Use geolocated sound, voice and music to create engaging experiences for your visitors. SonicMaps uses location technologies such as GPS to automatically deliver audio content to your audience as they walk, just like a real tour guide.
At the core of the SonicMaps platform is our easy to use online Editor, offering a multi-layer approach to storytelling and soundscape composition where you can mix and overlap multiple layers of sound on a map. This is extremely useful, for example, if you need to have some background music covering a large geographical area, along with several voice recordings at specific spot locations within that area, or if you want to crossfade audio files as the user walks from one location to another. This approach ensures a seamless, more natural experience for your visitors who can enjoy your guided tour or soundwalk with their own smartphone and headphones without the hassle of scanning QR codes or manually playing the right audio file from a list. (less)
When running on an iPad or Android tablet, the SonicMaps Editor can use your real location to play sounds as you build and test a project. This is useful to predict positioning errors caused by GPS signal reflections on surrounding buildings so you can adjust your sound areas accordingly.
* Requires a Wifi + Cellular iPad model with built-in GPS
SonicMaps implements a text-to-speech service with 14 natural sounding voices in multiple languages to quickly generate high quality audio content for your geolocative projects.
* English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
When GPS tracking is not required, embedding an interactive sound map in your own blog or website is an excellent way to exhibit your project in context. Try the example below, a beautiful soundscape composition by Pete Stollery and Suk-Jun Kim:
* Embedding codes for your locative audio projects can be obtained from the SonicMaps Editor.