A Soft Murmur is an app that allows you to create mixes of different relaxing sounds in order to help you feel calm or fall asleep. For example, the app samples sound such as rain, thunder or waves.
Our rating: 3 stars
Available on: Android
The app, however, also contains quite a few extra features that make your sound mix easier to use in various ways.
There's no denying that the information regarding the app is a bit sneaky - there are some factors of the app that aren't explicitly mentioned or explained, which is why there are only 3 stars. This will be explained later.
The A Soft Murmur app is available only on Android, so go to your Play Store, type it in and have a look. While downloading, feel free to scroll through more information about the app and the features it has - read carefully!
Once you've installed the app, open it up and you will see a big "Play" button with various animated icons below suggesting rain, the wind, etc. Play around with the sounds bit, and press the "Stop" button to pause the sound. If you scroll down a bit more, you will see "Unlock Six More Relaxing Sounds" (that's the catch, the app info doesn't fully explain that in order to have all of the sounds it provides, you'll need to pay). Have a look at what you can unlock if you're willing to pay - white noise, fire, etc.
Once you have chosen and modified the sounds to create your own mix, you have a few features and options to utilise. For example, if you click on the clock icon in the top right-hand corner, it will give you options on how the sound mix will be played - without pauses, with delays and more. The next icon is the "Meandering" option. This will let your sound mix go up and down in volume levels in order to create the perfect ebb and flow sound. You can then click on the Next icon, which will give you options of more features you can make use of.
These features include using "greedy audio" (this means that your sound mix will continue to play while you use other apps on your phone) and you can enable or disable this feature. The app also allows you to save your sound mix, so that you can create more for different situations and save them in your slot list as well – this gives you more options when you're in need of relaxation. Something very cool about this app is that you can share your sound mixes to others on social media platforms.
Our problem with this app, however, is that it's a bit sneaky and vague in its information. Why would you pay to get more than half of the sounds you were promised if you can get them (and much more) for free somewhere else, like YouTube?
However, we at AppNations do believe that the core purpose and intention of this app is a great one – and has the potential to become great.
In today's stressful and busy environment, we need all the help we can get to relax and fall asleep soundly. And this is a great start!
Watch the video to learn about Soft Murmer's website!