A Microsoft engineer made this lovely little white noise app

Ambie White Noise
Ambie White Noise (Image credit: Sean Endicott / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Ambie White Noise is a white noise generator for Windows 10 devices.
  • The app is made by a Microsoft engineer who also develops apps.
  • It recently gained the ability to mix sounds together.

If you need a little privacy at home or at the office, or you just need some serene sounds to help you relax, you can try out Ambie White Noise. It's a free white noise generator that's available on Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles.

Ambie White Noise is made by Daniel Paulino, who is an "App developer by night. Engineer at [Microsoft] by day," according to his Twitter profile. Paulino also makes the Nightingale REST Client (opens in new tab).

Ambie White Noise has preinstalled sounds, such as a beach, fireplace, a city street, and birds. It has a sleep timer, a screensaver mode, and a Compact Overlay mode.

In addition to the sounds that come with the app, you can also download more sounds, such as a library, walking on snow, and crashing waves. You can download the extra sounds directly within the app, so you don't have to jump around and move files into specific places.

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The app recently gained support for custom sound mixing. You can select up to three sounds and play them together. Each sound is individually adjustable, so you can balance things as you'd like.

Once you have a combination that you like, you can save a mix to easily play it again later.

The app is a neat little tool for creating an atmosphere within a room or helping you separate from what's around you.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

  • This app is as good as Calm or other paid options, even has some features those other apps don't offer...even works on Xbox (but not Windows 10x)
  • Also proof that MS has some good UI designers working for the company.
  • Maybe this is a sneak peek of what to expect in the upcoming Sun Valley UI overhaul for Windows 10 later this year 👀
  • Very similar to atmosphere on Android and iOS which is a positive comparison. Sonar to atmosphere I really like how you can layer different sounds and adjust the volume of each sound separately. Just needs more types of sounds like in atmosphere. Also to be able to save combinations of diff sounds as favorites.
  • Looks great. I like the modular sound catalog. I personally use Elpy, whose developer also makes a very nice Pomodoro timer, Pomy. Both are in the Microsoft Store.
  • Wauw. Just what I needed to drown the noise of my system's fan ^^
    Thank MS dev for creating it and Windows Central for bringing it up!