In Star Trek TOS, a boatswain whistle sound accompanies the start of any communication on the ship’s intercom.
“whhhwiiiiwoo… Engineering ta Capt’n Kirk”
Like that, see. Well I thought that would be a really cool — I say “cool”; I mean “neat-o-rama” — SMS tone for my phone. I set about searching the tubes for an appropriate candidate, but even the better ones had a lot of background noise from the TV program in them, like footsteps, tape crackle and talking.
Although I had realised it was a possibility from the start, it took a while before I relented and set about synthesising the original. After some pencil and paper physics to work out the frequencies in the original and a little mockup with the wave generator in Audacity, I opened Psycle, synthesised a whistle voice, put a tiny bit of GameBoyesque square wave in the background, tracked and exported.
I am very, very pleased with the result. It is pitch accurate to the original, and of nice, clean quality. It was, however, mastered a bit quieter than any other tone on my phone, which necessitated turning the SMS notification volume up a couple of notches. It sounds a lot better from a phone speaker than through headphones. I don’t know why, but it works for me. Now, RINGTONE GET already!