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Welcome to Noises Online!
Noise isn't always the chatty colleague in your open-plan office, or the sound of your tinnitus when you go to sleep. Though the word 'noise' has acquired a negative connotation, it can be beautiful, such as the sound of the ocean, the rain, or a field in the summer.
The idea behind an online background noise machine like this website, is to make use of the noises you like to mask the noises you dislike. The concept is simple, works extremely well, and does not require expensive equipment, such as active noise cancelling headphones.
Because these noises are available through a web browser, you can pick the sounds you like the best. You can adjust their relative levels to achieve perfectly well-balanced background noise to boost your productivity, increase your focus, deepen your meditation session, or fall asleep at night. The uses of a noise machine are extremely varied!
Noises Online differs from other background noise generators by its pristine audio quality and the variety of sounds available from one single web page. These sounds are original recordings – not stock sounds – taken from my sampling sessions for myNoise, another website of mine. myNoise is probably the best background noise generator on the internet. It offers an unsurpassed number of noises and is second to none for customizing sound. It even takes your hearing thresholds into account! It's complexity and cluttered user interface may discourage the newcomer though. This is how Noises Online came to life: as a much simpler alternative to myNoise, offering the same audio quality through the easiest user interface one can think of.
Noises Online is free to use, but it isn't free for me to maintain. Development and support costs aside, I have to pay the hosting fees and the expenses of using a content delivery network (CDN) which replicates all my audio files to the server nearest to you. This means the website loads as fast as possible. This service has a much higher cost than regular hosting. If you like my work and want to support Noises Online, consider making a donation at myNoise. As I am running both sites, one supports the other. Plus, you will be granted lifetime privileged access to myNoise, which – I am sure – you'll enjoy too!
With passion and love,
Click a pictogram to play its associated sound. Keep clicking to reduce the sound level. As it does so, the pictogram will dim out. If you want to mute a sound, hold the click for one second.
It can take quite a time before a sound has fully loaded. Noises.online uses the highest sound quality, which makes the audio files relatively big. Hopefully, the next time you play a sound, it will load almost instantly straight from your browser cache.
Click the pin icon to generate an URL that embeds all the sounds you have selected. Use this URL to share sounds with your friends.
The URL only embeds the selected noises and their relative level, not the global level, nor the other settings found when you scroll down the page. We want to keep it simple for new visitors when they follow your link. To save the tone and liveliness settings, use the 'User Set' functionality instead (see below).
Settings can be saved using the 'User Set' section. You can assign a name to your set so you can easily remember what it sounds like.
The tone and liveliness settings will be saved as well!
The tone settings change the overall spectrum of the background noise, in a subtle way to preserve the sound quality.
The effect of a particular tone setting will be inaudible when applied to a sound that does not have frequency content where the tone setting is active. For example, the 'Profound' setting boosts the lowest frequencies of the audible spectrum, and will have no effect when applied to the chirping sounds of cicadas.
Liveliness adds modulation to your soundscape. The speed of the modulation as well as its depth depends on every setting. Liveliness works best when multiple sounds are playing together.
In general, faster modulations have a shallow depth, and slower modulations are associated with a deeper effect. The modulation speed varies from six different level snapshots every minute (the 'fast' setting) to one snapshot every two minutes (the 'lethargic' setting).
At the top of the page, a little note provides you with the pick of the week. Click it to load the associated sound.
If you like the pick of the week, save it among your user sets before it's gone!
If you like certain combinations on this site, you will love these links to myNoise, the Mother Ship of all noises on the internet.
|A distant thunder|
|The ocean waves, wind and rain of Ireland|
|An enchanted forest in Slovenia|
|A starry night in Morocco|
|A calm garden in Japan|
|A meadow land in Poland|
|A rainy river bank in France|
By contributing to myNoise, you help keeping Noises Online alive too!
Sounds on this website are streamed for personal use only. Reverse-engineering the Noises Online audio engine code, downloading individual stems, or resampling the generator’s audio output are strictly forbidden.
Help needed? A bug to report? Send an email to stephane 'at' noises 'dot' online
© 2017 Dr. Ir. Stéphane Pigeon – the signal processing engineer with a passion for sound.