Like JPR, I am an end user and not a developer. While I am primarily a MIDi focused composer, I find that Samplitude Access does a remarkable job of providing access to the key features my workflow requires:
Soloing, Muting and Monitoring of individual tracks or groups of tracks
Conversion of MIDi to Audio
Instantiation of 3rd party VST instruments, including Independence, and more.
In addition to this, I get the sense that Steve’s solution introduced a great many blind and visually impaired users to Samplitude who would not otherwise have been aware of your product, particularly in the US, where you may not have optimum market penetration. Some of this was the result of the arguably timely demise of Cakewalk’s SONAR and the resultant need for an orphaned customer base to find a new and effective solution to replace that with which some of them had worked for more than a decade. Others were enticed by your end of year promotional pricing campaign, a very well timed effort, I must say.
I’m not aware of duplicate JAWS solutions, at least, not in English. I’ve never heard of a screen reader called “Cobra.”While I certainly understand your desire to consolidate your interactions with the sight impaired market to a select few developers with highly developed skill sets, an open source approach has the potential to be counterproductive vis-a-vis that goal because an open source project could cause too many contributors to dilute focus and direction of the solution. This would, in turn, compel Magix to address more and more divergent requests making demands on a finite resource pool.
In the end, the solution that provides the greatest access to Samplitude’s various functions should be the one that secures the greatest support from Magix. Also, serious thought should be given to the commitment shown by the developers of the various solutions, not only with respect to their potential longevity in the market, but also with respect to the passion and number of potential end users that solution’ and its developer can potentially bring to Magix’s customer base.
I hope you find this helpful.
Kevin L. Gibbs (aka Steinway Artist and composer, Kevin Kern) https://kevinkern.com