The iconic startup sound of Apple’s Mac computers is now trademarked in the United States, following an approval by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple filed for the trademark in June, and was granted the trademark yesterday, notes Patently Apple.
The sound, which has changed only a handful of times over the years, was created by programmer Jim Reekes, who spent 12 years at Apple as a software architect. It even made an appearance in Pixar’s 2008 film “Wall-E.” “The startup sound was done in my home studio on a Korg Wavestation,” Reekes said in a statement. “It’s a C Major chord, played with both hands stretched out as wide as possible (with 3rd at the top, if I recall). This just sounded right to me. I wanted something really fat, heavy bass, high notes, and a sharp attack. The chiffy sound was from pan pipes and something like a stick hit (I’m testing my memory here). I wanted lots of evolving timbres, stereo phasing, and reverb, for further richness.”
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