Before we get to the animate with audio bit… Autodesk’s Daryl Obert has been steadily documenting his Journey to VR with Autodesk Maya. The idea is that you can follow along on his Journey to VR blog as Daryl builds his first VR experience.
With this installment, Daryl walks through how to animate with audio using Maya’s Motion Graphics Toolkit, MASH. He sets up a vowelized wall that will automatically react to a section of music or audio. This is something that MASH can really excel at with a few nodes. The interesting part is in setting up the voxel wall manually. Daryl shows how you can re-order the individual polygons by selection. Using Maya 2017’s new bake pivot tool to provide the foundation for the motion.