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How to Create White Noise in Audacity

Jan 23, 2024

Creating white noise in Audacity can be a simple and useful process for various audio projects. White noise is an invaluable tool for a variety of applications, including sound masking, audio testing, and even helping with sleep or relaxation. In this step-by-step guide, we will teach you how to generate white noise using Audacity's built-in tools.

  1. Download and install Audacity: Audacity is a free, open-source audio editing software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can download it from the official Audacity website (

  2. Open Audacity: Once you've installed the software, open it to start a new audio project.

  3. Set the audio preferences: Before generating the white noise, it's a good idea to configure your audio preferences. Go to Edit > Preferences (or Audacity > Preferences on a Mac) and make the necessary adjustments under the Devices, Quality, and Playback tabs.

  4. Create a new track: Click on Tracks > Add New > Audio Track, or press Ctrl+Shift+N (Cmd+Shift+N on a Mac) to create a new, empty audio track.

  5. Generate white noise: With the new track selected, go to Generate > Noise. A dialog box will open where you can choose the type of noise, duration, and amplitude. Select 'White Noise' as the Noise type, set the duration and amplitude as desired, and click 'OK.'

  6. Edit the generated white noise: You may want to edit the generated white noise to create fades, apply filters, or adjust the volume. Some useful tools for this purpose include the Selection Tool, Envelope Tool, and effects such as Equalization, Amplify, or Fade In/Out.

  7. Export your white noise audio: Once you're satisfied with your white noise, it's time to export it as an audio file. Go to File > Export, choose the file format you wish (WAV, MP3, etc.), and click 'Save.'

Now you know how to create white noise in Audacity. This versatile technique can be applied to a variety of projects, from soundscapes and podcasts to background sounds for meditation and sleep aids. Happy editing!

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