The time stretch/pitch change function allows make regular Hebrew broadcasts easier to understand for a learner. It does this by slowing down speech - without lowering the pitch (which is what you get when you slow down a tape recording).
Hebrew Audio Sources
If you find more, please get in contact
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hebrew/ - SBS Australia - choose Hebrew from the list for a great one hour weekly program.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/radiohebrew - SBS Australia Hebrew Podcast
http://foundationstone.com.au/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?language=en&page=easyHebrewText - Yanshuf easy Hebrew magazine with Audio CD option.
http://www.milingua.com/ Milingua - Hear and Read easy Hebrew on the Web - for English speakers.
http://foundationstone.com.au/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?language=en&page=movie - Hebrew Movies on DVD.
http://www.kolisrael.com/ Kol Yisrael - voice of Israel online - read or listen.
http://bible.ort.org/ Navigating the Bible - the Hebrew scriptures online. Includes audio of all texts.
http://mabat.iba.org.il/ IBA Israel Television channel 1 - TV broadcast in Real Media.
http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/ptmp3prq.htm Mechon-Mamre's MP3 Recordings of the Hebrew Bible
Here is a short file to practice on.
- Time stretching a file requires a lot of resources on your computer. You might like to use the task manager to lower the priority of the application, to make your computer more responsive while it's processing.
The length of audio you can do is limited by the size of the intermediary files the application can create. These are put in your home directory, or in the C:\Documents & Settings\username\ directory on a PC. On 32 bit Windows, the largest these files can be is around 1.4 GB, which limits you to around 30 minutes of mono CD quality sound at any one time.
- Saving your audio as mono doubles the amount you can do at one time.
- If possible cut out the bass frequencies of your audio (pre time stretch), using a graphic equaliser in your media player/sound editor/stream ripper software.
If you know good software for your platform, please add some details
http://all-streaming-media.com/record-audio-stream/Super-Mp3-Recorder-Professional-Wma-Vqf-Ogg-Wav-Mp3-recorder-editor-player.htm - Super Mp3 Recorder Pro can record any signal played through your sound card into mp3, wma, vqf, ogg or wav files. This is how to convert any audio stream on a PC into sound files that FoundationStone can work with.
http://www.audio-grabber.com/ - some more audio grabber software for converting formats, some free.
http://rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/ Audio Hijack - This app allows you to record sound from any source. For example, you can "rip" Real Audio files into plain sound files, just by playing them in Real Player. The sound platform vendors are locked in a market share struggle, and don't like you to convert audio from one format to another. This is a neat, and legal way to get around it for personal use.
http://www.felttip.com/ Sound Studio - shareware audio file editor, with some Digital Signal Processing (DSP) functions for cleaning up the sound (eg in a lecture, remove the sound of the chairs rumbling, people chattering etc).
http://apple.com/itunes - integrates with the ipod, allows you to compress and organise the resulting files FoundationStone creates.
http://apple.com/quicktime/ - edit functions requires payment of a small fee. Allows you to work with audio, primarily changing format, editing and compressing.
http://streamripper.sourceforge.net/ Stream Ripper - this app allows you to save to disk MP3 (& other formats) broadcast as streams on Internet radio stations. The saved file may then be transformed via FoundationStone's Time Stretch feature (for example).
http://videolan.org/ Video LAN - open source media platform that plays most formats (except Real).
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