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Big Machines

$79 $52.93

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 machines 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


Licensor: ShapingWaves
Categories: , .
Type: Machine sound effects / recordings
Specs: 43 files • 43+ sounds • 192 • 2.1 GB • Includes metadata
Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download
License type:
Royalty-free - you can select the number of users on checkout

Watch the below video to see and hear the machines in action:

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Full sound effects list for Big Machines:

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SHAPINGWAVES creates unique sound collections of sound effects, designed sounds and ambiences recorded around the world. We strive for the best recording quality possible and only use professional recording equipment: Recorders by Sound Devices, Sonosax, Sony, and microphones of the Sennheiser MKH Series, or by Neumann, DPA and others. For more further information and the full catalogue visit