January 12th, 2006

the sound of my old printer (epson
stylus 600) when i switch it on. it is broken and it makes strange and
amazing sounds, trying to clean the printhead and making other unknown
the low reverberation is produced by the printer plastic box.
listen, download, cut.


Edit 2019 : Made a youtube playlist


Edit 2014 (periodically updated) : Being a pretty famous sound now, i thought itd be nice to have a list of sound's usages (link me yours if you want to be included!) :

VID - Navigator IV (Caffeine) by Baikal
VID - Space Rally by Cornersting
TRK - Dot Matrix by moatdd
TRK - Printer step by Anton van Oosbree
VID - Orbituary by Geek video
TRK - Da capo al fine by Teoniki Rożynek
VID - Printerbird by Gerd de Kinderen
TRK- Percee Scan by Scientist
TRK - Printer jam by Mistabishi
VID - A thousand eyes by Ryan Nethery
VID - The dimension by Ruudabiyoga
POD - Ad Astral podcast episode 15
TEATR - "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" Musical

Long life to Freesound!
and thanks to those who respected the CC license


  • avatar
    ronny ragdoll 13 years, 7 months ago

    printers can be an Autechre / IDM synthesizer

  • avatar
    Anton 13 years, 8 months ago

    Its very cool, i used to own one of these machines too. Its gives me a very disticnt feeling here these sounds. (NOt necessarily positive ;-)

  • avatar
    Mister Softy 13 years, 8 months ago

    This is amazing and hilarious at the same time. Some incredible, highly enjoyable sounds. Poor printer, tho... you bet it is broken... :p

  • avatar
    melack 13 years, 8 months ago

    im glad you like it! :D
    i loved it too, i was not throwing away my printer just for recording its sound...

  • avatar
    plagasul 13 years, 8 months ago

    This is my all times favourite sound on earth ever...... ever..... PWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

Please log in to comment

  • Currently /5 Stars.
Wave (.wav)
22.2 MB
44100.0 Hz
24 bit
Sound illegal or offensive? Flag it!