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

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Sonification Sandbox Tutorial

As you go through the tutorial, please be sure to click on the thumbnails to view larger screenshots in a new window.

Empty TableWhen the Sonification Sandbox is first opened, the table is empty. To begin, you may add data manually or import a CSV. If adding manually, begin by going to File, then New Project.

Importing CSV For more sophisticated data manipulation, the user can import outside spreadsheet. When the user imports data it will automatically be loaded into the table. For importing, the data must be in the following format: 1) an Excel .CSV file, 2) an MxN matrix, and 3) numerical data (with or without column names as the first row in the file).

Sample Data TableYou may add or delete columns and rows using the buttons at the bottom of the page. The table allows simple manipulation of data, including editing numerical data, adding/removing columns and rows, and changing column names. All changes are automatically reflected in the other tabs.

Sample GraphOnce data is visible in the table, the other tabs are loaded with the default mappings. In this example, the graph of the original data table is shown. To hear the sonification, the user may simply click the play button.

Sample Channels & Mapping The Channels & Mappings tab is loaded with the default mappings. One and only one of the data sets can be mapped to Time; the other data sets will be mapped against the Time axis (Note: the axis chosen for Time must be uniformly increasing, otherwise the data will not be sonified properly). You can turn a data set's sonification on or off by selecting or deselecting its check box.

Sample View Mappings with PitchA sonification can be played using the default mappings, however, the most interesting results are achieved by adjusting the mappings for each data set. The length of the sonification can be expanded or compressed (by default it is 10 seconds long). Other data sets can be set to differing timbres, pitch ranges, volumes, and pan levels; a large number of variations can be achieved in this manner.

In the Context tab, additional sounds can be added, analogous to the x-axis, y-axis, tick marks, trend lines, etc., of visual graphs. The Click Track (marking time, like an x-axis) can be turned on or off, and the instrument can be changed. The user can add or remove other context sounds for constant or repeating tones, and notifications, and set the parameters of each.


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