Sound Doodle is a free desktop application for Mac that takes the act of doodling, and brings it to the world of sound. The interface elements are designed so that you can mold your sound by doodling.

Sound Doodle

I’ve created a SoundCloud Sound Doodle group for us to share our creations.

Check out the walk-through to get a feel for how it works.

And Nick Maxwell from Nick’s Tutorials put together a really good tutorial:

editing / routing / mixing

You have very basic editing features to crop, change playback direction and speed, loop, etc.

The routing allows you to draw the order that your sound travels through the effects modules.

To mix, each of your effects is visualized by a node.Β  As you move your mouse over the nodes, you hear more or less of that effect.


There are four effects, where you change the parameters by drawing. The four are: stereo multitap [tapz], reverb [verbz], granular synthesizer [grainz], and a 5 bank comb filter/resonator [rez].

In the Sound Doodle walk-through video, there are elements that aren’t in your app. Originally, there was a heavy social element, where users got to download sounds directly form the Freesound Project and then upload their sounds onto AudioBoo (the audio equivilent of twitter). Sadly, my motherboard died literally a day before compiling, then when I got my new computer none of the Java was compiling anymore. After a year of having this app lying around, I decided to get rid of these social elements and share it with you as is.


The JavaScript for the Tapz module was programmed by Jules Rawlinson.

The icon was designed by Jeff Lagasca.

Before I canned the AudioBoo upload, the Ruby code was programmed by Matthew Eddey.

There has been so many people along the way that helped. Especially on the Cycling74 forum. Thanks to everyone!

Hope you enjoy this little desktop app! Have fun doodling πŸ™‚

25 Responses to “Sound Doodle {+ software}”  

  1. 1 Andre Feldmann

    Looks interesting…will give it a whirl! πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Nathan Lively

    Looks so cool! Can’t wait to try it out.

  3. 3 tee kasule

    this is simply wonderful. haven’t stopped playing with this for hours.


    tee kasule

  4. 4 Phil Lee

    Thanks Andrew, looks great! Giving it a go soon…

  5. 5 Moogerfooger

    Any chance this could make it onto my iPad? It would be super fun and useful as a multitouch app πŸ˜€

  6. 6 Moogerfooger

    Wow, thank you! Any chance this could make it onto my iPad? It would be super fun and useful as a multitouch app πŸ˜€

  7. 7 Andrew Spitz

    Thanks for all the nice comments!

    @moogerfooger I wish I could port to iPad. Would wove a great way to interact. I cant do it myself, but if someone comes along and wants totry, then I would love that!

  8. 8 Joshua Boden

    Andrew well done man! I got hip to this through Nick’s Tutorials. Keep up the good work man. I have had this thing for less then 10 minutes and I have already created a sound I will be using on part of my sound design reel. Very deep!

  9. 9 Andrew Spitz

    Thanks for the positive feedback Joshua! Let me know when your reel is up and if you wanna share, would love to check it out.

  10. 10 martin-s

    Quite fascinating, worthwhile to explore and work with.

    One thing: “Sound Doodle” is the wrong name, it evokes absent-mindedness rather than presence and intention.

  11. 11 Andrew Spitz

    Ha! Maybe you’re right πŸ˜‰

  12. 12 Kyle

    nice app! please PLEASE tell me there is a PC version in the works πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Andrew Spitz

    I’m sorry, Kyle. But there isn’t. The amount of time and work involved is just too much. I’ve moved on to new projects. Gotta keep moving forward, sorry!

  14. 14 Shaili

    hey this sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it:) Love the name and the thought behind it:) the interface looks very doodle friendly:) suer stuff!

  15. 15 Andrew Spitz

    Thanks Shaili!

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