[linux-audio-user] Miscellaneous hardware/software questions

Jay Vaughan jayv at synth.net
Tue Nov 1 07:29:40 EST 2005

At 6:29 -0500 1/11/05, Paul Davis wrote:
>On Tue, 2005-11-01 at 16:39 +1100, Jason White wrote:
>  > Now to the software question: does there exist any sound editor with a
>  > non-graphical interface, i.e., one that can be operated from the
>Linux console
>  > for inserting, deleting, copying and otherwise editing audio? Due to a
>  > vision-related disability I can't use a graphical display and
>therefore need a
>  > text-only solution - but all the sound editors appear to require
>X11. Surely
>  > it should be possible to design an audio interface to a digital
>sound editor.
>i have no doubt that its possible. i also have no doubt that there is a
>PhD waiting for the first person to do this. you are talking about
>developing an entirely new set of user interface metaphors for a
>potentially very complex task. this is never easy, and doing it without
>using the sensory input that the vast majority of programmers utilize
>during their own interactions with a computer makes it even harder.

well .. there is the SND sound editor, which is billed as 'the emacs 
of sound editors' .. details here:


the interface for SND itself can be fully programmed in Scheme 
(courtesy of Guile) or you can use Ruby too .. all of SND's edit 
functionality can be broken out into scripts, and this means 
extensive control over buffered edits, so it seems to me to be pretty 
close to what Jason was looking for .. assuming it can build on his 

seems to me that, while its not exactly a 'set up and go' solution to 
the problem of having an editor usable by vision-impaired folks, it 
certainly has all the hooks and gubbins to bring such a thing into 
existence ..



Jay Vaughan

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