dimitar inchev
dimitar inchevTeam Coworkies & StartupBerlin.co

What do you do when you need silence in a noisy environment?

I'm looking for apps/products that help with cutting the noise down from the surrounding environment.
9 recommended
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    Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

    True wireless + active and passive noise cancelling

    benburnsProduct Manager, Bose · Written
    (Disclaimer: I'm a product manager at Bose, although I don't currently work on headphones). Also check out the Bose QC30, which are the wireless earbuds with noise canceling -- they include a feature that lets you turn the amount of noise canceling up and down, from 100% down to "fully transparent" (sounds like there's not buds blocking your ears), which is good for noisy work environments -- and they hang more comfortably around your neck when not in use. Also the QC20 wired noise-cancelling earbuds, which fit the most easily in a pocket out of any of these. (And you'd be surprised -- for most people, the noise cancellation on earbuds is as good as or better than with the over-ear headphones).
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    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale · Written
    +100. I don't work in any open office environment without these.
    Sam Haseltine
    Sam HaseltinePre-sales solution consultant at Adobe · Written
    Exceptional bit of kit, rely on these for every noisy environment I'm in
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    Ambient background sounds for your Mac

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan HooverFounder of Product Hunt & Weekend Fund · Written
    Noizio is one of the best ambient sound generators. It's a minimal native Mac app that lives in your menu bar featuring calming ☔️, cheery 🐦, and comforting 🔥.
  3. 9

    Any song. One tap away.

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush MittalHead Of Digital Communications · Written
    This might not be what you look for but sometimes when I wanna get rid of noise I plug in more noise but the ones I like or helps me to focus with my in-ear headphones (minimises background hubbub).
    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethibuilding things. · Written
    There are some great ambient noise playlists that are great! Even better if you have noise blocking headphones.
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    Noisli 2.0

    Improve focus and boost your productivity with ambient noise

    dimitar inchev
    dimitar inchevTeam Coworkies & StartupBerlin.co · Written
    I use Noisli as ambient sound generator to cut me from the surrounding noise.
    Tin Ho Chu
    Tin Ho ChuAppmuseme Founder · Written
    I work from home, but sometimes my wife is cooking and making lots of sounds in the house, so I use this Web App, awesome!
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    Music for the brain to improve focus, meditation & sleep

    Jim Canto
    Jim CantoFounder of Tonic Ventures · Written
    Very difficult to express "why" this works as the brain itself is not fully understood. Hopefully the fact that I became a lifetime member will be enough to compel you to have a look/listen. I stream Brain.fm through Chrome on my Android device. However, they do have an iPhone app. Brain.fm plus the Bose headphones above. Problem solved. Though I'm very curious now about Shawn's recommendation as well.
    Brett Burky
    Brett BurkyEntrepreneur In The Real Estate Industry · Written
    This is great for focus and staying motivated, at least for me. It's either this or a heavy dose of trance music.
    S-M Robinson
    S-M RobinsonCreative Director · Written
    I was skeptical of Brain.fm at first. In my experience, their "Sleep" mode doesn't help me, but "Focus" and their "Meditate" functions are amazing. "Focus" gives you a jolt. And sure, it may all be placebo, but as a fan of ambient music, it isn't bad ambient music.
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    Drown out workplace chatter with the sounds of a coffeeshop

    I love this ambient noise generator, which @shootbydaylight intro'd me to. You can choose among the default free ones, including Morning Murmur, Lunchtime Lounge, and, my favorite, 'University undertones' (which feels exactly like being in a college library). You can also pay to upgrade for sounds like a Paris bistro and 'Texas Teahouse'... whatever that is!
    Sandro Kipiani
    Sandro Kipianitesting tons of apps a day · Written
    I use this in cafes where there is music playing, because coffitivity's sounds have no meaning and do not distract me while background music does.
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    Oddly satisfying videos to relax your brain.

    CristóbalFounder of Mukabe · Written
    I started using this recently. The videos are great, but usually I only hear the sounds.
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    Unlimited control over real-world sounds

    An awesome little app by the makers of RjDj that filters the noises around you. You just connect your headphones, select one of the filters, and you're good to go. The "office" filter takes out all of the harsh sounds of the work environment and changes them into harmonics so you can concentrate. Highly recommend.
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    Here One

    AI-powered, wireless headphones by Doppler Labs 🎧

    Ryan Lewis
    Ryan LewisBrand Consultant & Graphic Designer · Written
    I do not have these, but they look really amazing.