exterior door chimes along with some other tweaks, we got thinking about another well-known sound that every TTC commuter knows very well. It’s a sound that grabs our attention — or tries to, at least — during even the most chaotic and loudest of rush hour times: the TTC pre-announcement chime.">

The story behind one of the TTC’s most distinctive sounds


Published:

The TTC chose the best of 10 sounds for its pre-announcement chime (Image: TTC/Mike DeToma)

After hearing that the newest TTC Rockets will be getting exterior door chimes along with some other tweaks, we got thinking about another well-known sound that every TTC commuter knows very well. It’s a sound that grabs our attention — or tries to, at least — during even the most chaotic and loudest of rush hour times: the TTC pre-announcement chime.

The chime, which can be heard throughout the TTC before recorded announcements are played, was designed to cut through the clutter of TTC noise and be pleasant enough to listen to over time. It was a project that was spearheaded by Stephen Granger of Granger Digital, located in the Yonge and Summerhill neighbourhood, which specializes in video production and post-production. The TTC approached Granger in 2005 with the task of creating a sound that could be heard through high levels of traffic and noise; a sound that could also be played in locations with poor acoustic quality.

To get the right sound, Granger brought in professional musicians and sound experts Jillian Lee and Marco Del Degan (the latter’s previous work includes sound design for Bravo and CTV).

“It was with their talents that these sounds could be created,” says Granger.

The duo created 50 unique, electronically-produced sounds which were then narrowed down to a top 10 list. The list was then forwarded on to the TTC. From there, the 10 sounds were tested in the PA systems at various locations to get a sense of what worked best, and the TTC eventually decided upon the chime we love (and loathe) today. The chime was implemented in 2006.

Of the project, Granger says that it “was not only unique and challenging, but a lot of fun as well. Every time I ride the TTC and hear that distinctive chime, a smile appears on my face as I think back to this project with great satisfaction.”

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

38 snakes seized from North York home

38 snakes seized from North York home

Nearly 40 venomous snakes were found in the home of a North York resident, which were promptly removed by City of Toronto staff last month.
Posted 2 days ago
Celebrating 25 years since Roberta Bondar became the Rosedale Rocket

Celebrating 25 years since Roberta Bondar became the Rosedale Rocket

Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman to enter space 25 years ago, shattering a glass ceiling that was truly out of this world. She also paved the way for the only other Canadian woman to travel to space, Julie Payette.
Posted 2 days ago
North York overlooked for senior safety zones?

North York overlooked for senior safety zones?

The City of Toronto has promised immediate changes following a deadly year of road violence — with seniors making up the majority of 43 pedestrian fatalities. But some areas may have been overlooked as the new safety measures start to roll out this month.
Posted 7 days ago
Photos: Toronto firefighters battle fire that destroyed historic building at Yonge and St. Clair

Photos: Toronto firefighters battle fire that destroyed historic building at Yonge and St. Clair

On Tuesday, 120 firefighters were called to control a huge fire at the Badminton and Racquet Club in midtown Toronto.
Posted 7 days ago
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module