Found Sounds: The ‘Type’ of Sound

Found Sounds: The ‘Type’ of Sound

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

Photo by 'geishaboy500'

I bet you’re at one right now! Most of us sit in front of one every day….we can’t escape them! The sounds of keyboards must now be a part of our subconscious; the ambient sound of typing fills offices, classrooms, cafes, living rooms, they can be heard everywhere and anywhere in the modern world.

It’s unsurprising then that I found a grand array of typing recordings on SoundCloud. The interesting thing is, they all sound completely different! Can you tell the difference between a person typing on a Mac vs PC, or whether it’s on a type writer or a computer?

We’ll start off with the obvious…

Typing by soundbakers

The punching of the keys and the ringing at the end of the line gives it away. From their invention in 1866 and throughout much of the 20th century it was type writers that brought us the sound of typing; as a mechanical device punched keys, causing characters to be printed on to paper creating the tapping sound of type.

It was only in the 1980s that the word processor and personal computer began to over take typewriters as commonplace, and brought us the next sound of type!

But can you tell the difference in sound between typing on a Mac vs a PC?

typing by Johannes Wagener

Typing by kokesh

First off we have SoundCloud’s very own Johannes Wagener recording himself coding away at his Mac. This silent sweeping type gives away that Johannes is on his Mac (as does the artwork to the sound….but hey!)

Whereas the user kokesh has given us a field recording of himself typing on his PC. This has a much more punchy , drilling sound, giving the game away that it’s a PC.

That’s all for this week, thank you for indulging in this weeks geek heaven of a Found Sounds. Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

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