WMP12 AmbienceSwirlPreset
The "Swirl" preset from Ambience, running in Windows Media Player 10.
Versions Available in: 7, 7.1, 8, 9 Series, 10
Current Status: Former visualization
Developed by: Averrett and Asoociates & Microsoft
Years Available: 1999-2006
Random Preset: Yes
Related Visualizations: Alchemy, Battery, Plenoptic
Full-Screen Controls: 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 Musical Colors, Particle, Plenoptic, and Spikes visualizations.

Color VariationsEdit

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 PresetEdit

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.

Presets Edit

  1. Random
  2. Swirl
  3. Warp
  4. Anon
  5. Falloff
  6. Water
  7. Bubble
  8. Dizzy
  9. Windmill
  10. Niagara
  11. Blender
  12. X Marks the Spot
  13. Down the Drain
  14. Thingus for (Windows Media Player 8-10)

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