Visually Impaired Musicians Metronome

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4/4 with 2 subdivisions
Accessible high contrast black on white bounce animation 

What is it?

Bounce Metronome is suitable for musicians who are visually impaired or colour blind.

This metronome is for you if you are colour blind, or if you require high contrast settings, or you have some trouble seeing fine details of what's on the screen.

If you are blind, and rely on a screen reader to read on-screen text to you out loud, see Blind Musician's metronome instead.

What do you need to do?

If you already have Windows set to one of its high contrast settings, as black on white or white on black, Bounce Metronome Pro should automatically detect your settings, and show all its visuals in the same style.

If you are colour blind - the preset colours were chosen to be easy for you to distinguish, whether you are red-green or green-blue colour blind (dichromacy).

There are also various options to use shapes to distinguish the different bouncing balls. This makes it suitable for you if you can see fine details, but have no colour discrimination at all (monochromacy),

Videos

Here it is in action showing a couple more rhythms high contrast.

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRWJNYS3wLI|gallery|-|Slow 6/8] [youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVwtWbYbS20|gallery|-|7:5:3:2 Polyrhythm showing use of shapes to distinguish the rhythms]

Where do I find it in Bounce Metronome:

Auto detected for high contrast.

Black on White skin in the Visuals drop menu. Or switch off the skin textures altogether in Visuals >> Skin.

Black on white and White on Black options for tempo dial and for the 2D bouncing balls.

Almost any colour can be tweaked individually. That includes the colour of the text, bouncing balls, background, etc. You can set all of these to any colour you like to suit your vision capabilities.

See Visuals >> Colours (keyboard shortcut Ctrl + 7)


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Black on white or White on Black

This should be auto detected. But if not you can also do it manually.

Also there is a "Black on White" skin in the Visuals drop menu preset to show everything as black on white.

Or if you do it by hand, then the tempo dial and bouncing balls windows have black on white and white on black presets which you can switch on.

Here is the Black on White version of the tempo dial:

64 Tempo Dial High Contrast

You can switch off the skin textures in the Skins window. If you do that then Bounce Metronome will display its windows in the same way as other programs do so as black on white, white on black depending on your Accessibility settings.

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Colour Blind

The preset colours rely mainly on contrast between red and blue.

So long as you can distinguish colours at all you should be able to distinguish them.

But that only gives about three really easy to distinguish colours, red, blue and magenta. So some of them rely on more subtle contrasts such as saturation and brightness.

Depending on your type of colour blindness, you may well be able to distinguish other colours easily. So it is very likely you may want to tweak some of the colours, especially for the more complex rhythms.

You can configure any of the colours of just about anything you see in the program - see Visuals >> Colours window (Ctrl + 7) in Bounce Metronome

Then also as with monochromats, if you run out of easily distinguishable colours, e.g. in a complex polyrhythm with many rhythms simultaneously to distinguish - you can try using shapes such as the tumbling polygons or stars.

Techy detail:

Uses colours such as red, blue and magenta, and less saturated versions of those colours, also darker versions of them. Where possible avoids green, the colour in the middle of the spectrum - as dichromats will either find it similar in colour to red, or similar in colour to blue (depending on whether you are red-green or green-blue colour-blind).

So the colours are either in different positions along the red - blue line which all dichromats can distinguish - or the red and blue components differ significantly in their saturation and brightness, again a difference easily distinguished by dichromats.

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