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Adaptive Technology Centre: Software and Assistive Devices

Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC), located in room 120, Stauffer Library, offering a range of services, computers, assistive devices, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to read, write, research and study more effectively.

Kurzweil 3000 Audio

Downloading Kurzweil 3000 Audio to an MP3 File

Using a colorscan machine, a Kurzweil file can be saved to an audio file. Audio files are created in real time. Therefore the document must be read entirely for the audio file to be generated.

Kurzweil will read the entire document, including page numbers and chapter headings that are found on each page. In order to read only the main text, delete page numbers and chapter headings or designate them as secondary text.

Designating areas to be read:

1. In Kurzweil, on the menu bar, click Scan > Zone Editor

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2. In highlighted sections of text, Left Click

3. In the selected zone, Right click and in the quick menu, select Delete Zone

      Note: In this example the zone being deleted is the chapter heading located at the top of each page

      Note: To designate a zone as secondary without deleting it, double click the highlighted area and choose secondary from the dialogue

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4. Repeat this process for page numbers, captions for images (if desired), or other extraneous text that you would like the audio file to skip


Save Kurzweil file as MP3

To save a Kurzweil file as an MP3:

   1. In Kurzweil, on the menu bar, click File > Audio Files >Create Audio Files

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   2. In the Create Audio File Dialogue, select the pages (entire document or page range)

         Note: Include secondary text like the title of the document and publication date for reference

   3. From the Speaker dropdown, choose the voice 

   4. Input speed preference

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5. In Output File, select the format .MP3

6. From the Quality dropdown, choose Best

7. Provide a file name

8. Click OK

9. Allow the Kurzweil 3000 system to read the entire document or the parts designated to be read

         Note: Interrupting the reading process will not create a final audio file

10. Return to the desktop      

         Note: Located on the desktop is a folder named Kurzweil Output Audio 3000. All recordings made from the Kurzweil software are saved here.


11. To locate the recording, click on the folder shortcut, Kurzweil 3000 Output Audio

12. Save the file to your flash drive or M drive



Copyright: Terms of Use

Original Source:  Used with the Permission of Cambium Learning, Inc.

For more information regarding Kurzweil Terms of Use, please click here.