The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION) – Smarter Every Day 189

The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION) – Smarter Every Day 189

Hey, it’s me, Destin, welcome back to Smarter Every Day. So the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight Just happened everyone agrees the footage is phenomenal. It was amazing technological wizardry Everyone loves it, but there’s something that is missing when you view it over the internet everyone that’s ever been to an actual space launch will tell you it’s the sound of the event that just Overwhelms your body and that’s kind of lost when you’re looking through a screen, right? So it’s time for me to introduce you to my other youtube channel. It’s called the sound traveler I used binaural 3d audio if you will to transport your body to the location it kind of tricks your mind It’s a acoustic type mental thing going on just trust me it works. Here’s how it works get your headphones put your headphones on it only works if you have headphones Make sure the left headphone is on your left ear make sure the right headphone isn’t your right ear there once you get set up your Calibrated the Vehicle Assembly Building is the largest single story building In the world this is where they assemble the Rockets you are one of only 20 photographers credentialed That’s allowed onto the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building with your headphones on we’re gonna walk through the Vehicle Assembly Building with these photographers Get on some elevators do some catwalk stuff so that your mind gets calibrated to that 3d audio Then walk out to the cameras and get ready for launch there’s three things I want you to listen for number one at the countdown listen to all the shutters firing from the cameras around you you can hear Where they are number two once the rocket lifts off the pad you can no longer hear the cameras. It’s so loud What kind of aircraft is overhead and where it is relative to your mind? Okay, Go enjoy launch and then we’ll get ready for re-entry 15 thank you 10 Thank you there it goes 3 2 1 lift off Lots of noise That sound adds so much for me. That is so incredible Okay, the next part that I absolutely love so the Rockets up up in a way right the two boosters Safely separate they do a little pirouette and they come back without touching each other and they come back in With a re-entry burn the part that I love I mean as an engineer this just tickles all the right parts of my brain the fact that the video feed from both of those boosters Looks like it’s just one booster played on two different screens I love that that means the guidance and control algorithm was so finely tuned But they just nailed it so tip of the hat to the guidance control team that did that Very very impressed the next thing that you missed by not being there because we’re watching it on a screen And we’re hearing the cheering at Hawthorne or the sonic booms as it approaches the pad So here’s how this works according to SpaceX there are three sonic booms per booster And they’re caused by in order number one the engine down there causes the first sonic boom where the legs connect to the booster That’s the second one and the third one’s caused by the grid fins up on top of the booster now There’s three sonic booms per booster We have two boosters that six sonic booms right, now Experience this in 3d with your headphones still see if you can count how many sonic booms you hear And this is what a person hears when they’re down at the Cape when this goes down check it out got them woooow sonic boom’s? 6 sonic booms holy, holy mackerel I didn’t count six I counted ten pump. It dump. It dump. It dump it down I Went back and looked at the waveform the reason you see ten. There’s supposed to be three per booster There’s three with echoes and so the waveform overlays in such a way that it sounds like five. It’s fascinating anyway That is a sound traveller video. I hope you enjoyed this episode of the sound traveler I’m promoting it here on smarter every day in hopes that people will go and subscribe to that when I feature a guest sound traveler I write up this little contract here and I make sure to pay them and I also make sure to promote them and this particular sound traveler was trevor maehlman trevor Helps me with all the eclipse stuff that we’ve done in the past but According to our contract that we wrote. I am now supposed to promote Trevor’s MySpace page so if you want to support Trevor Mullin professional rocket photographer you can I’m just kidding he has a patreon trevor is trying to figure out how to make a career out of professional rocket photography And if you know anything about how intellectual property works it is really really hard to do that everybody wants to offer you promotion When you just need money to eat, so I payed Trevor for this endeavor and I also want to set him up for the long haul and the way to do that is patreon so if you want to support Trevor you’ll notice all the other photographers were more established in their careers Trevor’s not so if you want to support a young man That’s doing awesome things and on top of that. He gives you incredible photographs in exchange for your financial support I’ll leave a link down below. So if you want to pack up your photography gear now with Trevor I’ll let you do that and I’ll leave a link on the screen to subscribe to the sound traveler one humble request To subscribe to that channel because it’s a pet project. I love anyway. I’m Destin you’re getting smarter every day. Have a good one Holy cow Wow Now I’m the first person to see this footage, but I cannot wait for all of you see this this is This is gonna be crazy. This is really gonna be awesome

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION) – Smarter Every Day 189

  1. Kert Sison Tare says:

    Well, YouTube recommend satisfying videos sometimes. I'm Glad!

