Sound Machines Direct Now Authorized Distributor for Ecotones™, The World’s Only Adaptive Sound Machine

January 23, 2009

The new Ecotones Sound Machine sleep aid by Adaptive Sound Technologies, now available at Sound Machines Direct, features patented noise masking technology which listens and adapts to the customer’s environment and dynamically generates SoundStories™ that provide an unparalleled sleep experience.

Minnesota (PRnine – January 23, 2009) – Leading sound and light therapy retailer Sound Machines Direct ( announced it is now an authorized distributor of Ecotones, the first adaptive ambient sound machine. Developed by Silicon Valley’s Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc. (ASTI), the Ecotones Sound Machine is the world’s only ambient sound machine with ASTI’s patented adaptive noise masking technology, which allows it to “hear” its client’s surroundings and dynamically adjust its soundscapes in response.

According to Sound Machines Direct founder Michael Zimmerman, a common complaint with conventional sound machines is that it often becomes apparent the ambiance is more like a soundtrack due to its repetitive nature since these machines stitch sounds together into a loop from multiple sound snippets.

The consequence is “less effective sound therapy” says Zimmerman, which is a major issue for some customers, particularly those with extreme difficulty sleeping.

In contrast, the Ecotones Sound Machine “listens” to the customer’s surroundings using the latest in signal processing technology and tailors its soundscapes accordingly. Constructed with the utmost attention to workmanship with premium materials, Ecotones delivers its soundscapes in high fidelity 18-bit sound, seamlessly blending into background noise – no matter how loud or soft – for a fully immersive experience.

Clients can choose from three modes depending on their needs. A passing siren, for example, may be masked with the more natural and soothing sound of large waves crashing in adaptive mode, where the sound machine counteracts background noises. Those concerned about missing an important call can switch into background mode, in which Ecotones becomes quiet when there are background sounds, such as that of a telephone ringing. Others wishing for a constant but dynamic background soundscape can go into manual mode, where the user specifies the volume level and Ecotones manages the remaining experience.

The resulting ambiance provides the user with an unrivaled sound therapy experience – whether it be to calm colic in a child, ensure a good’s night rest, or manage stress throughout the day – via active and effective noise pollution control.

About Sound Machines Direct

Founded in 2003, Sound Machines Direct has since established itself as a leading online retailer of sound therapy and light therapy products through its commitment to delivering its customers with quality goods at the forefront of natural sleep therapy with reliable service. In addition to the Ecotones noise masking sound machine, the company also offers a range of products to meet their customer’s varying needs, including white and pink noise sound CDs for the elimination of unwanted noises, light therapy boxes for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder, dawn simulators, and conventional non-addictive natural sleeping aids such as relaxation CDs and melatonin supplements. Additionally, the firm also sells sound products for the treatment of tinnitus and specialized bedwetting alarms to assist parents in potty training their children. More information about Sound Machines Direct can be found by visiting

About Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc.

Founded January 2008, Adaptive Sound Technologies’ mission is to create auditory environments that improve peoples’ working and living experiences and reduce the stresses caused by noise pollution. ASTI’s unique adaptive audio technologies were developed over the last 15 years by Silicon Valley electronics experts and employ the latest in signal processing, microprocessor, audio and memory technologies. The firm’s products are the first ever with the capability to listen to the sounds in their surroundings and respond. This adaptive ability has enabled ASTI to carve an exciting new niche in the growing consumer electronics market. ASTI is based in Campbell, CA. More information can be found by visiting


Media Contact Information:

Mike Zimmerman
Founder, Sound Machines Direct
+1 (888) 319.8298

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