Sonarworks in Education  /  Gillian Desmarais

Gillian Desmarais

K-8 Fine Arts Director and Music Teacher at Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett, Massachusetts

I am incredibly impressed with the capability of Sonarworks calibrations. As my eighth-grade students are aware of how sine waves function in mathematics, it was easiest for them to make the association between frequencies on the piano and the frequency portion of the graph. Using the drop-down menu for selecting “stimulated after” or “target” was the most effective tool for demonstrating how the software was capable of calibrating the ideal response curve. This included all the bypassing features, which students were able to manipulate in real-time, as well as hearing the difference in audio quality from each change. 
Afterward, students were able to pull up their Soundtrap projects on my computer and listen to the difference in sound. They immediately recognized how the quality of the low end was evened out and how visually that was being depicted on the graph. A great teaching moment! Manipulating audio effects in Soundtrap was much easier for them to understand after this demonstration. 

A student actually was interested in why a safe headroom was not reflected as a change in DB on the graph and only in the output. Obviously, the actual calibration of the curve isn’t changed when manipulating the output, but I sensed the fact that they wanted to see that change on the graph too. Distortion is another point of topic for us to cover. 
I am incredibly impressed. This was a wonderful tool and resource for my 8th-grade students. Incorporated as part of a STEM lesson, Sonarworks provided them a better visual for understanding sound and ways of enhancing its quality in an un-ideal environment.