This website lets you listen to pleasant noises while you work

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I have a radio on my office desk that mostly burbles away to itself softly.


We have a white noise generator that, on surf setting, is the only way to drown out our cats’ demands for food at oh-dark-thirty. As soon as it starts getting at all light, they start howling.


I’ll check this one out. I’ve been using and for years.

Genius name.

I sampled some of their offerings and like them. My only regret is that they don’t offer Spring Peepers. Frog song is one of natures sweetest and most encouraging sounds…the land coming back to life and millions of frogs singing hopefully about sex. It takes so little to amuse me really.


I have a similar, but less versatile site bookmarked:

Great, now it sounds like I’m sitting in a coffee shop waiting out a hurricane: thunder, wind, rain, fire, the TV just cut out, all manner of wildlife is coming in seeking shelter.


Let me throw in
I’m a fan of the Hogwarts sounds.

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I made a clip of background noise to help me pretend I’m working on the USS Enterprise (D):

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I use the free app Relax Melodies on my phone, which is great when traveling:

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Still waiting for the ThinkGeek Star Trek White Noise Starship Engine Generator.

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Cool. But yikes! At that price I’ll stick with the YouTube genre of ambient SF sounds…

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That was one of their immortal April Fool product jokes. They keep stringing us along by saying they will probably get around to manufacturing it soon, but that was over 2 years ago. Arduino, here I come.

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When they add “commercial dishwasher,” “screaming baby,” “helicopter close overhead,” and “my sister-in-law farting out loud and then saying “excuse me” in a squeaky little voice that she must use a hundred times a day” I’ll be so all over this.

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So it’s basically an ASMR generator? Because it occurs to me that ASMR is largely making noises that simulate rain on a roof, wind in trees, a crackling fire, water, etc.

I find playing this sort of thing sort of adds an interesting ambiance.

For interest, AFAICT the sound is just Brownian noise fed through a low-pass filter with a cutoff at 70Hz and a rolloff of 12dB per octave.

An Arduino might be able to generate that in real-time, and an ARM device should have no problem. It would also be possible to make an analog circuit for this, which would be cool, especially if you used a vacuum tube as the noise source, although maybe digital is more authentic for a TNG sound. Hmm.

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Sure this has kind of a Flight 19 vibe to it, but it will break up those hard-to-overcome bass sounds: