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Relax To Ambient Engine Sound Of The USS Enterprise (TOS & TNG) December 10, 2011

by Alex Fletcher , Filed under: TNG,Viral Video/Mashup/Images , trackback

Have you ever wanted to just sit around and imagine you live the universe of Star Trek? Well an inspired Trekkie has made it easier by uploading 24 hours of the sound of the USS Enterprise-D engine noise (at idle), or if you prefer there is also 2 hours of the original series USS Enterprise.


Relax on the Enterprise

The following YouTube video, which appears to be going viral, comes from crysknife007 who says he loved the ambient sound of Star Trek: The Next Generation so much he cleaned up a clip from the show and looped it for 24 hours. (also available as a download)

And if you want to go old school. Here is 2 hours of engine noise from the original USS Enterprise from the 1960s Star Trek. [NOTE: Video has no image]

via Reddit.


1. Harry Ballz - December 10, 2011

Now I’ve heard everything!

2. Kaaaaahhhhhn!!!!! - December 10, 2011

Interesting idea… but I’d rather hear the sounds of the TOS Enterprise. “Ya ken tell how fast sheez goin’ just by the feel of the deck plates….”

3. Will_H - December 10, 2011

Whats next, ambient Galactica for 24 hours? Not that that would be that relaxing, you’d feel like your house was about to fall apart.

4. Wes - December 10, 2011

I swear I remember some study back in the nineties that stated that the ambient noise on TNG had a calming effect.

I know it works on me, that’s for sure. Great stuff. :)

5. jas_montreal - December 10, 2011

What about the ambient noise of farts ?

6. Cervantes - December 10, 2011

Slow news day?…

…and I’d far rather the comforting sounds of the ‘electronic hum’ and ‘beeps’ and ‘swishing doorway’ of the original TOS bridge, ahem.

7. scooby17-1 - December 10, 2011

how about the warp core next…

8. StephenH - December 10, 2011

For SF inspired ambeince, you still can’t beat the TARDIS hum ….

9. alec - December 10, 2011

They could use that for torture! Hours and hours of that….awful. I’m a big fan of Trek; but this is just going a bit far. It’s that, sometimes fine, line between fandom and the crazy stuff…

Can’t wait for TNG Blu-ray or Trek 12. Great stuff there.

10. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 10, 2011

Sounds good to me. But what about the Ambiant sound of the Agony Booth with the screams that go with it. That has a calming effect on me as well.

11. Olley - December 10, 2011

play both at the same time for ultimate geekdom!

12. Scooter - December 10, 2011

When someone posts a loop of a klingon fart let me know.

13. Radioactive Spock - December 10, 2011


14. NCC-73515 - December 10, 2011

Worf’s screams would be great!

15. Jonboc - December 10, 2011

What was so cool about TOS is you could instantly tell what room they were in by the ambient sounds. Bridge, transporter…engine room…they all had a sound unique to that room. Great sound design on that show…not so much on the sequels, everything was too similar.

16. CmdrR - December 10, 2011

5 & 12 –

This should get ya started…

17. Thomas - December 10, 2011

Yeah, two minutes was about all I could take of that. I can not imagine letting that play for 24 hours.

18. claypool2011 - December 10, 2011

Useful as pink noise. Also, those who find it grating, you’re not supposed to play it so loud.

19. Dr. Cheis - December 10, 2011

I’ve always loved the ambient sound from the ships. I can’t imagine visiting set and not hearing that sound.

20. rblaine - December 10, 2011

not new to me. I used to relax to any of the TOS rooms more than 20 years ago.

21. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - December 10, 2011


‘Nuff said.

22. Mike - December 10, 2011

This is awesome! Any chance of getting the ambient sound of the engine room?

23. Eric Cheung - December 10, 2011

I specifically downloaded the System 47 screensaver so that I could fall asleep to the sounds of the Enterprise E. Saying that actually reminds me of Nicholas Meyer’s commentary on the merchandise he wanted for Star Trek VI. “Wouldn’t you sleep better in the blankets that keep the crew of the Enterprise warm?”

24. VZX - December 10, 2011

Screw the haters, this is awesome! I love this stuff! I would love to have this in the background of my lab playing all the time, it would me feel like I’m not doing remedial work!

25. alt-Spock - December 10, 2011

Yawn. Now if it was the TOS warp power-up then I’d be interested.

26. AdamTrek - December 10, 2011

Now, does anyone know the exact decible level that these should be played at for the true experience, or is that taking things too far?


27. Andy Patterson - December 10, 2011

Relaxing. That’s exactly what it’s always been to me. There’s another version of the corridor ambient noise where the beats are faster that has always been so soothing to me. You always heard it when they were walking through to their quarters ( I remember it in particular at the beginning of “Amok Time”.) It’s my favorite and almost therapeutic.

