How to Create transition effects using noise and white noise.

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Creating transition effects using White Noise

Effects like white noise

Ever wondered why drummers in bands play drum rolls at the end of a section or measure? That’s because “rolls” help create a change in tension before the coming section or measure. Guitarists and bass players use similar techniques before a change to create transitions. In electronic music, there are various methods to achieve such transitions. These are called transition effects. Effects or FX can either be subtle or extreme and they can be used in live performances or recording situations.

So What are Effects / Fx?

Fx are a very important part of a track and can create all the essential movements in your track. They can include any recorded or synthesized sounds used as a supportive element in a track, making smoother transitions from one part to another.

How to create Transition effects on Ableton Live 9 using Noise and White Noise

(Music Production Tips and Tricks)

  1. Start with a White Noise Sample

    Open the project file on Ableton Live nine and insert a White noise sample. In case you don’t have a white noise sample, you can find it below.Insert white noise to Ableton Live 9 project

  2. Insert an Auto Filter in the effects chain

    From Categories select “Audio effects” and add the “Auto Filter” to the effects chain. Ableton Live 9 Audio Effect Auto FIlter

  3. Automate the Cutoff Frequency

    Now automate the cutoff frequency in the white noise sample.Automate the cut off frequency

  4. Use OSR filter Circuit and some drive

    OSR filter

  5. Insert a Frequency Shifter in the effects chain and automate the Fine-tune parameter for the pitch effect

    Frequency Shifter

  6. Add Flanger for the “Jet” effect

    Flanger for Jet Effect

  7. Fine Tune the Hi-Pass and Dry/Wet settings

    Hi pass and play with wet & dry

  8. Freeze and Flatten track

    Move the Sample once frozen to where the transition effect is required.

  9. Use fades to get rid of clicks

    Adjust the fade to get rid of clicks.get rid of clicks

  10. Add Ping Pong Delay for additional effect

    Ping Pong Delay

  11. Add Reverb using Sends to open the sound

    Reverb the finishing touch

Watch the How-to Video:

The effect shown in the video is that of a Riser Fx or transition Fx that can increase the energy in your tracks.

Almost all music available these days benefits from the creative use of effects, especially electronically synthesised music. With proper treatment, audio effects can really bring your music to life and take the listener to new sonic spaces.


When multiple frequencies of sound collide they cause noise. Noise can be of different frequency ranges and are identified as White, Pink, Brown (red) and Grey.

White Noise

Defined as a continuum of frequencies equally distributed over the whole hearing range, i.e 20Hz to 20,000Hz. The soothing fuzzy sound that masks out other sounds is referred to as White noise. Often it is used to cover up natural sounds that a microphone picks up during recording. One can create white noise by combining all the different frequencies. This quality makes it great for masking unwanted sounds. White noise borrows the name “white” from the property of “White light” which is the combination of different light colour spectrums, similarly, white noise is a combination of sound frequencies. Find it in the humming of radiators, the sound made by a fan, etc.

The sample above can be used to try the creation of a transition effect.

Pink Noise

Similar to white noise, but the intensity of frequencies is not equally distributed. More commonly found in nature, specifically biological systems. Therefore helps in concentration as it masks low frequencies. Eg. Heartbeat, the rustling of leaves, etc.

Brown Noise

It is like white noise but with a more steeper high cut than the Pink Noise. It sounds bass-ier as it has higher energy at lower frequencies. The sound of waterfalls is a good example.

Grey Noise

It contains all frequencies at equal loudness. When comparing the difference to White noise, White noise contains all frequencies at equal energy.

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