Back to SonicMood page
SonicMood free download for Mac

SonicMood Reviews

5.2
31 December 2013

Relieves stress by generating ambient music.

alas!
28 February 2009

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.
Like (6)
Version 4.9.1

Read 41 SonicMood User Reviews

Rate this app:

Jpdaz
18 March 2015
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! :)
Like (3)
Version 5.2
1 answer(s)
Fillip
Fillip
17 April 2016
Great thank you to John from Jpdaz.

It's custom in our country to show thanks and appreciation
with a bow... m(_ _)m

I hope 4.9.6 that I have now can survive the future of MacOS. Now playing on Yosemite.
Like (2)
Jakob-joergensen
14 January 2015
Æv, you can't download it any more...
Like
Version 5.2
F451
10 December 2014
Defunct, gone, no more...
Like
Version 5.2
PatrickD8309
26 August 2013
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!
Like (1)
Version 5.1.0
SchwanSongs
04 February 2013
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.
Like (2)
Version 5.0.3
RC62
02 October 2012
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
Like (3)
Version 5.0.3
Jimw
10 June 2012
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.
Like
Version 5.0.1
1 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
10 June 2012
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
Like (3)
Pripyat
27 April 2012
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.
Like (1)
Version 4.9.9.6
kadoish
06 May 2011
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!
Like (2)
Version 4.9.9.2
iminlalaland
16 January 2011
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.
Like
Version 4.9.8.4
1 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
23 January 2011
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
Like (3)
Ibeme
07 January 2011
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.
Like
Version 4.9.8.4
Mitch-Russo
06 December 2010
Love it, great app.
Like (1)
Version 4.9.8.4
June8
08 October 2010
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. :)
Like (2)
Version 4.9.8.3
Steven-Goodheart
05 October 2010
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!
Like (2)
Version 4.9.8.3
Mtcobra
09 April 2010
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!
Like (3)
Version 4.9.8
1 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
09 April 2010
You're welcome! And thank you for your kind words of encouragement! :) John
Like (2)
Version 4.9.8
Jayce
10 February 2010
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/
Like (1)
Version 4.9.7.1
New-User
29 January 2010
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.
Like (4)
Version 4.9.7
11 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
29 January 2010
Hi, thanks for your comments. :-) I'll admit I'm not the best interface designer, but I'd like to make a few points: One, if you don't like the colors ("crazy color schemes") you can easily change them. Just open the Preferences, go to the "Windows" tab, and check the "Allow Editing" box. Then make whatever changes you want! Two, are you referring to the main window when you mention "clutter?" If so I'd disagree. I don't think it's any more so than the iTunes window. It has a number of controls but they're labeled and should be easy to figure out. However, if you're talking about the "Edit" window then I'd probably agree with you. The problem for me is that SonicMood has so much capability that I haven't yet figured out how to present the controls for that power in a simple way. I'd welcome any suggestions for simplifications, though. :) I do tend to add features when requested, and that can lead to some confusion for those who don't need these features. I try to keep things simple, but that's not always possible for a program that's trying to accommodate many users. And since I'm the programmer what I do always makes sense to me, although it might not to anyone else... ;-) I do welcome suggestions on how to improve SonicMood's usability. If anyone has something specific, like "I don't understand what Tempo means and why it's located beneath the "play/pause" button" I'd be happy to listen and consider changes! :) Cheers, John
Like (3)
Version 4.9.7
Mrchips
Mrchips
29 January 2010
Hi, it's me again ;-) I should have added that I appreciate your kind comments about SonicMood's operation. Thanks! Also, I am receptive to your points about the interface. If you could suggest an app (or two) that I could look at to give me some ideas about changes I could make to SonicMood, that would be great! :) Cheers, John
Like (3)
Version 4.9.7
q00p
q00p
22 July 2010
@MrChips A good place to start is to look at the interface of all the standard applications in Mac OS X. Pay particular attention to the iLife and iWork apps. Just a kind suggestion
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Mrchips
Mrchips
22 July 2010
Hi @Q00P, Thanks for the suggestion! :) I did try to model SonicMood after iTunes, albeit an earlier version of iTunes... But I'm working on getting SonicMood updated for version 5 and I'm hoping it will be more "Mac Like" starting with that version. If successful, I will also be able to make an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad version that will have a subset of the Mac version's capabilities. Cheers, John
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
