ChatterBlocker
ChatterBlocker
1.1.4
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ChatterBlocker free download for Mac

ChatterBlocker for Mac1.1.4

19 December 2009

Masks background noise so you can be focused.

What is ChatterBlocker for Mac

ChatterBlocker uses digital audio technology to mask the sound of speech and other distractions so you can stay focused.

ChatterBlocker does not use noise-cancellation. Instead, it masks unwanted conversations with a soothing blend of nature sounds, music and background chatter. The goal is to render speech less intelligible, because intelligible speech is often the most distracting sound in the workplace.

ChatterBlocker also offers mindfulness meditation tracks intended to increase concentration, reduce distractibility and minimize the stress response to office noise.

What's new in ChatterBlocker

Version 1.1.4 (1.0):

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 1.0, the developer states that this is version 1.1.4.

  • Fixed a problem with the installer on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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JohnnyFave
JohnnyFave
Sep 17 2018
1.1.4
5.0
Sep 17 2018
5.0
Version: 1.1.4
Outstanding app. Sure wish an update would occur.
KNOBO
KNOBO
Aug 7 2013
1.0
5.0
Aug 7 2013
5.0
Version: 1.0
This is the quintessential sound mask app for your working duties. Definitively worth the money. Highly recommended.
momijigari
momijigari
Feb 19 2013
1.0
0.0
Feb 19 2013
0.0
Version: 1.0
The link to the developer is now: http://chatterblocker.com/ And the current version number is 1.1.4, direct download link: http://chatterblocker.com/downloads/ChatterBlocker_Demo_1.1.4.dmg
alas!
alas!
Dec 12 2011
1.0
5.0
Dec 12 2011
5.0
Version: 1.0
I work at home and do a lot of writing. My housemates consist of several sometimes noisy adults and a couple of rambunctious kids. Chatterblocker allows me to maintain my sanity. I've also got Sonic Mood which is designed more for setting a peaceful, tranquil environment rather than blocking noise. Each has its own purpose and both work beautifully for their intended functions. Chatterblocker uses about 18 or 19% CPU and Sonic Mood uses about 22% which my Macbook Pro w/4 Gigs of RAM can handle with applomb, including while using other apps with CB or SM running in the background. And both come with stellar support. Both Chatterblocker and Sonic Mood have really enhanced the quality of my life.
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
Apr 24 2011
1.1.4
5.0
Apr 24 2011
5.0
Version: 1.1.4
Oh dear. I was a longtime fan of Sonic Mood. That is a very nice program with a lot of features, good customer support, and regular updates. I do recommend people look into it. At the same time, I was immensely impressed by ChatterBlocker from the moment I started it up. Although SM is nice in the background, CB literally put me in a more tranquil mood almost immediately. I was highly skeptical before trying it, but as some other reviewers here have also pointed out, it has a nice user interface and good options to work with. I bought a license this morning. The sounds and the ease of use were the selling points for me. I hate to knock it, but SM's instruction manual is very lengthy and almost menacing. CB is a lot more straightforward. I simply don't have either the time or inclination to wade through an instruction manual.
Zgibek
Zgibek
Jan 10 2011
1.1.4
3.0
Jan 10 2011
3.0
Version: 1.1.4
I've just tried the demo and it works. I have to say that the background is nice and I really started to think why not to buy this. But then I noticed that after selecting (mixing) two simple soundtracks and two or three effects this app takes more then 12 percent of my cpu. Choosing one soundtrack and one effect is ok, takes about 5-6%, but mixing more takes much more power of your cpu, 12, 15, 20, 25 and even more. 5%, or at least less then 10 is ok for me, but no more :( That's why I'm giving only 3/5 in overall - I found it useful, but it eats too much my cpu
Jimge
Jimge
Jul 31 2008
1.1.3
0.0
Jul 31 2008
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I compared ChatterBlocker with SonicMood. Both are similar, yet offer different experiences. Under MUPromo, bith were the same price. I chose ChatterBlocker because it gave me a little more choice to single out the sounds I wanted, rather than a melange. ChatterBlocker also allows the choice of combined sounds, maybe not quite the range, as well as instruments, and respective volumes for each. Working in home office, I doubt I will use the voice chatter, but I can see how for corporate settings this would be good. I have to contend with 50,000 HP mach leaf blowers, and endless neighborhood barking that make me feel like I am living in a dog pound. Uh-Oh - there goes another screaming leafblower. Time to scream out the window "Use a ***** rake!", or simply up the master volume on ChatterBlocker. ChatterBlocker masks most of this and saves my sanity!
Dlwhite
Dlwhite
