Michael Raphael has announced the release of Small Motors, another great collection of sounds at his company Rabbit Ears Audio. The library includes a lot of different sounds from electric devices, robots, servos, clicks, buzzing machines, etc.
Small Motors. Clicking, whirring, buzzing, grinding,servo sounds and robots. This library is composed of a variety of motor sounds from everyday kitchen appliances and power tools, but it also includes a real robot, whom I found not far from where I live in Brooklyn.
The centerpiece of the library is the Maker Bot 3D printer, an open source 3D printer for rapid prototyping, with 3 different stepper motors inside, makers of lots of fascinating mechanical sounds.
The folks at Maker Bot Industries programmed the robot to do different tasks; each performance of the bot was covered with the following microphones: Sennheiser MKH 60, Sanken CUB 01 (mounted onboard), DPA 4060 (mounted onboard).
The library also includes different sounds made by kitchen appliances and power tools recorded in a studio. Each object was recorded with a variety of performances and perspectives to provide flexibility when designing sounds. Those sounds include:
- Food Processor
- Immersion Mixer
- Commercial Blender
- Electric Can Opener
- Commercial Mixer
- Coffee Grinder
- Small Food Processor
- Dremel Tool (small and large)
- Circular Saw
- Power Drill
- Motorized Screwdriver
- Articulating Saw
The above tools and appliances were recorded with the following microphones: Schoeps MS Pair,Sennheiser MKH 60, DPA 4060 (mounted onboard).
Small Robots is available now at Rabbit Ears Audio. There are several purchasing/quality options:
- SMALL MOTORS HI-RES $50 – (24 Bit 96 kHz | over 700 sounds | 1.27 GB download)
- SMALL MOTORS STD $25 – (24 Bit 48 kHz | over 400 sounds | 306.3 MB download)
- SMALL MOTORS BASIC $9 – (16 Bit 44.1 kHz | over 200 sounds | 74.3 MB download)