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Mains Hum Noise Generator (US Version)
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The electric buzz, without the shock

Mains' hum or electric hum is a sound associated with alternating current at the frequency of the mains' electricity. Electric hum has 60 Hz fundamental frequency in the US or 50 Hz in the EU, and a lot of harmonic content above. The fundamental frequency creates the hum (the brown slider), and harmonics create the buzz (the other sliders, the blue and purple in particular).

This noise came from a user's request, associated with a particular experience. Jenny writes:

"You are sitting at school and while the teacher blabs away about stuff you don't really care about, you stare up at the ceiling and get lost in the sound of the light. It buzzes in a medium monotone and it almost sounds like a fly or bee buzzing around. But it's a light and it makes you feel more comfortable than a bug. You know that some street lights do this as well, in different tones with each one. This is why you sometimes spend the day at a friend's, and walk home at night. You love this sound so much and sometimes you wish you could hear it all the time."

Don't forget to turn off the lights when leaving the room, Jenny.

Published by Stéphane on February 8th, 2014

User Stories

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  The "white" preset really makes a very nice static noise! (at least for me!)

  The backrooms sound so perfect it could be used to pull a prank or convince a loved one you are trapped in the backrooms.

  I am a young electrical engineer. This sounds kind of like the transformer in my clock. It is very good.

  When I was younger my bedroom window faced towards a substation, and it sounded exactly like this. The smell of ozone was also there when I had my window open, which I did most nights.

  If you’re not careful and you noclip out of reality in the wrong areas, you’ll end up in the Backrooms, where it’s nothing but the stink of old moist carpet, the madness of mono-yellow, and endless background noise of fluorescent lights at maximum hum-buzz, and approximately six hundred million square miles of randomly segmented empty rooms to be trapped in.

  It sounds like my dad's workroom in our basement, I was just down there with him the other evening and I thought to myself, "I can recreate this." Didn't think it'd make me feel nostalgic, but here we are! All that's missing is the smell of fresh paint.

  The sound that relaxed me when I was a child, has exactly the same effect now 45 years later!

  I love to couple the street light sound with the Summer Night generator for relaxing and creating a positive headspace.

  Kind of sounds like when you touch the headphone plug.

  Sounds like my fan on the lowest setting.

  ← The Lamp In my Grandmas Guest-Bedroom

  Most pleasant sound. It connects us all.

  The sound of my air conditioner.

  Sounds like a substation under high load.

  Sounds like a fluorescent light.

  Reminds me the neon kitchen light we had. Replaced it with a less noisy and less flickering LED bar.

  The sound of a small substation seems relaxing to me.

  Reminds me of VHS audio distortions a little. I like it.

  This one is really nice  reminds me of space colony ships maybe?

  Stimulates my mind that causes me to go wild. Not all people share this effect.

  Reminds me of the transformers on the poles outside my childhood home. Also reminds me of the looms you could hear in the Russell Mills factories when I lived in Alexander City, Alabama.

  Electric fence... in Jurassic Park.

  I really like it. I don't know why...

  Reminds me of my redneck childhood. Faulty bug zapper. lol.

  Finally we have control over the modern world's prime annoying noise!

  Yes it sounds just like the power grid in the US. I have over 200 gigabytes of FLAC files recorded at 96kHz sampling rate from an earth dipole antenna and you can hear motors, energy saving bulbs, oil burner ignitors and air conditioners turning on and off. This is nice to have when I'm at a friends house and I forgot to bring the MP3 player with me.

  Reminds me of cicadas during summer.

  I call it "opposites" like +/- completely different yet oddly harmonic with each other. This one focuses on low and high frequencies while still getting a backdrop from the middle, its good for anyone who needs to relax and forget about the day, or like me helps to focus on homework.

  For some the buzz of a light is the most annoying thing in the world, but sometimes if they're at the right frequency, it can sort of give off a focusing environment, but I'll leave that for you to decide.

  Reminds me of a road trip through the desert. We stopped at a gas station and near it was a big substation that sounded just like this.

  So relaxing...

  So much cinematic potential. Could be used in a film as an electricity sound effect.

  This is just Street Light 1, but it reminds me of a fantasy I've had many times that calms me down really well! Thank you!

  ← Old freezer sound