Oct 4 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Oct 4 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! It helped me through 2 weeks on a critical project in a chatty office environment. It's surprisingly customizable, making it worth more than the standard NATURE SOUNDS CDs or other meditational music. I showed my wife, and she fell in love with the CONCENTRATION music setting coupled with the CYPRUS GOATS sound effect. There is a little something for everyone. I hope they continue to update the program with additional sounds. OR even if they offered an expansion pack of sounds to buy, that would be great! I've got it running right now: the Voice, Music, Nature Sounds 2 setting is the one that helps me through the day!
Christopher-Wagner
Christopher-Wagner
Sep 21 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 21 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Hmmm...I installed the version I just purchased and when I tried to use it it said that it needed to be reinstalled. Have asked The Sound Guy for help.
Christopher-Wagner
Christopher-Wagner
Sep 21 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 21 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I had never considered this kind of application before. I think I'll go ahead and buy it.
Shockerspaz
Shockerspaz
Sep 21 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 21 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I dont know... how is this different than Pzizz?
Fariborz
Fariborz
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I bought this application a few minutes after its first try. Sounds are crystal clear and its commands are very handy and intuitive. This allows customizing new sound combinations a snap. You can then use a program like "Audio Hijack" to make your personal audio CDs and enjoy your relaxation ambient even when you are not at your computer. Of course there's room for some improvements in the future but it's very reliable even as it is.
Skritter
Skritter
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
You know, this may be just what I need (using headphones) to help me focus on my work, wihtout having to force other poepl into relative silence. Will definitely check this out.
Redcloud
Redcloud
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Works great in our office, where there are often people using the phone in a nearby cube while I'm trying to concentrate on programming.
F451
F451
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Okay now, I purchased a license, and as others have stated you are allocated more sound selections including a hilarious one or two. Since turnabout is fair play my wife has stated that there is no Voice selection for: Incessant Apple-motorcycle-car-droning-because-I’ve-had-enough-already. Oh well. Sure wish when I click the close button it would not simply close ChatterBlocker, but rather simply close the window.
DifferentVoice
DifferentVoice
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Construction in the building--what more can I say! Can't wait to give this one a try!
Sky01
Sky01
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Strangest tool I've ever seen. But its just perfect. Never believed that it could work. Perfect!
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I does replace noise with other noise? Not sure if I’m going for this one.
Avip
Avip
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This is a very well-designed and useful item of software that is good especially in keeping unwanted comments from your roomie disturbing you while you try to work - or play games. AviP
Vatekhokie
Vatekhokie
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
What a great idea!
Techslacker
Techslacker
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
An interesting idea but not real practical for my laptop.
Michele3
Michele3
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I'm not sure about it, I think I'll have to try it a bit more...
Dgentry
Dgentry
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I need this!
Zippyzap
Zippyzap
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Hopefully this will help my ADHD and distractions. Has potential. I believe I will use the demo as a trial to see if it helps or drives me bonkers.
Kitmos
Kitmos
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This seems really great. Too bad it doesn't seem to work on the windoz side as my wife could really use it in her noisy office.....
algonquin567
algonquin567
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Sounds like a great solution for those like me who do a lot of laptop work in cafes.
Susan25
Susan25
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I've tested this for just a few minutes now and love it. I think it will really help me stay focused on my projects(and not be distracted by OTHERS wandering though my studio, please god!)
Futurephonic
Futurephonic
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
How is this any different than playing your own music?
letmein-1
letmein-1
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Looking forward to getting more focused. Hopefully this will help....
D0112358
D0112358
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This would be great to have! I'm often forced to do work in our tiny apartment with both cats and wife making distractions!
Shanek54
Shanek54
