SoX is the “Sound Exchange” – the swiss army knife of audio manipulation in Linux. It offers a lot of functionality.
One of the cool/nerdy things you can do with SoX is generate tones or white noise.
To that end, if you’d like to hear the USS Enterprise’s warp engines running in the background while you go about your nerdy business, simply type this command at your shell prompt, assuming SoX is installed. This is better than finding a clip on the internet and looping it.
[Nerd Alert]play -c2 -n synth whitenoise band -n 100 24 band -n 300 100 gain +20
There is an alternate (lower in volume) version you can try:play -c2 -n synth whitenoise band -n 100 24 band -n 300 100 gain +4 synth whitenoise lowpass -1 100 lowpass -1 100 lowpass -1 100 gain +2
To end it, simple hit ctrl-c. Play around with the gain and other numbers if you’d like to tweak it.
…make it so.