My girlfriend’s father is a great machinist. In his home shop, he works on his own air pistol prototypes. He uses all kinds of big fancy machines for this. Now, I have no clue how to operate them or how they work, but I do know they make a lot of noise. Noise is kind of my thing, so I don’t think I could ever forgive myself if I didn’t record them before I went back to Chicago. Luckily, he was more than happy to help me out. What a perfect way to test out my new Zoom H4n!
The main thing I wanted to capture was this massive Warner & Swasey turret lathe, but we ended up recording everything from the phase converter to the garage door. I didn’t really have any specific use in mind for these recordings, but I think I’m going to be using a lot of them in the Portal Mod I’m working on.
Here’s a sample of the lathe running at a few different speeds.