  2. Hylke Huijgen says:

    Youtube said, posted 1 day ago in recommendations…. thats a lie.

  3. Akmal Ilyas says:

    Dude that cool

  4. soumen sen says:

    Awesome…such a quality video it was.. 😊😊

  5. gamingknight 47 says:

    Nah i heard 6. The sound was exactly as if i was there

  6. L vN says:

    TBH: AWESOME ! i’ve been French Guyana’s Kouro Lanchepad and I still remember the ‘aftersound’, this incredible high pressure fuel burning sound trying to find it’s way through the air. But man, this is even better !

  7. Erik Spellerberg says:

    I never experience any extra immersion with these type of recordings

  8. Nicholas Rinaldi says:

    Now that sounds like an actual space shuttle launch. Imagination.

  9. shashikant marskole says:

    thanks for provided such sound experience . Great work, keep it up

  10. SN Cuts says:

    Now this is what a dsg burble and crackle should sound like!!!

  11. TacticalStoner says:

    Good luck to Trevor hope he makes it happen.

  12. lainlegend says:

    holy moly this was really impressive!

  13. Aniket Sarkar says:

    Holly Holly … Macro….🤔…. Man 6:54

  14. DonGino says:

    Omg thats insane

  15. Ross Little says:

    I can't believe I can only click like once. That was AMAZING!

  16. Advocatus Diaboli says:

    Trevor, lol.

  17. FragaGeddon says:

    There was only six. You have to listen carefully at the very top peak of the boom.

  18. Jitesh Sonkaria says:

    What you think about flat earth society?

  19. Hemanth Kumar says:


  20. Uruziel says:

    i did hear camera shutters all the time..?

  21. TheNewMoney YT says:

    It’s SO cool if you look closely beside the rocket and you can actually see the atmosphere avoiding the rocket and then forming back up again!!!

  22. Huzef Firoz says:

    Hey Destin,
    How about a video on sonic booms and also explaining those five sonic booms?
    Amazing videos brother!

  23. Collin Woodard says:

    The only proper way to listen to this is on full blast

  24. Andreas Viklund says:

    My hearing loss has prevented me from enjoying videos like this one, for most of my life. That is, until I discovered bone-conducting headphones which bypasses the damaged part of my left ear. Now, knowing very well that the sound is nowhere near the physical sensation of a launch or a sonic boom (the latter being something I have experienced a few times), I still see my headphones as pure magic since they have given me a long lost ability back…

  25. Alex Grebe says:

    this is the same loud as Discovery launch ?

  26. Thin White Duke says:

    Planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do……..

  27. vannia das says:

    This is what I love about genuine content creators in YouTube. They give the credit with little hesitation. Great heart you need for that.

  28. DST- Engines says:

    wow I like this sound 🙂

  29. ejmorais says:

    From Brazil thank you very much for the experience.

  30. ss44bbrr33 says:


  31. Vlql Vlql says:

    You mean there is no mufflers on these rockets?

  32. Z3R0 CHANC3 says:

    With a proper home theater, you don't need headphones. Thanks for the first excellent audio quality launch I've experienced.

  33. NoNamewithout ACause says:

    Oh Boy……Goose bumps!

  34. chipps1066 says:

    Amazing accomplishments!

  35. Business tehnics says:

    Thank you. You are молодец. Делаешь хорошее video.

