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Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Recreated and Lovely Answered

In honor of the upcoming Ghostbusters video game, the Ecto-1 has been recreated as a promotional vehicle for it. All of the details have been taken care of and carefully photographed by fans.

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KD7CAO

9 years ago

The Ecto-1 Siren physical unit is real. However, the sound is not. This was 100% Synthesized. There used to be a You Tube video of them actually creating the sound with a Guitar and Keyboard. Then guys spending time actually adjusting the pitches. I have yet to find a really high quality recording (the original would be best). I want to play it through my Code 3 Mastercom 100W Siren. :)

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jakee117

10 years ago

i want one!

bring it to me

NOW!!!

haha

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niebb1

10 years ago

The siren from the original Ecto 1 was produced by Federal Signal for a few years. Unfortunately it is very hard to come by.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh blast, now I have to dig out my siren circuits and see what I have on this LOL

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

I believe that the Ecto-1 siren never was real - it was added afterwards, purely as an effect, and not possible with a "normal" siren. Wire up an mp3 player to a bull-horn, though...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

So, are you saying that using a 555, we would have difficulty (at best) recreating it? Lots of different noises can be coaxed from that little ic :-)

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Not a clue. I was quoting from memory one of the sites I looked at when I was looking for that clip. Do you have an image of the circuit you can use? I think I have a 555 lurking in the shed.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I am still "cleaning up"....half my diagrams are missing. I will add that to the list of those I am looking for..... And I promise it will not look like a Bob Pease breadboard (Bob Pease was a "distant" mentor in a sense as I was growing up):

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Goodness me! I have an urge to reach for shears and a nit comb...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

In case the name was obscure:

Bob Pease of National SemiConductor

And

Bob Pease of Electronic Design ( of Pease Porridge fame)

Pease started work in the early 1960s at George A. Philbrick Researches (GAP-R). GAP-R pioneered the first reasonable-cost, mass-produced op amp: the K2-W. At GAP-R, Pease developed many high-performance op amps, built with discrete solid-state components.

He is the author of eight books. Here it the link and article concerning the Breadboard picture

His now famous image below:

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Yikes, I thought it was a deliberate mess, purely for the photo! Imagine the mind that can follow that maze to look for the one dry joint or threaded solder...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, I learned a lot from his articles, one of those things was NOT how to be organized. There was a story that his boss once asked him to clean up his office, which had stacks and stacks of manuals and papers everywhere. When Bob asked what the boss had actually come for, the boss asked for a certain file....Bob paused a moment then reached into the pile and pulled it out. The boss never bothered him about his "organizational methods" again :-)

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PKMKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I saw that (or a similar reproduction) parked outside Wembley Arena for the play.com games expo.. I'm annoyed I didn't get a photo now but they said no cameras were allowed so I didn't take mine :( but I believe a friend I went with has a picture of himself standing next to it :)

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Goodhart

10 years ago

That is wild :-)