This one is for older computer users who miss older computer systems and want to hear the sound of a mechanical keyboard while tapping on the lame keyboards of today. This will also cater to typists who miss the sounds of their old typewriters without having to bash on today’s fragile keyboards. This is also for younger ones who are curious about the weird sounds of the keyboards of the past or those who can’t afford an expensive modern mechanical keyboard. This time, we’ll discuss how to make any keyboard sound mechanical when typing.
The keyboards of the past were all made of tougher plastic for the frame and the keys with mechanical switches at the bottom which gives a satisfying click or clack when the keys are pressed. They have better travel and provide a more tactile response compared to today’s keyboards which have to be thin to satisfy the thinness of a laptop or lower the cost of the keyboard for desktops. Keyboards of the past were also very durable and can handle the frustrations of rage-fueled gamers. Sadly, the only piece of nostalgia one can get from a modern keyboard would be the sound. For those who are nostalgic, this is how to make your keyboard sound like a mechanical keyboard. It’s a fun novelty even for modern users.
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Mechvibes – Make your Keyboard Sound Mechanical
So, here’s how it’s done. There’s plenty of software that can simulate the sounds of mechanical keyboards in order to fulfill the needs described above. For now, let’s focus on the Windows operating system and try one of many apps available out there. The app we’ll be using is Mechvibes.
① First, download Mechvibes setup file from its Github page.
② Run the setup file and launch the program.
③ Choose from several pre-defined keyboard sounds that are available. Ironically enough, these sounds are from some modern mechanical keyboard brands like Cherry MX and Everglide Crystal Purple. Choose the one you prefer and adjust the volume. Close the app. It will remain on the system tray.
④ Users will then be able to hear audio feedback while typing.
Some issues though. It may depend on the system or the sound card of the PC being used. But unless the volume is set to high, the sound won’t matter. But when it works, It really sounds satisfying.
Noisy Typer – Make Keyboard Sound when Typing
For Mac Users, there’s Noisy Typer. Much like MechVibes, it’s a small app that runs in the background. Unlike Mechvibes though which simulates mechanical keyboard sounds, Noisy Typer actually simulates typewriter sounds for a noisy typing experience. Here’s how to travel back into the past using your Mac and annoy or impress your younger colleagues.
① Simply download the app using the link provided.
② Run the app. It will display a splash screen describing what it will do and that it will run in the background.
③ The keyboard will then sound like an old typewriter complete with a satisfying ‘ding’ when the Enter key is pressed.
Like Mechvibes, Noisy Typer works well and runs as intended.
Typewriter Keyboard – Get Mechanical Keyboard Sound Effect
Again, this one is for Mac users. Typewriter Keyboard is very similar to Mechvibes and Noisy Typer. It’s also a small app that runs in the background and doesn’t need to be installed.
Once run, users can select the key volume and the keyboard sound to be used. It can be automatically set to run at startup as well as check for updates upon launch. It can be muted or activated with a specific key combination. Also, like both previous entries, the sounds of individual keys can be customized with recordings of keypresses from other keyboards.
Unfortunately, this app is not free. Nowadays, nostalgia has a price. Typewriter Keyboard will cost 20 euros to download. For 20 euros as long as the app runs as intended or better than the previous two entries, it should be a safe bet. Make the purchase worthwhile by bundling other useful utilities from the site.
Keyboard Simulator – Keyboard Sounds Website
Unlike Mechvibes and Noisy Typer, Keyboard Simulator is a website that simulates the sounds of mechanical keyboards. The keyboard won’t sound mechanical after leaving the site. But Keyboard Simulator is great for two things. It prepares prospective mechanical keyboard buyers for what their purchase will sound like and it’s also a fun way to test typing skills. See what keyboard sound gets users into the zone.
Of course, it’s just half of the experience as the point of getting mechanical keyboards is to get that more tactile and mechanical feel that lame keyboards that come with today’s desktops and laptops can’t provide.
① Simply visit the website through the link provided
② Select the keyboard brand or model.
③ Choose what the keyboard should look like, which is also a great way to select the look of the keycaps for those who plan on customizing.
④ And lastly select the keyboard frame.
⑤ After selecting the keyboard, click on the empty field above the keyboard selection and start typing. The site will measure your typing speed when the random words run out. Click on Redo to start again.
Keyboard Simulator is a fun way to learn typing while listening to the sounds of a mechanical keyboard. It may be limited but it’s still a way on How to Make Mechanical Keyboard Sound When Typing.
Bucklespring – Get Typing Sounds for Keyboard
And lastly, for Linux users, there’s Bucklespirng. Bucklespring simulates the sounds of the old IBM Model M keyboard. There’s also a Mac build but Windows users are currently out of luck unless they can fix the code of this open-source app. Like the other entries, this app runs in the background.
To install Bucklespring, Debian or Ubuntu users can simply open a terminal and enter the following:
$ sudo apt-get install bucklespring
For macOS, users need to have Superuser privileges to open up the terminal and build the app. Open the terminal and type the following:
$ brew install alure pkg-config
$ git clone https://github.com/zevv/bucklespring.git && cd bucklespring
$ sed -i ” ‘s/-Wall -Werror/-Wall/’ Makefile
To run the program, type:
$ sudo ./buckle &
So, there you have it. Now you know how to make any keyboard sound mechanical. Whatever your purpose, for pranking, novelty, or for nostalgia. Enjoy…