Ive always thought that when I had that dream house, ….with the great kitchen, and wooden floors, and three car garage, and instant hot water, and personal study/office with brown wood and leather chairs, and a globe of the world in it (because important people are always supposed to have one in their study) and itd have an adjoining hidden room behind the bookcase that served as a storage and viewing room for all the expensive Golden Age comics I don’t really have — (but then again, this is my dream house), and the great media room, and all the other things I don’t have……that I’d also have an exact replica, on one wing of the house that looked and sounded like a deck from TOS Enterprise. Complete with that sound going 24/7.

28. Cosmo Kid - December 10, 2011

Play both at the same time, wowzers!

29. Lt. Jones - December 10, 2011

Anyone know where I could download these sounds as MP3 audio files?

30. Captain Karl - December 10, 2011

Maybe it’s just me, but all I hear is the sound of my computer speakers…I don’t hear anything that sounds like ambient sounds of the Enterprise on either clip.

31. MarvinTheMartian - December 10, 2011

@29: This is what I use:

It converts YouTube videos to mp3. It appears there was an upgrade a few months ago, so I’m glad you asked.

32. Odkin - December 10, 2011

I can hear the TNG one but get nothing from the TOS clip even though the play counter is moving. Happens when I try to watch it at YouTube, so it’s not an embed problem, it’s something with the original video.

In the meantime, here’s 5 minutes of TOS ambient bridge sounds…

33. John - December 11, 2011

I actually like the quivering picolo-type sound in the bridge background on the Reliant. It sounds every few minutes and you can hear it when no one speaks. You can hear it on the HMS Bounty in Voyage Home after Kirk gives his lecture about primitive culture and Earths lack of ET experience and Spock ties his robe fragment around his head to cover his ears. That affect works well in the former ship for its sounding like the ping of sonar on submarines.

34. Jeff O'Connor - December 11, 2011

You know what? I was a baby and young child when TNG was on the air and my grandmother watched it all the time. New episodes and then reruns once they kicked up. Some of the first sounds I reacted to with a measure of comfort were the hum of the Enterprise-D’s engines.

I often use to help me sleep at night but I’d be willing to bet this will work too. I have a connection to that hum in an admittedly weird way, and I think it’s going to do just fine as an occasional replacement.

35. Basement Blogger - December 11, 2011

I’ll have to admit that the TNG sound of the Enterprise D is soothing. I feel like I’m in a very safe, high tech starship.

36. La Reyne d'Epee - December 11, 2011

It was really interesting to discover when watching the dvd extras for XI that when it came to designing the sound for the new film, they had real difficulty in recreating those sounds. Apparently the original sound designer left no notes behind on how they were done. I just assumed they’d somehow sample them from the original if it came to it, but I guess there’s just no substitute for the “real” thing…

37. Simpleton - December 11, 2011

What junk. My water and heating boiler sounds slot better than that

38. DonDonP1 - December 11, 2011

Cool! That ambient sound is similar to that of a mild Earthquake.

39. Paul B. - December 11, 2011

30. Captain Karl – December 10, 2011
“Maybe it’s just me, but all I hear is the sound of my computer speakers…I don’t hear anything that sounds like ambient sounds of the Enterprise on either clip.”

The sound of your speakers? What sound is that? I mean, speakers produce the sounds we put through them–music, movies, ambient warp-engine noise–but they don’t really have a sound of their own.

Both clips worked perfectly for me, right away, right after this story was posted and still today. But I’m really curious about what “the sound of my computer speakers” sounds like… It’s like saying, “The only thing I see on my tv is the image of the tv.” Huh?

40. otteriy - December 11, 2011

aw.. TOS Enterprise’s engines are indeed “purrin’ like happy kittens”. Thank you fpr posting this…

41. Sebastian S. - December 11, 2011

I’m sorry, but that’s no different than having my air conditioner run all day…

42. Dr.Diehard - December 11, 2011

Ahhhh, this helped me get to sleep last night.

43. Hat Rick - December 11, 2011

I am typing this from on board the USS Enterprise-D, apparently. Unless my ears deceive me.

44. tony - December 11, 2011

wow someone was bored

45. KHAAAAAAAAAAN the weasel - December 11, 2011

Oh nice idea… the TOS sound is more soothing actually :)

46. Duncan MacLeod - December 11, 2011

I had a track like this for years that i pulled from a video game its not exactly revolutionary but still cool

47. Reign1701A - December 11, 2011

I like bridge chimes/beeps/whirs myself. Soothing.

48. Spoctor McKirk - December 11, 2011

It’s making me sleepy…

49. Rastaman - December 11, 2011

hehe never tried this but I’ve definitely fallen asleep to the ambient noise of TOS Blu-Ray menus. Bridge sounds chirping away in my dreams.

50. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 11, 2011

This could be the reason why my son puts on a TNG episode to watch when he can’t sleep, but is tired, and sure enough, ten minutes into the programme, he’s out to it. The same happens to me as well, especially any TOS, TNG or Star Trek 09. It’s not that we are bored. We are just tired and watching what is good and familiar can have a soporific effect.

