As previously stated in my short introductory email, I am a
singer/songwriter/producer who fills his time writing and mixing songs for sale
on digital platforms such as iTunes.
Today, I would like to talk about accessibility in Digital Audio Workstations
(DAWS) and what help is available to help use them. Please note however that I
am a Windows user and although have ome experience with Voice Over, I cannot
cover anything on the iOS platform.
There are many DAWs out there depending on budget and requirements from Cubase
and Sonar to Pro Logic and Reaper. All have one thing in common. NONE are
fully accessible out of the box. All of them will require adjustments
involving twaling he internet. Sonar used to boast that they have accessible
modules but after their redesign to Sonar Platinum, this is now not the case.
Although there are add-ons available for all DAWs which can help if you know
where to look, it just isn't financially viable for a software company to put
in the work for such a small market.
It does mostly depend on which screen reader you use as to the help you can
find and obviously the most popular reader, JAWS, has the most available
articles which could assist.
So, where to begin.
If you are a JAWS user, one invaluable tool out there is Hot Spot Clicker.
This little program works with JAWS to allow short cut keys to emulate a mouse
click action within an active window. This allows for areas which are not
accessible using the keyboard to become available as it is possible to set a
short cut to physically click a button or drop down menu within a window to
allow access. Although it will require initial sighted help, once set up, can
reduce stress by performing a macro actio involving one or multiple mouse
clicks in one go.
Link for Hot Spot Clicker: http://www.hotspotclicker.org ;
For SONAR (Cakewalk) users who have other screen readers, although this works
on JAWS as well, there is a guy on YouTube called G Man who is a VI drummer.
He has developed with the help of another, a way of using a game controller and
speech output to access the most useable parts of the DAW. However, I have
also used this with my own Cubase DAW with limited success. Links for this can
be found below:
For the main application: http://www.azslow.com ;
For the pre-set file: http://www.azslow.com/index.php/topic,342.0.html ;
Lastly, for accessible help using a MIDI controller, there is available (for
lower versions of Windows than Windows 10) help from http://www.raisedbar.co.uk ;
called Surface Reader. This little gem provides speech output for any MIDI
controller. For faders and pots to switches and bank controls. Unfortunately
the Windows 10 version is not yet complete but there are Beta testing stages
which may provide help and can be available if you join their mailing list.
I hope that this provides interest for all readers but please reply with any
other ideas, comments or anything else that could help.
Thanks for reading
Sent from Mail for Windows 10