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How to create an Advance Timer

A personalized sound therapy!

An advance timer is a tool that we have developed with the idea of giving our users the flexibility to create the most personalized experience possible while taking the most advantage of the content from the app.

Advanced Timer in combination with a regular Timer and a Regular Alarm can help you set up specific sequences of sounds for various periods of the day. 

In this page, we will walk you through the process of creating an advance Timer or Alarm and also explain to you how to use it in combination with the Standard Timer, the Standard Alarm, and your favorite Mixes. 

This page is oriented to users with some experience with the app, alarms and timer features from the app. Specifically for people who are very comfortable setting up alarms and timers and saving mixes to their favorite lists. However, if you are a user without much experience with this features, you can still follow along, just make sure you take your time and carefully read the instructions. 

Advance Timers / Alarms are great for people who work with music or sound therapy and require time control over each sequence of sounds that are played. They are also great for long sessions of Relaxation, Meditation or Simply before going to bed all the way to waking up in the morning.

This page is mostly oriented to users with the premium version of the app which grants them access to the full library of sounds, however, if you are a user with the free version, you can still set up advance timers, just your sound library will be smaller and thus your choices of sounds reduced.

So let's get started!

Favorites are the Key!

The first thing you need to do is to create and save your personalized mixes into your favorites list.

If you need assistance with how to save a Current Selection into the Favorites List, check out this link!

In this walkthrough, we are going to create a series of Advance Timers to be used when you go to bed. 

So you will need to set up at least 3 different Sound Mixes: 

Before Sleeping

The first mix you need to create and save is a mix that you will listen to, the moment you get into bed. The idea is to create a mix that will help you relax, will take your thoughts into a relaxing place and will provide you with comfort. 

Evidently, it is entirely up to you which sounds you select but don't forget to also level up the volumes in a way that it almost creates a 3D-like ambiance. 

If you want to know more about how to select sounds and configure their volume intensities, check out this link. 

For this example we will use a mix with Rain like sounds:

  • Tropical Rain at 30% Volume Intensity
  • Thunderstorm at 100% Volume intensity 
  • Hard Rain at 50% Volume Intensity 
  • Rain on Roof at 20% Volume intensity 
  • Temple Grounds at 100% Volume intensity 

Now let's add a Brainwave to help you relax even easier. Brainwaves are divided in two, Binaural and Isochronic: The Binaural sound-waves are more subtle and easier to the ear but require headphones in order to better take advantage of them. The Isochronic sound-waves are more intense and do not require headphones however not many people find this kind of waves easy to listen or pleasurable. It really is up to you to choose the Brainwave that best suits your taste.  

In this example, we will use a Binaural wave.

  • Binaural Relaxation 10HZ at 100% Volume intensity

If you find the thunderstorm to be too strong to be used before sleeping, you can remove it from the Sound Mix or reduce the volume intensity.

Now your Current Selection is ready to be saved to your favorites. 

If you need assistance with how to save a Current Selection into the Favorites List, check out this link!

Give your sound mix a name that will be easy to remember and that can remind you that this mix is for the moment you go to bed. 

We will name it as "Before Sleeping" to remind us that this mix is going to be playing to help me fall asleep. 

Your Mix should look something like this in your Favorites List:

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While Sleeping

Now we are going to create a Mix to be played while we are sleeping. 

The first thing we are going to do is go to the Home Screen and tap on the "Clear" button to remove all of the selections we previously made when creating the Before Sleep Sound Mix. 

When you press the clear button all the sounds get deselected and stop playing. Now let's make another Sound Mix.

For this example we are going to use relaxing Sounds:

  • Tropical Rain at 30% Volume Intensity
  • Cicadas at 30% Volume intensity
  • Temple Grounds at 100% Volume intensity 

And then we will use a Binaural or Isochronic Brainwave to sleep with or without Dreams. 

  • Binaural Dreamless Sleep 2.5HZ 100% Volume Intensity

Remember that these are only examples, you can choose whichever sounds you prefer most and whichever Brainwave best suits your needs. 

Now we are ready to save our Current Selection into our Favorites, we will name this one "While Sleeping" or which ever name best suits your needs. 

Your Favorites List should look something like this:

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Waking Up

Now we are going to create a Mix to be played to help ups wake up. 

The first thing we are going to do is go to the Home Screen and tap on the "Clear" button to remove all of the selections we previously made when creating the Before Sleep Sound Mix. 

