Avid are hosting another Pro Accessibility Panel at NAMM 2019, which will offer a fresh look and update in all that is happening in accessible music product creation. This free one-hour event is part of the TEC Tracks panels will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM PST in Grand Ballroom A at the Hilton Anaheim right across from the NAMM Exhibits.
Avid is inviting anyone who works with audio manufacturers, software developers and music schools, as well as visually impaired musicians and friends to come and learn about the benefits of making products and services available for blind users and those with other challenges.
Sharing the progress being made in this important are of accessibility will be brands including Avid, Native Instruments and Samsung and educators like Berklee College of Music in Boston and I See Music in Chicago who are directly involved in the work to improve accessibility in pro audio related products and tools, as well as well known blind power users who benefit from this accessibility work to create music independently and with little or no sight.
Who Will Be On The Panel?
Slau Halatyn, long time friend of the blog and owner of BeSharp Studios in Astoria, Queens, NYC is a music accessibility pioneer who has played a major role in making Pro Tools software usable by visually impaired users.
Slau is one of a team of Pro Tools beta testers who provides critical real-world input that continues to improve support for Pro Tools by Apple VoiceOver and compatibility with Flow Tools, a free product that describes windows and tracks with the detail that enables blind users to turbocharge their work.
Slau will show how he uses Pro Tools every day, editing, mixing as he works independently on projects using his Pro Tools HDX system.
If you would like to know more about Slau and his journey then check out our podcast extra interview when Slau was joined by our own Dan Cooper who also has a visual impairment and listen as they tell their stories on using Pro Tools with a visual impairment.
Timothy Adnitt is Director of Products, Music Production Software for Native Instruments. Timothy works with his team to create the high level of accessibility available for the NI Komplete Kontrol system. He will be sharing how Native Instruments looks at the business opportunities unlocked through accessibility development across the Native Instruments range of offerings, and will also be on hand to co-present with another very special guest…
Justin Kauflin is a jazz pianist and Quincy Jones artist who has used NI Komplete Kontrol, Logic Audio and Pro Tools to compose and perform a collection of award-winning music too extensive to list. His work with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled in the documentary Keep on Keeping On for which Justin composed the soundtrack, and he has since moved on to a prolific relationship with Quincy Jones, more than ten albums on which he’s participated and led, and a multitude of tours and educational events around the world. He is proof of the musical experiences and careers that are available to blind musicians who ignore apparent limits and discover the accessibility tools and assistance that are increasingly available.
Amy Dickens is from Samsung where she is a web developer advocate for accessibility as she completes a Ph.D. in computer science focusing on accessibility in digital musical instruments. She has also spoken at recent conferences including the JUCE ADC and Audio Mostly. Amy will focus on strategies for success in making accessibility a first-class citizen on the product roadmap.
Byron Harden is the owner and Director of I See Music in Chicago. His school is teaching employable skills to blind and low vision learners and Byron will be describing the repeatable “hand over hand” and streaming models that he is offering to blind students in conjunction with San Francisco Lighthouse for the blind and other collaborators.
There will also be a Sibelius demonstration by Avid’s Sam Butler and Chi Kim, Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Sean A. Cummins, who is the owner of InVision Technical, which has served the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) in several US states for over 35 years creating studios for the visually and physically disabled including veterans pursuing audio and video production careers as they return home from military service. Sean will be sharing his significant expertise on bringing accessibility to levels which make products eligible for sale to government and education customers.
At NAMM? Do Try And Come Along
Whether you are creating products, software or services for music creation or you’re someone who may benefit from these innovations, if you are attending NAMM 2019 this event will be well worth attending on Saturday, January 26th from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM PST in Grand Ballroom A at the Hilton Anaheim right across from the NAMM Exhibits.