Old 12-10-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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I have a colleague at work who was asking me about the practicalities of setting himself up with a small home PC based studio. My first thoughts were that Reaper (and I guess) all other Daws, plus the associated software are all very much visually based and so it isn't a practical proposition.

However rather than me making assumptions I thought it better to ask those with far more knowledge than myself? So is it possible to set up Reaper (or maybe another DAW) for someone who is blind?
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:21 AM   #2
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I have a colleague at work who was asking me about the practicalities of setting himself up with a small home PC based studio. My first thoughts were that Reaper (and I guess) all other Daws, plus the associated software are all very much visually based and so it isn't a practical proposition.

However rather than me making assumptions I thought it better to ask those with far more knowledge than myself? So is it possible to set up Reaper (or maybe another DAW) for someone who is blind?
blind or blind?

There are tools to help zoom the screen in which might be helpful, also it works well with controllers.

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Old 12-10-2010, 05:29 AM   #3
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i think its impossible for blind people to get a setup that would let them control all things in a daw like non blind people - even with tools that make some sort of text to speech translation and special hardware controllers...
but if he is interested in musik making he should get someone assisting him on the daw work while he can focus on composing
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:29 AM   #4
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Mike, some of the upcoming theme features might make Reaper easier to use for blind people, but I'm not sure how objects are negotiated or read by screen readers and so forth.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:29 AM   #5
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Please check these threads:

http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=55010
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=18879
http://forum.cockos.com/showpost.php...15&postcount=6

In short, there are blind people using DAW software and it looks like REAPER can be used with screen readers etc.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:33 AM   #6
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He is totally blind so any tools to help the partially sighted would not be of any use to him. The sighted engineer assistant idea really isn't a practical solution either I am afraid. Any other ideas out there?
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I remember a while ago someone did work with the devs to make sure reaper work well with screen reader stuff.

Maybe schwa a developer will commment here it I mention his name (kind of like the Batman signal in the sky)
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Thanks for the replies. I will check the other threads that Ollie suggested and see where we might go next.
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:29 PM   #9
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I think it would be totally possible with the right hardware and screen readers. He may not quite get the full functionality that others might be able to, but I certainly think that it'd be easy enough to set up a few control surfaces to tackle the vast majority of basic tasks without needing to refer to the screen at all, especially with Reaper's custom actions and etc.
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