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Dancing Dots Limelighter Music Reader for Low Vison


Are you struggling to see the notes? The Lime Lighter from Dancing Dots lets people with low vision read print music with ease, clarity and comfort. If any of the following applies to you, then The Lime Lighter is the solution for you.

  • I used to love to play the piano, but I don’t play anymore since I cannot clearly see the music on the music rack.
  • I want to play in our school band, but I have to enlarge the sheet music so much that it falls off the music stand.
  • I enjoy singing in our church choir and community chorus, but I struggle to see the music.
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Please contact one of our team members at the number below to set up a demonstration or to learn more about purchasing this product.

(714) 799-3000


Description

Are you struggling to see the notes? The Lime Lighter from Dancing Dots lets people with low vision read print music with ease, clarity and comfort. If any of the following applies to you, then The Lime Lighter is the solution for you.

  • I used to love to play the piano, but I don’t play anymore since I cannot clearly see the music on the music rack.
  • I want to play in our school band, but I have to enlarge the sheet music so much that it falls off the music stand.
  • I enjoy singing in our church choir and community chorus, but I struggle to see the music.

Read your music clearly with Lime Lighter and feel nothing but the joy of making music once again.

Brief Video of The Lime Lighter Presto model

The information below is intended to help you to determine if The Lime Lighter technology is for you. We know that low vision conditions are rarely simple. Please review this page and then contact us for a consultation on which model of The Lime Lighter might be right for you.

  • All models include special version of the Lime music notation software for reading and writing magnified music as well as music OCR software.
  • Lime Lighter Leggiero: keyboard players, singers, and all instrumentalists will appreciate this 18.4-inch, all-in-one, touch screen PC weighing only 5 pounds, about one inch thick, that runs on A. C. power or for up to 4 hours on an internal, rechargeable battery. Includes pedal for scrolling the music. Mount on conventional music stand or piano music rack.
  • Lime Lighter Presto: recommended for vocalists and players of wind and string instruments. Includes all-in-one, 23-inch touch screen PC, custom Manhasset music stand, and pedal for scrolling the music.
  • Lime Lighter Liberty: Run The Lime Lighter software using the computer and monitor of your choice. Includes pedal for scrolling music.

Young Drummer from Ohio Loving his Lime Lighter

Attention Lime Lighter Customers: Major Upgrade to Lime Lighter Software Now Available

Dancing Dots has released a major upgrade to the Lime Lighter software. There are numerous improvements and bug fixes including support for a wireless pedal, option to scroll automatically, selective adjustment of appearance of score components such as staff lines and stem signs, and new touch gestures for navigating quickly through the score.
Click here for a complete list of features and to place your order.

Review a brief presentation of The Lime Lighter. Shows features of all models but shows them on the Presto model.


Listen to a sixty-second, entertaining and informative audio spot about Lime Lighter.

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.

Features

  • Read magnified music hands-free. Keep your hands on your instrument while you scroll the score using the pedal.
  • Displays magnified print music notation from 1 to 10 times normal size.
  • Markup your music on the screen using the wireless mouse or with the special stylus and save for later.
  • Practice by playing along while listening to Lime Lighter play the piece at your desired tempo. During a performance, playback feature not required.
  • Optionally use third-party magnification software to read text in The Lime Lighter’s program menus and dialogs or to modify the foreground and background colors of the music.
  • Composers and arrangers can use The Lime Lighter to enter, revise and print out their musical ideas. That is, you can both read and write your music in an accessible environment.

We invite you to call Dancing Dots at 610-783-6692 to discuss your requirements for magnifying print music. If you are ready to order now, you may order online below.

Simulation of Reading Music with The Lime Lighter

View one of the videos below to simulate the experience of reading music with The Lime Lighter. These simulations are intended solely to help you to decide whether The Lime Lighter’s magnification level would help you to see music notation more easily. The Lime Lighter’s maximum zoom level is 10 times original size. You can even change some other program settings to increase the actual size a bit more than that. Be aware of the actual size and zoom level that is described in the simulations and match the staff size indicated as closely as you can with what you see in the simulations.

