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Creating the Perfect White Noise Sample in Reaper

May 17, 2024

White noise is an essential audio tool for musicians, podcasters, and content creators alike. Often used to mask unwanted background noise or create a soothing ambience, white noise can be easily generated in Reaper, a popular digital audio workstation (DAW). In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of creating the perfect white noise sample in Reaper.

  1. Launch Reaper and create a new project.

Before you can create a white noise sample, you'll need to have Reaper installed on your computer. Once you have the program, open it up and create a new project.

  1. Create a new track.

In your new project, create a new track by going to the 'Track' menu in Reaper and clicking 'Insert new track'. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut 'CTRL + T'.

  1. Insert the JS: Noise Generator plugin.

With the new track selected, go to the 'FX' button on the track control panel or press 'CTRL + F' to open Reaper's FX browser. Once there, search for the JS: Noise Generator plugin and add it to the track by double-clicking it.

  1. Generate white noise.

In the Noise Generator plugin window, you'll see a variety of features that can shape the noise you generate. By default, the plugin should generate white noise, which is the type of noise with equal intensity across all frequencies.

  1. Adjust the volume.

White noise can be quite loud, so it's essential to adjust the volume to a comfortable level. Inside the Noise Generator plugin window, you'll see a section labeled 'Volume'. Use the slider or type in a specific value to set the volume to your preferred level.

  1. Record the white noise sample.

When you're ready to record the white noise sampleWhen you're ready to record the white noise sample, arm the track for recording by clicking the record button next to the track name. Next, click the record button located on the main transport panel or press 'CTRL + R' to begin recording.

  1. Stop recording, trim, and save the sample.

After your desired duration has been recorded, press the stop button on the main transport panel and trim the sample as needed by dragging the media item's edges on the track. Once you're satisfied with the sample length, save the audio file by going to the 'File' menu, clicking 'Render', and choosing your desired output format and location.

Voila! You've successfully created a white noise sample in Reaper. This versatile sound can be used for various purposes, experiment with different volume levels, and layer it with other types of noise to give your projects a unique sonic texture.

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