Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

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Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by thinkingbeat » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:41 am

This should be interesting: my wife and I were watching an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series ("Where No Man Has Gone Before") and I was reminded of how much I looove the sound of the heart monitor in Sick Bay. There are some great scenes in this episode where all you hear is the heart monitor, and I couldn't help thinking how cool it would be to be able to produce that sound. (Fwoomp.... Fwoomp....)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XNPD380IpBQ/S ... fzetar.jpg

Does anybody know what synth might have been used to create the heart monitor, or any of the other synth sounds in The Original Series?

I know the Con Brio is credited for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" but that's way later than TOS - we're talking 1965 (yeah, baby!) 8)

I can't get it out of my head - please help! [-o<
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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by drsynth » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:17 am

I forgot my sources but from what I heard, most of the sounds were not synthetic. Not quite as bad as the BBC era with Daphne at the Radiophonic, but I just remember hearing that the sounds like the doors and transporter were amalgamates of found sounds.

I'm certain some "Trekie" will fill in the truth to this soon enough.

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by drsynth » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:22 am

Also, just because the sounds may not have been synthesized doesn't mean you can't reproduce them that way of course.

I find myself trying to create sounds from my synths that could otherwise have been sampled - just because it is fun to do. I've made animal sounds and steam boat whistles etc.. There was a trek sound contest a few years back on one of the modular synth groups. Someone did a convincing transporter imitation.

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by Virgule » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:54 am

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by tim gueguen » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:58 pm

Sounds like it was probably a kettle drum or something like that with perhaps a little tape speed manipulation. As for other sounds I was surprised when I found out through using one that the "overloading phaser" sound used for various things was simply tape recorder feedback.
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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by V301H » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:03 pm

Don't know about that heart monitor sound but they did use some model of Yamaha Electone organ which had a noise generator for certain effects. If any synth was used it would have to be a Moog modular which first appeared in the Hollywood studios around that time. Here is a site that has many Star Trek sound effects for download:

http://www.trekkieguy.com/wav_soundfx.shtml
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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by MarcinP78 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:48 pm

I've just recreated the sound on my DX7.

DX7 Heart Monitor http://www.mediafire.com/file/xiyqzzmkm ... onitor.mp3

I'd only need a short delay effect to make it spot on.

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by thinkingbeat » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:37 am

Nice on the DX-7!! :)

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:47 am

Those ESQ trek effects are available online

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by Bertram Pineo » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:21 pm

To reproduce the same sound you need the same equipment.
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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by Zamise » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:44 pm

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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by Psy_Free » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:02 pm

Bertram Pineo wrote:To reproduce the same sound you need the same equipment.
Good to know. Thanks. :lol:
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Re: Star Trek Synth Question (The Original Series)

Post by ItsMeOnly » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:00 am

What's the matter with resurrecting all the old threads lately?

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