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SoundDesigner - Collaborative Sound Design Based on Perceptual Mapping

Screen-shot of prototype 1 User study

This is the original source code for the prototypical sound design application in the publication:

Klügel, Niklas and Becker, Timo and Groh Georg. "Designing Sound Collaboratively-Perceptually Motivated Audio Synthesis"

Abstract: In this contribution, we will discuss a prototype that allows a group of users to design sound collaboratively in real time using a multi-touch tabletop. We make use of a machine learning method to generate a mapping from perceptual audio features to synthesis parameters. This mapping is then used for visualization and interaction. Finally, we discuss the results of a comparative evaluation study.

which can be found here: and (extended version)

This application relies on a data set which has been published here as well, however the original sampling and timbre space construction method has not been released so far. It is originally a tabletop application but the framework also allows use with mouse input apart from TUIO and native win7 touch.


  • reakt:

  • UltraCom:

  • the Vector phase distortion synth has to be installed (part of the repository)

  • checkout and build + sbt publish for each of these

  • The real-time audio synthesis uses SuperCollider / ScalaCollider, therefore an additional SuperCollider installation is necessary.

  • External midi input to drive the synthesis algorithms

  • Audio output device with multiple channels (for individial headphone outputs)


Collaborative Sound Design Based on Perceptual Mapping






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