SonicMood
SonicMood
5.2

4.5

SonicMood free download for Mac

SonicMood5.2

31 December 2013

Relieves stress by generating ambient music.

Overview

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 comes with 42 pre-defined Moods AND you can create your own! It's ambient music at its best!

The 42 Moods use a mix of different instruments, including bells, crystals, kalimbas, glockenspiels, violins, and many others. Audio recordings of nature sounds are added to each mood. You can create your own moods or edit the existing moods. You won't find anything like this in conventional music...

What's new in SonicMood

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 "SonicMood Carbon.app", and if the cocoa version is running, it downloads "SonicMood Cocoa.app". Afterwards, it launches the new version which deletes the old version and then renames its file to "SonicMood.app" (although the UNIX executable retains the name of either "SonicMood Carbon" or "SonicMood Cocoa"). So the first time either version runs, it renames its file to "SonicMood.app", however the menu name will continue to be either "SonicMood Carbon" or "SonicMood Cocoa".
  • Instrument names are now extracted from ".sf2" (Soundfont) files and used to label the instrument selection controls on the Edit panel. Loading of Soundfonts should be more reliable (less chance of failure) now.
  • Made a change to the "Volume Settings" window so that it initially appears on top of the SonicMood window. It can be moved and will remember its position during a session, but if closed before SonicMood is quit then the next time SonicMood is launched and the "Volume Settings" window is opened it will again appear over the SonicMood window.
  • The Soundfiles page on the Edit Panel now displays which soundfiles are actually audible at any moment. There's also a limiter you can apply via a slider at the top of the page which limits the number of selected soundfiles that can be audible at any one time.
  • The min/max pause/play time sliders on the Soundfiles page are now logarithmic and the range is increased to 600 seconds (10 minutes). The fade time slider is now also logarithmic and the range has been doubled to 120 seconds (2 minutes).
  • The Soundfile volume now fades in a logarithmic fashion with more steps for a smoother sound.
  • Added a command ("remove missing soundfiles from selected moods"), available from the Moods menu or the Moods list contextual menu, that would removed any references to missing Soundfiles in the highlighted Moods.
  • Added ability to replace all soundfiles with the files dropped in a folder (hold the Command key to do a replace instead of an add).
  • Modified the way the master volume slider works so the soundfile volumes are immediately changed, rather than just changing the endpoint for the volume if a soundfile is fading up or down. This also affects the "sleep / wake" fade volume.
  • Made some cosmetic improvements to the Edit panel pages.
  • The name of the current synthesizer is now displayed in the SonicMood window's Title.
  • Made a few changes so the Dock icon's right-click list includes the "Main Window" now.
  • The "Live resize..." checkbox on the Preferences window, Windows tab, will only appear if the Carbon version of SonicMood is running. Also true for the SonicMood contextual menu and the "Window" menuitem. Live resize is always on for the Cocoa version.
  • Moved the menuitems "New Mood" and "New Theme" from the "File" menu to the "Moods" menu since they're really not related to creating, loading, or saving files.
  • Moved the MenuItem "Sleep/Wake Schedule..." from the Moods menu to the SonicMood menu.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen if a Moods file with fewer Moods replaced the current Moods file where the Mood being edited was a higher number than the number of Moods in the new Mood file.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when doing a "Reset to Original Moods Only" from the Moods menu, if a new Mood had been added and was currently playing.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash during the check for a new version.
  • Fixed a major list sort bug that caused the sorted items to be in the wrong places after the sort (initiated by pressing on a listbox header).
  • Fixed a bug that prevented deleting ".sf2" files from the Synths list in Preferences.
  • Fixed a bug that caused numbers rather than the Musical Key to be shown in the slider on the Piano Keyboard window.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue that confused the "Tempo Multiplier," "Time Sync," and "Time Mode" control's relationship with the Note Timing settings for the instruments (on the "Inst, Vol, Notes" tab).
  • Fixed a potential bug where long soundfiles are still loading while SonicMood indicates in the soundfile list that they're playing.
  • Fixed a small cosmetic bug in the labeling of the Mood Sweep Mode and Soundfile Sweep Mode sliders.
  • Fixed a font size bug.
  • Fixed a bug in the SuperSlider class control that was causing the values during a drag slide to not be registered properly.
  • Fixed a small bug that could cause some controls on the "Inst, Vol, Notes" tab of the Edit panel to get scrunched together if the window was resized horizontally so that the vertical and horizontal scrollbars were both visible.
  • Fixed a minor bug that caused a momentary soundfile volume transient if the fade time slider was set to 0.
  • Fixed a few contextual menu bugs in the Picture Window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the "Soundflower not found" error message from appearing in the "Record Window".
  • Fixed a cosmetic bug that caused the "Abort Conversion" button on the "Record Window" to be cut off at the bottom.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a spurious "Undo Hide Ext Button" undo item in the Edit menu after changing to the Soundfiles tab on the Edit panel after starting SonicMood.