When you press the clear button all the sounds get deselected and stop playing. Now let's make another Sound Mix.

For this example we will use morning nature sounds:

  • Forest Birds at 30% Volume intensity
  • Water Stream at 30% Volume intensity
  • Yangtze at 100% Volume intensity
  • Small Chimes at 30% Volume intensity
  • Small Birds at 30% Volume intensity
  • Binaural Pre-sleep 8HZ at 100% Volume intensity

Remember, choose the sounds the best suit your needs, we selected the Pre-Sleep binaural sound because is not only good for going to bed but also for waking up because it helps your brain to transition from one state to another. 

Now we are ready to save our Current Selection into our Favorites, we will name this one "Waking Up" or which ever name best suits your needs. 

Your Favorites List should look something like this:

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After you have saved the Sound Mix in your favorites, go back to the home screen by tapping on the left side of the favorites screen. 

Once back into the Home Screen, select Clear at the bottom of the home screen to clear out all the sound selections and stop all sounds.

It's Time!

Now that we have saved all of the sound mixes we will use, let's continue with setting up the alarms and timers that will trigger and stop these mixes. 

Timer One

The first thing we will do is to create a Timer to Fade Out our "Before Sleep" sound mix. 

First think about how long does it normally take you to fall asleep, 1 minute, 15 minutes, 30 minutes? 

That is the amount of time we will put in our timer so that the sounds Fade out after we are asleep. 

To create this timer first go to the Alarm and Timer section of your app by clicking on the Menu button from the Home Screen and then selecting Alarm & timer.

Once in the Alarm & Timer screen press the "+ add" button and then from the selection, choose "Advance Timer"

It should bring you to a screen that looks somewhat like this:

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First set up the Fade Out time. For this example, we are going to set it up to 15 seconds. 

Now, we don't want to exit the app, because if we do, all of the other timers and alarms we set up, will not function because the app is closed. So leave the Exit App option disabled. 

You will know it is disabled (off) because the white circle of the switch like button is towards the left side. 

Now, let's move to the time management. 

You will notice two options Clock and Countdown.

Clock will allow you to set up the timer at a specific hour of the day, this is ideal for example for people who work with sound and music therapy and wish to have the sounds stop at a specific time because a session is over.

Countdown allows you to set the timer with specific amounts of time ranging from 1 minute to 23 hours and 59 minutes. 

For this example, we will use the Countdown feature of the timer and we will set up the timer to 30 minutes. 

To summarize, we are setting up a timer with a 15 seconds Fade Out when the timer hits the 30 minutes threshold. 

What this means is that the moment the timer reaches 30 minutes, the Sounds will begin to fade out for 15 seconds until they are completely stopped. 

 

Your Advance Timer should look something like this before being saved:

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Save your timer by tapping on the '' button located on the top right-hand side of the screen. 

IMPORTANT: By default, the app saves the timer and it activates it immediately. Which means that right after you save your timer, the timer begins to count down. 

After saving the timer, make sure you switch the on and off button to the off (disabled) side so that the timer stops counting down. 

Active Timer:

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Inactive Timer: 

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Now that we created the first timer and made sure is disabled, we are going to create an Advance Alarm. 

Alarm One

Now we are going to create an Alarm to Fade In the next Sound Mix we want to play. The best way to understand the difference between an Alarm and a Timer is to think of them as the Alarm is used to begin Playing Sounds and the Timer is used to Stop Playing Sounds. 

So now we are going to create an Alarm that will go off the moment the timer stops all sounds. 

To add an alarm, tap on the "+ add" button located on the top right-hand side of the Alarm & Timer Screen and then select Alarm. 

It should bring you to a screen that looks somewhat like this:

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 Now you will notice that right next to the word Sound, it is written "Current Selection", we want to change that for one of the Sound Mixes that we save as our favorites. 

Tap on the word Sound to open the selection menu.

Once in the selection menu, select the Sound Mix we called "While Sleeping" since we want this mix to begin playing the moment we fall asleep. 

Your selection should look somewhat like this: 

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Press the " < " back button to continue setting up the Alarm. 

Now we are going to set up the Fade In time for the moment we want the sounds to begin playing. 

We are going to set up the Fade In to 15 seconds, to do that, simply tap on the word Fade in to open the list of available Fade In times and then select 15 seconds. 

Press the " < " back button to continue setting up the Alarm. 

