By Dave Cheng
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Chill is a minimalistic background noise generator that will help you relax, sleep or concentrate by blocking out background noises with soothing sounds.
*** User Reviews ***
"I've tried other types of apps for but this is the ONLY one that I found that sounds realistic and does not have obvious repeating 'LOOPS'. Thank you for the extra care in building your sounds. Great purchase!"
"It does what it says it'll do, and well. It is not at all cheesy, doesn't sound fake, doesn't obviously repeat. You can get lost in the sounds without getting caught up on patterns or flaws."
"I literally can't do work without it now since downloading it. I turn it on and use it all day with the rainforest being my favorite. Superior product, great price and my stress level is reduced by the great white noise it produces. Price is definitely worth the therapy! :)"
*** Features ***
* A wide variety of sounds, including Airplane, Beach, City, Crickets, Fan, Fire, Ocean, Pier, Rain, Rainforest, River, Shower, Thunderstorm, Wind Chimes, Wind and other synthetically generated noises.
* Sleep timer, which will stop playback after a specific amount of time
* Won't clutter up your workspace. Chill lives in the Mac menu bar.
*** NOTE: To turn Chill OFF, access the menu status bar at top-right of your screen (see the screenshot) ***
Please keep the feedback coming so I can know what features to work on next!
Be sure to check out Chill for iOS on the App Store at http://bit.ly/iCxrLi
What's New in Version 1.4.0
Added two more fan sounds
Added option to hide splash screen
Added option to disable autoplay on launch
Useful, but a separate sound out would make it the best!
I am a student and a musician. It is great to be able to play a solid stream of non-distracting sounds through my apple TV. The only problem is that then, all my music is also forced to come out of my apple TV too. I have used Soundflowerbed and Jackwire to bus the stream coming from chill into my apple TV so that I can listen to music on my headphones or built-in speakers, but this is cumbersome to set up. It would be great if, in the preferences, I could set it to route to the Apple TV and then I could still play my computer audio through the built-in or the headphone jack.
In all, the colored-noise options are varied and quite lovely. I’m personally not partial to the other sounds (i.e. rain, thunderstorm, airplane, etc.) but the different colors of noise make it optimal for fine-tuning based on the speakers. My bose speakers sound great with pink noise, but my built-ins sound best with brown.
Hope this helps and truly look forward to a separate audio routing option, just like iTunes currently has.
Easy to use, and sounds are good. I agree with adding some "coffee shop" type sounds. And one other thing: it would be nice to have easy keyboard shortcuts to turn off/on the sound (and maybe even to change sounds). I find that when I get a call, I just mute the computer, but then I forget Chill is running until later, and it's unnecessarily using up computing power (as well as surprising me later when I wake the computer up and it starts making noise!).
Better than most; would like a few more features
I have trouble keeping focused while working and have tried many apps like this one. What makes this app better than most is that it’s simple and doesn’t add more distraction with ads or a flashy interface. One feature I would love to see is the ability to select multiple sounds. Specifically, I’d like the ability to overlay the colored noises along with the normal sounds. I’d pay more for this feature.