Typewriters Are Unpleasant

Remington Standard, photo courtesy Rabbit Ears Audio.
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Michael Raphael sent me a slew of files for the production of this HowSound…. No, make that a heaping pile of files…. No, actually, I think you could call it a mountain of audio.

Here’s a list of only a few of the recordings of typewriters he sent. Notice the variety of mic locations, typewriter actions, and repetition. Talk about meticulous.

001 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Feed,Carriage Return,Close x2.wav
001 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Feed,Carriage Return,Distant x2.wav
001 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Feed,Carriage Return,Under Keyboard,Close x2.wav
001 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Feed,Carriage Return,Under Typebars,Close x2.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Pull,Close.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Pull,Distant.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Pull,Under Keyboard,Close.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Paper Pull,Under Typebars,Close.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Single Key,Close x9.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Single Key,Distant x9.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Single Key,Under Keysboard,Close x9.wav
002 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Single Key,Under Typebars,Close x9.wav
003 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Jammed Keys,Close x17.wav
003 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Jammed Keys,Distant x17.wav
003 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Jammed Keys,Under Keyboard,Close x17.wav
003 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Jammed Keys,Under Typebars,Close x17.wav
004 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift,Close x6.wav
004 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift,Distant x6.wav
004 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift,Under Keyboard,Close x6.wav
004 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift,Under Typebars,Close x6.wav
005 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift+Key,Close x8.wav
005 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift+Key,Distant x8.wav
005 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift+Key,Under Keyboard,Close x8.wav
005 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Shift+Key,Under Typebars,Close x8.wav
006 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Spacebar,Close x5.wav
007 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Spacebar,Double,Close x6.wav
008 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Close x4.wav
008 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Distant x4.wav
008 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Under Keyboard,Close x4.wav
008 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Under Typebars,Close x4.wav
009 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Repeated,Close x8.wav
009 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Repeated,Distant x8.wav
009 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Repeated,Under Keyboard,Close x8.wav
009 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Backspace,Repeated,Under Typebars,Close x8.wav
010 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Fast,Close x11.wav
010 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Fast,Distant x11.wav
010 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Fast,Under Keyboard,Close x11.wav
010 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Fast,Under Typebars,Close x11.wav
011 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Close x7.wav
011 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Distant x7.wav
011 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Keyboard,Close x7.wav
011 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Typebars,Close x7.wav
012 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Distant x6.wav
012 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Keyboard,Close x6.wav
012 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Typebars,Close x6.wav
013 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Distant x5.wav
013 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Keyboard,Close x5.wav
013 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Tabulator,Slow,Under Typebars,Close x5.wav
014 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Bell,Carriage Return,Close x3.wav
014 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Bell,Carriage Return,Distant x3.wav
014 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Bell,Carriage Return,Under Keyboard,Close x3.wav
014 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Bell,Carriage Return,Under Typebars,Close x3.wav
015 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Slow,Close.wav
015 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Slow,Distant.wav
015 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Slow,Under Keyboard,Close.wav
015 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Slow,Under Typebars,Close.wav
016 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Medium,Close x2.wav
016 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Medium,Distant x2.wav
016 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Medium,Under Keyboard,Close x2.wav
016 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Medium,Under Typebars,Close x2.wav
017 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Fast,Close x2.wav
017 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Fast,Distant x2.wav
017 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Fast,Under Keyboard,Close x2.wav
017 Typewriter,Remington Standard Model 10,Typing Fast,Under Typebars,Close x2.wav

That’s just the Remington Standard files. It doesn’t include all the audio files he sent of the Royal Standard, Woodstock Standard, Corona Sterling, Royal Companion, Smith Corona Classic, and the Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriters. And then there’s the files of trolleys and rockets and winter sounds and city scapes and…

Michael records sound effects. He makes careful, detailed recordings of all manner of sounds for his company Rabbit Ears Audio. They’re used in radio — Radiolab, for instance — but mostly in movies and video games.

On this edition of HowSound, Michael talks about his work, he offers a few tips on recording, and he explains why recording typewriters can slowly destroy your soul.

Listen hard.

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