Now we are going to disable the Snooze option since we will not be using this Alarm to wake up but to help us sleep better. 

To disable the snooze option simple tap on the switch button. You'll know it is disabled because the switch like button is towards the left side. 

Finally, we are going to select the time in which we want the sounds to begin playing. Since this is not a traditional Alarm, we will not give it a specific time but an amount of time. 

Tap on the Countdown section and then select the countdown to be at 31 minutes. 

Your Alarm configuration screen should look somewhat like this:

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We set up this alarm to 31 minutes because the firs Timer we created we will begin the fade off the sounds after it reaches 30 minutes which means in total it will last 30 minutes and 15 seconds, then the moment it reaches 31 minutes we want the alarm to kick in with the new selection of sounds which will fade in in 15 seconds. What this means is that both the Timer and the Alarm will be active at the same time but one will go off first before the other one kicks in. 

Now that you have properly set up all of the different settings for the alarm, we can save it. 

Save your Alarm by tapping on the '' button located on the top right-hand side of the screen. 

IMPORTANT: By default, the app saves the Alarm and it activates it immediately. Which means that right after you save your Alarm, the Alarm begins to count down. 

After saving the Alarm, make sure you switch the on and off button to the off (disabled) side so that the Alarm stops counting down. 

Your Alarm & Timer Screen should look something like this:

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Timer Two

Now we are going to create a second timer to stop the new Sound Mix we began to play with the Advance Alarm we just set up.

Follow the same process to create a timer but this time, set the count down to be 55 Minutes which will allow the sounds to play for about 20 minutes after you fell asleep.

Your Alarm & Timer Screen should look something like this:

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Alarm Two

 

To finalize this highly complex set up, we will create a second Alarm, this alarm will be set up normally with an actual assigned hour for it to go off. 

From the Alarm & Timer Screen, select "+ Add" and then choose alarm. 

In the sound settings, we are going to choose the last Sound Mix we created, "Waking Up".

For the Fade In we are going to make it a 1 Minute fade in. 

We will enable the Snooze option and finally, set up the time in which you wish to wake up taking in consideration that the fade in will take 1 minute. 

Your final alarm set up should look somewhat like this: 

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Now that you have properly set up all of the different settings for the alarm, we can save it. 

Save your Alarm by tapping on the '' button located on the top right-hand side of the screen. 

IMPORTANT: By default, the app saves the Alarm and it activates it immediately. Which means that right after you save your Alarm, the Alarm begins to count down. 

After saving the Alarm, make sure you switch the on and off button to the off (disabled) side so that the Alarm stops counting down. 

Your Alarm & Timer Screen should look something like this:

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Ready to go to Bed!

So you may be wondering how these many timers, Alarms, and sound mixes help you sleep better?

This is how!

When you get in bed the first thing you will do is to open your app and go to the Favorites section, once in the favorites section you select the "Before Sleeping" Sound Mix. 

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Then you go to the Alarm & Timers Screen and Activate all of them at the same time:

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Close your device without closing the app and prepare to sleep. 

The break down!

  1. The first thing that happens is that you have your "Before Sleeping" mix playing while you are in bed trying to sleep. This sound mix is playing at the same time the first timer is counting down 30 minutes. Remember Timers function as a "Fade Out" feature. 
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  4. At the same time we have an Alarm which will function as a Fade In for the "While Sleeping" mix which will kick in one minute after the Timer has faded the previous mix away. 
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  7. Now we need to stop the "While Sleeping" mix otherwise it will play all night long overlapping with the final alarm. so we created the second timer which will function as a Fade Out. We set up this timer to kick in 25 minutes after the "While Sleeping" playlist began to play, which was 30 minutes after the previous playlist "Before Sleeping" was started, so, 30 minutes plus 25 minutes that's about 55 minutes, this is why the second timer we created we set it up to be after 55 minutes. 
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  9. Then we have the final Alarm, we set up this alarm to go off as a standard alarm at a specific time in the morning. This alarm will play our "Waking Up". 
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And this is how we work with Advance Timers and Alarms. 

It can be very confusing at first, trying to understand how each of them work and how to use them all together to create an advance relaxation experience. The easiest way to work with Advance Timer and Alarm is to think of the Timers as a tool to Fade Out the "Current Selection" and the Alarm as a tool to Fade In a specific Sound Mix. 

Try a few times so you can master it.

If you have any questions or need assistance with setting up your advance timers, you can always send us a request through our Submit a Request feature. 

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