Cross-Modal DAW Prototype

Screen shot of Cross-Modal DAW prototype GUI

Screen shot of Cross Modal DAW Prototype haptic view


A simple DAW prototype that can be operated with the usual graphical user interface or with its peculiar audio-haptic interface. 
The latter allows visually impaired users to interact with the program without having to look at the screen, by using haptics (through the Geomagic® Touch™ Haptic Device) and sound (speech as well as non-speech).

It supports cut/copy/paste of audio clips and automation graphs of gain and panning. It is not really meant to be used for real tasks but rather to test out cross-modal approaches of interacting with DAW's. It features several sonifications and "haptifications" of different aspects of DAW's that are often inaccessible to visually impaired users.

  • Waveform selection
  • Waveform peaks
  • Automation envelopes

Its sonification of peaks underlies the sonification techniques used in the Accessible Peak Meter audio plug-in.

Cross Modal DAW Prototype is written in Java and uses the JHapticGUI library to embed the haptic device. It can be downloaded as source code from the SoundSoftware repository.