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Apple, Improve the Accessibility in Garage Band & Logic Pro X for #MacOS!

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Apple's striving to include accessibility in mainstream products and make them usable by all customers regardless of talents and sensory or physical restrictions is unparalleled in the industry. This is why Garage Band and Logic Pro X on the Macintosh platform have become very popular tools among blind musicians to create and publish their work.

Unfortunately, blind users of Apple's built-in screenreader 'VoiceOver' face issues in Garage Band and Logic Pro X: the navigation with VoiceOver is still not consistent. Especially in the tracks header and contents the VoiceOver focus does not always match the actual keyboard focus, thus causing us to make changes in tracks other than the intended one.

 

Another issue concerns Garage Band users and has been reported by numerous people on numerous occasions through the Accessibility@Apple.com email address as well as the Garage Band feedback form: Automations are not accessible.

What does this mean? Blind musicians are unable to fade-in / fade-out individual tracks, regions or define the fade-duration of the entire project. By implication, as these curves cannot be defined by VoiceOver users, other rising EQ effects and the likes are also inaccessible to us.

 

Garage Band has these basic features which one can expect from an audio workstation, and they are available to sighted users.

This is solely an issue with Garage Band & VoiceOver and makes the efficient implementation of our creative ideas very difficult.

 

Thanks for sharing and for your support! If we wake up Apple's accessibility engineers, you may hear more great music by great blind musicians in the near future!

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