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resonance is an ambient sound mixer and binaural tone generator designed to facilitate concentration, meditation, and relaxation. The program contains over fifty natural sounds and music - each one selected for it's ability to help focus your thoughts inward. You are able to play and mix these sounds together as well as add effects to them such as reverb, pitch-shift, and echo - all in a straightforward, non-technical way. It is also possible to import your own sounds. resonance includes a mathematically-precise binaural tone generator, capable of producing fifteen hundred unique
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Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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GeoProf commented on 30 Mar 2013
Why is this app so huge? I can’t imagine why it would take 275 MB to produce such limited functionality.
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Macericg reviewed on 30 Sep 2010
Great program and great price.

However, it gets a 4-star review because the interface is a bit quirky (hi-contrast white on black and ver un-Mac like), and also because the import sound has a glitch.

After dragging a sound file into the personal space, the user gets a system beep as if an error occurred. The new sound doesn't appear until clicking to one of the other preset groups and then back to the personal group again.
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Bongo_x reviewed on 08 Jun 2010
This is fantastic, I've been looking for something this good for a long time.
I've been using this a while and thought I'd already reviewed it.

I usually don't like non standard interfaces but it works well in this case. It looks as good as it sounds.

The only things I would change are very minor and don't interfere with my enjoyment of the program. Some of the effects don't seem necessary (distortion and flange), and some of them could use slightly different settings or options. Obviously the focus is ease of use, not my audio tweaking.
[Version 1.0]


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Shimano Reels commented on 12 Jan 2010
Hey...!
Its really quite good post and its and i am also looking for same thing great job man... :)
Shimano Reels
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Stike reviewed on 07 Dec 2009
This is BY FAR better than for example Sonic Mood, which has been sold here recently on MacUpdate. I was disappointed from its poor audio/harmony quality and cheap MIDI sounds.

Now THIS...

1. It is free!
2. Even when you simply switch it on, it sounds better than certain shareware solutions!
3. Seems to have tons of options, I am just diving in!

Only minor issue - it is a huge download with almost 300 MB, but then again, the sounds have to come from somewhere ;)

So far I like the app a lot. Only complaint is a not very intuitive interface and non-standard look.
[Version 1.0]

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Mrchips replied on 10 Dec 2009
I'm the developer of SonicMood and I'd like to respond to your comments.

I do find resonance intriguing - I've wondered about adding binaural beats to SonicMood, and I kind of like the way it looks. And it's price is definitely right! :) I have a copy I've played with a bit here at SonicMood central...

But...

I don't think SonicMood's MIDI sounds are "cheap" - they're very expensive actually! ;-) Seriously, I use what QuickTime provides. They're sampled sounds of high quality. I have almost no complaints from users about sound quality.

I don't know what you mean about "poor audio/harmony quality." There are 31 Moods - do you find them all "poor?" Again, if you don't like something about a Mood, you can Edit and change it. Or make your own. That ability to invent your own sound is one of the hallmarks of SonicMood!

Another point: You can set SonicMood to wake you or put you to sleep using its built-in timers. You can also set Moods to start at specific times of the day. I don't think you can do that (yet anyway) with resonance.

And you can customize SonicMood's look - the colors of the background, buttons, marquee, and row highlights are all selectable by the user. You can even set up color "Schemes" and change whenever you like (a number of "Schemes" are supplied by default).

I almost forgot, you can also use the "picture" window of SonicMood to display your favorite photos. Even have a timed slide-show of any or all of your photos. So you can listen to soothing sounds while viewing some memories.

One last thing. MIDI and Digital Audio (AIFF, etc.) recording is built-in. MIDI files that SonicMood records are compatible with GarageBand (and others) so you can continue to customize the sound using GarageBand's tools.

And there's a piano keyboard built-in. You can play and record the MIDI notes using it. Or create new musical scales with the keyboard as input...

Oh, and you can open a "chimes" window and watch virtual chimes that move with the MIDI sounds. There's also a "colors" window that displays color bars based on the tones...

I guess I should stop now. Sorry. SonicMood is my baby and I just wanted to respond...

John
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GeoProf replied on 28 Sep 2011
Mrchips, responding here to someone’s criticism of specific characteristics of your app is entirely reasonable. But, publishing a longwinded marketing campaign that lists your app’s every quality on someone else’s MacUpdate page is not cool — that’s what YOUR space is for.

This is not the OK Corral. Using someone else’s space — even that of a freeware app — is nearly as bad as a developer posting incognito 5-star reviews of his/her own app.

Tsk, tsk.
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Mrchips replied on 28 Sep 2011
@GeoProf
I certainly didn't mean to sound like I was trying to market SonicMood, I was just trying to defend it. I was a bit long-winded, I'll admit, sorry about that...

John
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Vendini commented on 07 Dec 2009
Really GREAT program, it's amazing!
Thanks a lot for this!
[Version 1.0]


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Otc Stocks commented on 07 Dec 2009
Hi...!!
Thanks for this post i am searching for this :)
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Marsviolet reviewed on 07 Dec 2009
I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Great work.
[Version 1.0]


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Pat320 reviewed on 07 Dec 2009
This app is simply amazing, great great great work!
Thanks very very much for this freeware!
[Version 1.0]


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Btgxcell had trouble on 07 Dec 2009
What's the difference between "resonance_universal.dmg" (275MB) available for download from here and "resonance.dmg" (210MB) available from the developer's site?

Is the one here universal and the one on the developer's site intel?
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Daniel Stepp commented on 21 Jan 2010
I am the developer of Resonance. You are correct. The version on the website is Intel only - the one linked here is the universal binary which will also work with PPC Macs. Thanks for using my software. Daniel
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Date:06 Dec 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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resonance is an ambient sound mixer and binaural tone generator designed to facilitate concentration, meditation, and relaxation. The program contains over fifty natural sounds and music - each one selected for it's ability to help focus your thoughts inward. You are able to play and mix these sounds together as well as add effects to them such as reverb, pitch-shift, and echo - all in a straightforward, non-technical way. It is also possible to import your own sounds. resonance includes a mathematically-precise binaural tone generator, capable of producing fifteen hundred unique binaural frequencies. It is intuitive and simple to use, even for users who don't understand the science behind it.


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