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Keypress typewriter noise

That sound of hard work!
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Typewriters made nifty machine sounds. The sound of metal hitting paper, of things sliding and crunching. As I type now this plastic kepyboard makes a little bit of noise. But not enough.

BUNGCOs Loud Keys maps real typewriter noises (generated from real typewriters from a variety of models - choose your preference) to your keyboard. The press of a key generates one of several sounds that key made on the real typerwriter. Now sound like you are working in a 1960s office when you type!

Not your deal? Feel more aggressive? Instead of a typerwriter sound, make a gunshot with each key, or possibly only certain letters. Make one of the crunching smashes from Bejeweled. Maybe each key makes the sound of one of the neighbor's dogs barking? None of that? Each key can generate a gentle windchime, or lapping wave, or chirping small bird.

bungston, Jun 04 2016

Unicomp http://www.pckeyboa...tegory/UltraClassic
Sorry, [FlyingToaster], not Ultracomp. [Vernon, Jun 04 2016]

I just felt like typing Jen-nay. http://techcrunch.c...p-of-the-app-store/
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 08 2016]


       The typewriter noises I like.   

       The other sound effects were baked on the first Macs. I remember when we had a departmental SE30 that people could use for graphics. You could assign a sound effect to each key, much to the irritation of whoever used it after you.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 04 2016

       [+] notwithstanding it's probably baked, I'd like to order a Bass Typewriter Soundpack, please.
FlyingToaster, Jun 04 2016

       You can buy a keyboard with "mechanical" switches if you want additional typing noise. Granted, mechanical switches are more clicky than clacky, but I think they deliver sufficient audio-tactile feedback.
Cuit_au_Four, Jun 04 2016

       ^ A couple of decades ago I paid $20 for a couple of Model 'M's at a computer junk shop (the second one just in case a tank ran over the first, or something); a few years ago I sold the spare for $50 - the guy who bought it gleefully informed me that he could resell it for $100. I just now checked: the one I kept is worth $225.   

       Meanwhile, you can get a new one from Ultracomp (which bought the rights and mfr'ing equipment from IBM) [edit: "Unicomp" thanks Vernon] , for $80.   

       The world is populated by idiots.
FlyingToaster, Jun 04 2016

       I wonder if it would be possible to replace a typewriter ribbon with some sort of piezo-electric meshwork that is capable of detecting which key is struck.   

       The ribbon spools could house electronic components and batteries that send the signal to the computer over Wifi.
Cuit_au_Four, Jun 04 2016

       The gunshot option is strangely alluring. I know a gal who types so fast her office could sound like combat. [+]
whatrock, Jun 04 2016

       I doubt it was the first, but the original ZX Spectrum had key clicks. There was presumably a silent interval between the waning of manual typewriters and the use of sound in this way on micros. They probably overlapped come to think of it.
nineteenthly, Jun 08 2016

       Not exactly the same thing I know, but Tom Hanks wrote an app for I-phones that mimics typewriter sounds. [link]   

       I would like my keyboard to make furious typing sounds, while I peck at odd keys with my 10 thumbs.
Ling, Aug 08 2017

       10 thumbs ? Ten thumbs means ten hands. Ten hands means ten arms. Ten arms means you are Lord Shiva, the Destroyer of Worlds.   

       We welcome the manifestation of the new multi-limbed Overlord.
8th of 7, Aug 08 2017


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