Nature Sounds / Rainfall


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I used to have a Bose dock in the bedroom which we used at night to play rainfall/thunderstorm sound while we were sleeping. (On iPhone with Sleep Machine app for anyone interested.) That setup started to get a bit sketchy with Lightning -> 30 pin adapter cable between the new phone and the old dock not always charging my phone, which coincided with my starting to collect Sonos gear.

I added a Play:5 and an Airport Express using the "official" method of getting AirPlay support on Sonos. Mostly worked, but without fail, the AirPlay connection would cut out, sometimes even disconnecting outright, which was not ideal.

Figured I'd take AirPlay out of the equation - given that there are a couple dozen or more wifi networks that overlap my house, sketchy performance from time to time isn't unexpected. Got a one month subscription to Calm Radio and figured Atmospheres would probably work.

Unfortunately, the Play:5 bass response means a lot of the rain comes with thunder loud enough to startle my wife out of bed. Other channels have birds or other components, or just varying volume levels that I seem to be particularly alert to when I'm sleeping.

The simplest (and surprisingly, cheapest) path forward would seem to be MyNoise.net streaming, but he seems to stream in OGG which is unsupported by Sonos.

Any great ideas on where I could find a consistent, level, rain sound generator, or possibly just basic white noise, without other included sounds, that plays via Sonos? Not opposed to a subscription - I had high hopes for Calm - I just need something that works for this situation.

Thanks!

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Any great ideas on where I could find a consistent, level, rain sound generator, or possibly just basic white noise, without other included sounds, that plays via Sonos?
There are masses of places where one can download white/pink/brown noise WAV or MP3 files. Why not simply use one of these on repeat?

If you don't want to keep a disk spinning all the time, put the files on a USB flash stick. Many routers will let you mount one as an SMB share.

If you really want nature sounds there are sites which sell MP3 files captured in the wild which are an hour or more long.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFxuIrvYu5k

You can stream it to your iPhone and wire the headphone out from your iPhone to the Play5 Line in.

Or even more simply, subscribe to Spotify or Beats as there are many gentle rain environmental tracks listed. Put one in the Sonos queue on repeat and set to crossfade. No need to keep your iPhone wired or active all night that way.
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Not an answer to your issue but an alternative,
can I suggest looking up "Liquid Mind"? Not rainfall but music composed with no peaks in sound.
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I did a search on Beats for "Nature Sounds" and there are quite a few albums.
Google Play has several as well.
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They have some different sounds.
They have a pay subscription service which I have, but I think you can access it some free methods also like a radio station.
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Try these streams, put them in to Add Radio Station on the Sonos controller and then select from My Radio Stations.

http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalRainwiththunder
http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalRainthunderandlightning
http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalStormyevening
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Thanks for the suggestions. Rereading my initial post, I realized I'd left out some useful information.

Ultimately, the simple solution is best, although it's been so long since I've played local media files, it hadn't even crossed my mind. Found a few great tracks to experiment with and loop. Kcal files also remove potential failure points from the process as well as eliminate the risk that any overnight downloads, scheduled jobs, etc, will interfere.

I like the idea of Calm Radio, but never found an Atmospheres channel my wife liked.

To allow my home server drives to spin down overnight, I did put the files on a low profile USB key and shared it on the Time Capsule.

Thanks for reminding me of the more obvious features of this system. 🙂
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Try these streams, put them in to Add Radio Station on the Sonos controller and then select from My Radio Stations.

http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalRainwiththunder
http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalRainthunderandlightning
http://media.thelounge.com:8000/NaturalStormyevening


On the iPad I see no add radio station tab and don't see how I can copy and paste those links into the radio area?
On the iPad I see no add radio station tab and don't see how I can copy and paste those links into the radio area?
You need to use the Desktop Controller: Manage>Add Radio Station
They have some different sounds.
They have a pay subscription service which I have, but I think you can access it some free methods also like a radio station.


We recently added a Play1 in the bedroom so we decided to try using it to fall asleep to something relaxing. Found a Calm Radio station and all was going well. Then right as I was starting to drift off, I got a loud commercial for Buffalo Wild Wings!

Seems to you have to pay $6.99/month for the ad-free streams.

Fair warning for anyone else who tries to use the free Calm Radio streams to fall asleep to!
I realize this is an old thread, but just came across this compilation free-to-download.

https://archive.org/details/Sounds_of_Nature_Collection
Nowadays you have a lot of apps where you can listen to nature sounds without downloading the tracks.
I often use:
- Naturing: http://naturing.comyr.com/
- A soft Murmur
- Calm

Hope you like them
We used to play a brown noise track from the iPhone on a Bose docking station just like the original poster. The dock died and we got Sonos. The track loops without a fadeout or skip just fine on my computer or iPhone, but when I try to loop it on the play 1, there is that little hesitation that wakes us up. When the track looping didn't work, I looped a brown noise track from Rhapsody. This works fine unless the connection to Rhapsody gets interrupted at 3am (has happened several times). How can I get a brown noise track to loop without interruption on the Play 1?
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Will enabling crossfade for that Play:1 be sufficient enough to cancel out the gap?
Try converting the brown noise track to a different format. Sonos' gapless play performance can vary.
How do I enable cross fade, Alexandrina? Thanks, ratty, I'll try that.
https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1060/kw/crossfade

Crossfade: Fades out the current track while fading in the next track to create a smooth transition between tracks. Touch the Info & Options area on the Now Playing screen, and then turn on the Crossfade option to activate.
Search in Radio by TuneIn for a channel called Sleepscapes | Rain. It's awesome!
On tune in radio type white noise
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