Warp Drive: Star Trek (2009)
When Star Trek made the leap from TV to the big screen, with J.J Abrams at the helm in 2009, J.J. asked Ben Burtt to create new sounds for everything on the U.S.S. Enterprise, while still paying homage to the original series.
“The original warp drive sound was a very musical tone that ramped up and down in pitch, with all kinds of hum and distortion, and it was undoubtedly produced with a test oscillator going through a plate reverb chamber,” Burtt told synthtopia.com. “I wanted to go back to that musical idea, and get something with an emotional feel to it, so I reproduced that sound in exactly the same way in analog fashion, using a 1960s-era test oscillator that was once in the physics department at my old school, Allegheny College. I went back there and actually found that oscillator in a basement, and brought it back with me to use on the movie.”