Analog Lab V & Accessibility
With Jason’s expertise, we united Analog Lab V, KeyLab, and deep text-to-speech functionality for a fluid & accessible experience. Easily enabled in the settings, it works with any MIDI controller that’s linked up to Analog Lab, interfacing with your computer’s own text-to-speech engine, ensuring that it fits into any setup.
The KeyLab controllers send notifications to the text-to-speech engine on our computers. As I press a button on KeyLab, or turn a dial, or change a value using the encoders or the faders, it sends notifications out to the system’s voice, allowing me to know exactly what’s happening on the keyboard. It’s really cool!
Let’s take a look at some examples of how text-to-speech could be used to streamline the Analog Lab V workflow for producers and music makers:
Browsing instruments and categories
Analog Lab V has a myriad of ways to find your sound; search by instrument, by genre, by timbre, and by sound designer. Accessibility mode reads the category and search filter names as you select them, so you’ll know which angle you’re approaching your search for sound at all times.
Having the KeyLab talk to me, I have the same access that a sighted person does. I just hit category search, I can scroll to electric pianos, Stage-73 V…
Within every category or search results page, there’s a list of presets to go through. As you scroll, text-to-speech tells you the name of each individual preset, both library and user, so you can easily keep track of the sounds you’ve heard.
What happens when I come back 2 days later and I want to use the patch in another song? Because I heard it tell me that the patch was ‘Morning Rhodes’, I can come back 2 days later and load it.
Both parameters and parameter values are part of the real-time feedback that Accessibility mode provides. Not only does that help you navigate the Analog Lab V interface, it also helps with those subtle tweaks that make a good patch sound great.
When I’m designing my own patches, when I move the faders and the encoders, I can know exactly what the values are as I tweak them.
Splits & Layers
Quickly determine the instruments you want, the positions of your keyboard split, the balance of your multiple preset layers, and individual settings for each of them - every part of Analog Lab V’s split/layer functionality can be navigated with text-to-speech.
I’m a live performer as well, I love to play keys and bass. One thing that was a nightmare was things like creating splits & layers. Speech allows me to set it up in seconds, so I have my strings and piano, my bass and my Rhodes…
KeyLab & MIDI Controllers
While you may simply use Analog Lab V as an isolated sound source or plugin, it works brilliantly as an accompaniment to your MIDI controller of choice. Analog Lab perfectly integrates with KeyLab thanks to an easy-to-use layout and smart mapping. It’ll also play nice with other controllers, all of which can be instantly linked to Accessibility mode.
I guess my sense of touch and my orientation is pretty good, but adding to that the layout of the keyboard - it’s so ergonomic, it makes it that much easier to just jump around.