The missing user manual

The Player

The Player consists of 10 colorized sliders, followed by a row of buttons. Sliders mimic a 10-band equalizer and are associated with strict frequencies when the generator is   calibrated. Each slider then represents one octave. When the generator is not calibrated, the sliders are still ordered by increasing frequencies... when it is possible. For example, the rumble of a distant thunder will likely be associated with the first slider, and chirping insects with the last one.

  RESET • Sets all sliders back to their initial position. This position is horizontal for calibrated generators and outputs a strict pink spectrum.

  ANIMATION • Creates an ever-changing atmosphere by animating all the sliders. Animation mode and speed can be changed using the next buttons.

  ANIMATION MODE • Changes how slider animation occurs. By Default, sliders are only allowed to move within a range of from 50% up to 125% of their initial value. This means that sliders set to zero will stay there, allowing muted sliders to stay muted during animation. Subtle works with a 80-110% range and Deep with a range between 0-150%. Minimax uses a range derived from a minimum and maximum, where minimum corresponds to the level of the lowest slider, and maximum to the highest. Zeroed sliders are not taken into account when looking for the minimum, and will stay muted. Extreme behaves like a random toggle: either a slider plays at its initial level (100%) or will be muted (0%). Shuffle : during animation, each slider can take another slider's value. That mode is powerful and versatile but makes no sense when all sliders are set to the same value at start. At least one needs to be different. So, imagine that you start with 9 sliders up and one that is zeroed. Each slider now acquires a 1/10th probability of getting muted on the next animation snapshot. If two sliders are turned down to zero, then that chance increases to 20% (=2/10). You are not limited to muting sliders, any value will work and produce interesting results. Note that this mode won't keep zeroed sliders muted. If you want to do so, select the next animation mode, called Shuffle, zeroed excluded. The last mode is Sequential which reveals the zeroed sliders as a random sequence. To make the most of this mode, start with programming the sliders that you want to hear continuously, and set all others to zero. Once animation starts, you will keep hearing the continuous background ambience you have set, but with occasional sounds derived from the muted sliders. Independently from the mode, sliders can be excluded from the animation via your keyboard's numerical keys. Type the number associated with the sliders that you want to exclude from the animation.

  ANIMATION SPEED • Sets how fast you want the sliders to animate.

      VOLUME • Changes the overall playback level by raising or lowering all the sliders at once.

  TIMER • Timer will make the sound fade out after a certain amount of time, if the generator is playing. This setting is ideal for sleep time. Or fade in, if the generator is muted. This setting can be used as an alarm, though you shouldn't rely on a browser to remind you about important things or wake up! Enter your custom time by clicking the numerical time display - it then becomes an entry field! For pomodoro sessions, see the special shortcut in the shortcut section below.

  MEDITATION TIMER • Chimes at desired time intervals, without interrupting the main generator from playing. This feature is ideal to signal timings during a meditation session, or to remind yourself to be aware of the moment, randomly during the day (by default, at least once every hour). Enter your custom time by clicking the numerical time display - it then becomes an entry field! Random time intervals can be entered with two values separated by a question mark. For example, "5?15" will ring the meditation bell every 5 to 15 minutes, randomly. A dual bell setting is available as well, via the + sign. For example, "25+5" will alternate 25-minute and 5-minute sessions. The 25+5 setting is available as a shortcut, see below.

Keyboard Shortcuts

pPlay / Pause
jdecrease all slider levels
kincrease all slider levels
zSet all sliders to zero
rreset sliders to default curve
bset sliders to brown curve
nset sliders to pink curve
wset sliders to white curve
?generate random slider values
0 .. 9add/remove a slider to the current group
Enterclear selection / select all
=select quietest sliders
/invert selection
< or >shift selection
+increase group level
-decrease group level
*emphasize group level
Delset group to zero
Shift+Delset non-group to zero
atoggle animation
schange animation speed
dchange animation mode
tsets a timer
lsets a meditation timer bell
ostarts a pomodoro session. The sound will fade out and pause after 25 minutes. Hitting the same shortcut will resume the sound 5 minutes later. This dual timer setting is ideal for alternating study sessions and breaks.
Shift+ostarts a pomodoro Meditation Bell. The Bell will alternate between 25-minute study sessions and 5-minute breaks.
ccollect non-zero sliders into hidden stack
Shift+crenders your composite generator
xcclears hidden stack
yswitches to experimental 432Hz tuning
hdisplay help

The Side Bar

The side bar - located further down a generator page - provides a lot of different functions accessible via textual buttons. Those marked with a are only available to myNoise patrons (clicking that little marker will bring you to the donation page if you haven't supported the site yet).

Current Slider Settings • Provides functions related to the current slider curve. Save in URL embeds your custom settings (the slider values and the animation settings) into the URL. Clicking the button will update the page URL, and then reload that page so you can hear what has been saved in the URL. From there, you can bookmark the page (that will save your settings as a browser bookmark) or share that URL with other people. Save as Cookie saves your settings as a browser cookie (local to your browser). Later on, you can access your settings again by visiting the same generator and click > Load. Clone as Minified Player This will clone your settings into a smaller browser window, and is ideal if you want to save your screen space. The main browser window will then go back to the index page, making it easier for you to pick up a sound, if you want to play multiple myNoise sounds simultaneously. Order as an Audio File allows you to request an audio file from your settings.

Presets • These are various slider settings that demonstrate the versatility of the sound generator. Calibrated generators offer presets that are associated with classic spectral distributions (Brown, Pink, White) but also a spectral distribution that has been optimizes to block speech. Surprise! assigns a random value to each slider.

Tape Speed Control • This section allows you to change the pitch of the sound generator, in the same way old tape players do, by changing their tape speed. When a generator is tuned to a musical note, this section displays note names.

Animation Control • This section allows you to gradually move from one slider setting to the other. It is a nice alternative to random slider animation, as it allows you to keep control how a sound evolves in time. You start by assigning different sliders settings to the three states available A/B/C. You can load a preset, then click a state letter, or assign custom slider settings. Once the three states have been assigned, click 'start' to start the animation. Sliders will travel from one state to the other, randomly.

iEQ • Through a simple but accurate calibration process, myNoise can compensate your listening environment deficiencies: your hearing, speakers or headphones. Click the calibrate link and follow the instructions. You need to perform the calibration process only once, unless you are switching to a new pair of headphones for example. Then, select one of the two options available under the iEQ section : 'balanced' or 'full'. If your hearing is perfect, but your headphones aren't, the 'full' option is the best. It then will fully compensate for your headphones deficiencies. If you are using good headphones, you won't hear much of a difference - that makes sense. If you own great headphones, but you are suffering from a hearing loss, the full option will probably sound too bright, though it exactly compensates for your hearing loss. Indeed, your brain is now used to deal with this loss. That loss is now part of what your brain considers to be the baseline, or the neutral sound if you want. Fully compensating for your hearing loss at this point will result in a change that your brain is not ready not accept. Therefore, iEQ offers a more conservative setting labelled 'balanced'. At last, the old calibration protocol reminiscent from the early days of myNoise, is still available when you are listening to a calibrated generator. In such a case, a third option will be listed under the iEQ section. 'Apply to Sliders' will embed the calibration curve to the sliders. With this last method, you don't force your CPU to perform the calibration on the fly.