Data Sonification: Another Way to Communicate with Sound

Generally, people aren’t terribly good at just looking at lists of numbers and finding meaning. That’s why we create charts, graphs, and infographics to help us see patterns and trends to help communicate this information to others. These graphs, etc., are visualizations, but we can also sonify data–convert into sound–in order to help understand it and make it meaningful to us or others.

Kyma & DAW Integration with Dante (Digital Audio to Pacarana with AoE)

My students getting started in Kyma often ask me how they can integrate it into music production in their DAW. Now, there are a lot of good reasons to get away from your DAW sometimes, and experiment with different workflows (including those built into Kyma), but let’s set those aside for the moment. With a Dante AVIO USB ($129) and the Dante Virtual Soundcard ($29), you can set up two channels of 48K digital audio in and out of your Paca(rana), enabling you to use it like a plug-in effect with low latency and without any conversion to and from analog.

I demonstrate this in Logic Pro X, but it should work in Pro Tools, Reaper, Ableton, or your other DAW of choice.