Electric Noise Library

Electric Noise is a royalty-free collection of strange recordings of noise generated by electrical devices, such as old CRT TVs, laptops, AC adapters, lights, etc. There is a variety of unnatural whines, moans, buzzes, and shrieks of various textures. Everything was recorded and mastered at 24/96, and I have processed the sounds very little, so that they retained the greatest versatility possible. There are 89 files, totaling 1 hour, 27 minutes of audio. I did my best to make the metadata as descriptive as possible, which was quite the challenge with sounds this abstract.

There are several things worth noting about the sounds:

–All the recordings are mono, which isn’t my preference, but is the nature of how they were captured. The sounds are highly unnatural already, so theoretically they would take on artificial stereo fairly well, but I have not experimented with this much, due to my distaste for it. Your mileage may vary, depending on your plug-ins and tolerance for artificial stereo.
–The recordings are pretty low-fidelity (you can hear this in the demo), despite the 24/96 resolution. This is the unavoidable nature of how the recordings were made, and is not due to a failing on my part.
–Many of the files have information up to 48kHz (see spectrograms below), meaning they pitch down well. The frequencies DO generally roll off in amplitude as they get higher, but you can compensate for this by boosting them with EQ prior to pitching, if necessary. In some cases, the opposite is true, where there are very loud things above 20kHz, that will need to be reduced when pitching them into audible range. This is all made easy by spectrograms.
–Many of the sounds are very aggressively shrill and ear-piercing. This, of course, can be changed with EQ and other processing, especially if you are using spectrograms, which allow you to pinpoint the offending frequencies instantly. I chose not to do this myself in order to leave you the creative freedom to do what you want with the sounds.
–Many of the files have several different textures or sounds in them. For example, one file that is of a particular buzz made by a particular TV, may have multiple variants of that buzz in it. The reason I did not separate each texture into its own file is that I wanted to keep the original transitions. Some of the things I recorded (particularly the CRT TVs) produced many different variations of a sound, but did not always switch directly from one to another. Instead, they would often smoothly transition between them. Separating each into its own file would ruin these natural transitions, and so I left the recordings as long suites of an entire event or type of sound, with transitions intact. I did this to leave you the creative freedom to chop them up in the way that best suits what you want to do with them.

The sounds are best understood by hearing them:

Electric Noise 
24bit/96kHz, 89 Files (92 with track lists), 1 hour 27 minutes, 1.51GB (1.3GB download)
Includes PDF, CSV, and XLSX track lists.

PDF Track List


Here are some spectrograms from Izotope RX3 Advanced, showing the bizarre web-like tonal elements some of them have.
These images are taken with a linear frequency scale, rather than RX’s default “Mel” scale, to more accurately show the separation of these elements.
Noise Electric 1981 CRT TV On:Off x18 Various H-Hold

Noise Electric 1978 CRT TV H-Hold Sweep 03

Noise Electric 1975 CRT TV Under Screen Motor-Like Pulsing

Noise Electric 1978 CRT TV H-Hold Sweep 05

Noise Electric 1975 CRT TV Touching Antenna 02

Noise Electric 1975 CRT TV Piercing Tone Modulated 02 Meaty

Noise Electric 1978 CRT TV Jagged Buzz Turned Off

Noise Electric 1988 CRT TV On UHF V-HI Tuning Sweep Off

Noise Electric 1978 CRT TV H-Hold Sweep 04

Noise Electric 1981 CRT TV On H-Hold Sweep Off 02

Noise Electric 1975 CRT TV Channel Flipping 02