51. I'm Dead Jim! - December 11, 2011

@44 No. Someone was a dedicated fanboy (or girl)!

52. Count - December 11, 2011

He spent hours cleaning up the noise? I have a paramount-created proper engine sound loop I pulled out of Elite Force back in 2003 for Cg shorts. What a waste of time to rip it out of the episode and clean all the noise and stuff out of it.

53. Platitude - December 11, 2011

Funny for a few minutes, but can’t imagine listening to that for twenty four hours.

#3 – Love it!

54. Crysknife007 - December 11, 2011

Awww man. I didn’t realise I got here too. /m\

55. CaptMorn2374 - December 11, 2011

Play each one on it’s own and it is great background white noise. Play them both at the same time and I got an instant headache. I guess that means you can’t cross the two.

Now what about DS9? ;-)

56. BeatleJWOL - December 11, 2011

Try both clips AND the ytmnd page at the same time. Fun! :D

57. John - December 12, 2011

Front Page News!!!

George Takei is the Broker of Star Peace

58. =A= - December 12, 2011

oh my god i love hear that!

59. Micar - December 12, 2011

In a perfect world I´d sit down – listen to the hum and read this TNG publication…

A perfect 1701 – D -Day to you all

60. Upchuck McNuggets - December 12, 2011

This is what I like to listen to at work when I need to go into a “happy place”

Arcade Ambience–Not too loud in my headphones. It takes me back to the arcade in the 80’s!

61. Nuallain - December 12, 2011

I like the TARDIS ambient sound:

62. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - December 12, 2011

The guy on YouTube didn’t clean up the sound byte himself, he downloaded it from and looped it. Give credit where credit is due, please; has a huge library of Star Trek sounds, and even the YouTube guy crysknife007 credited Trekcore.

63. Larry - December 12, 2011

They should put this on “The Big Bang Theory”. Sheldon’s new clock. It plays the engine sounds to put him to sleep. Then the Red Alert Klaxon. It will not only wake him up but the whole floor.

64. Duncan MacLeod - December 12, 2011

I found the TOS one incredibly poor quality and with no beeps or anything… now the TNG one doesnt either, but at least it is of good quality.

65. raddestnerd - December 12, 2011

Moved into a new office. It’s dead quiet in here. Quite unnerving. Putting this ambient sound to good use.

66. Craiger - December 12, 2011

Would adding the Romulan War in Seasons 5 and 6 brought the ratings up?

67. Craiger - December 12, 2011

Sorry posted above in the wrong topic

68. Craiger - December 12, 2011

New Star Trek video game screenshots.

69. Simon - December 12, 2011

The STAR TREK GENERATIONS soundtrack CD has the Enterprise-C and the Enterprise-D ambient noise (complete with button pushing beeps). To impress my guests at either my home theater or PC surround setup —both systems are 7.1—I throw on the Enterprise-C clip and they swear they’re on the bridge of a starship.

70. PEB - December 12, 2011

if you’ve got the HBO package with all the different HBOs, keep a look out throughout December. They’ve been running almost all the Trek movies TMP through First Contact back to back. This past weekend HBO Family ran the marathon.

71. Battle-scarred Sciatica - December 12, 2011

Me too Simon.

i have the album on my MP3 player and set the entire lot on shuffle so randomly i am suddenly warping or having Klingons beaming into the car as I drive.

the kids love it.

me too.

Big kid

72. Captain Karl - December 12, 2011

@39 the sound of my speakers, when turned up full volume, is a white noise hiss. When most people turn their laptop speakers on full, they produce a white noise. Speakers don’t always produce the sounds you put through them, as with ALL electronic devices, they create a sound, albeit low, but when you turn speakers up, especially on a laptop, to their full volume, they emit a low hiss…they DO have a sound of their own.

73. STR - December 13, 2011

i would love to have the Borg ship background noise

74. jerr - December 14, 2011

I think that TOS one is really the movie version

75. Brock - December 14, 2011

Someone posted something like this on trekbbs ages ago, pretty cool.

76. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - December 14, 2011

might be a good sleep aid

77. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - December 15, 2011

I hear the wind blowing…

78. gir6 - December 17, 2011

I’d like the purring of tribbles on a loop.

79. BeatleJWOL - December 17, 2011

The December 14 Real Life Comics strip makes mention of this:

80. RedPenphantom - January 7, 2012

gosh, doesn’t anyone know anything? the background sound on the ship is among other sounds the 7.83 HZ “Schumann Resonance” (rotation frequency of planet earth). as astronauts, once they’re off earth, would start to feel space-sick due to lack of that frequency. it has now been introduced in modern travels. it’s as needed as oxygen for a fully functioning body. they knew this back then already and put it in the series. now try to dispute that with arguments cuz I know what I’m talking about.

81. Daddy - May 31, 2012

Haha yes my son and I have always wanted a soundtrack per say of the Enterprise D engine sounds. Perfect! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.