Georgia Tech Sonification Lab
School of Psychology - Georgia Institute of Technology

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Sonification Sandbox Downloads

This is the downloads page for the Sonification Sandbox. You can find a list of releases, FAQs, and bugs here.


December 14, 2014: With the update from Java 6 to Java 7, many incomatibilities were identified. A beta verison of Sonification Sandbox 6.2beta is now out. It fixes a number of bugs and incompatibilities with Java 7. The Sandbox runs much better under Java 7, than it did before. There are additional bugs to be fixed, hence the "beta" release.


Most Recent: 6.2beta (Java 7 compatible) [22 MB]


  1. Download the JAR file.
  2. Run the JAR installer. If the installer does not come up, you may need a newer version of the free Java JRE.

Getting Started

Sonification Sandbox GUI

There are a few considerations when using the GUI. First, an auditory graph must always have an x-axis defined before the player and visual grapher can display anything meaningful. To change this setting, select "type" from a channel in the "mappings" tab. Second, the GUI is designed for maximum flexibility. It does not have many built-in tools for making the graph "sound good" at first. You may have to play around with the settings to get an appropriate output.

Understanding Auditory Graphs

Jump to the auditory graph tutorial.

Command Line UI

The new command line or shell user interface is designed for quick results. A small graph can be converted from CSV to MIDI in about one second. To call the command line UI, enter the command

java -jar Sandbox.jar -c "C:\directory\inputfile.csv" ["C:\directory\outputfile.midi"]

where "C:\directory\inputfile.csv" is the full path and filename of the CSV input and "C:\directory\outputfile.midi" is the optional output MIDI file name. If the outputfile is not entered, then the Sonification Sandbox will create "inputfile.csv.midi" at the inputfile's path.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I run the installer?

The installer is a java-based JAR file. It is technically a file with compressed contents (a "zip" file). However, you can use Java to open the application. Typically, you will only need to double-click the file. Sometimes another applications has associated itself with the .jar extension. In that case you will need to tell the operating system to open the file with Java. I've heard of one case where the download was automatically renamed to a .zip extension. It is safe to change the extension back to .jar.

Bug Tracking

There are no bugs currently being tracked.

Please email the Sonification Lab at if you have any problems or find a bug.


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