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When I type I watch the keyboard rather than the screen. I need the noise that lets me know if my keystroke has connected and produced a symbol.

With the typewriter, I frequently lean/press on some keys and produces a machine-gun clatter instead of a single key click.

I'm looking for "one-key-press (regardless of how hard or long) that produces a single click or THUNK.

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In Ubuntu 17.04 (or newer, I suppose) one can install with sudo apt-get install bucklespring, which will do what I think you want. Once installed, it can be started by simply executing buckle and stopped by Ctrl+C.

If you're on an older Ubuntu, you can try to install bucklespring from this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~mirabilos/+archive/ubuntu/ppa .

If the default sound recordings of IBM Model M are not suitable, you can replace them with your own. You can have a different sound for each key, but assuming you have only one sound, you need to make a few links to it, so that bucklespring will use it correctly. Assuming your sound file is called sound.wav:

cp -av /usr/share/buckle/wav my-sounds
cd my-sounds
for fname in ??-?.wav ; do ln -sfv ../sound.wav "${fname}" ; done
cd ..
buckle -p my-sounds

(If the delay between the keypress and the sound is too long for your needs, bucklespring seems to support jack, which supposedly introduces less latencies.)

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  • If you are able to upgrade to 18.04 LTS, bucklespring is available from the standard repository.
    – taneli
    May 7 '18 at 6:06
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You're in luck! After a simple google search I found a such app. If http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/07/keyboard-sounds-linux-when-typing doesn't work for you the search term you should use on google is linux sound when i hit a key

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    No luck. I tried tickeys and even wrote the autor. Like the suggestion above, i watch the keyboard rather than the screen. I finallly found a typewriter emulator. Better than nothing, but not the loud THUNK that i would prefer. I was 9/11'd out of a job where they used Sun computers. Sun had a "click" command, but no src .. ---Anybody else?
    – Gary Kline
    Jun 5 '17 at 1:51

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