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41 Reviews of SonicMood

5
alas!
28 February 2009
Version: 4.9.1

Most helpful

Been using SM for quite some time now. It's absolutely and totally sublime. Never fails to soothe the savage beast in me. It's a nurturing, comforting womb to take refuge in....a true haven of tranquility in a world full of harassment. A gentle, loving, blissful massage for the psyche.
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5
Jpdaz
18 March 2015
Version: 5.2
To John, the Developer & You, the User,

What a shame SonicMood is no longer available. It was a superb application that let you freely mix sounds and themes and layer them. This meant you could created thousands of ambient, relaxing sound and music.

I used SonicMood all the time. It was especially useful when having to think deeply about things I was writing up in research papers. I also hooked up my Mac to the lecture room sound system and played used the sound and music when my students were working on projects - it really relaxed the whole atmosphere of the room! And because with SonicMood the music and ambient sound mix was created by the user, this meant I do not have to worry about copyright issues.

If the developer of SonicMood, John, is reading this, I want to thank you sooooo much for your wonderful creation. I am not sure why SonicMood suddenly vanished from cyberspace. But I hope you are well. And if there is any chance that you can revive SonicMood, many would be forever grateful.

It is so true the saying that " ... you never realize what you have got until it is gone." I wanted to install SonicMood on my bran new Mac, but discovered it is no longer available. I miss it already!

I regret that I did not thank you enough John for your work. If you do revive SonicMood, I would have no hesitation of purchasing it again. Not only that, I would encourage you to charge for updates. I don't believe I ever was asked to pay for an update since the initial purchase in 2009! It was so obvious you put so much loving care into the development of this application.

