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myNoise®
Background Noises & Interactive Soundscapes
“ This is my favorite generator for coding. Instead of being in my hot office at my desk, I'm a starship sysadmin alone in my room full of servers, floating through the endless dark. It's peaceful here. There's no one asking me for "just a quick question". Just me, with my ship's computers chirping away happily while I tune and fix them. ”
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Juy 19th • Gregorian updated

Juy 8th • Pripyat added

July 1st • Africa added

June 24th • The Hum added

June 18th • Peak and Notch noises added

June 11th • Type [H] for help (when a gen plays)

June 11th • Sequential Slider Animation Mode added

June 6th • Levadas added

June 3rd • Madeira Album added

May 28th • Drifting Away added
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General

Are there any restrictions on using myNoise?
Yes. The sound generators on this website are provided for personal/private use only. All other uses are prohibited, unless otherwise specified here.

What do I agree with, when using myNoise.net?
You agree you will be using the myNoise generators for personal/private use only, and allow myNoise to use the information you send back to the website (e.g. testimonials and custom generators settings) on its website and derivatives (e.g. the myNoise YouTube channel). Your patron email address will never be used for marketing purpose.

Who runs this website?
My name is Stéphane Pigeon. I am a signal processing Ph.D. engineer with a strong passion for sounds. Besides being a consultant in the field of digital signal processing and a professional sound designer, I am running different audio-related websites such as AudioCheck.net - the biggest repository of online audio tests on the Internet - HearingTest.online – an unbiased and free online hearing test and audiogram printout – and this website, myNoise.net. More about me on my personal page.

So, there is only one person behind this website?
Yes, indeed, with a little help of myNoise friends. Keeping the site alive and growing, takes a lot of time and resources! Your donations help me to assign part of my professional time to the development of this website.

Why did you do all this?
Because I am crazy, if you are looking for a short answer. For more details, please read my Interview by Sarah C. Rich.

Help... I need some help!
Before contacting me, have a look at the various video tutorials. To understand how the player interface works, and learn a couple of tricks, type [H] - for Help - when you are on a generator page.

How much does a single generator cost to produce?
Read the answer here.

Is a donation the only way to help this site growing?
Financially, you can help me by using this Amazon Affiliate Link every time you shop on Amazon. It won't cost you a cent, and I will receive a percentage of the sale :D Don't bookmark that link, as you must access Amazon from this site. Other than that, spreading the word about myNoise is always helpful and much appreciated! If you have a particular sonic talent — or have access to a location that might produce a great soundscape — sharing them with me is a fabulous way to help too!

Is there anything like a monthly recurring donation?
There now is. Look for the calendar icon on the donation page. Recurring donations are implemented by PayPal. They will cost you a fiver every month, and can be paused or stopped anytime from your PayPal account. If you have already contributed, and want to donate again but not with a recurring donation, click the little stars associated with your account on the index page. They will bring you to a page where you can top up your account with the amount of your choice.

How do I keep updated with new features and generators?
Follow @audiosampling on Twitter, like the MyNoise Facebook page, or simply read the blog every once in a while.

May I suggest a new noise?
I was open to suggestions in the past, but today I cannot keep answering all the requests anymore. So, please contact me only if you have a suggestion AND are willing to help me recording it (by yourself, or by giving me access to the sound source). You can contact me at email

Browser Issues

What technology are you using?
myNoise noise player does not rely on any proprietary technology, but requires a browser that is compatible with the Web Audio API. All modern browsers now are.

Does myNoise use streaming? How much data does it require?
myNoise does not stream audio. The sound is dynamically generated by the browser. All the data required is loaded right before the sounds starts. Therefore, you can keep listening to a generator without worrying about your internet usage: there won't be any, other than during the loading process (typ. 10MB).

Sounds becomes wavy after an hour or so...
myNoise relies on your browser to produce the sound (see above). Therefore, the audio output is dependent on your computer power saving settings. Some computers will put the web browser in idle mode if no user interaction is detected, such as with myNoise running in the background. This power saving mode is often fatal to myNoise, which will then start to produce a wavy sound. To solve this problem, try to prevent your computer to enter sleep/power savings mode, e.g. by leaving your computer connected to the mains supply.

Any mobile app available?
Yes, myNoise is available as an iOS App (iPod/iPad/iPhone). Android is available too, but in beta. We still have a lot of issues with the android app, and do not recommend it at the moment. The website already plays well on mobile devices. Therefore your mobile internet browser might still represent the best way to enjoy the myNoise sounds if you have an android phone or tablet. We do recommend the Opera Mini browser, as it keeps playing the website even when your device enters power saving mode!

myNoise on the Web

Is there a difference between mynoise .net and .com?
The .net is my original website, and started first. The .com domain was introduced later by a German doctor who sells a tinnitus therapy. I do not endorse Dr. Walter's mynoise tinnitus therapy sold on 'mynoise.com'. Read more about it here.

Where can I follow myNoise - the original - on social media?
These are @audiosampling on Twitter, MyNoise on Facebook, and myNoise on YouTube.

Sound Issues

Some sliders associated with calibrated noises, do not produce any audible frequencies.
They probably produce frequencies that are beyond your speakers' or hearing range. The frequencies associated with the first slider (brown) are so low - almost in the subsonic range - that they will require a sub-woofer to produce an audible output. The frequencies associated with the last slider (violet) are almost in the ultra-sonic range, and will require perfect hearing.

How do I know if I sill have a good hearing?
Try an online hearing test. Beware, not all online hearing tests perform equally well. Here are my favorite ones: 10 Truly Useful Online Hearing Tests.

How can I better hear those extreme frequencies?
By using good headphones, and going through myNoise calibration procedure, once.

Are there any headphones you'd recommend?
My preference is the Sennheiser HD600 (open design). I used them when designing all the myNoise sounds. If you are on a really tight budget, Superlux HD668b (semi-closed) are my top pick! Incredible performers (for their price). In between, the Beyerdynamic Custom One (closed) are both ingenious and excellent. You won't regret purchasing any of these three headphones. If you are looking for earbuds, not headphones, try the MEE audio M6 PRO (approx. USD 50). They blew me away!

Why are myNoise sounds so quiet compared to other sounds on my computer?
By default, our sound generators play at relatively low levels, indeed. The reason is very simple: if all sliders were located on the top of the user interface, there would be no room left for the calibration to boost frequencies associated with hearing losses. If your audition is fine, or you don't want to compensate for your headphones' frequency response, you can easily increase the overall sound level of our noise generators, by hitting the [vol+] button a couple of times.