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I have used an earlier "soundscaper" and found it useful. I think I will try the demo of this to see if it helps me concentrate also.
Nikai
Nikai
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I tried it. The best thing is that it does not require a headphone necessarily, as what most noise-cancellation things do.
Cynomyso
Cynomyso
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I tried this out the first time I saw it on MacUpdate and was very impressed with how effective it was.
Rpphoto
Rpphoto
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Very unusual. Could be a good companion to Pzizz, another incredible sound app.
Coronaminer
Coronaminer
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I tried it and liked it. I think I will also use it when going to sleep.
8oo8
8oo8
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Some really excellent amibient sounds, here. Masks annoying backround sound/noise quite effectively. And easy to use, too. I WILL go for this one! For the last word in truly HEAVENLY mellifluous ambient sound, there's SonicMood, also available here at MU, which I've been using, blissfully, for some time.
Kingfish0
Kingfish0
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
please let this work when my mother in law comes over!
Andyrogers
Andyrogers
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Great concept!
Kingadrock
Kingadrock
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I'd love to try this but am totally put off by this application needing a pkg installer.
Felipe-Carral
Felipe-Carral
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I have downloaded demo... it works... works very good
mday108
mday108
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Being in a small office with one other person who often has to be on the phone... Chatterblocker literally saved the relationship and enabled me to keep working on my book regardless what's happening around me.
Mac-Andy
Mac-Andy
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I think, this is a very usefull app. The noise in our office is terrible, I'll give it a try!
Pmtheone
Pmtheone
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This is a great way to make people know about great softwares. Thanks!
gcoghill
gcoghill
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Demoing this one just from the positive comments.
Thedoctor
Thedoctor
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I prefer the "force other people to maintain relative silence" ;-)
Jaya
Jaya
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This sounds like a fantastic piece of software that I would never have found without MU!
Britonius
Britonius
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I'll have to check this out. My workplace (bedroom) is not that noisy, but it has it's moments.
Trail-Walker
Trail-Walker
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Although iSerenity.com and www.blackholemedia.com/noise/ are cheaper, ChatterBlocker may be a good complement to Pzizz and Ocean Waves.
Fitzwillie
Fitzwillie
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Interesting sale today.
Jobby
Jobby
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Why does the installer need root privs? That seems to be overkill for a program that plays sounds...
Frozensun
Frozensun
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Sounds good, and it is noisy where i work so will give it a try.
Bendis
Bendis
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I just bought this after 10 minutes of testing and i can recommend it. Useful, easy to use and produces interesting soundscapes. The full version has much more sound effects and music loops than the demo!
Dreamer-uk
Dreamer-uk
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Well until noise cancellation this will be a good second place
Bumbleb
Bumbleb
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Maybe it's just me being ADD, but this software is an almost perfect example of how my head feels when I'm feeeling overwhelmed and can't focus: A multitude of chatter, noise, that makes it all but impossible to work. Same goes for white/pink noise machines. How can people stand that? I much prefer music or silence. To me, noise is noise. I understand the concepts behind chatterblocker, it's just that they don't work for me. But hey, that's just more proof that the ADD brain is different;-) F451 > ;-) Timbo13 > This software sounds just as annoying as a bunch of chinese people chatting. Believe me, I've tried both the software and working in a room full of fellow chinese exchange students;-) Both are very distracting...
Laurentr
Laurentr
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
First try show that's it's relaxing. I will certainly try more
Simo2409
Simo2409
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Interesting!
Timbo13
Timbo13
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
lol. I work in a noisy Chinese office and don't speak much Chinese... I'm wondering what kind of effect this would have for me.
Aminfo
Aminfo
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This software is a blast. I once sat up in a hotel developing "white noise" loops to drown out noisy neighbors. This is much more fun and much quicker. Great for travelers.
