NVDA and Band In The Box


Jaffar Sidek <jaffar.sidek10@...>
 

Hi all, and especially to Daniel who posed the question about NVDA and Band In The Box, and to those of you who are interested in music or are budding musicians.  I have bought and download Band In The Box partly to test it with NVDA as Promised, and Partly for my daughter who is taking up music technology for her studies, just like her dad.  Anyway, before I go further, let me first clarify that I am very much ignorant of the workings of this particular program, so my impressions will just scratch the surface.  Here goes then.  The very good news is that NVDA seems to work out of the box with Band In the Box, if you will forgive the pun.  The menus are totally accessible, and you can do loads with them.  However, when, for example, you are exploring a particular style of music, NVDA will annoyingly announce every bar as the music plays.  I got round it by pressing the alt key which lands you on the file menu, thus, keeping you away from the music track that is playing.  I had no problem with any edit boxes, nor combo boxes, which leads me to believe as a programmer that this program has been coded with the win32 API which in terms of accessibility seems to be the best, which is a pity for it to be abandoned by Microsoft for the more modern technologies.  Still, there we are.  Now, if you play a piece of music, and you want to go to any point of the music, press the left arrow to go back one bar, the right arrow to go forward one bar, and the tab key and shift+tab key combination to go forward or bback  a beat.  I an not yet sure if you can adjust the number of beats and bars as you move back an forth, but I will check it out.  NVDA will announce every bar and beat for you.  This helps especially when you are recording, since you can record your melody at any point of the music, or style in the Band Of The Box jargon.  So that's my impressions for now.  If my work and family schedule permit, I will explore the program more thoroughly and write out a tutorial for those of you who are interested.  Band In The box could be a good starting point for those of you who are thinking of going into music recording.  It is relatively cheaper than the more advanced DAWS like Magix Samplitude and Cakewalk Sonar, and it is relatively easy to learn.  Plus the fact that There is the Free and excellent NVDA screen Reader to go with it, and you can't go much wrong.  Cheers!

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