  36. Andrew Phillips says:

    My adult daughter and two young granddaughters drove to watch a launch at Vandenberg CA, but fog kept visibility down to 3/4 mile. The launch went on, we couldn't see it, but the sound was just in your chest. It was thrilling. Then around 6 minutes later we listened for the return of the booster….double sonic boom! Can't wait to go back when its clear out. If you have never been, its a must. Download the app NextSpaceFlight, and make the trip.

  37. Ken Tore Foss says:

    I had no problems hearing the cameras all the time. I did use my G533 headphones. mid size quality.
    You sound like a sound person. You should then take a look on what sound youtube support. There is no way for us users to get good audio. Yes i can click and run this video in 4k. But that do not automatic give me full audio rating. As its only youtube servers who handle the bit rate at a given moment and connection speed. I use a lot of FLAC on my sound system at home and PC gear.
    I can make a video with FLAC audio but there is no way anyone on youtube can get that quality from looking on a video on youtube 🙂

  38. Hitesh Patel says:


  39. Barry James says:

    LOL, I only heard ten

  40. Adrian Lyons says:

    If I could make a suggestion, you should bleed about 1%-4% of each ear into the opposite ear. Having complete isolation between the left and right ear loses realism. Just because a sound happens on the left doesn't mean your right ear won't hear it. Sounds are also a millisecond or two behind the source side due to reflection. Try it out and let me know what you think.

    It's amazing the amount of delay from seeing everything happen and then, much later, hearing it.

  41. TheRealPopol says:

    hmmmmm many many many pictures….

  42. Chaitanya Halbe says:

    Was it just me or was anybody else able to see the distortions caused by the rocket around it?

  43. Barf Nader says:

    Hmmm, I counted 6 booms.

  44. MK Uis says:

    Really chemical rockets…? when are we going to have warp drive or matter-antimatter propulsion?

  45. chittaranjan sethi says:


  46. Zachary Weitl says:

    2.9K Dislikes??? Lmao We have too many sensitive people who probably don't agree with your comment @ 0:11. Awesome video man! Keep up the good work.

  47. amontillado26 says:

    Anyone else who's heard sonic booms/liftoffs find it really weird to be hearing that without feeling it? You know, like the way it shakes your ribs and abdomen? Cool tho!

  48. W. K. says:

    Soyuz have better sound

  49. nodrog051 says:

    Holy, holy Mackerel

  50. Jeremy Kidd says:

    2900 dislikes? Who are these people? XD

  51. nigel kendall says:

    your absolutely right that sound is awesome. take note mr kim jong un or whatever your freakin name is cos thats the last sound your gonna hear before you go bang

  52. Mindy McNamara says:

    Not to mention the sensation when your hit by the shock wave ! Watched shuttle launches and that was my favorite part

  53. Cj C says:

    That looks like a giant…. wang, pay attention in class. Im sorry teacher i was just looking out the window when I saw what appears to be a giant… weiner, get your weiners

  54. Kevin Hook says:

    how is it we are all caught up in AOC tweets and Donald tweets yet things like this are going on…

  55. Adalbert K. says:


  56. Aparajit Rituparna says:

    It's really crazy and awesome. Boom..Booomm.. And a Great piece of engineering.

  57. Jean Katana says:

    But I counted 2 times 3 Booms with 1 near echo each.

  58. Sky Authentic says:

    The sound of power

  59. Franz Herfert says:

    its like better ASMR

  60. Attic Studio says:

    Excellent job !!

  61. KOKOFF8 says:

    Как тебе такое вор Путин?

  62. GameAlsEenHeer says:

    If you listen it in 0.25x speed you hear 10 explosions

  63. Adam F says:

    I have seen and experienced a shuttle launch in real life in Florida. It was amazing;)

  64. Kornbert der Maiskolben says:

    Something amazing i just realized. You can see in the Video how the rockets bends the air around it. I`m not sure though if its some kind of artefact.

  65. Wall Banger says:

    These rockets are not going into space.

  66. Idahoyn Ohana says:

    No trail!?

  67. Facu Caire says:

    Only 6 sonic booms from the ships, the remaining 4 are from Elon's iron man suit scorting them

  68. Ben A1 says:

    How cool. Sweeeeeet!!

