How to use SonicMaps Player

Download SonicMaps Player (http://sonicmaps.org/)

There are two different ways of using SonicMaps Player

  • WIFI preload mode (To save mobile internet data, this setting is recommended)
  • Progressive downloading during a walk using a 3G/4G data network.

WIFI preload setting

  1. Stand at WIFI hotspot and open SonicMaps Player – Click ‘Browse’ to search your project or enter URL directly if you know your project link.

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2. When you click browse, it will connect to SonicMaps Project page – Find your project and click ‘get link’ – Copy the project link and paste the URL on SonicMaps Player.

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** The Projects made by Greenhead College Students are below. Copy those links and paste in the URL box. 

Group 1 – A Step in Time (Market Place Area)

http://sonicmaps.org/u/233/projects/group1soundscape.txt

Group 2 – Night At The Arcade (Byram Arcade)

http://sonicmaps.org/u/247/projects/group2.txt

Group 3 – Off The Rails (The Train Station)

http://sonicmaps.org/u/246/projects/trainstationg3.txt

Group 4 – Downstreet Echo (Wood Street)

http://sonicmaps.org/u/245/projects/soundimagininggroup4.txt

Group 5 – Steel (Parish Church Yard)

http://sonicmaps.org/u/244/projects/imaginingsoundgroup5steel.txt

 

3. Click Load and make sure the WIFI preload mode is selected.

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4. It will start downloading the project.

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5. You will see located sound files on your map now.

When the Circle is:

Green: Sound file is ready to play.

Yellow: Sound file is still loading

Red: Sound file is not available

Black: Out of GPS available Zone

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How to use SonicMaps Editor

To use SonicMaps, we need:

  • Download SonicMaps Editor and SonicMaps Player onto your GPS tool (http://sonicmaps.org/)
  • We need audio files with public links on the Internet (Hudscape SoundMap)

Preparing Audio Files

  1. Upload all audio files you want to use on Hudscape SoundMap first. This is to get public links for all your audio files.
  2. Once you uploaded all your sound files on SoundMap, you need to save all the public links for your audio files.

Click on your audio file on the map – When you see your audio window pop up, do right click the sound player- select COPY VIDEO ADDRESS. Now your audio link is copied on the clipboard.

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Open a notepad (any word processing program) and paste the link.

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Do this step for every audio file you want to use for SonicMaps.

3. When you copied all audio links, send the list of links to your email so that you can access the link from your GPS tool. 

SonicMaps Editor

  1. Open SonicMaps App. It will spend some Internet data to load the map if you are not connected to WI-FI.

** The map shows the areas where you are standing with your GPS tool ONLY. ** 

2. Click on the location where you want to locate your audio file – select New Area – You will see your area is ready.

3. Click on the area gain to see ‘Sound Properties’ window.

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4. Go to your email or where you saved your audio file links. Copy your audio link and paste it onto the sound properties window.

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* Make sure all your audio file links finish with audio file format extension such as .mp3 *

5. Adjust audio playback settings as you wish.

2D sound – it plays the audio file with even volume for the circled area

3D sound – it increases audio volume as a user comes closer to the centre of circled area.

Loop on/off

The slide below is to change the volume of the audio playback.

Hit Update button every time when you change the setting.

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6. Don’t forget to save your project frequently!!

Press ‘Save’ on the bottom of your screen, and you will see this page.

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Fill up your project information and hit save.

7. When you located all your sound files, you need to publish your project to make it available for other users.

Press ‘Save’ menu to go to the same page above, and press ‘Publish’.

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You need to put your user authentication to publish. If you don’t have an account for SonicMaps, you can create one.

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Now your project is published! You will see your project is listed on SonicMaps Website.

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There is a tutorial video on SonicMaps website too.

http://sonicmaps.org/support.html

How to add audio file to Hudscape SoundMap

Hudscape SoundMap

http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/soundmap/

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1. Log in with your log in detail.

Your user name is your full name (only first name and surname) and the initial password is set as 123456789.

Ex) User name: Simon Jacobs

Password: 123456789

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2. Go to the menu, Add Audio.

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Fill in all the information for your audio file.

** Audio File: It is only allowed to upload MP3 Format!!

** Location Image: Upload photograph you have taken from the location.

** Write Description: Write your group number and describe the recording. Be specific and efficient.

** Group: your group number. Ex) Group 1 

** Geolocation: You can enter an address / location in the textfield or you can also click on the map to set a marker, or use your browser geolocation system by clicking the link, My location.

Make sure your Internet browser allows SoundMap to track your location!!

If you see the x mark on your browser’s top right corner, it means your browser is blocking your GPS location. You need to change your browser’s setting to allow SoundMap webpage to track your location.

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3. Upload the audio file

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You will see this page when the file is uploaded.

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4. Now your sound file is also appeared on the map.

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How to use Zoom H4 Recorder

Zoom H4

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  1. Slide the power switch to the right to turn on.

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2. Check your recording setting.

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3. Press the menu button on the right side of Zoom and scroll the wheel down to select ‘REC’ menu.

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4. Select the appropriate Recording Format for your project

** Recommended setting: WAV 44.1kHz 24 bit **

5. Now you can see your recording setting is updated.

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6. Now it is ready to record.

  • Press the record button once – It will start flickering. This is the monitoring mode but it is not recording yet. 
  • Press the record button one more timeYou will see the red light is steady and the time code starts counting up. Now it is recording. 

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7. Adjust your mic input level using the up/down button on the right side.

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8. Adjust your monitoring level using the up/down button on the left side.

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9. To stop recording, press stop button.

 

** To format SD card – Press the menu button, scroll down to select SD card menu, and follow the instruction.

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