Sound, technically speaking, comprises vibrations that are propagated through a medium (usually air) and can be heard when they hit our ears. It is a simple phenomenon that can create powerful auditory experiences and excite strong bio-psychological reactions in us. When properly channeled, it has the propensity to elicit a wide range of interesting responses from us. It is, therefore, inevitable that in today’s highly technological world, the power of technology would be brought to bear on this phenomenon – and to great effect. Today, we take a look at 7 sound apps that utilize the power of pure, natural tunes.
Each one of these apps can help you relax, sleep, concentrate etc. If you’ve been having a hard time going to sleep lately, one of these apps may pleasantly surprise you. If you’re a lover of nature, you may find a gem of an app in one of these. So without wasting any more time, let’s jump right to our list of the Best Sound Apps for android.
1. Atmosphere: Relaxing Sounds
Our top pick for this list is Atmosphere: Relaxing Sounds. Peak Pocket Studios has done a really good job on this app. Atmosphere is the most beautiful and powerful app on this list, period. The app has a gorgeous UI that the developer says is designed to reduce eyestrain. You swipe from side to side to go through the different categories of sounds. There are at least 9 sounds (with individual adjustable volumes) in each category which can be individually switched on or off. You can also mix up to 10 unique sounds from different categories.
The app even makes it possible to import your own sounds and mix them with the default sounds! Included are over 70 unique sounds. Sound categories range from beach and underwater, through forest and mountains to home and city. There are binaural & isochronic tones that can reduce stress and anxiety, stimulate mental clarity, and even soothe headache. On top of all these are a timer and a mix saving feature. This app is indeed a must-have.
2. Lusity/Relaxing Sounds
Lusity (it’s called Relaxing Sounds on the Play Store) is second on the List. Lusity is a well-executed app that will surely help you sleep or relax. It is based on nature’s sounds and white noise. The app can also help you concentrate, boost brain energy, among others. It does this not only through its impressive set of natural sounds, but also by the use of isochronic tones. These tones have various frequencies that will affect your brain differently. The app features a beautiful UI that allows you to add different types of auxiliary sounds to your selected tune. The app is not a battery hog, so you can set its auto timer for extended periods of listening. After the time elapses, the app will automatically shut down.
3. Sleep Orbit
Sleep Orbit is another beautifully-designed app that lets you mix a preset of tones to your taste. It is unique in that, it lets you determine exactly where each of the sounds hits your ears from. This creates a 3D sound experience that is accentuated with the use of Hi-Fi earphones or surround speakers. Due to this, I find myself using this app quite a lot. The app also has a catchy UI that presents your experience as a head figure in the middle of different sound orbs. The diameter of each orb can adjusted, and doing so tunes the volume. There is a large collection of sounds to choose from, and your mixes can be saved.
4. Rain Sounds – Sleep Ambience
Rain Sounds – Sleep Ambience produces only one type of sound – rain. It is premised on the fact that the sound of rain has a very soothing effect on a large portion of humans. This app therefore focuses solely on simple rain. The app has an animated UI that shows falling rain. There are a number of rain intensities to choose from. The app has the ability to use the phone’s camera to simulate lightening. In addition to the rain, you can set different intensities of thunder as well. As a result, you also get the feel of rain with this app. A downside to this app is that it tends to drain battery, especially if you enable the camera-lightening effect.
5. Relax Rain ∼ Rain Sounds
This app by mikdroid boasts over 35 rain sounds which are mixable with thunders and music. It takes the simple concept of rain and expands it into an impressive nuanced experience. You will be surprised by how different rain can sound. The app has a fairly dated UI that is unlikely to particularly impress you. This app is able to run fine in the background like all the others, but it does it using less resources. It pauses the audio when a call comes in. Also, the sounds show no audible looping. There are individual volume adjustments for rain, thunder and music.
6. Study Ambience – ASMR Atmosphere
Study Ambience produces realistic atmosphere sounds to aid studying, reading and concentration. The app possesses an assortment of ambiences like a peaceful cafe, an old train compartment, among others. It specializes in mimicking less natural, everyday life sounds. As a result, it excels in replicating familiar ambiences and scenarios for studying or reading. The UI is uninspiring, but it does what it says. There is also the option to add melodies and alpha waves with a simple tap. Study Ambience makes this list because of its unique sounds.
7. Sleepo: Relaxing Sounds, Sleep
The last app on our list is not the weakest. Sleepo is in fact impressive. It follows the same formula as Atmosphere, but with a little less finesse in execution. The app boasts a fresh, color-coded, modern UI and has an assortment of sounds to mix . It allows the creation of multiple mixes that can be saved. The only gripe I have with the app is that, it does not offer a lot of options compared to some of the apps featured on this list.
Getting the most out of these apps
All the apps on this list produce quality sounds. You can enjoy them with your normal earphone or through your phone’s speaker. However, to get the ultimate best out of them, you should do one of the following:
- Use high-fidelity audio equipment: Pairing any of the apps with a pair of HiFi in-ear monitors or headphones will boost the audio experience. The detailed separation of individual notes and beats such equipment are capable of producing will immerse you completely in the ambience.
- Connect to your speakers: If you have a surround system setup in your home or office, consider connecting for a real surround sound experience.
- Use an equalizer: Lastly, you can consider using an equalizer to tune the sound to your taste.
So that’s it, our list of some of the Top Apps to Help you Relax, Sleep or Concentrate. We genuinely hope you find them as useful as we do. Also, feel free to let us know what you think of them in the comments section.