal:
To keep the likeness of life she needs a tripod. Of course to display wigs, they have tripods. I got one that allows me to raise her position, from sitting level to standing which will of course change the height perseption in the recordings. The tripod comes pre-built. There are a few attachments. For Annabells mount below her neck, you will easily find the attachment that feels like a screw driver handle. This is what fits inside of the mount/hole below her neck, the other end feels like a small microphone metal grill. This grill should be inserted from the bottom of the ring that is in the packaging down into the poll of the tripod, so that the screw driver handle is in your hand pointing up, and the metal grill feeling peace is pointed down. The metal grill peace is what allows her head to tilt etc on the tripod. Mount this peace and get it stable alined the way you want it, and then place the head on and it will be a tight fit/click into place. Her tripod is mounted to a tripod dolly. This puts her on casters, making it quite easy to spin her around.
Annabell, will you hold my phone please?
On her tripod I have the, Crescendo CR-30 SlimClip Mic Stand Phone Holder which will mount an IPhone on the tripod in an otterbox just fine. It also comes with built-in rubberbands on all four corners to keep the device locked in place. You can use the touch screen easily. The tripod comes with a phone clip but it doesn’t open wide and feels flemzy.
So this of course begs the question for users of Voiceover, how can we hear speech while the mics are in Annabells ears? Probably not very easily. It’s doable in a quiet space, but if things are loud forget about it. Because they should be plugged in before Voice memos or another recording app is launched we may be at a loss here. The speed dots screen protector may assist us especially if we have the app in our doc, and even more especially, if recording launches on app startup like it may in Recup. Because one of my fasinations is to Multi-track music in binaural using an iOS device is at least at this time with iOS audio limitations not doable. So, what to do about it.
The Sinheizer Ambio Smart Headset can of course be connected over USB C, to Android or even Windows 10/11 via the Anker USB-C to Lightning Audio Adapter. I thought about using my laptop to run Annabell into, but what concerned me were devices connected to her off to her side or sides. There’s also the laptop fan noise, and sound bouncing off of the laptop if it’s close If I am moving around her for positioning, especially if I have headphones on, that is two cables already. Headphones attached to me, computer attached to her. Things are going to get tangled, she is bound to fall. She is on a tripod, what is she going to fall into that I’m not even thinking about, and what damage will she also endure.
I’ve searched for a mini PC for a couple years now, all of them with touch screens are quite more expensive than the latter mentioned here. I didn’t know this, MeLE Quieter3C Fanless Mini PC existed. It is just about the same size as an old IPod clasic, or, just bigger than a passport external HD. It doesn’t have a screen. It doesn’t have a battery. It does have two USB C ports, one for powering the mini PC, the other for data and power out to another device. It also has Wifi6, Ethernet, Bluetooth 5, 8 GB of ram, a truly decent speed processer, 256 GB internal storage, a headset 3.5 audio jack, 3 USB A ports and HDMI. The main point I’m getting to though is, that it also fits into the phone clip mentioned above, and on the tripod, becomes the brain/recorder for Annabell. Pare this with a wireless keyboard, and the evatronic Laptop Power Bank, 20000mAh 60W PD 3.0 Portable Charger, along side the, SCOSCHE FMT4R battery powered FM Transmitter, and the worries above go away. I don’t have anything tighing myself to Annabell and she and I are truly mobile. I’m running JAWS and Reaper on the MeLE Quieter3C Fanless Mini PC. I’ve got her audio going in, and JAWS and Reaper audio coming out via FM into my talking book player. I just have to nudge items back in reaper by four and everything is lined up. Reviews on Amazon state the PC gets hot, and therefor will slowdown the processer to cool down. Only time will tell, but one major thing I have noticed is running wireless radios cause the mini PC to heat up a noticeable amount. Turn them off and it cools down within 5 minutes. It is a pretty speedy computer for the recording job at hand.
What does the Annabell project look like?
The tripod has three legs to keep her up right.
Moving up the tripod you have the mount with one small boxe coming off of it in the front. This is the mini PC. Attached to the mini PC are three cables. USBC for power which connects to her battery, this can be placed on the floor under the tripod. Next to the Ethernet port. Audio 8th inch which has the small lightweight FM transmitter hanging off, USB C to lightning connected to the mics, which go up the tripod into Annabells ears.
Annabell, is very detailed, the texture of her feels like a softer soccer ball. She is very light she will not make the tripod heavy She has a head, face and neck. In the bass of her neck is where she mounts to the tripod.
All right, so we’ve talked about a lot here. Lets talk pricing. If you are just looking for Annabell, which is of course, the dummy head, the Crescendo CR-30 SlimClip Mic Stand Phone Holder, and Wig Stand tripod, and you already have the mics, you’re looking at around $100. If you don’t have the mics, or want another pare for this project they are celling for $50 on Amazon. I realize I may be a bit out of the norm here with the fasination of multi-tracking music in binaural audio, so I don’t expect many would need the MeLE Quieter3C Fanless Mini PC and evatronic Laptop Power Bank setup. The price listed above for the DIY Annabell dummy head project without the PC and battery are quite a bit cheeper than $300-500.
Here are audio examples recorded from Annabells prospective.
Multi tracking, binaural music test
The trash bag test
Gas fireplace shut down sequence
Running a winter bath.
Please see all project links below via Amazon.
Amazon.com: Crescendo CR-30 SlimClip Mic Stand Phone Holder, iPhone Clamp Mount, Pole Phone Mount, Microphone, Music, or Drum Stand – for iPhone, Samsung
Amazon.com : Sinheizer Ambio Smart Headset
Amazon.com: HAIRWAY Bald Mannequin Head Female Professional Cosmetology Head Make up Doll Head for Wig Making, Displaying , Eyeglasses, Hair with T-pins
Amazon.com: Wig Stand Tripod Wig Head Stand Adjustable Mannequin Head Stand for Canvas Block Head,Styling Wigs Hair Extensions,Wig Display,Cosmetology
Neewer Photography Professional Heavy Duty Tripod Dolly with Rubber Wheels and Adjustable Leg Mounts for Canon Nikon Sony DSLR Cameras Camcorder Photo Video Lighting https://a.co/d/1NAzNRY
Amazon.com: MeLE Quieter3C Fanless Mini PC Windows 11 Pro Celeron N5105 8GB 256GB Micro Computer with Full Function Type C Small Desktop WiFi6 Ethernet
Amazon.com: evatronic Laptop Power Bank, 20000mAh 60W PD 3.0 Portable Charger, USB C Fast Charging External Battery Pack for MacBook, Dell, iPad Pro, iPhone
Amazon.com: SCOSCHE FMT4R FM Transmitter with 20 Frequency Selections : Cell Phones & Accessories
Amazon.com: Anker USB-C to Lightning Audio Adapter (Audio Only, Does Not Support Charging) : Electronics
Push-to-Talk CB/Handheld Microphone with Phone Plug also for Speco 600 ohm impedance https://a.co/d/a5MWtJV
Written by Drew Weber. Released 01/12/2023. Listen to Audio demo of Shortcut and Scripts in action, below!
Notification Over Network JAWS Scripts
Written by Drew Weber.
Text read/write/append Functions, in this script set written by Jamal Mazruiand. (More information below).
When we are away from the computer it may be useful to get it’s notifications over the world wide web (network) to our iOS device. This may be helpful if we are in the other room or have went out for a bit.
some of the functions found within these JAWS scripts allowing reading, writing, and appending to a text file, were written by Jamal Mazruiand. provided on the mailing list by Jamal Mazruiwith. The archive of the post may be found at
, & are in his “homer utilities” file, the link provided by this post no longer valid.
Examples of use case sanarios:
What if we don’t have an unlimmited data plan connection on our IPhone so we don’t use all the apps in the world, that we may at home on our PC but we’d still like to know what is going on with them?
What if we have apps/servers on our computer that regularly give us notifications, that iOS applications don’t yet exist for.
Difference between JAWS Tandom, NVDA remote and Notification Over Network JAWS scripts:
If we are using some type of remote client, it must first exist on the iOS platform. Secondly, we may have to drive to different apps to get all of the notifications which is more work. With Notification Over Network JAWS Scripts you get all of your notifications quickly in one spot.
How does it work:
Notification Over Network uses both JAWS scripting, plus an iOS Shortcut and Dropbox to work it’s magic.
The JAWS Scripting monitors for the need to copy JAWS speech history, notifications from the computer. You hit a keystroke to turn this monitoring on before you walk away, a keystroke to turn this off when you come back.
The iOS shortcut includes the switch, (variable) to start the notification copy to a text file which lives inside your dropbox. This switch is switch on by demand, autoswitch off. What this means is that you will not automatically write up a huge text file over time. This is also for your security so as to not have everything that your computer speaks live in your dropbox. Also for your security we are not using a public file share link to get to the tex tfile which includes JAWS speech history information. Dropbox is connected to your shortcuts app on your iOS device. Finally, for your security, JAWS will act a bit sluggish when monitoring is enabled. So as if this script is at all used for malice the end user will most likely quit and relaunch JAWS which will, as these scripts are written not autoenable.
Things you will need:
JAWS running on a Windows PC.
A Dropbox account.
Dropbox instaled and running on the PC.
inside the main or root directory of your dropbox.
an iOS device.
The shortcuts app instaled on the iOS device with Dropbox privileges setup. If you don’t already have Dropbox enabled this will most likely pop up when you first run the Notification Over Network shortcut found below.
After instalation, to launch Notification Over Network monitoring, press control+shift+alt+n, once. To stop the monitoring press it, twice quickly. A lot of us will be familior of launching the NVDA screenreader with control+alt+N, so, you are just adding shift into that keystroke.
Create the folder
inside the main, or root folder of your Dropbox on your computer.
file included in this zip archive, within notepad.
You will need to edit the dropbox path so that it matches your username on your computer.
