Thunderspace – Total Immersion In A Thunderstorm

3.0 Overall Score
Usability: 3/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 2.5/5

Deluxe audio experiences | So many subtleties to appreciate

Only two tracks for the initial purchase price | Thunderstorms blend together


Your iOS device is capable of all kinds of interactive features, but sometimes you just want to sit back and relax. That is what the new app Thunderspace is all about as it provides deluxe thunderstorm recordings to listen to. These aren’t just simple audio files, but rather stereoscopic 3D audio that supplies unique strings to both ears to immerse you in the sound. At least that’s the goal, and from our testing it definitely accomplishes that. The idea is similar to the Naturespace app, but this one focuses on thunderstorms.
With Thunderspace and a pair of headphones, you can feel like you’re in the middle of a rain storm, without having to get wet. The app takes it to the next level by using the iPhone flash sensor to simulate lightning in your surroundings. There’s so much depth to appreciate as you sit back, and let yourself be transported away to the rainfall. The entire app is designed to mimic the sound as if you were listening to the thunderstorm in person. It’s done with a recording system that is set-up in the way that the human ear picks up sound, and it also captures the two different audio inputs based on the distance between ears.

The app includes two thunderstorms for the purchase price with a summer thunderstorm knocking on a roof garden, and soft rain drips in a forest. There are also six additional thunderstorms available for $0.99 each which is a bit disappointing, as the full feature set ends up costing $7. Just two tracks in the main app leaves quite a bit to be desired, and each additional is another buck, with subtle variations. The amount of time that went into the recording makes the cost more than justified, but the set-up is just discouraging as you get so little in the main app. There’s a smooth interface to switch tracks, but this just emphasizes all of the extras you don’t have access to. It’s also worth noting that this app is just about thunderstorms, so it has a limited scope that doesn’t offer the variation of other ambient sound apps.

Thunderspace ($0.99, iPhone) offers a brilliantly crafted audio experiences that can be relaxing and immersive. The app just lacks comparative depth, which distracts from the entire experience making it worth considering, but not as good as it could be.


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