Help Screen for Version 7.0
To print this file, right
click and choose Print in the Help mode.
Alternatively, go to the Faslo directory, click on
fasloHelp.htm and choose Print from the browser menu.
When Open Files button is clicked, it
looks for *.wav, *.mp3 and *.m3u files. wav files
conform to Microsoft WAV format and can be compressed or
uncompressed. If they are compressed, your system
should have the proper codec installed for decoding.
Any mp3 files can be played (all versions and layers) and
m3u files are lists of mp3 and wav files. Note by the
proprietary definition of m3u files, only mp3 files can be
included but in our case you may include
compressed/uncompressed wave files. In m3u files,
specify the path name where the files reside. Also m3u
file can contain m3u files which in turn have to specify
playable mp3 or wav files and cannot contain any m3u files.
Open URL button opens a dialog for specifying internet
files. The dialog box is capable of alpha-blending;
left-clicking on the bottom, right area (where it says "faslo")
makes the dialog box more opaque whereas right-clicking on
the same area makes it more transparent. This feature
is only available on Win2K and up (like XP) but may not be
available on Windows 9X.
Playing the Files
Files can be played by
selecting the file from the dialog box that appears after
clicking Open Files or Open URL button, and pressing the
button. Pressing the Pause
button will pause the play but the file will continue to
download for internet files and be decoded for compressed
mp3 and wav formats. Play can be resumed by pressing
Play or Pause
key. Stop key will
stop playing, downloading and decoding and reinitialize to
beginning. When playing m3u list files, Play
will play the next file in the list. If it contains
multiple files, a message box will pop up notifying the end
of the list.
Files can be looped if
Loop is selected. This
has no effect when playing m3u files. Note the slider
can be moved to any position while playing giving the "radio
station tuning" effect. The Rev radio button will
instantly reverse the play (the tick mark will appear) and
pressing the button again (the tick mark will disappear)
will play normally.
can also be played by dragging and dropping to the dialog
box. Play key will
play the selection. Note you may play files with wav,
mp3 or m3u extensions.
Altering the Speed
Speed of playback can be
altered by using the speed slider and clicking Slider
button. Speed can be set anywhere between 400 (4 times
the normal speed) to 50 (1/2 the normal speed) but best
quality is attainable in the ranges of 200 to 60.
There are several factors that can affect the quality such
as how fast or slow the speaker is speaking. Quality
can be fine tuned selecting the Block Length slider normally
between 50 to 150. At low speeds (like 50 to 60) Block
Length may have to be set low (like 30 ~ 50) to reduce
reverberation. There are preset S,
N, and F
buttons that have stored values for slow, normal and fast
speed. Slider button can be used to enter values for
the speed thru' the Speed slider. S
and F are set to 0.7 and
1.5 initially. They can be changed by holding the
right click button on the mouse on the S
or F button until a
message box pops up. There the new values can be
entered and these values are remembered for these keys.
Selecting or deselecting Tempo
will restore or not restore the tempo.
Voice Alteration Mode
For pitch changes (like
male/female voice alteration) use the Tempo. Unselect
Tempo and change to higher speed for a higher pitch and
lower for a lower pitch. Thus to get a female voice
from male, deselect Tempo, set the speed to 115 and click on
Play. To get a lower pitch set the speed to 90 and
lower. Other voice alteration controls are available
by pressing the Voice
Effects button at the bottom center of the dialog.
When this button is pressed the dialog will look as in the
There are three Select
buttons that correspond to three different effects.
For each effect the corresponding Select needs to be
selected and a click mark should appear. The effects
are explained in the following:
Input Section and
Output Section slider
controls can be set between 4 and 20 and usually a "quack"
like alteration can be achieved setting
to 14 and Output to 6.
Note usually Input
Section has to be higher than Output
Section to get this kind of distortion. Click on the
Select that corresponds to the Input Section/Output Section
and play ZX.WAV file to see the effect. As the slider
is dragged, pause intermittently to note the effect on the
voice without releasing the needle. Also once the
slider is highlighted, you can use cursor keys.
2. The Pitch slider changes the pitch in real time
(note the difference between this and the effect from the
changed Tempo lies in the output time - the output time
remains the same for the Pitch effect). Click on the
Select corresponding to Pitch and use the Pitch slider to
change pitch. Make sure Selects corresponding to other
effects are ticked off - otherwise you will get a
combination of the effects.
3. The Shift slider inserts a constant frequency
shift. Click on the Select corresponding to Shift and
use the Shift slider to see the effect. With musical
instruments you will get some weird effects.
Note when multiple Selects are made, you will get a
combination of the effects along with
Slow/Fast/Normal/Slider effect, Rev and Tempo depending on
the state of the radio buttons.
There are presets set and by clicking
the preset keys one can have different effects
preprogrammed. By placing the mouse in the Presets box
and right-clicking the mouse (press the right button until
the dialog box pops up), the presets can be altered.
