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NSL012 Floppy Drives Preview

New Sound Lab on January 29, 2014 13:43

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    This library features recordings of seven computer disk drives: two 3.5" floppy drives, one 5.25" floppy drive, three Zip drives, and one SuperDisk drive.

    All drives were taken apart to access and manipulate the stepper/eject motors to create unique sounds. Ranging from electronic percussive bleeps and glitchy noises, to electromechanical motor movements, this library is great for creating UI, sci-fi, robotic sounds and drones.

    An Arduino UNO microcontroller board was connected to one of the 3.5" floppy drives, allowing precise control of the drive's stepper motor via custom software code. A midi keyboard was interfaced to the system, giving the ability to control the back-and-forth movement of the read/write heads via notes on the keyboard. This essentially turned the drive into an instrument, producing a new set of sounds not existing in the drive's normal functions.

    Sounds were captured using a pair of induction coil pickups, Barcus Berry contact mics, and a Sanken CSS-5 shotgun microphone, into a Sound Devices 702 recorder.


    Released by: New Sound Lab
    Release/catalogue number: NSL012
    Release date: Jan 29, 2014


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