Silenz

Mix ambient noise in with the music you're listening to

Silenz is an app dedicated to headphones users who listen to music as a way to keep focused.

It monitors the sounds of your surrounding in a smart way; once it detects a significant sound (e.g. human speech), it reacts by pausing or adjusting the volume of media players.

The app also allows you to hear surrounding sounds mixed with your music.

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 +7 reviews
  • Dzoan BeiOS Software Developer at PGS Software
    Pros: 

    One of a kind, full of useful functionalities, excellent customer support

    Cons: 

    Where has it been all of my life?

    I was testing it and really enjoyed the time.

    Dzoan Be has used this product for one month.

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Charles Magnuson@magnuson · Professional Consumer
I sure wish there was a demo version available for download. $15.00 is quite a steep price for a little utility app like this.
Grzegorz OwsianyMaker@_grow_ · iOS / macOS Developer
@magnuson Your wish is granted. From now on, Silenz is FREE to download for a limited time!
Gerrit Lukas Lohmann@grmon · Senior Designer UX
@magnuson @_grow_ did i miss it already?
Grzegorz OwsianyMaker@_grow_ · iOS / macOS Developer
Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to Silenz - my indie Mac app dedicated to headphones users. It's a media controller and audio analyser which can react to the human voice and control iTunes or other media apps (Spotify, Deezer, VOX, VLC). I made the app for myself to reduce mundane activities like pausing, turning the volume down and removing the headphones when someone is speaking to me. It can also amplify and mix surrounding sounds with your music. And it does all of this automatically, using advanced audio analysis. I'll be happy to answer any questions about the app.
PaulSolt@paulsolt · iPhone App Expert
@_grow_ I'm curious, what kind of audio analysis are you using to make it work? (High level signal processing) The auto pausing is cool. =)
Grzegorz OwsianyMaker@_grow_ · iOS / macOS Developer
@paulsolt Hi Paul, without getting too much into the details, Silenz computes and analyzes several audio features obtained both from time and frequency domains. To do that it uses FFT and wavelets. Analyzed features are mostly characteristics of a human voice. All of it allows Silenz to discard for example keystrokes, mouse clicks or the sound of a mug put on the desk :)
PaulSolt@paulsolt · iPhone App Expert
@_grow_ thanks, that's pretty neat.
Marcell@cellus_christie · I help you reach the right ppl 🎯
Really awesome. Any plans to integrate into apps that use binaural beats for deep focus or relaxation? (I.e Brain.fm)
Grzegorz OwsianyMaker@_grow_ · iOS / macOS Developer
@cellus_christie Great idea! I would be more than happy if I could make an extension for e.g. @noizio
Kir Kovalski@seomarlboro · CEO, Designer at Noizio
Marcell@cellus_christie · I help you reach the right ppl 🎯
@noizio @_grow_ @seomarlboro Thank you guys. For those of us that live on our computer managing multiple projects we have to sacrifice real music for productivity music. This would be a super beautiful thing lol
@_grow_ I was willing to work on a similar product but more focused on hearing protection. When some people are talking I may be tempted to increase the volume to stay focused, then I may be listening to high volume for a long time. The idea would be to have a software automatically decreasing the volume to force me to listen to music at the lowest volume possible and keep my ears safe. I wish there were a freemium version of Silenz. In the description it says that Spotify is available as in-app purchase, do you have to pay again after the $15, and if yes how much ? Thanks!
Grzegorz OwsianyMaker@_grow_ · iOS / macOS Developer
@qdelaoutre Hi Quentin! To reduce the price of the app I've decided to make extensions available as IAPs ($1.99). There is also All-In Media Control Bundle IAP which includes all current and future media control extensions ($4.99). The problem with freemium is that demos and trials are not possible in the Mac App Store without the subscription model.
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Great job!! 😊 Windows 10 version ? And it’s should be free
Robert Hardy@chuckmeister9 · Writer, Filmmaker, Company of One
No, it should not be free.
Karan Rajpal@karan_rajpal
@chuckmeister9 I agree. Buuut, Windows version? I'd gladly throw money at you if this could be built for Windows as well.