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Thunderspace HD ~ Sleep in a Thunderstorm

By Franz Bruckhoff

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Thunderstorms recorded in 3D for headphones + lightning flashes. You're welcome!

Want to check out the film and audio demo?

Please note: Lightning flashes currently require a flash. Thunderspace is a universal app and runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It comes with two top quality hyper-realistic thunderstorms in full length. You can buy extra storms, or get all existing and future storms in a fair priced bundle. You can disable in-app purchases in your iOS settings.

Imagine you can immerse yourself in a hyper-realistic thunderstorm any time you feel stressed, need to relax or go to bed. Thunderspace can teleport your mind to a calm place far away from home. Far away from stress. Far away from the noise.

≈ Revolutionary ≈
"I could hear it coming from hundreds of feet away." — Carmel Deamicis, PandoDaily

"Thunderspace takes relaxing to a whole new level." — Gannon Burgett, The Industry

"It really is impressive." — Dave Caolo, TUAW

"A lot of care and attention has gone into building this." — Paul Sawers, The Next Web

"It is absolutely like having your own personal slice of heaven." — Christine Chan, AppAdvice

"Idiotically gimmicky or incredibly effective? If it’s possible to be both at once, Thunderspace has done it." — John Pavlus, Fast Company

Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton and I recorded thunderstorms the way you hear.

Gordon has traveled the world for more than 20 years to record the sounds of nature in 3D. Thunderspace features his best thunderstorm recordings.

We've encoded all storms in Thunderspace in 256 kbps AAC for a top notch, crystal clear sound experience. Combined with realistic lightning flashes, your brain can't help but think the storm is real.

To hear the 3D sound all around you, any stereo headphones will work. The same principle which works for 3D TV also works for 3D sound. Left ear, right ear. It's pretty neat.

You may try Thunderspace over speakers. Though keep in mind that if the sound of the left speaker enters you right ear, and vice versa, you may not hear the 3D effect. This is due to a phenomenon called "crosstalk". We've heard of some customers who were able to hear the 3D sound on their surround system.

The 3D stereoscopic audio in Thunderspace can give you a true sensation of being somewhere else.

Have you ever wondered why you can hear the direction and distance of a sound? The answer is the shape of your ears and the sound shadow your head produces. Your brain decodes these inter-aural time- and level differences to tell you where a sound came from.

We managed to record these head-related audio cues in a way that sounds natural over headphones.

Oh, and got some Belkin WeMo Switches + desktop fans? Thunderspace can control them in sync with the storms, so you can feel the wind.

Brought to you by Taptanium, in partnership with Gordon Hempton, the Emmy-award winning nature sound recordist.

Please check out the audio demo and film on

But you are free to try or refuse :)

≈ Features ≈
+ Stereoscopic 3D audio optimized for Apple EarPods & headphones.
+ Utilizes the flash to simulate lightning (not on iPad).
+ Utilizes WiFi-enabled fans to simulate wind (optional).
+ Global storm sync to an atomic clock. What you see and hear is what everyone else sees and hears.
+ Relax with many people in one room. In sync.
+ Beautiful audiovisual experience.
+ 2 thunderstorms included.
+ 8 additional thunderstorms available via In-App Purchase.
+ All storms available in the Rumble Bundle.
+ Universal app: Runs on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
+ You can restore your purchases to all your devices.

≈ Questions? ≈
Tweet @thunderspaceApp, email franz taptanium com or send an email through the in-app contact support page. Please don't ask support questions in the comments as I can't reply to those.

What's New in Version 3.0

+ Thunderspace is now a universal app.
+ Non-purchased storms appear grayscale so its easier to see which ones you've purchased.
+ It's now official: Rumble Bundle includes any future thunderstorms :)
+ Intro simplified.
+ Annoying "Rate" prompt removed :)
+ Rate and gift buttons enhanced.
+ File size slightly reduced.

+ New storm is on the way and will arrive very soon.
+ Meanwhile, check out Windy. Made for you.

Thunderspace 3 does not bug you for a review so you can fully enjoy it without interruption. If you enjoy it and feel relaxed, please consider to take a moment and let us know what you think of it :)


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Customer Reviews

Beautiful app, lovingly made.

I've suffered a long time from poor sleep. I have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. As a child, I always slept beautifully whenever there was a thunderstorm outside. The flashes of lightning combined with the arhythmic pelting of rain against the windows produced a calm within.

When I discovered Thunderspace, it allowed me rest. If I can't have a real storm at beck and call, Thunderspace is the next best thing. I've tried countless white noise and storm simulation apps, but this one has proven itself worthy of being called the best.

The recordings of storms aren't patterned loops that will eventually drive you insane once you recognize the repeat, and the "lightning" feature is well thought out, partnering sound with realistically timed flashes.

Now these developers have created an even "cooler" feature—wind simulation! Get yourself a fan and a wifi-enabled outlet, and it will actually produce wind patterns that match with your listening experience. Brilliant.

I give a five star rating to this app, not just for these features, but my most favorite feature-it doesn't ask me to rate it. That deserves applause any day of the week.

Overall very nice

Pretty, though somewhat obfuscated interface. Simple once you know where everything is.

It wasn't very clear that the initial app loops will fade in and out until they are additionally purchased as in app purchases.

By far the absolute BEST storm loops so I'm happy to pay the extra for the quality.

The lightening using the camera flash is a very nice touch especially if you can place your phone near a wall that can deflect and reflect the light more ambiently.

I don't use headphones I have a nice setup with Sonos so the storm seems to be all around us.

Not sure if I'll bother with the fans for wind but maybe one day.


My favorite app! Sounds GREAT on headphones and speakers. You can play music from another app while this runs, it's perfect. this gets me to sleep every night. The UI is beautiful and the auto timer is a nice convenience. Of all the other rainstorm apps I've tried, this is by far the most polished.

Thunderspace HD ~ Sleep in a Thunderstorm
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2014
  • Version: 3.0
  • Size: 47.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Franz Bruckhoff
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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