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SonicMood relieves stress by generating ambient music.

Is life stressing you out? Do you need to relax or block out that annoying babble from the next cubicle? Maybe you're just having a hard time falling asleep? Wouldn't it be nice to be in a garden, listening to the flow of water just a trickle away, the hum of crickets, a bird that creates melodies in the distance? Now at last you can with SonicMood! Each "Mood" is a blend of polyphonic stereo instrumentals with pleasing harmonies combined with the sounds of nature. Moods have a mellowing effect, the gentle sounds lying just below your consciousness. SonicMood more...

What's New

Version 5.2:
  • Compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Now using the Cocoa frameworks (Intel only) for one version of SonicMood. The "Universal" version using the Carbon frameworks is also available and supported.
  • Changed the version update code so SonicMood downloads the update that's the same "type" as the version that's running. So if the carbon version is running, it downloads more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later (compatible with Mavericks, OS X 10.9)
  • Soundflower (see Help for details) for recording digital output

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PatrickD8309 Member IconReview+1
PatrickD8309
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SonicMood was a pleasant surprise for me. I am working on the PC the whole day doing software development. My working space is the usual office environment with people talking, phones ringing and smartphones pinging. SonicMoods wonderful relaxing Moods keep me focused on the tasks at hand. The soundscapes it creates never get boring. And there are so many controls to fiddle with this app will keep me focused for years to come. Very much recommended!

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Version 5.1.0
SchwanSongs Member IconReview+1
SchwanSongs
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Not only is this a nicely designed Mac app, which can create a continuously changing stream of relaxing musical sounds right out of the box… but it is also a deceptively powerful "generative music engine", and gave me geeky access to twiddle synthesizer knobs under the hood.

After delving into it and learning more, I could experiment with creating my own generative sequences with different instruments and patterns, and then was able to capture its output as a MIDI file, edit it a bit with a music editor, export to Garageband, and had myself some nice little pieces of music too.

This is a very nice app for passively listening to, or for actively experimenting with to learn more about generative music, and even generate your own album of music from! I find myself listening to it or playing with it quite often.

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Version 5.0.3
Rc62 Member IconReview+28
Rc62
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In short, for the price this is an extremely well designed app and the developer keeps it updated.

I have had SonicMood for quite a while but never really used it much. Recently, my wife has decided listening to nature sounds (rain, water, storms etc.) help her fall asleep. I spent a bout $20 buying downloads from Amazon when it hit me that I already had a program to create my own relaxation music/nature sounds.

I have had trouble with SoundFlower (with SonicMood and other apps too) so used Audio Hijack Pro to capture and record 30 minute sessions of different "moods". I've got about 15 done so far and play them back on our audio system at low volume when we go to bed. The wife loves it. I have to confess I like it too. :D

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Version 5.0.3
Jimw Member IconComment+455
Jimw
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FYI: There are plenty of choices for ambient music, including the ocean, birds. etc. in ITunes Radio. Of course while not taking up additional drive space it will lower the performance of your internet connection a bit.

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Version 5.0.1
Bit Of Paradise Products (Developer)
+2

Hi Jim,

That's true. However SonicMood isn't just recorded nature sounds. In fact, it started as just MIDI instrumental sounds. At some point along the development path I decided to back the instruments with recordings from nature. So a lot of SonicMood's appeal is due to the way those instruments are "played" by SonicMood's algorithms. It is "generative music," or "algorithmic music," not music in the sense of just playing back recordings.

If you're interested, here's a link to our FAQ item on "What is SonicMood?" : http://www.sonicmood.com/SonicMoodFAQ.htm#what_is_sonicmood

Thanks for your comments,
John

Pripyat Member IconReview+264
Pripyat
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Nice program, keeps me relaxed while doing difficult tasks on my Mac that require a lot of concentration. I find the UI to be a little too wild for my taste, but I'm sure that this will be addressed some time in the future. Still, a great app.

Looking forward to what version 5 will bring.

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Version 4.9.9.6
Soundman Member IconReview+39
Soundman
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Just want to comment on how much I enjoy using SonicMood. Have had it for several years and consistantly enjoy hearing its soft, peaceful sounds while working on this project or the other. This latest update is mind boggling and one can see that with the developer, it is a labor of love. Less noise pollution - more sonic refreshment!

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Version 4.9.9.2
iminlalaland Member IconReview+19
iminlalaland
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This is a little tough for me to use. Much too complicated. I can't seem to change the mood and the shortcuts for keyboard seems to be limited to 1 octave.

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Version 4.9.8.4
Bit Of Paradise Products (Developer)
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Hi,
Thank you for your comments (and stars! :)
I agree that SonicMood can seem complicated when you get into the "nuts and bolts" of it using the editor.

To change the Mood just double-click on the Mood you want to change to in the list that's in the main window (the one that opens when you launch SonicMood).

You can shift up one octave on the keyboard by holding down the "shift" key when you press one of the shortcuts.

If you have more questions about SonicMood, just email me here:
support@sonicmood.com

Thanks again for your comments!
John

Ibeme Member IconReview+22
Ibeme
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This program does a great job of what it claims to do. In particular, the ability to modify and then record a soundscape is especially hand when you want to relax and aren't or don't want to be around a computer. I've recorded several soundscapes I've created for myself and put them on my iPod--it's a great way to block out the noise of other commuters on the train, or when I'm flying.

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Version 4.9.8.4
Mitch Russo Member IconReview+2
Mitch Russo
+1

Love it, great app.

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Version 4.9.8.4
June8 Member IconReview+136
June8
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Very nice application, registered in five minutes. Full of features and options which I don't think that I can use all of them. It is very clever while adding new moods and sounds, easy to manage. Developer is very sensitive and fast on replying messages. User interface could be a little bit more mac-like but not a big problem. Hearing side is more important than the seeing side with this application. :)

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Version 4.9.8.3
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Version 5.2
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Version 5.2
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Version 5.0.2
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Version 5.0.2
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Version 4.9.9.6
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Version 4.9.9.6
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Cilalu
Version 4.9.9.4
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Version 4.9.9.2
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Downloads 36,631
Version Downloads 2,333
License Shareware
Date 31 Dec 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $6.99
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