Big Machines

192 kHz recordings of old, high powered motors, generators and switches.

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79,00 $

Machine sounds library

12 old machines with character

43 recordings

192 kHz / 24 bit WAV files

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2.1 GB Zip / Fast download


The collection consists of 43 stereo recordings of 12 rare, industrial machines used many decades ago in german power plants and industrial sites. It includes the sounds of massive 10KV power switches, a Siemens exciter machine (power generator) built in 1945 and many other vintage machines.

All machine sounds were recorded in isolation without background noise and at high sample rates (192 kHz / 24 bit) with a Sound Devices 633 recorder and the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Microphones in close ORTF, taking full advantage of the extended frequency range (30 – 50000 Hz) of the microphones. Some machines were additionally recorded with a stereo setup of Barcus Berry 4000 series contact mics.

The following 12 machines were recorded, some in multiple takes:

Ash breaker

Ash blower

Coal dispatcher

Siemens exciter machine

Gas turbine model

Motorized throttle-Flap

Oil atomizer

Pneumatic power switch

10KV power switch

Rotation motor

Manual steam machine

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