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Locative Audio
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Use voice, sounds and music to create immersive and engaging experiences for your visitors. SonicMaps uses GPS and location technologies to automatically deliver locative 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 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)

Create location-aware sonic experiences Soundwalks | Audio Tours | Storytelling | Games | Sound Installations The SonicMaps platform provides you with everything you need Online Editor | Web Player App | Analytics | Text to Speech

SonicMaps Editor

Discover our feature-rich authoring tool for locative audio

Draw overlapping or disconnected zones (geofences) on the map. Group them into stacked layers to facilitate your workflow. draw geofences Upload and assign an audio file to any existing zone. Adjust sound parameters and playback options as required. zone settings Test your project at any location with our remote listening mode in order to simulate the end-user experience. listening mode Switch between map styles and optionally draw routes to guide your visitors in linear narratives. publish soundwalk Save and recall your projects at any time. Add metadata to describe them. save and load projects Publish and share your work with your target audience. publish soundwalk

On-Site Editing

When running on an iPad or Android tablet, the SonicMaps Editor uses 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.


WaveNet Speech Synthesis

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

The SonicMaps Editor is compatible with desktop or laptop computers, tablets, and iPads using a modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari).
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SonicMaps Player

Use your mobile device to explore immersive soundscapes and audio tours around the world

  • PWA-compliant. The SonicMaps Player is a Progressive Web App that runs smoothly on your browser (no need to download from an App Store). To install it, simply add a shortcut/icon to your home screen and enjoy a full-screen, native-like experience.
  • Your position is accurately displayed on the map using GPS location services. Audio is automatically played back when you walk into a sound area.
  • Offline Mode. Save any project to your device for later use when your internet connection is slow or unavailable. This option can be particularly useful when soundwalks are located in remote natural areas with poor cell phone coverage.
  • Remote Listener. If an audio tour is too far for you to physically visit, it can still be experienced remotely by dragging a virtual listener icon around the map.
  • Spatial Audio. Increase listening immersiveness with automatic signal amplitude attenuation depending on distance from audio sources. When enabled, the perceived loudness decreases as we move away from the center of any circular sound area just like real-world sounds.
  • Easy Sharing. We have included a comprehensive search engine to let you find the best locative audio experiences in your area. Content creators can also share a link to any of their projects via email or social media using a Project Unique Identifier (PUID). All your SonicMaps projects are just one click away from your visitors!

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