All the best from Japan! :)
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4
Jakob-joergensen
14 January 2015
Version: 5.2
Æv, you can't download it any more...
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F451
10 December 2014
Version: 5.2
Defunct, gone, no more...
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5
PatrickD8309
26 August 2013
Version: 5.1.0
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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4.5
SchwanSongs
04 February 2013
Version: 5.0.3
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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5
RC62
02 October 2012
Version: 5.0.3
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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Jimw
10 June 2012
Version: 5.0.1
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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4
Pripyat
27 April 2012
Version: 4.9.9.6
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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4.5
kadoish
06 May 2011
Version: 4.9.9.2
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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4
iminlalaland
16 January 2011
Version: 4.9.8.4
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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5
Ibeme
07 January 2011
Version: 4.9.8.4
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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4.5
Mitch-Russo
06 December 2010
Version: 4.9.8.4
Love it, great app.
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5
June8
08 October 2010
Version: 4.9.8.3
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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5
Steven-Goodheart
05 October 2010
Version: 4.9.8.3
I love this program and it was well worth it's modest price. It really creates a wonderful musical ambiance and is endlessly fun to "fiddle with. I also own and use pzizz, which has a different purpose and approach, but I have to say I use Sonic Mood more often. Kudos to the author for a great program!
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5
Mtcobra
09 April 2010
Version: 4.9.8
Good heavens, if you haven't already, expand the list of "revisions" to this puppy! Looks like a major overhaul! To the developers: Thanks! I appreciate efforts that make a good product even better!
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5
Jayce
10 February 2010
Version: 4.9.7.1
I have loved this app every since it appeared and it keeps getting better and better. I like the way I can fiddle with it when I have the time or inclination, to make new combinations of sounds and soundfiles, monkey with the tempo, turn the volume up here and down there and save the result as a new entry. And I like finding out bit by bit about all the goodies in SonicMood that I didn't even know about or at least hadn't played with yet. But I love being able to turn it on and pick one mood or one combination of moods to play while I work or read (on the computer) or edit text or pictures. And it's wonderful when I'm with my MacBook in an airport or on a plane or in a motel; I can plug in my earphones and just listen. Or listen and work. Or listen and play Scrabble. It takes relatively little space in contrast to iTunes, seems to have very little CPU or memory usage. I bought a second license for SonicMood when I put it on my MacBook. It was--and is--one of the very few single-machine apps that I was glad to buy a second time/
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New-User
29 January 2010
Version: 4.9.7
I find this application a very odd mix of elements at complete odds with each other. So much so that I can't rate it. The interface is a jarring mix of non-standard behaviors and custom controls with crazy color schemes. It suffers from the clutter of too many 'niche' settings. It almost appears as though the developer crammed in every single feature request that he's received, to the detriment of the program. It needs to be ripped up and redone with a standard *clean* MacOS X interface. So for this I would give the program very low marks. At the same time, the actual purpose of the app, creating mood soundscapes, is something it achieves with excellence. The included content is great, and there's even more content available at the website. On these points the program gets high marks. So, redo the interface completely, and you've got a winning app.
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5
Fanchee
03 January 2010
Version: 4.9.6.1
Just bought this today for 50% off via MacZOT, and it's totally worth it. Does exactly what it claims to and does it well. The recording works very well and is extremely easy to convert to AAC/MP3 files for playback on my iPhone. Definitely relaxing, soothing, and takes the edge off! Highly recommended.
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5
alas!
28 February 2009
Version: 4.9.1
Been using SM for quite some time now. It's absolutely and totally sublime. Never fails to soothe the savage beast in me. It's a nurturing, comforting womb to take refuge in....a true haven of tranquility in a world full of harassment. A gentle, loving, blissful massage for the psyche.
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Easer
17 August 2008
Version: 4.8.6.2
I've used this for less than 60 seconds and plan to buy it next paycheck. Although it seems to have a lot of bells and whistles (no pun intended) that appear daunting, I will read through the manual to figure it all out. This has been really relaxing. Nice program. It's like having my own personal "Hearts of Space," only without the annoying voice-overs.
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5
Cturner
30 July 2008
Version: 4.8.6.2
This is a terrifically useful software. The music/background sounds are relaxing, soothing and can help with studying and concentrating. They are also very useful for just relaxing. Recent updates improved functionality and user tweaking. You can adjust lots of parameters to get the effect you want or just select from the wide variety included. Developer is very responsive and friendly. Highly recommended
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5
nostrodumbass
24 January 2008
Version: 4.8.1
Only those without a soul will fail to appreciate how this little gem can transform one's immediate environment into a veritable Garden of Paradise. It's absolutely breathtaking! At $10, it's an absolute bargain. Definitely worth two or three times that price. Been using it for years, now, and it's one of the very few software programs that has definitely enhanced the quality of my life. But it now!
