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    Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    I just saw Sorcerer's Apprentice, with the scene where he plays a bunch of Tesla coils. Then did some googling, and discovered that the potential to make music with them is a very real thing.

    So does anyone know of any samples of them?
    David

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    You mean they actually make noises? I thought that was just a cheesy Disney thing. This is interesting...

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GJSH5Aw3yk

    Look for Arc Attack, tho I wonder how much of the sound comes from the coils

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    And heres how to make one ! You only need 1 million volts
    Derek
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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    I don't know if you can use them but there are a bunch of Tesla coil sound effects over at

    Sounddogs.com

    search for "Tesla."
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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael135 View Post
    You mean they actually make noises? I thought that was just a cheesy Disney thing. This is interesting...
    I was surprised too. There's a video of one of Arc Attack explaining that the creation of the plasma displaces some air - which I can kind of buy - but the fact that the frequency of the sound seems to be predictable with varying voltage is cool.
    David

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    I don't know if you can use them but there are a bunch of Tesla coil sound effects over at

    Sounddogs.com

    search for "Tesla."
    Thanks for that. None of them are quite what I wanted though. THe coils seem to make several different sounds - initially the kind of sparking, static discharge that most of the Sounddog samples contain, followed by a fairly stable tone a bit like a sawtooth wave, the pitch of which can be varied. That's what I'm after.
    David

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    Back in the early '60s there was a speaker called the Ionovac - a tweeter, no bass and pretty weak midrange, I think - that used ionized air instead of a cone to produce sound. (I don't know if it was mutual repulsion of the ions or expansion due to heating, but it worked ... if you could cope with the ozone it produced.) It was essentially a fairly high powered radio transmitter driving 2 electrodes separated by a piece of quartz.

    Tesla coils and there driving circuitry are essentially a radio transmitter producing very high voltage. All you have to do is figure out how to modulate it with an audio signal. The spark would act as the speaker, but the sound would have better quality if you could prevent the spark from happening - letting it have just a corona discharge at the top.

    I don't think it would every replace your studio monitors, though.

    Pat

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    Quote Originally Posted by buckshead View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GJSH5Aw3yk

    Look for Arc Attack, tho I wonder how much of the sound comes from the coils

    Derek
    Seems all of the sound actually. Here's some guys that looks home made. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkwEq...eature=related

    Here's the same theme on two big ones, and apparently this is just how they sound.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LudXC...eature=related

    In other words, AWESOME!

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    Re: Any samples of Tesla Coils?

    I agree, such a sample set would be awesom... but how to sample it (and get a decent quality sample) without frying the recording equipment?

    However, you can always build your own. A quick Google search showed MANY tutorials, both written and video, purporting to do just that.

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