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Vinyl Crackle Background Noise Generator
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The Soul of the Vinyl, without the Turntable

One of the classic tricks for breathing life into digitally recorded material is to incorporate the crackles and hisses from old vinyl recordings. You can use our Dust and Scratches generator to add a new "old" dimension to your digital music. When properly set up, these noises will interfere with your songs less than you might expect. Instead, they will increase the perceived sound quality of your poor recordings by adding frequencies and transients that are missing.

To make our generator sound realistic, set the levels so that our noise generator becomes just audible in the quietest passages of your songs.

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  Amazing how I can "see" the needle going up and down on the beautiful wavy vinyl while I listen to my digital recordings! Can't thank you enough! :)

  ← this sounds like the end of a rainstorm, crazy as it sounds.

  Just browsing some of the presets and more specific noise generators when I found this one. I've been REALLY into listening to ProleteR's remixes of jazz/big band classics, and this fits really well with some of his work. Very cool site, can't wait to explore more!

  The scratches remind me of my old friend Malu, who presented me to this website and made me much more productive at work... Thank you Dust 'n Scratches!

  I actually use this as a bonfire sound! It helps me get rid of headaches and feel safe.

  Thanks for this site, Stephane. You are obviously astute when it comes to sound. Keep up the good work!

  This is fantastic! I will use it during live sets to make people think I'm a DJ.

  Paired this with 4'33" and I heard incredible new things in that record like never before! Bravo, my digital maestro!

  The only noise that would put me to sleep. Like massage to the ears!

  This is just fun. Turns any music I listen to into a childhood memory of my dad pulling out a favorite record from his vast collection or showing us his new, neat find, such as a record of Mr. Rogers singing various songs.

  I just love this site. It creates a good ambience, like vynil cracks when I listen to music at work, or the sound of evening crickets when I'm home and it's winter outside. A BIG THANK YOU to the people who created this and came up with such a cool idea!!!

  Thank you so much Mr or Ms whoever runs this site!!! You guys are amazing. Pair this with ABBA's digitally remasterd Complete Studio Recordings compilation box set... This is great.

  I LOVE YOU. THIS IS GREAT!!! Saw this on an article from How-To Geek about adding the vinyl sounds to new music/digital remasters of record-age music, and IT. IS. GREAT. Thank you so much.

  I didn't "get" this one at first, but when you get the setting just right, it's heavenly. Brings me back to my grandma's place!

  Paired it with a cello/piano cover of a Fall Out Boy song... this is surreal.

  This is absolutely perfect for playing on top of any dark ambient of your choice. It adds to the eeriness of basically any track, and I love it. :) Currently listening to End Titles by Atrium Carceri.

  I just found this and it's perfect to play with my Star Wars A New Hope soundtrack. Takes me back to listening to my parents records on lazy afternoons.

  This almost sounds like a fire crackling :) Messing with some of the presets sometimes gives me a headache, and this one is pleasant enough to be relaxing and bring nostalgia of sitting around the campfire with my grandparents. The quietness of it keeps my head quiet enough that it's comforting. Thanks website person :)

  Very enjoyable. I like to use this to induce a comforting environment.

  This generator is great, especially when put together with the Beatles album of your choice. Personally, I'm listening to it with Abby Road, though, any music created before cassette tapes were invented will sound better with this as background noise to make it sound more like an authentic record.

  Play this and My Girl by The Temptations for the perfect sound of vinyl jazz.

  This kinda sounds like snow hitting the ground. Sounds good with a podcast too, not just music.

  Adds a lovely effect to older songs. Looked all over for an effect like this. Absolutely mint.

  Combined with Mr.Rhodes this setting makes me feel like sitting on the sofa with the glass of vine in the twilight - soothing and comfy. Cheers!

  Great to add to classical music too! I remember listening to Mozart on vinyls when I was a child, and this noise overlapped to modern recordings reminds me those times so much.

  Amazing behind Simon & Garfunkel as well as Neko Case. Lovely of its own accord, like as when the record has ended (or needs to be flipped)

  This is pretty much what my Led Zeppelin II vinyl sounded like after years and years of play! Put this in another tab and enjoy my living-room circa 1987!

  ← end of groove. Great idea. Recalling old memories from one of the most common white-ish noises back in the good old analog times.

  I love, love, love the Vinyl Groove noise generator! It's very unique playing it along side an existing track list; it really does breath an interesting vibe into it. Very relaxing and inspirational.

  Puts this on behind The Ramones. Experiences punk nirvana.

  Love playing this with classical music from pandora in the background. Gives it the authentic record feel! Nostalgia!

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Presets

Vinylizer • Gramophone • 78 RPM • LP • Second Hand • Scratched! • Scratches • Monophonic • Stereophonic • Hissy • Dusty • End of Groove

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Usage

Each slider controls a particular audio stream. Adjust sliders to taste and mood.

Unlike the other sound generators, this soundscape is not calibrated. This means that sliders are not associated to exact frequencies and that the generator's output will not turn into a pink-like spectrum when sliders are horizontally aligned.

The Animate! button turns the soundscape into an slowly evolving texture. Use this feature if you intend to listen to the generator over a long period of time.