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This small sound library contains all the original CPU fan and hard disk noises emitted by the following vintage Apple MACs, each with its own unique texture:

• Power Macintosh 4400
• Power Macintosh 6400
• Power Macintosh 7200
• Macintosh Classic
• Macintosh Mac G4
• Macintosh Mac LC 475

The material contains a lot of mechanical noises and different startup chimes, plus a lot of boot sequences with all the hard drives/fans spinning and whirring.

Licensor: Unidentified Sound Object
Categories: , , , .
Type: Mechanical sound effects / recordings
Specs: 44 files • 26 sounds • 24 bit / 48 kHz • 875.6 MB • Includes metadata
Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download
License type:
Royalty-free - you can select the number of users on checkout

I wandered around the chassis with a condenser microphone to find interesting spots for constantly evolving sound colours.
Induction coil pickups were also used to record the electromagnetic fields emitted by the computer components.

I recorded them a few years ago for a brilliant short movie by Alessio Fava called “Project Genesis”. Here’s the movie and the (very short) article I wrote about it:

Project Genesis, a sound design story

Many thanks to Alessio Fava and Lorenza Negri for permission to use an original frame of the movie as the sound library cover!


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