When you try the RTM version of Windows Vista, you will notice that something changed between the last release candidate and the final product -- we added new sounds to the 45 places where Windows provides an audio cue to the user, including a new Windows Vista Start-up sound that was developed in collaboration with musician Robert Fripp.
If you have used Windows Vista, one of the most significant things you've likely noticed is the new Windows Aero interface. While Windows Aero may sound like just a cool name, it's actually an acronym that stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. Prior to RTM, the Windows Aero experience was intentionally incomplete. What was missing were the cool new sounds that were designed specifically for the Windows Aero experience. While the Windows XP sounds were appropriate at the time Windows XP was built, they were very 'Western' and literal (e.g., you could tell that the sounds were played by a piano and other western orchestral instruments). The Windows XP sounds were not consistent with the interface design goals of Windows Vista, so we overhauled the sounds to complement and blend with the softer, cleaner Windows Aero Glass theme and user interface elements for Windows Vista.
Sounds are obviously an important part of how people interact with their PC. The idea is to use your ears to get information from a sound without even thinking about it. For example, certain sounds on our PC tell us when we have a new email or instant message.
It was our goal for the sounds to be just noticeable enough that if they weren’t there you would miss them, but they’re subtle enough that they don’t get in your way. Just like the visual cues of the new Start button, the audio cues of the new sounds are "rounded" and "translucent." The default sound scheme in Windows Vista is intentionally much gentler and softer than in previous versions.
While I have personally been involved in the Windows Vista sound project for some time, the new sounds were only recently added to the builds (we had to save some surprises for people!), so I have only been experiencing them for a few weeks. What is amazing to me is how much the new sounds change my experience -- and I know it will do the same for you!
P.S. -- here are a few interesting facts about the new Windows Vista Start-up sound.
The Windows Vista Startup sound:
hey jimall, well i would say thanks for sharing this info with us dude!
I've loved Fripp's music since seeing him at Asbury Park in the '70s. It's wonderful, in context. Unfortunately, the new startup sound's first two tones sound a lot like a blown speaker. VERY jarring when played in a quiet context. I'll be looking for a way to kill it ASAP.
hey Gabriel: we're working on our distribution strategy for Beta testers; you'll know more as soon as it's final.
I tested Vista since Build 4008 to today Build 5744. I remember Build 4074 was nice. I noticed that my Vista sound is always problem. While my media player is playing music and at that time if the one of the friend from Google Talk call to me, the sound device is not working anymore. So I have to open playback device and have to force other speaker or device to deactivate current using device. After that the sound come out. I have to do it till Build 5744. Both WinAmp and Media Player need to close if I deactivate my sound device. But RealPlayer doesn't need to close. Mine is zv5000 lappy and hope RTM Build probably free from this bug. I can't wait to hear the musical themes of Vista RTM and I'm sure to upgrade my lappy and buy Vista Ultra. Vista rocks my world. Thanks Jim. Don't go away. I'm watching everything you do for Windows and Microsoft. :)
WoW.Windows Vista RTM Released
Mmh. Vista looks nice (congrats!). But to be honest, soundwise, I hoped for more.
Will you release the real Fripp later?
Would be great!!
PS. pls. have a look at the scobleizer comment.
Hey Alber1690: it's the same start-up sound.
The sounds are “spacious” juxtaposed to New Age sound. I was messing around with the sounds yesterday (very coincidental).
I’ve synchronized certain sounds for certain activities on my computer: for minimizing and maximizing windows and for opening and exiting programs, etc.. Here are my modified versions:
Close Program: Speech Disambiguation
Maximize: Speech Off
Minimize: Speech Misrecognition
Open Program: Speech Sleep
Its really interesting to listen to all the startup sounds for Win95, XP, 2000 and then Vista. I think I personally like the Windows 95 sound the best then XP/Vista then Win 2000 last.
Hard to believe you had approximately 2000 submissions for the start up sound!
Heres a link to a NPR radio article (Not sure if its the right one)
New Windows Has New Sound
Yes it is .... http://yanis-markin.narod.ru/rtm.png
Does Vista RTM Has Build Number 6000 and its finalllll
sounds are good but we need a workin` version. Such things http://yanis-markin.narod.ru/problem.jpg - are realy bad for 6000 RTM
Actually the site seems to be working for PCs with Serialized Upgrade Redemption Number's, whatever they are, however maybe the site is not meant to be an active site yet as there are still some typos on the site instructing you to look for your Vista COA on your Office CD?
Probably best wait till 13th when the site is suppossed to go active. Sorry for the messy posts.
Actually the site is active now but not for all countries the UK seems to be working, not the USA yet.
Sorry ignore the above post, even though the site looks active it isnt yet!
Vista Express Upgrade Site Online Now... Go get your free upgrade for those who bought a Qualifying PC!
I look forward to listening to NPR tomorrow. NPR currently have some interesting comments on Zune which is another interesting project.
The has always been my favorite part of the final release of windows - the final touches. The gold copy always has some nice nuggets of ear and eye candy that the beta testers have never seen....All the way back to the Windows 95 / Chicago release. Great Job guys, and I can't wait to start testing our products with the final release.
Looking forward to it all the way.
So what was the sound that was previewed to us in the video that was published yesterday on Soapbox to celebrate the Windows Vista completion? Because from my measurements, that sound at the beginning is exactly 4 seconds...
Will Vista RTM be available to beta testers? If not, should we uninstall the beta and return to XP? Is there a pre-RTM build that beta testers could use until Vista is released to the general public in January. I'm currently using 5744 and while much more stable than RC 1 I have a number of (reported) issues that prevent me from continuing to use it in its current state.