5 Ambient Soundtracks to Fill Your Home with Pleasant Sounds

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For some people, silence is golden; For others, not so much. If the calm of your house without guests begins to seem oppressive, we have a few soundtracks to try.

The whole world is feeling calm right now. No more busy cafes or busy offices, at least for a while. But thanks to modern technology, we can recreate all kinds of experiences in our own homes, even the most familiar soundscapes. Brighten up your home with one of these soundtracks!

Coffittivity

The Coffitivity home page, showing the ambient soundtracks and the interface.Coffittivity

Do you find it hard to move from working or studying in a busy cafe to doing it in your silent house? If that is the case, Coffittivity was made for you.

You can open it on your computer and play it directly – no download or application payment required (although there is also an application version). It was designed with workers in mind. The website actually lists a peer-reviewed study that suggests ambient noise can help people be more creative.

Even if you’re not working, you might find the subtle hum of background noise perfect for your kitchen or living room.

Brain.fm

The Brain.fm home page showing a cartoon of a man listening to service and working at his desk.Brain.fm

Brain.fm is another work-oriented option for anyone who is currently having trouble working from home. Although it requires a subscription of $ 7 per month, you can first test it with five free sessions.

Like Coffitivity, Brain.fm provides research to support its claims that the right soundtrack (in this case, ambient music) can improve focus. Skeptics can visit the site science page read white papers and other supporting evidence. You can connect and listen from your desktop, or download the app.

ASMR rooms

the ASMR rooms Another easily accessible source of ambient noise is the YouTube channel. If you’ve seen strange ASMR videos of people eating or doing random things (like cutting soap), don’t worry, these videos are a lot less weird. In fact, you don’t have to watch them at all; they are all on a subtle and relaxing sound.

Each video shows a room or a set decorated with a monolith of pop culture, like Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. Soft sounds associated with the room play in the background.

The titles tell you exactly what you get, which makes it easier to choose. For example, the clip above is called “Harry Potter inspired – Hog’s Head Inn – Magical village and pub atmosphere – Fireplace, 1 hour rain. “You certainly don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy an hour of soothing rain and chimney sounds.

I miss the office

The interface of the sound generator I Miss the Office, showing small icons representing noisy colleagues.I miss the office

I miss the office is exactly what it sounds like: a noise generator to help you if you’ve reached the point of wanting cooler sounds. Even better than a background noise simulator, it is an interactive tool that will provide at least a few minutes of fun procrastination.

The site features minimalist and surreal office graphics, with stylish desks, chairs, and even a photocopier. You can click on any object to add its noise to your imaginary desktop. Floating geometric shapes are your colleagues, who make their own sounds when you click on them (ranging from harmless hiss to intolerable chewing). You can also add or remove colleagues to customize your desktop sound level.

While some of the sounds can become strangely unpleasant, the defect is (mainly) relaxing snoring. It may not be your background soundtrack, but as a fun digital art, it’s worth checking it out.

A soft whisper

The dashboard for A Soft Murmur, showing all the sound effects you can mix on the sound card.A soft whisper

If you are looking for a customizable sound that is truly soothing, you will definitely want to check out A soft whisper.

The default for this free site is a mix of ambient sounds, but the best part is that you can customize it. Each available sound has a toggle bar. You can turn the volume up or down for a single mix and mix sounds like “Fire”, “Coffee Shop” and “Singing Bowl”.

There are 10 sounds that you can mix for free, or you can pay $ 9 a year to unlock more. You can set timers for sounds, record mixes, or select “Random Mix” when you want background noise, but you’re not sure what you want.

Of course, the natural world is a free source of background noise. You may be able to open your window to hear chirps of birds or the occasional passing of a car. But if it’s still too quiet for you, these soundtracks will fill your home with (mostly) pleasant sounds that will make everything a little more normal.

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