Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by Funky Munky, Apr 27, 2011.
What kind of equipment did Welker use for the voice?
I think its called a vocoder
He didn't. His voice was processed after recording by the sound editors with a vocoder.
So anyone could have voiced Soundwave.
A Peter Cullen Soundwave anyone? Oh, is that the black and red chested one?
The same equipment he uses for all his voice work: his voice. The effects were added in post with a vocoder and other manner of studio gimmickry.
From the TFWiki:
And via Frank himself:
Not really. If someone else had voiced him, the timbre/tone of the voice would have still sounded somewhat different because of the vocal technique involved (that distinctive guttural rasp), resonant quality and performance that is distinctly Frank's.
Case in point: listen to the way Soundwave sounds in Transformers: Animated as voiced by Jeff Bennett and compare it with Frank's original. Same basic processing techniques, but they still sound different.
Behind The Voice Actors - Voice Compare: Transformers - Soundwave
Don't go looking for a job with TF: Prime now.
Nor sure they'd want my voice.
But Welker made his unique by having it basically be a processed "Dr. Claw" voice.
I think he also used the DR. Claw voice in the Pirates of Dark Water as the voice of the Dweller. (I think that's his name)
I love this site, it's interesting to hear the different takes on characters in succession. Also, just found out there were a million Gokus...
In theory, true, but it would sound noticably different. For example, the cylons in the original Battlestar Galactica series were also voiced using a vocoder. It really depends on the sound that goes in and the settings on the vocoder. I played around with a vocoder a few years back and you don't really get a Soundwave voice unless you use a Dr. Claw voice to begin with, which is what Welker did.
The problem with most people attempting to impersonate Soundwave professionally (in other tv shows or even in actual Transformers productions) or in amatuer fan productions and such is that they try to imitate the monotone that came from the vocoder, not Welker's performance.
What you end up with in most post 1980s "try to sound like G1 cartoon" Soundwave performances is this double-monotone effect that just sounds bland and boring.
Or a Soundwave that is even hard to understand at times, such as WFC Soundwave (as cool as he is).
IMHO every "copy" of Soundwave is always much harder to understand than the original. They "overdo" something trying to replicate it. They distort to the point of unrecognizable. Someone described G1 Soundwave's voice once as "musical" and it is---certainly compared to every subsequent imitation.
The voice actor of Soundwave in Animated used the same thing?
More or less. A vocoder, but different settings. A lot of the old audio modulators from the old days can be simulated in a single post-production audio editing program nowadays, and they likely used one of those.
I think that he used this thing, just like I always did when I wanted to sound like a Transformer:
I didn't know this was a "want".
Then again, maybe Soundwave should have remained a singer:
Shockwave isn't bad either. Too bad that voice wasn't in English.
YouTube - Transformers - Decepticon leader fight... in Chinese!
Melodious as all hell.
And Megatron's name isn't even called:
YouTube - Transformers in chinese dialect
Separate names with a comma.