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4
Chriswan
24 January 2008
Version: 4.8.1
A decent app with generous pricing
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5
Idjster
05 December 2007
Version: 4.8
Truly the best relaxation software around. I've used it through a few versions and have never been disappointed that I registered it. I've had communications with the author and he's been responsive and quick to reply. While the software works 'out of the box' it has a tremendous ability for customization to one's personal tastes. Truly a great app and well worth the price!
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5
8oo8
29 May 2007
Version: 4.7.6
This outstandingly beautiful creation is a true balm for the soul. It generates soothing, centering, healing soundscapes that will enhance the quality of your life. The developer must, indeed, be in touch with the Source of all Creation, for Sonic Moods is a true gift from On High. It glistens like a diamond lotus in the morning sun. While Sonic Moods has been with us for a while, if you've never come across it before consider yourself blessed, for it is a true find. This wonderful developer is always seeking ways to make it better and better, and at the paltry sum of $10, it is priceless. I humbly bow before this very gifted soul.
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5
Anonymous
16 November 2005
Version: 4.1
I have to give this application all 5's. It serves a very useful purpose - to help you relax - and it does it well. The icing on the cake is that the developer is caring and responsive. The new feature of playing a background soundfile along with the instruments really boosts the effectiveness of the moods. It'a also highly customizable. I think no matter where you may be with your computer it can improve your environment, help you relax and even concentrate better. I recommend it highly! HK
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Anonymous
15 November 2005
Version: 4.1
Sorry, I don't like having two separate windows for moods and scenes.
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5
Anonymous
05 September 2005
Version: 4.0
Better and better, what a great improvement since the first version !
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5
Anonymous
05 September 2005
Version: 4.0
Rulle Rusk here. Last year I made some comment about this app being pointless. Since then my girlfriend has left me, i lost my job and my dog died. I have moved to Miami Beach and live a quiet, tranquil on the beach with SonicMood running around the clock. I was wrong. My apologies.
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4.75
Anonymous
30 January 2005
Version: 3.0
I enjoy SonicMood X 3.0 very much; it is very calming. Of course I'm from WV, and do not know what the fellow from NYC was talking about.
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5
Jchryss
22 January 2005
Version: 3.0
I love this program. I have been using it since the last version. The new version is even better. It really helps drown out the distraction (kids) when I am trying to concentrate.
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4.5
Dremwkr
08 October 2004
Version: 2.0.4
I find the app relaxing and makes for a nice background while working on the computer.
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Anonymous
10 September 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This application is pointless. If you live in New York and there's noise all around you all the time, then move another place instead of downloading this app.
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4.5
Anonymous
01 September 2004
Version: 2.0.2
Very nice. Developer has made progress in improving interface (although can still be tweaked a bit more). Mood sounds can be customized in great detail. Seems to be effective at least for me and my puppy. Finally developer is extremely responsive to problems and suggestions.
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4.75
Anonymous
20 August 2004
Version: 2.0.1
I have worked with this developer for the last few weeks, and he is extremely open to new ideas, and VERY quick in implementing those ideas. The program works as advertised and can be customized to your own tastes. Add some pictures that you find relaxing, choose a mood, and forget about it. It runs very smoothly in the background, and helps create a very calming environment to work in. I personally love the option of showing chimes along with the pictures. This product will continue to evolve and grow, so get your ideas to the developer. Nice work!
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Anonymous
19 August 2004
Version: 2.0.0
I like this little app too, but it desperately needs a reverb unit to smooth out the sounds.
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Jimw
16 July 2004
Version: 1.1
I am still waiting for an explanation in regards to my previous comment. In the mean time, I will keep listening to my CD's or my streaming audio stations from the internet for free, which I can capture and edit for later playback via several free products also available on MacUpdate.
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Anonymous
16 July 2004
Version: 1.1
I absolutely love the concept. However, I think there can be some improvements. The interface would need a complete re-haul, it does not follow any UI guide lines. Also, I think if the quality of the instruments, and make the music a little more fluid would make this a complete winner.
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Jimw
11 June 2004
Version: 1.0.5
Please explain to me why one is willing to pay $10 for this when their are plenty of free streaming sources of similar music available for free or for $10 you can either buy a cd or burn your own from what you already own.?
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4.5
Brazil
11 June 2004
Version: 1.0.5
I like this app - It is exactly what one needs when music is tired and has been played . Many scales and settings . Well worth the zords .
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3.75
Anonymous
01 June 2004
Version: 1.0.1
Has a funky New Age iNteRfAce, but creates some nice random soundscapes. Non-standard command=H activates a Help screen (instead of hiding the app) -- but otherwise seems well done.
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$6.99

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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