WMP12 AmbienceSwirlPreset
The "Swirl" preset from Ambience, running in Windows Media Player 10.
Versions Available in: 7, 7.1, 8, 9 Series and 10
Current Status: Former visualization
Developed by: Averrett and Asoociates & Microsoft
Years Available: 1999-2006
Random Preset: Yes
Related Visualizations: Alchemy, Bars and Waves Battery, Particle Plenoptic Spikes Musical Colors
Full Screen No

Ambience is a former visualization for Windows Media Players 7-10, also known as one of the "sisters" in the Ambience Family and in the Musical Colors Family. Similar visualizations include Battery, Alchemy, and 3D Alchemy. Ambience has a total of fourteen presets, including a random preset, that appear to look soft and calm. However, one of the visualization's sisters, Battery, has twice the amount of presets that Ambience has. This means that Battery has twenty-six presets. Ambience was also one of the most popular selectable visualizations, back when it was still listed as a current visualization.


Ambience is one of the oldest visualizations, first appearing in 1999 on Windows Media Player 7. People really enjoyed the presets, especially the "Water" preset. This visualization lasted until 2005. But unfortunately, this visualization was removed in 2006, starting with Windows Media Player 11, due to incompatability issues with the full screen controls alongside the Particle, Plenoptic, and Spikes visualizations.

Color Variations

The Ambience visualization also fades in and out into several colors. When first selected, it is blue. Later on, the visualization will fade in and out into the following colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, light blue, blue, magenta, pink, purple, peach and gray.

Thingus Preset

Unlike all the other thirteen presets (from Random to Down the Drain), which originally came for version 7, the fourteenth preset, Thingus, did not appear until version 8 arrived on the Windows XP operating system.


  • Random
  • Swirl
  • Warp
  • Anon
  • Falloff
  • Water
  • Bubble
  • Dizzy
  • Windmill
  • Niagara
  • Blender
  • X Marks the Spot
  • Down the Drain
  • Thingus