“Space... the final frontier” Clean Recording

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Kamdan, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 24, 2006
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    It does sound different, like Shatner's voice in general during the early 1970s. For example, if anyone sees his guest star roles on The Sixth Sense ("Can a Dead Man Strike from the Grave?" from 1972) or The Magician ("The Illusion of the Queen's Gambit" from 1974), t is easy to hear his voice not being exactly the same as it was when he recorded the TOS narration.
    His TAS narration is not delivered at the same level of "building call to action" as that heard in TOS, and word emphasis sounds different. It would seem Shatner re-recorded it for TAS, or some alternate take from TOS was used/modified (with the aforementioned reverb) for the show.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2018
  2. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    Yes. And from a purely practical standpoint, when they started producing TAS and Shatner was sitting at the microphone anyway, it would be pretty easy to have him recite the narration. The alternative was to drive over to the Paramount lot, get permission to root around in their tape library, find the surviving TOS reels, search through the reels on a tape machine, find the narration, and copy the TOS tape for use in TAS.

    They would never do all of that when they didn't have to. A new line reading for TAS would be easier, quicker, and cheaper, and it would sound better for not suffering the generational loss in the copying stage.