Ahh....relaxtion. The often unachievable goal of most adults (especially during the weekend). With the increasing stress of our lives, is it any surprise that huge numbers of "relaxation aides" have appeared on the market. Massagers, aroma therapy, ambient noise generators - all trying to help us relax.
Well, now the iPhone has gotten into the game.
Easy Relax is an ambient noise generation program that has a huge number of features. In addition to come with a set of pre-programmed noise features, you can have the option of creating your own. This features sets it apart from most other similar programs.
The difference is that with the Easy Relax program, the ambient noises are a combination of sounds to create a more robust "mood". So instead of hearing just a cricket chirping (for example), you might hear a cricket chirping, with an occasional wolf howl in the distance, and a low melody playing in the background.
The program comes with 7 preset "themes", including "Into the West", "Hawaii Vacation", and "Rainy Day". With any theme, you can change any of the sub-features (background music, or any of the up to three ambient noises). And with the ambient noises, you can control the individual volume, as well as the individual repeat time (make the waves softer or louder, make the howls repeat every 2 seconds or 10 seconds, etc.)
Add to the the ability to create your own ambient themes - each theme can have one background music, and up to three ambient noises included.
It's a buffet of ambient noise! How can you relax with all these fun and exciting choices!
Added to all of this is a timer feature, so you can run any theme for a pre-set length of time, after which it will stop. Perfect to help you relax or fall asleep.
If you want the more traditional ambient noises, you can create a theme that just consists of that noise by itselt. The program comes with 30 different ambient noises, and 11 different background "soundtracks".
One annoying thing is everytime you start the program, it "suggests" that you upgrade to the ultimate version, and you have to hit a button to use this version.
For people who take their relaxation seriously, this might just be the ultimate ambient noise generator. The ultimate version is said to have more sounds and programs. It also has icons for the preset themes, playback speeds, alarm modes, and a randomization function. Truthfully, as good as the free version is, I am sort of thinking about getting the ultimate version.
Both the free and ultimate versions are listed as a "temporary promotion", so I don't know if those prices will change in the near future.
All in all, this seems to be one of the most full featured ambient noise generators around. Even the free version has more than you could ever use.
[Easy Relax is available from the iTunes App Store]