When the dialog box pops up, you can change the effects for
the presets. Normally N is reserved to store
THE VOICE ALTERATION IS PROVIDED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES
ONLY AND SHOULD BE USED AS SUCH.
Recording the File
If you want to make a recording of the
altered speech, click on Record button. The program
will save the recording as a wave file with extension wav
and a file name that consists of the original file name, its
speed and a time stamp. As an example recording file
while playing zx.wav at a slower speed of .70 will produce
zx.wav_70_1069955439.wav. The last ten digits will
vary since this represents the time at which the recording
is started. If you play a new file, a new recording
will be generated with the new file name, its speed and
start time of recording. Click on Record again to stop
recording. The demo mode restrictions apply in the
sense that only the first recorded minute will be audible.
If you are really serious about recording the output
sessions, it is highly recommended to get Total Recorder
(available on the internet at
and very economically priced) which will record sessions in
MP3 and other formats.
In demo mode, all functions
are intact. The only difference is that only the
first minute of the selection is played. In the Rev
mode, you will hear the last minute. After the first
minute of audio, P in the top right hand corner will turn
red. To see reversing effects, experiment on an audio
clip shorter than one minute (like jx.wav or zx.wav).
For clips longer than one minute (like sim.mp3), you may
hear only in one mode - normal or reverse mode.
In the registered mode, you
will hear the entire selection. Click on the Register
button and enter the password sent to you in the email.
The password will look like xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and it is
best to cut and paste it from your email. With
Microsoft making their media player freely available, it is
strongly suggested that the interested users register so
that small, independent developers can exist and offer
products in a competitive environment. To those who
cannot afford (though we try to price it at an economical
price), you may request a free copy with an explanation how
you intend to use. This request should be directed to
Faslo and you can get the email address in the main page at
General Considerations and Helpful
Internet connections can be slow to
make even when you have a high speed access. The top
right hand corner shows the status of the dowload thread
(R), decoder thread (D) and play thread (P). When you
stop the play, you will see the threads being deactivated.
If you have slow internet connection, it is advisable to use
key to make sure threads are all killed and then use
Play to play the next
selection. Normally this is not necessary but
recommended in cases where your computer or internet
connection is extremely slow. During pause, P
will be seen blinking. In demo mode, P will turn red
after the first minute indicating that the selection is
played a a low volume.
A Guided Tour
Click on Open Files, select
file jx.wav and click Play.
When it starts playing click one of the keys S,
N or F
in the right hand side. Speed will change based on the
key clicked. Also you may change the speed by going to
the Speed slider
and slide for twice the
speed. Click on
the Slider to take
effect. If you are not playing, click on Play.
Select test.m3u file to play a list of files. Click
Play to select the next
selection. Click Stop
to stop the playing of the list files and watch the letters
disappearing on the top right hand corner. To play an
internet file, use your Microsoft Internet Explorer to go to
and right click on one of the mp3 selections like Leaving on
a Jet Plane. You will see a drop down menu from which
select Copy Shortcut. Click on Open URL and in the
dialog box, do a shift-insert to copy the short cut into the
dialog box. You should see the name of the internet
file and then click Play
to play the file. Alternatively, click on Open URL,
and type in
. Click Play to play. Click on S to slow down to
60 % speed. Hold the right mouse button down on S
button, until a pop up dialog appears. Select a
different speed. You may have to declick and click
again to get the new speed. Play with different
selections like zx.wav, jx.wav, sim.mp3, .. to get a feel by
clicking Normal/Slow/Fast/Slider buttons, Rev and Tempo.
Keep the Loop on to keep the selection playing in a loop.
For a recording of file,
click on Record (after opening the Voice Effects drawer by
clicking on Voice Effects). Select the speed button,
say Slow at 70 % of the speed and a file to play, e.g.,
zx.wav. Click on Play and Stop after a while.
Choose jx.wav , Play and Stop after a while. If you
look at the file folder where the program is, you will see
two new files zx.wav_70_xxxxxxxxxx.wav and
jx.wav_70_xxxxxxxxxx.wav where xxxxxxxxxx is a time stamp
which depends on when the recording was started. The
file will be stored in the current directory - which is
normally C:\Faslo after the startup. Note as mentioned
before, we strongly suggest Total Recorder to record files
as this product can record the files in compressed formats
For voice effects, click on
Voice Effects to see the effects dialog box. To see
various effects, select a file say jx.wav. Click on
Play, go to the Presets and select 1, 2, 3, .. to see
different effects. Press on N to restore to normal.
Get good WAV or MP3 files for best performance.
There are a lot of sites devoted to
reverse speech technologies (Google or Yahoo to search for
"reverse speech"). In the Faslo player, select a file
say zx.wav and play. During the play (after 10
seconds) click on Rev to hear in reverse, and click on Rev
again to normal operation. Note how the needle
reverses during the reverse play.
can use other features to speed up/slow down and other
effects during the reverse operation.
Suggestions and Comments
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