How to use the online Ambient Audio Mixer

The Ambient Mixer is a free online audio mixing tool with which you can create and edit your own ambient music or background simulations.  If you are not familiar with this site, you can read this tutorial to learn how to use this free online audio mixer.

Use without an account

First of all, the audio mixer does not require you to log in or register to use it.  As a simple unregistered visitor you can listen to all public atmospheres.

You can even change the settings of any atmosphere you like and continue listening to the music or sound as long as you wish or until you close the browser window.  This way you can arrange your own sounds without any need to sign up or register you email account. You even can download the track you just changed with your particular settings via the  download option using PayPal for checkout.

Create a free account for advanced uses

So, when do you need to create an account on Ambient Mixer?

If you want to create a new atmosphere or ambiance track or you want to save your current settings of any other atmosphere, you have to get a free account. In order to be able to get back at it whenever you like, you need to register with your email and create an account.

Once you have created the account you have access to all features of the mixer, you can create you own ambiances and you can upload your own sound libraries to the mixer.

Start to make your own sounds with the audio mixer

So, assuming you know the mixer, you like it and you have seen an opportunity for you to create your own mixes, you have decided to save your sound backgrounds and start mixing your own audio ambiances.  In this case you should create an account!

If you want to follow this first steps using the tutorial, just open the registration page in another tab, fill out the form and confirm your registration. That’s it!

Ambient Mixer Dashboard

Once you are registered, start with a look at your new dashboard. This is your mixing central station. You will find here all the audio templates you have created, all audio files for sounds you have uploaded and a list of your favorite ambiances.  Just after registration it will be empty, of course.

Ambient Mixer Dashboard

Ambient Mixer Dashboard

You now can start creating your own atmosphere. You can either use an already existing atmosphere created by another user and adapt it changing the settings and loading new sounds.  Or you can create a totally new atmosphere from scratch. For the latter you use the standard empty template (click to open it).
Here you will also find detailed explanation about the settings available:

empty audio mixer template

Create a new atmosphere from scratch

Start using the sound and music mixer

Creating a new ambient background track using our online audio mixer is very easy.

1. Load a sound into each channel

As you see in the template, there are eight channels you can use. This means, you can mix up to eight different sounds or loops you choose. For each channel you want to use, the first thing to do is to load it with the sound you want to use.

Empty mixer template

Empty mixer template

Click on the “Load” button to upload a sound into the channel. This will allow you to load a sound from our huge sample archive into that channel. Beware that there are many more sounds available as you might think at first sight. You find the sounds clicking into every item in the list and browsing through the categories and subcategories.
For further details, read this article with an overview of the available sounds.

sounds in ambient mixer

Sounds can be found via the “Load” button and browsing through the categories

You arrive at the final sound when you see the little play button which serves to listen to the sound. If you like it, select it.

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Loading the chosen sound into the channel

However, if you want to use your own sounds, you can upload them on your user dashboard page. Once you have your own sounds online, you can load any of your own personal sounds into the audio mixer.

2. Adjust the settings for each channel

After you have loaded a sound, you have the option to change the settings for this individual channel.

Volume sliders

With the volume slider you can adjust the volume of each channel.

Volume Slider

Volume sliders of the ambient mixer

Panning knobs

You can change the panning with the knob under the volume slider. This means, you can decide if the sound is louder on the right or on the left side, thus creating a spatial effect.

Panning Knob

Panning Knob of the mixer

Cross fade check box

All sounds will start playing once they are loaded into a channel. And they will loop, that is, they start from the beginning once the reach the end of the audio file.

Crossfade

Crossfade checkbox for each channel

If you choose the option “Cross-fade”, the end of the sound or loop with fade-in into the beginning of the same sound. This way, you can create a seamless repetition of your sound that does not disrupt your whole track with every repeat.

Random function

One of the unique features of the audio mixer is the random functionality.

