UPDATE: Now includes versions for the older, decommissioned H-series trains, a half step down from the ones used on the current T-series trains! For added nostalgia!
UPDATE 2: Now also includes a streetcar gong sample! Play several times in a row to simulate streetcar bunching.
UPDATE 3: Made freely available until download credits run out. Enjoy! Will update with longer (repeated) tones in the near future.
UPDATE 4: Now includes longer, looped versions of the door closing sounds. Looped versions repeat four times, lasting about 23 seconds.
The sounds of the TTC were designed to cut through the chatter and noise of busy stations. This makes them ideally suited to use as ringtones.
Not only that, but they are iconic sounds, one of the unique aspects of life in Toronto.
Now you too can dread service interruptions and experience that Pavlovian response--"run....RUN, the doors are closing SHIT SHIT SHIT"--even when you're not riding the TTC!
I made both "authentic" and "simple" versions of the alert sound and the door opening and closing chimes. The "authentic" versions are attempts to recreate the particular sound of the chimes in the station, including the slightly off-tune door chime and soft reverb on all tones to simulate being in an empty station. The simple versions are just analog triangle waves with the same notes, making a more minimalist yet still distinctly Torontonian pair of ringtones. I tried to make both in a pitch range suitable for ringtones, and nice and loud so that they'll be audible.
These ringtones were created by me (not sampled), and are a tribute to a city I love and one of its defining institutions.
released August 19, 2015
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