The Lime Lighter Music-Reading Solution for People with Low Vision
Lime Lighter Presto (for singers, wind, and string players)
Don’t struggle to see the notes anymore. The Lime Lighter from Dancing Dots lets people with low vision read print music with ease, clarity and comfort. Read your music clearly with Lime Lighter and feel only the joy of making music once again.
The Lime Lighter displays printed music notation using the traditional five-line staff. Zoom feature allows you to magnify the music up to 10 times the original size. You can even edit the music and print it out. But, for most low vision people, this technology will be of interest as a way of reading music comfortably. Our low vision features provide the special magnification functions needed to display enlarged music in the proper proportions from 1.25 times standard size all the way up to 10 times.
For more easily reading text in program menus and dialogs, you have the option to use the built-in features of Windows or third-party magnification programs such as ZoomText and MAGic. You may also want to use those programs to invert the screen image or to change background and foreground colors.
Using a special stylus which looks and feels like a standard pen, or even your finger, you can draw directly on the Lime Lighter's screen. You can also use the wireless mouse to mark up your score. The software displays your markings and saves them for display each time you open that file.
For example, if your teacher or the conductor tells you to circle a certain note or cross-out a particular measure, you can draw on the screen just as 20-20 musicians would take a pencil and mark their paper score. If you should need to change your magnification (Zoom) level, the system scales the size of your marking to the new magnification level.
The Lime Lighter comes equipped with music OCR software which scans print music using any standard scanner. The Lime software imports the results of the scan and displays the music according to your preferences for magnification. It is even possible to listen to your PC perform the music as an aid to learning your part.
A second way to get music into Lime is to import MusicXML files created by other programs. More and more MusicXML scores are becoming available for download from the internet for little or no cost. Popular notation programs like Finale and Sibelius can now export music in the form of MusicXML.
Lastly, you have the option to enter music directly into Lime by typing on the PC keyboard or by playing on an electronic musical keyboard attached to your PC.
How does it work?
Each time you press the control on the right side of the pedal included, the music on the screen advances to the next measure. In effect, the page of music slides from right to left so that the start of each measure appears roughly at the same position on the screen minimizing the need to shift your gaze to find your place. A focus rectangle highlights the start of each measure as well.
To move back one measure, you press the left side of the pedal. To move to the top of the piece or to the beginning of the currently repeated section, you press on the center of the pedal. You have the option to set the pedal to move by system (or line of music notation). You can reformat any score to show a set number of measures per system.
Lime Lighter Presto: recommended for vocalists and players of wind and string instruments. Includes all-in-one touch screen PC, custom Manhasset music stand, and pedal for scrolling the music.
Lime Lighter Presto (for singers, wind, and string players):