Random

You can choose to play a channel at random times

If you check this option, the sound will not loop constantly. It will play over and over again with randomly pauses in between following the rules you define.  This way you nature sounds like thunder, the sound of a wave on the shore, insects, wind chimes or whatever you have chosen for this channel play randomly now and then.

You can control how often it will play randomly in a given time frame. So you can for example decide that this particular sound should be played only 10 times in 1 hour, or 2 times every minute, or 6 times in 5 minutes. This feature makes your atmosphere unique.

Mute check box

If you need some sound to pause during your mixing process, just click on “mute” and you will not hear it any more.

Mute Button

Mute any channel at will

Thus you concentrate in the channel you are adjusting right now.

 My atmosphere is ready, what now?

Once you finish your new mix, you are ready to create a new audio template for it. A click on “Save settings”  will lead you to the template category page, where you can choose a category for your new track. The purpose of this step is to provide a meaningful category for your new mix.

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Add a suitable background image for your actual sound mixer

In the template category page you can also upload the image you would like to show for your track.  The best option is to use your own image. If you don’t find or have any image you think is just the right one for your sound track, you can use any image on the web that is not protected by copyright.

One thing is important though: Your images need to be under the creative common’s attribution licenses. You are not allowed to just grab the latest film poster you like unless it has been offered to the public for common use by the publisher.  So here you need to be careful, as we don’t allow copyright infringement for images. If you can’t find any suitable image, the default image will be used.

Once you have decided on the image you want to use or just left the default image, you can fill out the rest of the form fields.  If the image you have chosen has a bigger resolution that looks fine on a big screen, you can fill out the URL for the full image. This way, users can see the full image while listening to your track.

There are some legal implications in your track: The moment you want to share this track with the public, you have to agree to release the atmosphere under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License. This means you will let other users make their own versions of your track.

However, if you uploaded any sounds of your own that are not public domain or under the creative commons license, you are not allowed to share the atmosphere with the public. You then may use the track for your own pleasure by un-checking the box related to the CC licence (“Yes, I want to release my atmosphere under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License” button). This way, the usage of your own remixes keeps protected for your own private use.

36 comments on “How to use the online Ambient Audio Mixer
  1. Angelika says:

    Hallo,
    I want to use your sound mixer. Sorry my english is very bad. I hope, you can understand my questions.
    1. is ist possible to use the mixer to create my individual sound?
    I want to use some natur sounds with my individual music.
    2. is this kind of using free?
    3. can i use the results of my mixer sound composition in my website free?
    4. is it easy to get as a result of the own mixed composition a mp3
    for using?
    Thanks very much for answer!!!!!
    Have a nice day and a hopeful new year!

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Angelika,

      I will try to answer your questions as good as I can. If you have any additional questions, however, feel free to contact our support team. They understand German as well. 🙂

      1. Yes this is possible. You can mix your very own, personal atmosphere using sound samples already available and by uploading your very own sound effect ans, of course, your own music. If you don’t want to share them with other users, you can make both, the sound sample and the atmosphere, private for your usage only.

      2. + 3. Our atmospheres are published under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License. So, yes, the usage is free; the mixing as well as the usage for your website. However, in the latter case, we ask you to please credit the original artists of the sound samples used. You can find a list underneath your (or any) mix. Of course, crediting us would be very appreciated as well.

      4. You can download your mix in three different lengths; 15, 30 and 30 minutes. A 15 minutes download comes for free when you register with our service for the first time. However, to cover server costs and development, longer and additional downloads will cost a little fee.

      We hope you had a great start into 2016! May the year continue this way. 🙂

  2. Zaraia says:

    I like to hear the birds sing

  3. Teddy says:

    I can’t read this website because there is a bar in the way, and I don’t know how to move it. Is there a way to get rid of the bar? It has social media links on it. Every time I scroll, it just hops in front of the section I scroll to! :/

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Teddy,

      that is strange. The bar is a dynamic object that should hover on the side of the content, not over it. What kind of browser are you using, if I may ask?

