[Athen] Creating MP3s?

Russell Solowoniuk solowoniukr at macewan.ca
Wed Mar 31 07:53:01 PDT 2021

Hi Sean,

Thanks so much for this great information. I’ll save this message for future use. In our case, we decided to use TextAloud as we don’t do a lot of MP3 conversions.

Thanks again,


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My pics have both been mentioned, but let me add some reasons why I use these for conversion to MP3...

I get great results converting to MP3 with the free Central Access Reader, which can be found at Central Washington University. It is also my go-to for converting MS Word with MathType or EquationEditor equations to MP3 or screen reader accessible HTML with MathML. Can't say enough about how our students have benefitted from the HTML that is easy to access by default screen reader/browser combinations using the screen reader commands used for surfing the web. No plug-ins or special software required. I'm a big fan of CAR and the Central Access Toolbar is also very helpful and also very free.

I pray these tools aren't allowed to atrophy and become obsolete! They are still compatable with the latest Window OS, but require 64bit OS. But I worry, since they haven't been updated in the last few years, and they are such valuable parts of our workflow for accessible STEM!

I'm also a big fan of Balabolka, for it's variety of language support, and how many features and options it has. Tons of control over pauses, pronunciation, splitting large files into multiple mp3s... and too much to mention. Yet can easily be used by novices. Only drawback is that it lacks MATH support.

Hope that helps.
Sean Loraas

Accessibility Technician
Alt. Text & Media
Austin Community College
Eastview Campus
Office: 2140

(Sent from my smart phone, please forgive any typos I failed to catch.)
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