Alternative Access Methods
It’s long been recognized that the keyboard and mouse are not the the most efficient means of accessing a computer for the purpose of creating music. Most people will invest in some kind of hardware controller to make the interaction more intuitive. There are many hardware controllers available on the market, some specifically designed for a particular DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) application others that will allow the user remap the buttons to suit their preferences. Although these controllers serve a similar function as Assistive Technologies used by people with disabilities (they increase the efficiency with which the user can accomplish a task) they are still inaccessible to some users. In this section of the site we will look at some alternative methods used by people with physical disabilities to access their computers or other hardware devices with a view to exploring their application to digital music creation.