There’s a satisfying noise to be had from this apple crusher – the first stages of making cider
The crunch has some of the biting into an apple sound. The ripping apart sound is ever so slightly ghoulish, one for Halloween…
After this was recorded a bunch of people joined in with their kids. Kids aren’t usually conducive to easy recording, though they did a grand job turning the handle, so I switched to using a stereo contact mic on the mechanism. My contact mic has a strong magnet on it so it’ easy to get noises from ferrous metal objects.
I had to EQ out the 3kHz resonance of the mic, but the result is less satisfying than the regular recording to my ears.
The active component is this crushing mechanism
which turns the apples into crushed apples ready for the press to extract the juice
Recorded with a AT8022 XY mic aimed into the hopper