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Creating White Noise in Audacity: A Step-by-Step Guide

Apr 4, 2024

White noise, often used for enhancing audio experiences or masking unwanted sounds, can be easily created using the popular audio editing software, Audacity. Whether you're a musician, content creator, or simply looking to improve your sleep or productivity, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to make white noise in Audacity.

  1. Download and Install Audacity: Head to the Audacity website ( and download the software compatible with your operating system. Install Audacity on your computer and then launch the application.

  2. Create a New Project: When you first open Audacity, click on 'File' at the top left corner of the screen, and then choose 'New'. This will open a new project where you can generate your white noise.

  3. Generating White Noise: To start creating white noise, click on 'Generate' from the top menu bar. From the dropdown menu, select 'Noise'. This will open a dialog box that gives you the option to choose the type, amount, and color of noise.

  1. Choose 'White Noise': Under 'Noise type', you will see options for White, Pink, and Brownian noise. Select 'White Noise' by clicking the radio button beside it.

  2. Adjust the 'Amplitude': You can adjust the volume of your white noise by modifying the amplitude level in the 'Amplitude' input box. The higher the amplitude, the louder the noise. Ensure you test the audio to avoid creating a sound too loud or too soft.

  3. Set the Duration: Decide how long you want the white noise to play, and set the duration (in seconds) in the 'Duration' input box. You can create a loop of the white noise if you need it to play longer than the specified duration.

  1. Preview and Generate: Click the 'Preview' button in the 'Noise Generator' window to get a sample of your white noise. If you're satisfied with the sound, click the 'OK' button to generate it on your new track.

  2. Export the White Noise: To save your newly created white noise, click on 'File', choose 'Export', and select the preferred audio format (MP3, WAV, etc.). Name your file and choose the destination folder, then click 'Save' to complete the process.

Now that you've successfully created white noise in Audacity, you can use it for various purposes, like improving your sleep environment, creating ambient backgrounds in media projects, or masking unwanted sounds. Happy experimenting!

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