The best I could come up with is Metallic Pop which doesn't suit the rest of the writing style at all, which has a bit more imaginative use of adjectives. What other phrase could I use to describe such a sound? The sound I was thinking of was somewhat similar to the Hangouts Pop notification sound.
A word that sounds serious, brooding even. If possible.

If I had to describe it, it would be the Hangouts Pop sound, but more metallic nature.

And ping IS a good word for it, yes. But it feels too...short? I would really like to know if there was a phrase to describe it? Something ominous yet sounding high-tech.

If it helps in anyway, the object making the sound is what I call a compressible bag, which takes in a special kind of radiation and compresses its contents into a miniscule dimension. To make it easier to carry. Once the compression is done, it makes the sound. To say that the process is over.

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    "ping" may work. Apr 18, 2016 at 14:04
  • Is there any way you could attach a wav or mp3 of the sound in question? Apr 18, 2016 at 14:59
  • What is responsible for making this noise? If it's an everyday object, you might get some quick answers.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:06
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    Some possible words for mechanical impact sounds include ping, clank, clang, clunk, thunk, twang, crunch. Without hearing the sound it is difficult to make a guess as to how to describe it. Words for sounds tend to be onomatopoeic. Apr 18, 2016 at 15:58
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    Another possibility might be "chime" (typically deeper pitched than ping, more melodic than many of the other suggestions) - as Spehro Pefhany says, it's difficult to know which option would be most accurate without hearing the sound in question.
    – user11752
    Apr 18, 2016 at 16:34

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You can try "plinked" defined in dictionary as: verb past tense: plinked; past participle: plinked emit a short, sharp, metallic or ringing sound. "the sounds echoed and plinked like bells" play a musical instrument in such a way as to produce short, sharp, ringing sounds. "a daughter dutifully plinks through her piano lesson"

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