Make Your Mac Keyboard Sound Like a Typewriter with Noisey Typer

Jul 14, 2012 - 23 Comments

Mac Typewriter sounds app - Noisy Typer

If there’s one thing that modern keyboards and Macs are missing compared to old fashioned typewriters, it’s the loud typewriter sounds of yesteryear, because let’s face it, who doesn’t like an incredibly noisy keyboard? NoisyTyper is a hilarious Mac app that satisfies the need that nobody has, with different key and typing sounds for letters, spacebar, delete, scroll up and down, and even the classic ‘ding’ carriage return. Once loaded, it works across all applications, guaranteeing those sounds from last century will follow you regardless of where you type on a Mac.

You really have to watch the video embedded below to get an idea for just how noisy the app is, or download it yourself and find out the hard way.

I think this app is hilarious and while it has a retro kick to it, it would also make for an excellent prank to play on unsuspecting colleagues and roommates.

There’s a brief multi-step installation process:

  • Get NoisyTyper free from Fffft.at
  • Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and click “Universal Access”, then check the box for “Enable access for assistive devices”
  • Launch Noise Typer, it’ll sit not-so-quietly in the background
  • Start typing and try not to laugh

Because Noisy Typer runs in the background so you’ll have to quit it by typing “qaz123″ or by finding it in Activity Monitor and killing the process.

Just in case the app isn’t enough for you, there’s always the ridiculous full-on USB typewriter iMac conversion kit for the dedicated.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Mac OS X, Retro

23 Comments

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  1. Desidério Ortelá says:

    this is so freaking awesome!!!

  2. Adam says:

    LOL so useless but I love it, going to put this on everyones computer Monday morning.

  3. ruurd says:

    Yes well, that gave me flashbacks. I used to have that on OS6… in 1995. http://braincore.blogspot.nl/2012/07/i-getting-flashbacks-here.html

  4. RJM says:

    Only useful as a joke. I put in on my girlfriend’s laptop and it drove her insane. It was hilarious.

  5. don says:

    Hey. How can i install it? How to launch it?

  6. Teak says:

    What computer is he using in the video?

    It looks like a cross between a MBA 13″ and a MBP 15″…

  7. Ed says:

    It’s probably a MBA 15″ with a matte screen…

  8. Andre says:

    I can’t find a way to install it. I don’t see “Universal Access” in my preferences.

  9. Marcos says:

    lol…I’m already laughing

  10. kasra says:

    i can’t close it.i don’t know where i should type (qaz123)
    plz help me

  11. Tony says:

    is it just me or does this app make your mac use significantly more resources (and therefore hotter) ??

  12. JDMR says:

    The only thing more perplexing to me then the fact that somebody would actually want to use this is that somebody actually took the time to make it.

  13. Sid says:

    takes about +/- 1% of the cpu.

    but I do enjoy this while I’m typing!

  14. Thomas says:

    Seriously, this can be quite useful, e.g. me using headphones and wanting some keyboard feedback.
    I tried and quickly switched over to Keyclick. The (carriage) return is quite satisfying :)

  15. Joey says:

    Yeah, Keyclick is a great little utility. Has actual usable, customizable feedback sounds instead of novelty typewriter noises.

  16. Chris says:

    How do I unzip this file on my MacAir?

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