q00p
q00p
22 July 2010
@MrChip You can always post some screenshots of your interface design ideas and I will be glad to review them.
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Mrchips
Mrchips
22 July 2010
Hi @Q00P, That's an excellent idea! I will consider posting screenshots on our web site (www.sonicmood.com) as version 5 moves forward. Right now I'm still in the "learning" stage. For more info on my plans you can read my blog post about this at: http://sonicmood.com/WordPress/2010/06/10/whats-next-for-sonicmood/ One thing I think makes sense is to have the Editing interface on the same window with the Mood selection list. More of a "one window" approach. Cheers, John
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Foxyorb
Foxyorb
23 July 2010
In my opinion, one huge improvement on the look and feel of SonicMood would be to remove the bold lettering that can be found in almost every window.
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Mrchips
Mrchips
23 July 2010
Hi @FOXYORB, Do you mean the boldface type on the controls, or the text in the lists, the marquee, etc. Or both? I made the type boldface so it would be more legible - I didn't realize it detracted from the look and feel of the interface. However, if others agree I would have no problem removing it. Anyone else have an opinion on this? Thanks, John
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Foxyorb
Foxyorb
23 July 2010
Bold is to put emphasis. SonicMood has boldface in excess. For example compare it to iTunes or any other application. A web search will result in many articles indicating when to use it. Here is one that gives a general idea http://bit.ly/yMsvM By the way, I greatly appreciate the capabilities of SonicMood for creating and listening to relaxing sounds.
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Mrchips
Mrchips
23 July 2010
Hi @FOXYORB, I see your point and you're probably right (thanks for the link, BTW). Well, I will definitely consider going back to normal fonts for those elements that are bold now. If anyone else has a differing opinion please let me know. I won't make the change immediately, but probably in the next point release. Thanks for your interest and suggestion! Cheers, John
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Mrchips
Mrchips
05 August 2010
OK, v4.9.8.2 will have normal (not bold) fonts! :) Might be a few other changes, too ;-) Thanks for the input! John
Like
Version 4.9.8.1
Fanchee
03 January 2010
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.
Like (2)
Version 4.9.6.1
alas!
28 February 2009
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.
Like (6)
Version 4.9.1
Easer
17 August 2008
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.
Like (3)
Version 4.8.6.2
1 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
19 August 2008
" It's like having my own personal "Hearts of Space," only without the annoying voice-overs." I admit to being a "Hearts of Space," fan too :) Thank you for your kind comments! The next version should be out soon. I've tried to improve the "edit" window so that it's a bit easier to understand and use. Modifying and making new Moods can be a bit daunting at first! Cheers, John
Like (1)
Version 4.8.6.2
Cturner
30 July 2008
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
Like (2)
Version 4.8.6.2
nostrodumbass
24 January 2008
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!
Like (4)
Version 4.8.1
Chriswan
24 January 2008
A decent app with generous pricing
Like (2)
Version 4.8.1
Idjster
05 December 2007
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!
Like (2)
Version 4.8
1 answer(s)
Mrchips
Mrchips
05 December 2007
Hi James, I just wanted to say thank you for your kind comments. I'm truly gratified at the support and encouragement you and others have given me. Rest assured that I am determined to make SonicMood even better because of it! John
Like (1)
Version 4.8
8oo8
29 May 2007
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.
Like (3)
Version 4.7.6
Anonymous
16 November 2005
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
Like (2)
Version 4.1
Anonymous
15 November 2005
Sorry, I don't like having two separate windows for moods and scenes.
Like (1)
Version 4.1
1 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
15 November 2005
Cyberdyne, you can put the Scenes window on top of the Moods window or you can hide the Moods window by clicking its "close box". I was just trying to give the user more flexibility. You can also "zoom" the Moods window to a small size and still have the Scenes window open to any size you want. You couldn't do that before...
Like (1)
Version 4.1
Anonymous
05 September 2005
Better and better, what a great improvement since the first version !
Like (1)
Version 4.0
Anonymous
05 September 2005
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.
Like (1)
Version 4.0
2 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
05 September 2005
Your girlfriend probably didn't deserve you, and bosses are like diapers, always on your ass and usualy full of s**t. I'm sure you'll find a better job and girl, but man sorry for your dog. (I was in your situation four month ago).
Like
Version 4.0
Neil2112
Neil2112
26 November 2005