  69. N3verCorrupt says:

    Bro this gave me chills even after over a year of being on YouTube

  70. reknas78 says:

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  71. Gordon Cromwell says:


  72. ivair tangerino says:

    simplesmente fantástico , realmente emocionante ….

  73. Direita Brasil says:

    It sounds like Golf GTI farting haha

  74. truongtu0191 says:

    Holy macro..

  75. Tony King says:

    You could go to a rave and get some mind blowing bass at harf the price. Hi or lol you pick

  76. Alex Abo says:

    I only wish all goverments around the globe to promote and invest a lot more in space technologies, if we want to survive as hoomans, we have to have the tech to go to other stars and planets. Sonic booms were so cool -thanks.

  77. Öfter was Neues says:

    Like my Vespa !

  78. Machria23 says:

    Lets stuff MILLIONS of gallons of highly flammable “stuff” into a big long steel tube a 1/4 mile long, strap ourselves to the top of it with some nylon seatbelts and a plastic helmet, and light the bottom of it!!!

    50 years from now people will look back at this non-sense and say “WTF were they thinking?”

  79. Benjamin Olds says:

    That is SO COOL. I've looked 8nto how binaural beats are used to let you hear things outside the range a headset actually produces, but I've never seen it implemented for something like this. It realy adds a more immersive audio stage!

  80. black Wolf says:

    People saying this was animated are punching the air right now

  81. Frank De Bock says:

    sorry but i clearly hear 6 booms

  82. PDL Gratis says:

    that was amazing experience nice!

  83. Barry Barry says:

    1969 to 2019 and the verdict surrounding propulsion???, primitive to say the least!!!

  84. I Will Roam says:

    Ever have this feeling like Zefram Cochrane should be around here somewhere…

  85. annie gaillard says:

    Impressionnant !

  86. AyAy Ess says:

    No one is allowed to share pictures or video of the rocket once it is above the clouds because cameras does not have zoom or telescopes!?

  87. Aigar says:

    That's just something that many of us will not experience in our lifetime
    Thank You Destin for that awesome experience.

  88. Rocketman 54322 says:

    Sound was so loud 2.9k people missed the like button

  89. ANTHRAXENS says:

    seria fantastico mezclar el video de lanzamiento y aterrizaje con los sonidos, solo habria que ajustar el desfaz de tiempo del sonido!!!……gracias. verer que puedo hacer con el patrocinio!!

  90. ANTHRAXENS says:

    jajaja….just kidding, i translate it to english, just wait.
    saludos from Ensenada, Baja California. Mexico.

  91. tatsuki ogawara says:

    welll I still heard the camera

  92. Matt Knill says:

    This is closer but nothing does it justice like being there. I live 7 miles from KSC and the most incredible thing is it is literally shaking your body, also the re-entry booms are unbelievably loud compared to launch. It's like someone shot a cannon next to you ear. I appreciate the diligence in trying to replicate the experience. This is by far the closest I've heard to the actual thing.

  93. Captornite says:

    0:46 not even a minute in and im already having pain

  94. Eduardo Fernandes says:

    I was there when the Falcon Heavy was first launched at night. I did sound exactly the real launch! Great job!

  95. MikeyDL Studios says:

    I kept trying to like this video and then I realized I already had.

  96. Pasha Defragzor says:

    Cool, I was drawing the building as an asset for a game ^^. Its scary even on video ^^ I thought a buildings for a spacecraft is a top secret interior and stuff like that ^^ but its not ^^ Interior is actually does more influence on me compare to Volkswagen sound

  97. luchmansky says:

    if using a smartphone, which device do you recommend with the best sound results?

  98. kevin austell says:

    Best Sound video Ever. Now all you need to do is take that same sound equipment to a NHRA TOP FUEL event. I tell people all the time TV is not doing those cars justice. Thanks for video.

  99. Fred Harvey says:

    That sounds so violent, so volatile.

  100. Lidrik says:



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