The more we go forward with the Thunder project, the more we realise the need to work with other people and not try to do it all ourselves. Over recent weeks, someone has given hours of time to upgrade the Thunder Help files to professional Windows standard and the WebbIE text browser has always been a fantastic voluntary effort.
We want Thunder to be multi-lingual and are looking at eSpeak as the appropriate free synthesiser to take us into Africa and Central Asia et, but this is a long-term business. ES[peak is not of the same quality as the Microsoft voices but it might be the only way forward in some countries. If you would like to try eSpeak, please do and let us have your feedback. The download is http://espeak.sourceforge.net/ .
Many of us enjoy audio in all sorts of ways and we have been looking for a suitable free or low cost application.
We researched several audio editing applications and agreed on WavePad as being excellent and easy to use with Thunder. There is a free starter version as well as a Masters version and various add-ons which you pay for.
Once you have opened WavePad, you can press control+n to open a file. You are usually presented with a dialogue which allows you to choose the sample rate, radio buttons for selecting mono or stereo and a combo box to select the recording source. Having opened a file by activating the ok button at the end of this dialogue, pressing f5 will start the recording and escape will stop it.
A dialogue box is open while your recording is in progress with a number of check boxes and buttons which are identified by Thunder, including such things as stereo, panning etc.
Once you have stopped the recording, f9 will play it, f8 will skim forward and f7 will rewind. These work whether the recording is being played or not. Escape will stop the replay of a recording and leave the insertion point at the place where the playback was stopped.
F1 will give you help on the various features of the application and below are some of the shortcut keys Shortcut keys for WavePad
Create new file Ctrl+N Open file Ctrl+O Save file Ctrl+S
Save File As (various formats) alt+f then a.
Record F5 Play F9 Play Slow Speed F11 Play Normal Speed F10 Play Fast Speed F12 Play Repeat Shift+F9 Stop Esc Go to Start Home Rewind F7 Fast Forward F8 Go to End
Undo Ctrl+Z Cut Ctrl+X Copy Ctrl+C Paste Ctrl+P Clear Del Select All Ctrl+A Trim Ctrl+T Trim Start Ctrl+R Trim End Ctrl+E Select from current position to start Shift+Home Select from current position to end Shift+End Select from current position to left Shift+Left Select from current position to right Shift+Right
Select from current position to right Shift+Right Zoom In Ctrl+Plus Zoom Out Ctrl+Minus Zoom Full Ctrl+Shift+F Zoom To Selection Ctrl+Shift+S Vertical Zoom Ctrl+Shift+V
Bookmarks and Regions
Add Bookmark Ctrl+B Open Bookmark List Ctrl+Shift+B Add Region Ctrl+R Open Region List Ctrl+Shift+R
I hope this gets you off to a good start. If you discover other goodies and want to share your knowledge, please respond.