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SoniScape is a "natural-sound" composition designed to mask out disruptive noises while creating a sedate, calming effect; providing a peaceful background for living, working and sleeping.
SoniScape functions similar to "white noise" generators or "noise-canceling" devices. However, SoniScape works more effectively, is enjoyable to listen to and is much more affordable. And, since it comes on a CD or MP3 you can take it anywhere.
SoniScape sounds great but it is not just some pretty sounding nature CD. SoniScape is engineered with a unique “Sound Wall” track, which is comprised of multiple tuned layers of natural sounds. This allows SoniScape to cover the entire audible frequency range, from the lowest thumping bass to the highest screaching car alarm, and serve as a total sound mask to not allow other disruptive sounds to pass through; providing you with a serene, natural background. It also works the other way around, if you are in an environment/profession where your conversations need to be kept private, SoniScape can help protect your secrets from curious ears.
SoniScape has many uses, providing a peaceful background while you are
*Sleeping (bedrooms, hotel rooms, baby rooms)
*Traveling (on a plane next to a screaming baby or stuck in traffic next to a screaming adult)
* Camping in RVs or tents in crowded campgrounds.
*Or any other time you may want a serene sound barrier against noise pollution.
For commercial applications it serves as a nice background for businesses such as a dentist or doctor's office, retail store, massage therapist, spa, hotel, retirement center, asylum or school. It can be used for sensitive private meetings to mask-out your conversation to others that may be eavesdropping.
Soniscape can help create a nice environment for cubicles, lobbies, break rooms, board rooms, padded rooms, study rooms or even outdoor landscaping. Additionally, it can save you money as it does not require royalty payments to ASCAP or BMI for use in public domain.
SoniScape was designed and tested specifically for masking out
*Noisy neighbors, loud music, loud conversation, stomping (upstairs), or lawncare machinery
*Planes, trains and automobiles
*Construction (or destruction)
*Children, (yours or someone else's) Parents, (knocking around while babies are trying to get in a good nap) I have recently found this to be an indespensible tool to soothe my infant daughter, wether in the car on road trips or in her room for naptime.
*Nighttime critters, coyotes, dogs, mischievous raccoons or snoring spouses
*Whether you are disturbed by noise pollution or not, you will enjoy the environment created by this recording.
"Necessity is the mother of Invention". SoniScape was created by composer Brett Houston as a solution to a rather annoying problem, his neighbors, or specifically, noise pollution. "One day, after escaping to the mountains, as I was sitting on a peak overlooking a waterfall I realized how quickly the sounds and sights worked to recharge and refresh me. I had the idea to combine the peaceful elements of nature to help combat the negative elements of urban life."
SoniScape makes use of the technique called "sound-masking", which is to basically to hide one sound behind another of a similar frequency.
It was created using several layers of natural "base" sounds that were tuned, equalized, transposed and blended to cover the entire frequency range that humans can hear. This functions as the masking portion of the track.
Several "top" layers such as mountain streams and waterfalls were then added to create the sense of being in nature. SoniScape took over 2 years to conceive, develop and test. As you listen, you consciously tune into the sound of a waterfall. Although, there are actually 12 different layers of sounds working together to create a sedating effect that masks out disruptive sounds.
How effective is it?
SoniScape will mask most any sound as long as it is slightly louder than the offending noise, while played on a full-range (20hz-20khz range) sound system. In other words, using it on your laptop speakers to cover low frequency rumbling from a neighboring garage band rehearsal/house party (although helpful), will not be adequate to completely cover the audible onslaught. It has nothing to do with SoniScape's capabilities but the fact that laptop speakers can not produce low bass frequencies. However if you use a full-range speaker system with a sub woofer it is very effective, ensuring that you will rest peacefully undisturbed while the mayhem goes on around you.
In most cases it only takes a low to moderate volume level to be effective, however in extreme cases where you may need higher volume levels, long-term use could become uncomfortable, however if you can not reduce the noise levels around you, this will be your best option as it is much more enjoyable to listen to. Until a remote control can be created to make other humans be considerate and respectful, SoniScape is the next best solution available...
Be aware that extreme noise levels can cause hearing damage or loss. For more info about the dangers of noise click here. Copy and paste this phrase "how-loud-is-too-loud-decibel-levels-of-common-sounds" in to a search engine. (We're not allowed to put links here).
The other added benefit I have noticed from years of use is that it creates a calming effect on people and pets. This is another component that helps one deal with noise issues, and when used in peaceful situations is a great standalone tool for promoting relaxation.
"I am a very light sleeper and this is the only way I make it through the night with my noisy neighbors". Beverly Winkle, Dallas
"SoniScape made it possible for me to sleep while my boyfriend stays up late working around the house. " D. Fox, Los Angeles
"It really does cover up the sounds I hear from my next-door neighbor. I really like the rushing water sound and find it very relaxing". Alan Abrams, New York
“SoniScape lulls my baby to sleep quickly and keeps her from waking when the dogs bark or people come to the door ”. P. Weaver , New Orleans
" I can never sleep on planes and travel every other week. The sounds immediately bring peace while playing and I am able to fall right asleep". Lara Lange, Baltimore
"I truly believe that there is nothing better on the market for this purpose, if there was I would have bought it: Instead I invested years of my life to create SonisScape. Although it is not an absolute cure, it's the best solution that I am aware of". Brett Houston