This path lives in multiple lines of code within the scripts. If you are running Windows10, or earlier, you may most likely use the find in Notepad, control+f to search for
YourUserName, within the CopyToDefaultJSS.txt. You may use control+left or right arrow to move through the path easily, and control+shift+right arrow to select the YourUserName peace of the path and then hit your delete key. Type the corisponding username peace of your dropbox path. To find your username,
hit windows+r to bring up the run dialogue
hit the letter, u, until you come to users.
now see if your name is listed in this directory. If it is, make sure it’s selected, hit enter
Hit d until you come to dropbox. If you find the dropbox folder here, hit backspace
now, find your name again.
Hit f2 to open the rename edit dialogue.
hit escape so as to not accidentally atempt to rename this folder.
bring up an empty notepad and control+v to paste.
Now you have the peace you need for the path in the scripts.
If you are running Windows11, Notepad seams to be screwed up in multiple places, one of those being the control+f to find. You can’t close the dialogue box to get back to your text file. In Windows11 users case: I will place the lines of code below so you know what you are looking for. Again home, then, control+right arrow on the line will assist you in finding the path. You will notice, two, backslashes. This is nessasary within paths in JAWS scripting. Please don’t remove the extra backslash that looks foregn.
Open the CopyToDefaultJSS.txt file beside this readme file.
alt+tab until you get to it, then, alt+tab until you get back here to the ReadMe. Now, you should only have to alt+tab one time to get back and forth between files.
In the CopyToDefaultJSS.txt hit control+home then alt+tab back to ReadMe.
Now, if you are performing the steps, but using say all for any reason, hit control to stop speech here and use down arrow instead.hit down arrow to start reviewing the code in the readme, then switch back to CopyToDefaultJSS.txt to find your place and start motifying.
YourUserName, is what you will delete and replace within CopyToDefaultJSS.txt. You may use control+left or right arrow to move through the path easily, and control+shift+right arrow to select the YourUserName peace of the path and then hit your delete key. Type the corisponding username peace of your dropbox path.
Code to motify is below:
let notify = ReadStringFromFile (“c:\users\YourUserName\Dropbox\JAWSSpeechHistory\Notify.txt”)
WriteFileFromString (“Speech History \n”, “c:\users\YourUserName\dropbox\JAWSSpeechHistory\sh.txt”)
AppendStringToFile (history, “c:\users\YourUserName\dropbox\JAWSSpeechHistory\sh.txt”)
Move to your modified
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.
Hit Insert+0, to open the JAWS Script manager.
Hit Control+Shift+D to open your default.jss file. If you haven’t included any custum scripts in your default, JAWS may announce, Shared Default.jss. If you have, JAWS may announce, User Default.jss
Hit Control+end to get to the bottom of the file. Make sure you are on a blank line below
Hit Control+V to paste the contents from the CopyToDefaultJSS.txt which you have copied to your clipboard.
Hit Control+S to save and compile. You should hear a ding, with the announcement, Compile Complete.
Now we will Copy all contents from
Open the DefaultJKM.txt file
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.
In the JAWS Script Manager, hit Control+O to bring up the open file dialogue.
Tab to files of type and hit K, JAWS will announce, KeyMap files .jkm.
ShiftTab until you get to the listview and hit d, for Default.jkm.
Hit control+F and type Common.
Hit enter, and then escape you should land on the line that reads
Hit, end, then enter.
Paste the contents from the
file with control+v.
Hit control+s to save. You won’t hear a ding.
The iOS Shortcut:
Visit, from your iOS device, the link
The shortcuts app should pop up after a few seconds and You should see an option to “add Shortcut”. Doubletap this.
If you don’t see this option, you may need to motify your shortcut security settings.
Double tap on settings, in the search field type, Shortcuts, doubletap on the shortcuts option near the bottom
This will open your shortcuts options and allow you to toggle shortcut sharing options. Some settings seamed to have changed in recent versions of iOS. Please use Google to find exact steps if you are unable to easily enable sharing/security options for Shortcuts.
Now we are going to add the shortcut to your home screen:
Once you have the shortcut added, find, JAWS Notify Over Network, in your Shortcuts app.
Swipe down on it to get to edit shortcut, and double tap.
Now you will be in the coding of the shortcut. Close to the top of the screen, right under the time, you should see
JAWS Notify Over Network, Actions menu.
Swipe to the right to the share button and doubletap
Close to the bottom of the screen should be
add to home screen, double tap this.
This will pop up a name box with other options. We already have a name so hit done/add button.
You will be taken to your home screen and should be ready to go.
Enable monitoring with control+shift+alt+N JAWS will report
JAWS Speech History Notifications Over Network, Started.
Now doubletap on the JAWS Notify Over Network shortcut.
After doubletapping on the JAWS Notify Over Network shortcut, The final landing point of this shortcut is within your Dropbox for iOS app. You want to be on the home tab, which shows your recent files. Find and doubletap on sh.txt and you should see your most recent noifications from JAWS.
Download the zip file below, for all the code mentioned above.
I heard him coming, so I had to hit the record button! He got to the corner, gunned, it, and flew like a bat out of hell!The only thing that could make this recording better is a few short tire. Squeals! He got those RPM’s up to a C sharp!