  4. Renee Seabrooks says:

    I can’t seem to see or find ‘the save settings’ button. I’m losing all my stuff! Do I need the full version because I can’t seem to locate that. Just need to ‘SAVE SETTINGS’.

    THANKS

    and thank you for the awesome creative App!

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Renee,

      are you using the free app. The free app, unfortunately, do not contain the “save settings” feature.
      However, you can do so with a free account on our webservice.

      Thanks a lot for the nice words, we appreciate them. Hopefully, you will be able to recreate the mix you wanted.

  5. Donna says:

    This looks like a terrific tool for me to use with my students. I teach reading to Jr. High. Would they need to create their own accounts in order to save a project? Can you think of any reason I should not introduce this to my students? What problems might they or I encounter? This would be used strictly for the classroom and not for public use. Any insight is greatly appreciated. I’ve been searching for ways to link pictures w/sound and this seems like a great fit.
    Donna

    • Nicola says:

      Dear Donna,

      we are very glad to hear that you consider using our project for your students. An own account for each student could help them to work on their mixes outside of class, but creating one general account for your class would be no problem at all. Students can create mixes for the same account from different computers at the same time.
      I can’t think of any major problems you or your students could encounter, but if you hit any technical difficulties, our support team is always there for you. A great opportunity to expand the project would be for your students to not only use the content available or images they find on the web, but for them to take their own pictures to go along with the mix they create and record their very own sound samples. And of course share them among each other.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us again with any question you may have. We’d also like to report about your class project once done if you wouldn’t mind. I think this is a very cute and educational way of using our service!

  6. Liv says:

    How do I favorite an atmosphere so it shows up on my dashboard?

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Liv,

      this is very easy, just click on the “Vote now!” button underneath the mix and it will be saved in your favorites. 🙂

  7. Amy Cole says:

    I am interested in creating my own ambient music by using the sample sounds you provide on your website to use as music on videos that I upload to YouTube. Can I do this as long as I agree to release the atmosphere under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License on your website and credit the original artists of the sound samples used and credit your website in the YouTube Description of the video?

    • Nicola says:

      All atmospheres that are publicly available on http://www.ambient-mixer.com are licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/ . This license is retired but still valid.

      It basically allows you to use the file, even commercially, for mashups and the like as long as you attribute the creators. This can best be done by linking to the atmosphere on ambient-mixer.com.

      Please ask a lawyer for details, because in your country the laws might be different.

      The atmospheres can be created by our users and audio samples can be uploaded by them as well. If a user did upload an audio file that was not created by himself or where the appropriate rights are missing, he may violate our terms. To avoid that you have an atmosphere with audio that has been uploaded without permission, we recommend that you create your own audio samples and create the atmosphere by yourself.

      As long as you do not publish the atmosphere and audio samples, you can use different licenses as well.

      More information can be found here:
      http://www.ambient-mixer.com/faq

  8. Piepie Beuttel says:

    How do I change my nickname on this website? I would like to make up a cool, groovy nickname instead! Many thanks.

    • Nicola says:

      Hi!
      If you want to change your name, please drop us an e-mail at time2help @ ambient-mixer . com with the e-mail you listed here. We will do the changes for you. 🙂

  9. Brandon says:

    I carefully created and then downloaded an atmosphere for free (15 minutes version), however there are very loud pop/crackle noises throughout the track, making it entirely useless to me. I tried several times to use the link for comments/suggestions but could not make it work.
    Please help.

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Brandon,

      unfortunately, sometimes such distortions happen when the volume of the channels is set to max. Please send a mail to our support team and they will provide you a new coupon so you can download your mix anew after lowering the volume of the channels.