Because these simulation videos were created using an actual Lime Lighter with a 20-inch screen, it would be best to view these simulations on a monitor with a wide aspect ratio. Again, use this video to decide if Lime Lighter might be right for you. Keep in mind that when using a Lime Lighter yourself, you control the rate of scrolling via the pedal. When you watch this video, it is like looking over someone’s shoulder who is reading music on his Lime Lighter by pressing the pedal when he is ready to move to the next measure. The musical playback feature is optional and only for practice sessions. That is, you will not hear the music playback when you want to perform it yourself on your own instrument or voice.

If the notation in the videos below seems too small, remember that these videos display notation at 8x (8 times standard size). Lime Lighter can display at the even larger size of 10x and, with some additional techniques, even somewhat larger than 10x. Of course, if the notes actually seem to be too big, remember that you can always set the zoom level at a lower magnification level.

More Information on The Lime Lighter

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.

“Music educators at the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia integrate Lime Lighter into their music curriculum.”

Marking the Music

  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.

Preparing Music to be Displayed

  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.

Included with The Lime Lighter

Feature Comparison of Lime Lighter Models

All models include special version of the Lime music notation software for reading and writing magnified music as well as music OCR software. See lists of specific features for each model below. Refer to the Lime Lighter Feature Comparison Chart to quickly determine which model has which feature.

Join our online listserv forum to ask questions of experienced Lime Lighter users. Both users and prospective users welcome.


Order Your Lime Lighter

Lime Lighter Leggiero (for singers, keyboard players, all instrumentalists)

The Leggiero model of Lime Lighter is the most portable music-reading solution for low vision performers yet. It has an 18.4-inch wide touch screen, weighs just 5 pounds, and is one-inch thick. It runs on A. C. power or for up to 4 hours on an internal, rechargeable battery.

Image of Lime Lighter Leggiero on music stand with trumpet and focus rectangle over music

  • 5-pound, 18.4-inch All-in-one Touch screen Windows computer
    • Runs on AC power or for up to 5 hours on internal, rechargeable battery.
    • Form Factor: All-in-One, Multi-Touch screen, flat-panel PC
    • Video: 18.4-inch
    • Full HD touch display
    • Weight: 5 lbs
    • Wireless keyboard and mouse
    • About one-inch thick with supporting legs retracted. Mounts easily on conventional music stand or keyboard rack.
    • With legs extended, sits on tabletop.
  • Wireless foot pedal
  • Lime software with custom music magnification and mark up features
  • SharpEye Music Reader: music OCR software for scanning scores to be read with The Lime Lighter
  • Dancing Dots will install and configure all software, including any screen reader or third-party magnification programs, before shipping the unit to you.
  • Option to have Dancing Dots prepare up to 10 pages of your print music collection to be ready to read with your Lime Lighter on delivery. Offer expires 45 days after shipping date.
  • Two-hour remote training and orientation consultation with Dancing Dots after you take delivery. We connect by phone and, with your permission, to your Lime Lighter via internet connection.

Order now $2,995 (+ Shipping $50 – Use Lime Lighter U.S. shipping method)

Image of TimBuk 2 Messenger Bag


Order now the Optional carry case for the Leggiero model only. Timbuk 2 Premium Messenger Case, for $120

Lime Lighter Presto (for singers, wind, and string players)

  • Touch screen Windows computer with wide aspect viewing ratio
    • Form Factor: All-in-One, Multi-Touch screen, flat-panel PC
    • Video: 23-inch diagonal (1920 x 1080)
    • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Manhasset music stand to support Lime Lighter screen (similar to their large, double-shafted conductor’s model)
    • Base Dimensions: 507mm / 20.25″ x 432mm / 17″
    • Weight: 21 lbs
    • Height (top of computer on stand): Min: 44.5″, Max: 65.0″
    • Tilt: Ranging from 5 degrees up (almost perpendicular to floor) to facing up (parallel to floor)
  • Stylus attached to music stand for marking screen
  • Wireless foot pedal
  • Lime software with custom music magnification and mark up features
  • SharpEye Music Reader: music OCR software for scanning scores to be read with The Lime Lighter
  • Dancing Dots will install and configure all software, including any screen reader or third-party magnification programs, before shipping unit to you.
  • Option to have Dancing Dots prepare up to 10 pages of your print music collection to be ready to read with your Lime Lighter on delivery. Offer expires 45 days after shipping date.
  • Two-hour remote training and orientation consultation with Dancing Dots after you take delivery. We connect by phone and, with your permission, to your Lime Lighter via internet connection.

 

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