Free to try (7-minute per launch trial); $19.99 to buy
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You don't have to practice feng shui or decorate your home in beaded curtains and lava lamps to enjoy this virtual sound effects program. Created by a classical musician and composer, MindChimes simulates chime sounds with wind patterns that are natural and believable. Nine chime sounds are available, from bells and crystal glass to bamboo. Most impressive is the fact that MindChimes' sound algorithm eschews looping, which creates a natural randomness that assures sounds will never play exactly the same way twice. For creative types, the Chime wizard lets you blend chime sounds using 10 octaves to create different moods and harmonies. The program's simple interface creates an intuitive environment in which to quickly start creating music with just one click. Occasionally we noticed that MindChimes would briefly stop making music when we closed certain application windows, but the music would quickly resume on its own. Overall, we found MindChimes to be a well-thought-out program and a refreshing alternative form of background music.
MindChimes is a virtual wind chimes program created by a classical musician. The chime quality and wind patterns are beautiful, realistic, and natural. MindChimes runs in the background while you use your computer and does not interfere with any software. Choose from presets or create your own chime sets. Version 4.0 features a Chime Wizard.
I think it sounds very realistic--there are quite a few tones to choose from as well as there being the possibility to change wind speed and gusty conditions. I, myself, prefer the low, wood tones to the tinkly, silver- ones, especially when I'm working on money matters. :-)
This demo runs for seven minutes and then automatically quits. This is clearly stated in the product description, which the previous reviewer did not read.
The chimes are incredibly sophisticated; you can create any type of chime set, and even use a wizard to make perfect chime sets with one click! Then change mode, transpose, etc. There is a 10-octave piano keyboard that auto-plays while the chimes ring.