  10. Lana Webber says:

    I spent two hours yesterday perfecting my first sound and a cover photo to use with it, saved it and kept listening to it for the rest of the day. Today it’s nowhere to be found. I don’t understand why I can’t find it. It was named Fields at dusk, with subtext Victorian Era fields. My nickname is Luna Dragyntoothe. If I’ve done something wrong during the process (though I don’t believe I did) I need to know so I don’t waste more hours making sounds that just disappear on me.

    • Nicola says:

      Hi Lana,

      we have checked and actually found your mix. You can have a look at it here: http://countryside.ambient-mixer.com/fields-at-dusk
      What happened is that the mix was set to private when saving. Thus, it’s only available for you when you are logged in to your account. If you want to listen to it, just log in and you will also find it on your Dashboard. If you wish to make it publicly available for everyone to hear, you can always change the settings again.

      I’m sorry that we caused this little shock.

  11. Lana Webber says:

    Well, fair enough, but I was logged in and it wasn’t on my dashboard. Will check it out.
    Lana

  12. Heidi says:

    This is going to be a stupid question but I want to create my own and I can’t figure out where to go for it… Once again it’s a stupid question but any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Nicola says:

      There are no stupid questions. 🙂

      In order to make your own mix, you have to sign up for a free account. Then, you can alter any mix on the site and save the settings to make your own. Or you can start with a completely empty template from your user dashboard.
      All the fine tuning is explained in this YouTube video.

      I hope this helps. 🙂

  13. Popsicle says:

    How do I remove a favorite mix from my dash, because I don’t like it anymore? Is there a way?

    • Nicola says:

      Unfortunately, there is no way to remove a favorited mix from your dashboard at the moment. But we’re working on it!

  14. me says:

    How do I delete my account? Or, at the very least, alter my account info?

    • Nicola says:

      We are sorry to hear that you want to delete your account.
      If you wish any changes to be done, just pitch us a message at time2help @ ambient-mixer . com (without the whitespace). Make sure you write us from the e-mail address you registered with and we will tend to your wishes asap.

  15. kendra says:

    This wont let me listen to any of the sounds

    • Nicola says:

      Hi,

      we had a short update time for our servers that might have caused this issue. All should be working fine again by now. 🙂

  16. Sherlocked says:

    I have tried refreshing and logging out and back in, but I still can not find the “save” button. I do have an account and I am using the website, not the app.

  17. Sherlocked says:

    Nevermind. The “save” button finally popped up. a DAY LATER though… I think this problem should be addressed for other users though.

  18. Sherlocked says:

    None of the ambiences are playing or even loading. I heard others have been having this problem as well, so I know it’s probably not my computer acting up. Please help!

    • Nicola says:

      Hi,

      we had a short update time for our servers that might have caused this issue. All should be working fine again by now. 🙂

  19. maryart26 says:

    hi,
    I don’t know if you can help me, I can’t listen any song because I always receiving a message telling me «the web audio API not supported/missing playback codes» can I do something to make it work?

    • Nicola says:

      Hi,

      may I ask how you are accessing the site? This is, unfortunately, a known issue with Windows phone browsers, for example.

  20. Kirill says:

    Hi!
    Can I use all the mixes from ambient-mixer.com for commercial purposes?

    • Nicola says:

      All atmospheres that are publicly available on http://www.ambient-mixer.com are licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/ . This license is retired but still valid.

      It basically allows you to use the file, even commercially, for mashups and the like as long as you attribute the creators. This can best be done by linking to the atmosphere on ambient-mixer.com.

      Please ask a lawyer for details, because in your country the laws might be different.

      The atmospheres can be created by our users and audio samples can be uploaded by them as well. If a user did upload an audio file that was not created by himself or where the appropriate rights are missing, he may violate our terms. To avoid that you have an atmosphere with audio that has been uploaded without permission, we recommend that you create your own audio samples and create the atmosphere by yourself.

      As long as you do not publish the atmosphere and audio samples, you can use different licenses as well.

      More information can be found here:
      http://www.ambient-mixer.com/faq

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