Audiophiles rejoice: Here is THX's revamped Deep Note intro

By Julio Franco
Apr 6, 2015
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  1. Instantly recognizable to movie buffs and audiophiles, THX Deep Note is the iconic sound played before DVD/Blu-ray movies and on cinema theaters with the proper certification. For many of us, it was also the perfect way to test our brand new home theater equipment right away. 

    Now after 30 years, THX has "regenerated" Deep Note using modern technologies and mixing it in current cinema audio formats. Due to technology limitations of the time, the original piece is a four-channel recording that over the years was adapted up to a 5.1 mix.

    The new THX Deep Note has been developed in three different lengths: 30, 45 and 60 seconds, all in stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and Atmos mixes. The sound remains instantly recognizable as was developed by digital audio engineer James A. Moorer, the same person who created the original audio trailer back in 1982. The new and original Deep Notes can be played below:

    Deep Note debuted in the THX trailer Wings, screened before the 1983 premiere of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Since then, the 'THX Deep Note' has permeated the film industry to become one of the most iconic audio logos in the world.

    "When I created the 'THX Deep Note' I wanted a big sound; I had no idea that sound would have such a big impact," says Andy Moorer. "I'm astonished by how widely-recognized the 'THX Deep Note' has become."

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  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 287   +73

    THX Deep Note - also known as "Volume Check" when you forget to turn your volume down before starting a movie that had this intro. I cant remember the number of times I woke my neighbors (when I lived in an apartment) with this sound. Good to see they updated the original.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    I usually have a few mad seconds of scramble of trying to jump at the remote and turn it down before it reaches max volume
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 853   +352

    First time I heard the new one was for the new Divergent movie, Insurgent. About 5 seconds after it started, I mentioned it sounds like the THX intro, but looked different, then the logo popped up.
  5. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 253   +28

  6. I prefer the original, it has a slightly analogue wavering at the end which is more 'genuine' sounding.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    I remember this logo. Not having watched any movies for years now I'd forgotten all about it.
  8. I like the new one. It sounds amazing however, I know my speakers aren't THX certified so I'm not sure what am I missing.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 932   +238

    Well, being one of those people who used this sound to test my system, I think it is unfortunate that the YouTube recording of it will not express its true dynamics since YouTube seems incapable of producing an audio track in any of the modern digital formats. I wonder if this can be found anywhere in preferably DTS HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital TrueHD other than on one of the newest THX certified discs. ;)
    rilochaim likes this.
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    That's what I'm keeping an eye out for wiyosaya.
  11. rilochaim

    rilochaim TS Rookie

    I was wondering the same. I would be happy even with just a 44/16 stereo WAV file ...
  12. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    wiyosaya likes this.
  13. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 932   +238


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