Bring Retro Macintosh Sound Effects to OS X

Aug 23, 2012 - 7 Comments

Macintosh SE

If you’ve been using the Macintosh platform long enough you’ll undoubtedly have fond memories of the classic Mac OS system sounds like Quack, Wild Eep, moof, Boing, Droplet, Monkey, Laugh, and Logjam. Those sound effects from the wee old days of System 6, System 7, and System 8, echoed throughout many school computer labs throughout the world in the 1980’s and 90’s, but now you can add them to modern Macs running OS X if you’re in the mood for a retro blast.

  • Download the old school classic Macintosh OS sound effect pack from here and unzip it
  • From the OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to bring up “Go To Folder” and enter the path to ~/Library/Sounds/
  • Open another Finder window and locate the sound effect pack you unzipped, open the AIFF folder inside and drag and drop all the .AIFF audio files into the ~/Library/Sounds/ folder
  • Open “System Preferences” from the  Apple menu, choose the “Sound” panel, and find all the retro system sounds under “Sound Effects”

Get Classic Macintosh System Sounds in OS X

Notice the system sounds must be placed in the user library folder, which is hidden from Lion and Mountain Lion onward.

The sound pack also includes a bunch of .m4r ringtone files, so if you want to set them as custom ringtones per caller or text tones, you don’t even need to convert the audio to ringtone format yourself, just import them into iTunes and bring that classic Macintosh sound with you on the go.

This is a fun but totally pointless find from CultOfMac

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

7 Comments

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  1. Ben says:

    How about a boot chime for ios?

  2. John Harlow says:

    Funny, I’ve been using Macs since 1986 and I have no fond memories of MacOS.

  3. Andrew Peterson says:

    It’s nice having the Wild Eep back! :-)

  4. Marcel says:

    Really nice collection, will use it for my oldschool BBS … :-p

  5. Joe Cassara says:

    The correct place to drop custom alert files is:

    ~/Library/Audio/Sounds/Alerts/

  6. Will says:

    Wild Eep lives eternal! XD

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