Some people are most productive working a coffeehouse environment, surrounded by sounds of people chatting and dishes clanking. Others become easily distracted by street noise or other outside sounds. If you are someone who likes a little background noise while you work or relax, then you might want to check out the Noizio app.
Noizio is an app that plays ambient sounds and can help drown out those noises that you find distracting, such as outside traffic or voices coming from next door. Or you can set it to play smooth relaxing sounds such as October Rain, Campfire, Sea Waves or River Stream that help you meditate or drift off to sleep. I often set it to Thunderstorm which helps me to concentrate while I work and helps to drown out the lawnmowers & leaf blowers from outside.
To turn on a sound, tap its icon. When the icon is lit, it is activated. But you’re not just limited to one. You can create a mix, containing a blend of your favorites sounds, like a coffeehouse with a thunderstorm in the background.
Once you’ve chosen the sounds that are to make up your mix, drag the slider for each sound to the left or right to adjust the sound volume, until you find the perfect blend.
To save your sound mix, tap the Save icon on the lower-left corner of your screen and then provide a name for your mixture. You can save more than one mixture, which you access from the Mixtures icon, on the top-left corner of your screen.
Noizio even offers a timer, so that you can set your mix to play for a specified period of time, say 20 minutes while you fall asleep or during a 10 minute medication session.
The mixtures available are:
- October Rain
- Coffee House
- Winter Wind
- Sea Waves
- River Stream
- Summer Night
- Sunny Day
- Deep Space
- Sailing Yacht
- Inside Train
- On the Farm
The app works on both iPhone and iPad. There is even a Mac version (which I haven’t yet tried).
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