More Aids for visually impaired

Score Magnification

The solution is one of the results of the ProGUIDE 2 project. The project which has been a Leonardo da Vinci project, has been working with addressing a number of urgent issues for the visually impaired sound engineers, musicians, and producers. To be able to read scores in a perfect ergonomically position, with the lighting condition which suits your eyes has been the goal for this development.


We developed this score reading solution. The system is based on a small Apple's Mac mini computer, a camera tri-pod with a specially developed holder for the screen. The system is also using a programmable pedal set with a various amount of active pedals. In this case we have been using 3 individually programmable pedals. These can be adjusted to various functions. The solution has also a score reading software, which is adjusted so that you can operate the functions with the help of the pedals.


This system solution gives a user a fantastic possibility to see the exact amount of scores, which suits the degree of sight reduction. With the help of the footswitch the visually impaired musician can scroll the exactly wanted portion of scores. It means that you can much easier than before just push the next portion of music.


Rehearsing and performing conditions become so much easier with the help of this solution. You can now have the right magnification. You can get the right amount of scores at the time which you want. And you can very easily operate it by the help of the footswitch. You can also copy all the scores which you are going to perform in to the same presentational document. That means that you have a continuous document, which covers the whole concert or rehearsing session in front of you. For further details please contact the ProGUIDE partner, which is closes to you. See below for details.



Hardware:

  • Apple Mac mini
  • HP widescreen display. Make sure that it can be connected to computer
  • Camera Tri-pod with adjustable head
  • Special-made back-plate to hold the display. Screwed in to existing holes. Made by HBC in Haparanda (http://www.hbc.se)
  • Programmable pedals made by Kinesis Corp. (http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/fs-savant-elite.htm)



Software:

  • Sibelius 6, Mac



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Synth management and editing

In the old days it was very easy for us visually impaired to have full control of all the important parameters on the synthesizers and keyboards. All functions have their own buttons, knobs, wheels, faders, and drawbars. The only tool you sometimes needed was a light indicator to detect some of the diodes.


Today's machines mostly deal with software modes, menus, and relatively complicated external computer editors.


They also use nice graphical interfaces, which makes it even more complicated for visually impaired users to get a properly working, intuitive and accessible interface. In the ProGUIDE 2 project we have therefore been working with this problem,

in order to give the visually impaired users at least some solutions with an acceptable degree of accessibility.


After have preceded a analyze of almost 100 different software alternatives on the market, we decided to promote the Yamaha Studio manager and editing software for the very popular synth rack module Motif XS. The rack is packed with a fantastic amount of good sounds, and features. It is small and light to carry around. It is also affordable for a lot of musicians.


With the help of this software you can adjust all the important parameters on the device, and make them visible on the Braille display and through speech. It means that you can adjust the sound sets which interest you, for an optimal result in your work.

With the help of the accessibility to this software, you can as a user define all types of sound sets, so that it is easy to operate it when you work with your sequencer software. The studio manager and editor appear as a plug-in, which you reach from the main software. By the help of the software, you can also make layers of different sounds on the same channel. You can also edit and define parameters for all physical parameters of the sound. You can in addition more easily do proper editing of effects on the sounds. It has previously been very tricky to do. The solution makes it also possible for you to manage your own favorite banks of sounds.


We think that this is a significant step for the end users, to have a nice alternative for their daily work. We also hope that this will open the eyes of many developers, so that they better understand the need for accessibility for all types of users.


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