Glenbo
Glenbo
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Oh wow, this is a must for open plan offices!
Modops
Modops
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Three words: noise cancellation headphones. Sheesh.
Multimago
Multimago
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
MU promo..thanks! I'm the winner :) and this is the second time.. I love this site, thanks a lot
Multimago
Multimago
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
wow, finally I got my forgotten app!
Cowturtle
Cowturtle
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
sounds nice but wonder if it will annoy or interfere with others in the office.
Billcreate
Billcreate
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I hope this works...
Buzzyman
Buzzyman
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
This looks like a fantastic app and I can't wait to try it out. If it works as good as described, then I'll be snapping up this Promo deal later today!
Majorpb
Majorpb
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
looks very useful- i think i will test this app
W0rstnitmr
W0rstnitmr
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Perhaps, perhaps I could get this app. Studying in my dorm is damn difficult sometimes. Yelling, talking, music, and games can be distracting. Anything like this would be extremely helpful.
Erichd
Erichd
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
You know, this may be just what I need (using headphones) to help me focus on my work, wihtout having to force other poepl into relative silence. Will definitely check this out.
rwebber
rwebber
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I would love to have something like this that really works.
F451
F451
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Nowhere in the Advanced section does it have a Voice selection: Sister-in-law who cackles above 100 decibels at a fever pitch when around her sister (my wife)...but I'll give it a try anyway.
Gorelets
Gorelets
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Intriguing approach to 'psychoacoustics'. I think this might be useful for combating writer's block and so forth, but I also am skeptical of new age approaches to environment like this. Would I only be adding to the noise pollution by playing this in public? In any case, maybe it's worth a try; to each his own. The options here for customizing sounds to fit the environment are its biggest draw.
Dfed
Dfed
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I could really use this. I've wanted an app like this for a while. question is, do I have the money?
Mrjohndcarter
Mrjohndcarter
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
"I was told I could listen to the radio at a reasonable volume from the hours of 10 to 11.."
Vvarp
Vvarp
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Hahaha, wonderful!
Fonix
Fonix
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
5.0
Sep 20 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
I use this software at the office and it is great for toning down noise from people talking, construction, and other distractions. The registered version has some extra goodies as well, like a few meditation tracks, which is nice. I also like the Ocean Waves app listed on MU. For a simulation of waves, it's very effective.
Clm
Clm
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Where does MU find this stuff?
iGaucho
iGaucho
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Interesting idea. I am also curious as to what it's like...
Macmansc
Macmansc
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I'm curious as to how this works. I could use it a lot of times.
Loki-Chan
Loki-Chan
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Sound extreme useful to me. I must go try it in my current noisy client office.
Daguibear
Daguibear
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
How would this work??
Dlwhite
Dlwhite
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
I can hardly wait to demo this at work! If it does what it claims, it may be worth a zillion, trillion dollars!
Grfx-Guru
Grfx-Guru
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
Sounds like an interesting idea, a mallet over the other persons head might be more effective but this is probably safer :)
Fonix
Fonix
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
5.0
Sep 20 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
I have this and use it at the office often. The registered version allows for some extra tracks, a few guided meditation tracks. This is a nice little piece of software. I also use OceanWaves, which helps as well.
Artroom
Artroom
Sep 20 2007
1.1.3
0.0
Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.3
sounds interesting....
Roadmouse
Roadmouse
Mar 13 2007
1.1
4.0
Mar 13 2007
4.0
Version: 1.1
Love this little app. It's simple, but does the job. Creating relaxing background noise. There was something similar called 'Forrest' years ago. But this is more stable, and has more features.
$9.95
4.2
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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