MAtmos – Environmental Sound Atmosphere Simulator (r18)

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When you think “Minecraft” you don’t usually associate it with great nature sounds that provide immersion. The sounds in Minecraft have always been simple and ambient sounds were never really prominent. With MAtmos by Hurricaaane, ambience becomes a part of how you experience Minecraft forever. Birds chirp in the forest, caves tumble, winds blow and water flows as you traverse the world and blesses your ears with great realistic sounds. It makes Minecraft feel so much more real and vivid through a few simple sounds that activate according to your surroundings. It’s simple, yet effective. Read on for more…

Let’s get technical for a bit. You might be wondering how this amazing sound mod actually applies the correct sounds. What it does is in essence read the data about the blocks and entities around you, and use algorithms to determine where you are. Leaves and flowers indicate a green area, stone and ores indicate caves, lava and water indicate themselves and snow/rain indicates bad weather. It also uses height info so that you can get those mountain-top winds too. This system works, but it isn’t perfect. Often times if you’re traversing quickly between different sounding areas it will take a while to switch, thus breaking immersion. This is forgivable considering the mod has a low processing footprint, which means it doesn’t lower your performance, but it can bother you at times.

The sounds themselves are very nice too – they sound excellent and fit into Minecraft good, despite the shade of realism they add to the game. My absolute favorite is the wind during storms, which immerses me into the game like no other sound does. While the ambient sounds are certainly the focus here, they’re not all there is to the mod. It also adds some situational sounds like water splashing and clanging of metal when you switch items. It’s nice and a welcome edition to the mod.

I really don’t have anything more to say about the mod since it’s hard to describe a sound mod with words, but I did make a short montage showcasing all the different sounds the mod adds in under 2 minutes. I think it shows off the mod better than anything I write could, so give it a watch:

I’d recommend you definitely get this mod. It’s a must have for any Minecraft player that cares even a bit about immersion and sound in the game. I love it and have been using it for months, and you’ll grow to love it too if you give it a download here:

Download MAtmos – Environmental Sound Atmosphere Simulator (version r18).

Let us know how you liked the mod in the comment section below, and stay tuned for more awesome Minecraft content. :)