This official Arturia video features London-based producer Jason Dasent talking about how he worked with the company to improve the accessibility of KeyLab and Analog Lab V.
Dasent is a producer, engineer and keyboardist from Trinidad. As a visually-impaired person, he’s committed to breaking down barriers to accessibility and creativity.
While this is a promo video for Arturia – it’s great to see a synth company taking accessibility seriously, and involving a visually-impaired person in both the development and promotion of their accessibility features.
Arturia worked with Dasent to implement text-to-speech feedback for Keylab and Analog Lab V, converting anything that you would see or read into audible speech, to allow visually-impaired users to navigate. As a result, gear that would otherwise be an impenetrable mess of buttons and knobs can be a powerful tool for someone with limited or no eyesight.
Thinking about accessibility often results in usability improvements for all users.
Should electronic music gear manufacturers give more attention to accessibility? Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments!
And, if you know of other companies that are working to make their gear accessible, leave a comment and let us know what they’re doing!