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touchEQ: An eyes-free audio equalizer for a surface haptic interface

Over the past three decades, the process of music production moved from operating analogue devices to using software, which leads to accessibility issues for the visually impaired. This paper reviews accessibility features of popular DAWs and explores the use of a surface haptics interface as an eyes-free controller for an audio equalizer. An application prototype was developed to study an alternative human-computer interaction that could be applied to the enhancement of a visually impaired music producer’s workflow. The prototype was tested in two usability studies in order to determine if it can be controlled effectively without visual feedback.

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