Hoover sound

Do you ever notice how babies and young children are fascinated by the white noise of a Hoover? When my daughter was a baby, she was completely enthralled by it, and it was a good way to get her to calm down or to provide a distraction.

I needed to find a way that I could use the Hoover sound without actually having to plug the thing in every time. It’s not as if I’m going to drag the Hoover out in the middle of the night – it might have worked to calm the baby down but we would have ended up with screaming, crying neighbours instead.

So what I did was to record a sample of the sound and used Audacity to create a 10-minute track which I could then put into my iPod and burn onto a CD. It worked like a dream – the distracting white noise without needing to use the machine itself.

So I thought I would post the original audio file here for anyone else who might want to try it out:

Hoover Sound.mp3

(Right-click on the link and choose “Save target As…)

If you do use it, let me know how you get on in the comments below.