New Sound Lab has released NSL008 Hard Drives, a sound library featuring recordings of four hard disk drives.

All essential hard drive sounds are included (boot up, read/write/copy/delete, power down) that will work great for general computer sounds and ambience.

Additionally, each hard drive was opened up, manipulated, and ultimately destroyed to create a collection of raw, abstract and unique sounds. Found materials such as metal, cardboard, plastic, and tools were used to control the hard drive’s motor, platter, and head actuator. These sounds work especially well for creating the sounds of mechanical robot movements, electric motors, and futuristic machinery.

New Sound Lab Hard Drives

Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Shotgun mic in mono mode, and an Aquarian H2A Hydrophone, using a contact mic adapter into a Sound Devices 702 recording at 24bit, 192khz.

NSL008 Hard Drives features

  • 80 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (mono).
  • Library size is 1.8GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.

The sound library is available to purchase for $30 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / Hard Drives