Originally posted by VisionQuest
I think today it could be easily re-created. Perhaps, the real question is could it be recreated with the technology that existed when the sounds were
originally recorded? Various Meier documentaries (which include skeptics) say it couldn't have. Then again, I swear I heard sounds similiar to that
Meier UFO sounds on an episode of Star Trek once, so who knows.
The sound has been identified as a tape delay effect in feedback.
Here's my documentation of communicating with one of the original sound engineers mentioned in the Meier report, and an independent submittal of the
sound by myself to SAE Sound Engineering Institute and what their chief engineer and curriculum designer had to say:
I wrote Nils Rognerud who is listed as one of the sound engineers who listened to the Meier beamship sounds, and his responses to me sounded very much
like someone who essentially wanted the evidence to be real representation of aliens craft sounds.
"I want to believe that Bully Meier is telling the truth". Was his statement.
I mentioned to him about the aspect that I believed the sounds were generated through and old tape delay guitar effect box, an amp and mic. One can
hear listening to the tape on Michael Horn's site, that there is hardly any sound at all at the start of the mp3 file. A "Knock" is heard that
sounds metallic. It echoes, and from that echo sound, the warbling feedback ensues. Feedback coupled with a delay effect needs some base sound to
"set it off" essentially, and begin the loop of feedback layering over itself, over and over.
The knock does this by beginning the feedback and the delay gives it the layered sound by playing itself over "in echo" while the feedback is
continuing. I asked Nils what he said to that. His answer was surprising:
"I have never tried the feedback technique you mention, so I can not confirm or deny the possibilities with this sound technique."
So I have to say a sound engineer not knowing very much about what delayed feedback sounds like rather puzzles me.
I contacted SAE Institute, a sound engineering institute located all over the world, but I called the Nashville area and spoke with Justin Spence, who
is the sound engineer and course coordinator for SAE. I sent him the mp3 file on Michael's site and asked him his opinion on the sound's creation,
and the fact that this was recorded in the 1970's. He asked what I thought it was, and I mentioned to him that I believed it was a tape delay echo in
"I completely agree with you", he said, and further stated there was reverb used as well, a fairly standard amp component. Justin commented he
thought there could possibly be another effect in there, but wasn't sure as the sound was of such poor quality. He said the "knock" was very
obviously a tap on reverb springs to set off the feedback loop. He commented that he could create such a sound in 10 minutes with his equipment, but
that the original wouldn't require anything sophisticated. It could be generated by the old equipment with slightly more difficulty due to many
variables like distance of the input device to speaker, and setting of echo on the delay effect, amp, etc.
In essence, all needed items to make the sound were completely available to Meier to do this, and quite easily. It seems the sound engineers who've
"analyzed" the sounds must have been prior believers in UFO contact cases or the Meier case, because the answer was very obvious to the sound
engineer I spoke with.