Native Instruments Announces Accessibility Helper
New Maschine MK3 tool for visually impaired producers & beatmakers.
Native Instruments has released the NI Accessibility Helper, a new lightweight app that works with Maschine software to help visually impaired producers and beatmakers. The Accessibility Helper works by enabling Maschine users to hear touch-triggered audio cues that read out each control that is used — with all encoders, pads, and screen-menu items identifiable in this way.
Additionally, the Accessibility Helper provides a degree of in-app help and orientation over the hardware — which are triggered via computer keyboard input.
First introduced for Maschine MK3, the NI Accessibility Helper will soon be available for use with more NI hardware devices as part of NI’s commitment to developing new tools that empower producers to create without barriers. Plus, by building a dedicated app, NI can continue to deliver Accessibility-focussed improvements without needing to make changes to Maschine software.
NI is releasing the Accessibility Helper with special thanks to their consultants, Andre Louis, Tim Burgess (Raised Bar), Jason Dasent, and Chris Ankin — musicians from the visually impaired producer community — whose knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in the development of the tool.
For owners of Maschine+ and Maschine MK3, there is no further purchase necessary in order to install the NI Accessibility Helper. The tool is available for installation for free via Native Access.
The Accessibility Helper is now available for all owners of Maschine+ and Maschine MK3 via Native Access.