The Sound Of THX – Sound Design Tutorial

The Sound Of THX – Sound Design Tutorial

The “Deep Note” is the rumbling, out-of-pitch sound that begins from chaos and quickly ascends to a harmonious end right before our ears, moments before the feature film begins to play in a movie theater. It was developed by a sound engineer working for the company THX Ltd which was founded by George Lucas in 1983 to provide a high-quality, predictable playback environment and ensure that any film soundtrack “mixed” in THX would sound as near as possible to the intentions of the mixing engineer.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using “Massive” by Native Instruments to demonstrate how to recreate the Deep Note sound and try to come as close as possible to the original sound design.

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