A couple of years ago I saw the Transformers movie in the cinema. When I saw it I was amazed by the graphics and sound effects of this movie. I got inspired by the sound and I tried to make that wobbling sound in Fruity Loops 8, so in this tutorial you can see/hear my attempt. However the sound effects in transformers consist of multiple samples. In this tutorial I’m only going to try to make that wobbling background sound. You often hear this wobbling sound in the background when a weapon charges or when autobot/decepticon transforms. You can hear this type of sound in the youtube movie I posted below, go to timeframe 0:34 or 0:47.
I’m only going to mention the steps I took to create the sound effect, I won’t explain in too much detail what everything does. I think you’ll actually learn from this tutorial if you just play around and experiment with different settings, just to get a feeling for it. This tutorial won’t be hard to follow (probably too easy for some of you…), since all the intermediate steps are explained in this tutorial. Please leave a message if you like it or if something is not clear, I hope you like this tutorial.
Selecting a basic sound
For this tutorial I used Fruity Loops version 8, probably you can also follow this tutorial if you have a different version. First insert ‘Sytrus’ (do right click on a sampler):
Sytrus is a nice piece of software, it’s a synthesizer which can be used to create your own special sounds. I’m going to use it in my attempt to create a transformer sound. Let’s select a virtual instrument:
After right clicking on the arrow you get this screen (yes I know it’s huge list :P):
From this screen select ‘Depthcore’, the depthcore will give this kind of sound:
Pretty cool huh? we are going to use this as a basic sound.
Now left click on the ‘Depthcore’ sample, see next figure:
You should get an additional screen ‘channel settings’ like shown below:
In this screen you can select your ‘FX’ channel, this channel will be used later on to add some sound effects. Set ‘FX’ to 1, you can do this by clicking on ‘FX’ field and scroll to 1. Ok let’s add some sound by using a ‘piano roll’. Go back to your ‘step sequencer’ and right click on ‘Depthcore’, see figures below:
You will see the ‘piano roll’ screen, within this screen draw a note for the c4 key:
Extend this key a bit, see in the next figure. The key should be at least 2 seconds long. I used the extension to avoid that the sound is repeated too quick, now you can hear the echo when the sound is finished.
Adding effects using FX channel
Now we are going to add some effects to this sound by using the mixer. Click on ‘Mixer’, see figure:
Do you remember the ‘FX’ channel you have set? (if not click here) Now we are going to use it :) First make sure you select the correct channel, see figure below (point 1):
We are going to add effects to channel 1, which means that all samples which are connected to this ‘FX’ channel will get this effect. Now left click on the arrow, see step 2 in figure above. You will get a screen where you can select ‘Fruity multiband compressor’, something like this:
After selecting the multiband compressor right click on the gain knob. The position of the gain knob can be seen in the next 2 screens:
After clicking on ‘Edit events’ a new screen will pop-up. In this screen click on tools (click on the wrench button) and then click on LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator). With this LFO you can add some really nice effects to your sound. We are going to use it to create the wobbling effect. Use the screen below to copy the settings, if everything is ok hit enter.
Dynamic channel panning
It’s time to add another effect, let’s add the stereo effect (I hope you don’t have a mono sound system, otherwise you can skip this step :p). Now go back to your ‘step sequencer’ where you have your sample. First right click on the ‘channel panning’ knob and click on ‘Edit events’, see screens below:
Then again use the LFO tool and copy the settings of screen below:
The final result of what you get after following this tutorial should be something like this:
I have experimented a bit with different settings and effects, here you can hear my other sounds:
I think the last sound is my best attempt, it’s almost similar to what you hear in the background of youtube movie at timeframe 0:34 and 0:47. You can download the complete sound package here:
It contains the original fruity loop files and the mp3 sound files. I hope you liked this tutorial and that you learned something.
Good to hear you like it :) Please let me know if you like more of this kind of tutorials
Sweet as, how do i add stutter efects?
How do you mean?
You can use the fruity love filter to give it a fast volume LFO
Thank you for the tip :)
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nice tutorial , but that was a preset that already had some uncontrollable parameteres on it, why not take it further and use a basic -2 octaves sine in albino and play around with pitches glides filters bit crushers reso and others , making your OWN preset and then mess it up with some hand drawn lfo ‘s , basically EVERY knob and slider in fruity loops adn even external VST’s can be automated / lfo-ed in every way possible :) (search for ” browse parameters ” in your vst window at the drop down menu from upper left ;))
Thank you for your comment, I didn’t know about the browse parameters thing, so I learned something new :) Maybe I’m going to use it if I’m going to do a second attempt in making a transformer sound. What do you mean with “sine in albino”, albino is a plugin or something?
I would give this post 10 starts if I knew how to. Dose this site have some sort of rating system?
Thank you, nice to hear that you would give 10 stars. I don’t have a rating system yet, I think there are WordPress plugins for it, not sure though. Maybe I’m going to install one of those…
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can u make the sound from 1:10 that could be cool :P
nice btw try’d myself its good
Yeah that should be possible, the possibilities in Fruity Loops are endless, you can make any sound you like :)
Is this transformers sound package legal for non-comercial and commercial use in your own music? royalty free?
Yes, you can use my sound package in your own music, it is royalty free. If you wish to donate or want to do something back, please let me know. May I ask how you are going to use it, I’m just curious?
Thanks vey much, love it!!!!
You are welcome :)
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I am glad you liked it.
Hey there !
To your question: can you be more specific? Do you mean the note data you put into the Piano Roll using 3xOsc or any other synth?
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No I did use “Depthcore” with Sytrus, I did not use 3xOsc.
i have a 2010 decepticon camaro and want to have it make the “transforming” sound when people come up to it in car shows could yousend me some sounds that would make people look at my car with the wow effect. if you cant i understand but it would be really cool.
Sounds like a nice idea, unfortunately I don’t have time at the moment. I am quite busy with other projects at the moment. Making some good sound samples takes a lot time. Anyway thanks for asking me, I hope you will find someone else who can help you.