Creating Transformer Like Sound Effects Using Skanner

Whether you like the films or not, the sound design in Transformers is pretty impressive! G. W. Childs IV gets granular in his quest to emulate the Transformer effects using NI's Skanner XT.  

I'll make a proclamation: I am a Transformers fanboy. I love them. Yes, I have some of the toys in my office. Jetfire is atop one of my Genelecs. They were a beloved part of my childhood, and continue on into my adulthood. And, I can fully admit that I drank the Kool-Aid, I love the movies, too. Granted, the second one was a little dodgy. But, the first movie and the third were loads of fun. 

As I sat through all of the movies, I was inundated with multiple Transformer-like sound effects that you could tell used the old sound design as a source, but were being highly processed with some kind of newer '

Sound Designer, Musician, Author... G.W. Childs has worn many hats. Beginning in the U.S. Army back in 1991, at the age of 18, G.W. began learning electronics, communications and then ultimately audio and video editing from the Department of Defense. Upon leaving the military G.W. went on to work for many exciting companies like Lu... Read More


Dave DeLizza
It's nice to see Skanner getting some love on here. I can't understand how people aren't freaking out about it, i use it nearly everyday for sfx stuff. More of these little tricks would be great!
Gary Hiebner
Great article! I'm in the mood now to watch Transformers while playing Skanner XT.

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