192 kHz sound collection of two antique german printing machines.

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39,00 $


15 letterpress recordings

Different perspectives & microphones

192 kHz / 24 bit WAV files

Neumann TLM 103 ORTF

Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF

Contact microphones

Sound Devices recorder

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2.6 GB Zip / Fast download


We got our hands on two functioning vintage Letterpresses: The motorized “Original Heidelberger Tiegel” (built in 1969 by Heidelberg Schnellpressen AG) and the pedal-driven “Boston Pedal Tiegel” (built in 1901 by Emil Kahle Maschinenfabrik). We captured these two unique printing machines in 192 kHz stereo from different angles using a range of microphones (Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF, Neumann TLM 103 ORTF, Barcus Berry Stereo Contact Mic). The 15 recordings are on average 4 minutes long each and include idle, run, stop, and different running speeds.


Thanks to Martin Z. Schröder at Druckerey.