I went blind about a year ago, suddenly, after 28 years of eyesight. I’ve been a musician for most of that time, and I used to use all sorts of DAWs and mobile apps.
Unfortunately, even after learning iOS VoiceOver in and out, I had the hardest time finding a good tracking app that would definitely be accessible. This changed when I was searching a few weeks ago.
I took a chance with an app called Ferrite by developer Wooji Juice, after reading a review praising its accessibility. What I found was a very blind-user friendly app designed for podcasts/journalism, however, I couldn’t get it to record and sync up recordings easily, so I wrote to the developer to ask if I was just missing the feature. I got an almost immediate response from lead developer Canis, who was immediately helpful and quick to respond.
Canis introduced me to another app called Hokusai 2, and holy moly, it’s just as easy and solid as Ferrite, but with soooooo many useful functions for musicians. I didn’t think it was possible to combine this much function with accessibility, but I have been pleasantly surprised, all the way up to a help file detailing exactly how and what controls are adapted for use by VO.
I’ve made a promise to myself that I will always speak highly of anybody who considers accessibility, but I gotta say, Canis really knocked it out of the park with such quick responses and great design.
I wanted to share this with everybody here, and I’d love to hear anybody elses’ good experiences finding accessible DAWs for iOS, something I genuinely couldn’t find before Hokusai.
I’m in no way affiliated with Wooji Juice, I’m just so thankful for the people out there, like Canis, who take our community into account and find different ways to make our lives easier, and will shout it from the rooftops when I find these great people.