Been there my friend, been there. Tammy was incredible. Smart, beautiful and a rock solid faith in God. I thought she was 'The One' but after a year she didn't see it that way. Instead of just dumping me though, she had a group of our mutual friends praying for me at the moment she told me we were through. People can deny Jesus all they like, but the peace I was given then cannot be faked or duplicated. SonicMood - excellent program. But for true peace, go for the real deal.
Like
Version 4.1.1
Anonymous
30 January 2005
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.
Like
Version 3.0
Jchryss
22 January 2005
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.
Like
Version 3.0
Dremwkr
08 October 2004
I find the app relaxing and makes for a nice background while working on the computer.
Like
Version 2.0.4
Anonymous
10 September 2004
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.
Like
Version 2.0.3
2 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
13 September 2004
You do realize that moving is generally more expensive than a $10 shareware fee? Oh, and: Don't post reviews telling other people what kind of programs they should or should not want for their computer. It's not helpful. As if I should even have to say that.
Like
Version 2.0.3
Anonymous
Anonymous
08 October 2004
A REVIEW is a way in which you rate the performance of something, in this case an APPLICATION. This FORUM is for people to see if they'd like to use that application based on how well something rates in other's reviews. If you'd like to COMMENT that is a seperate pulldown menu. If you'd like to keep you myopic NYCentric view to yourself, then shut up. Other peopl may enjoy the application. And it does work flawlessly. (Please note: I've capped all the words you may wish to look up, www.hyperdictionary.com, since you obviously have an IQ far beneath the ability to read DIRECTIONS.)
Like
Version 2.0.4
Anonymous
01 September 2004
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.
Like
Version 2.0.2
Anonymous
20 August 2004
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!
Like
Version 2.0.1
Anonymous
19 August 2004
I like this little app too, but it desperately needs a reverb unit to smooth out the sounds.
Like
Version 2.0.0
1 answer(s)
John Hall
John Hall
19 August 2004
Darren, I'm not sure what you mean by a "reverb unit". Are the sounds distorted? Or does it sound like echoing? In my testing the notes sound fine, and I haven't had complaints from registered users. But if there's a problem with some computers I want to fix it. Could you send me an email at: johnrhall@mac.com and maybe together we can find a fix for this problem. Thanks!
Like
Version 2.0.0
Jimw
16 July 2004
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.
Like
Version 1.1
3 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
17 July 2004
Jim, SonicMood isn't recorded music like you might find on-line. From the web site: SonicMood provides a soothing background of melodic tones when you don't want ordinary canned music breaking your concentration. It's more like "Mood Chimes", notes which sound as if produced by chimes blown by the wind. The patterns never repeat, are gentle and harmonious, and generally relaxing. There's 21 different sets of "chimes" using different instruments, including bells, crystals, kalimbas, glockenspiels, violins, and many others. The new version lets you add your own Moods or edit the 21 existing Moods. You won't find anything like this on a CD...
Like
Version 1.1
Jimw
Jimw
29 July 2004
Probably not exactly, but close enough as well as streaming, which BTW, I can record via several free tools that record streaming audio. I am sure that there are those that enjoy your product and are willing to pay for it but their are also many alternatives, many which are free and equally enjoyable, which can be explored.
Like
Version 1.2
Anonymous
Anonymous
06 September 2005
I don't know about the earlier versions, but this app allows you to choose keys, octave ranges, instruments, pacing, etc. For those that want to do the customization this program is unbelieveable. Of course, if you are happy with the freebies out there, then this isn't the app for you. For me, too many of the other relaxation type software solutions (or CDs for that matter) were just not to my liking as you are obliged to listen to thier choice of keys, scales, instruments and octave ranges. I like my stuff a little more somber, and this app allows me to create a custom mood to my personal preference. I have only played with it for an hour or so but I think I will be registering this soon.
Like
Version 4.0
Anonymous
16 July 2004
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.
Like
Version 1.1
Jimw
11 June 2004
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.?
Like
Version 1.0.5
Brazil
11 June 2004
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 .
Like
Version 1.0.5
Anonymous
01 June 2004
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.
Like
Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
John Hall
John Hall
02 June 2004
Thanks for the kind comments. I've changed the menu so that help is invoked with Apple-? and Apple-H now hides SonicMood. I've made a few other small changes and will upload it to the web site as v1.0.2, probably later today. I appreciate the feedback. John.
Like
Version 1.0.1