79 - Px - Science Fiction

Artoo Chatter and C3P-Yo are totally different kinds of robots (well, C3’s an android). R2 turns a voice or rhythmic music signal into sliding tones and whistles; C3 has a metallic ring and staccato beeps. The effects in this bank should in general be used 100 percent ‘wet’, as they incorporate their own mixing.

#7910 Artoo Chatter

Tracks spoken input and turns it into swept tones. Now you can sound like a famous (metallic) Hollywood star. Use Smooth to adjust how much the tones slide, and Deep to set their pitch. Switchable in, mono out.

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#7911 C3P-Yo!

Metal adjusts the twanginess of the voice, Beeps changes the pitch of the computer tones. Artoo Chatter and C3P-Yo are totally different kinds of robots (well, C3’s an android). R2 turns a voice or rhythmic music signal into sliding tones and whistles: C3 has a metallic ring and staccato beeps. Mono in, mono out.

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#7912 Lasers!

Press Zap, Bzoop, and Thhup for everything from an outer-space war to a video game. Nothing in, stereo out.

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#7913 Martian Rock Band

It’s impossible to describe this effect. Plug something rhythmic with a strong melody - a rock song with a male vocalist - and let it fly. You’ll get an unrecognizable set of instruments playing random lines based on the original melody… but hey, you might like it. Doesn’t work very well on piano or classical music - it’s best on basic guitar/male voice/drums rock. Adjust Weird until you’re satisfied. Note that ‘Martian Rock Band’ is totally different from ‘Robot Band’ - uh, no robots. Stereo in, stereo out.

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#7914 Robot Band

Attempts to analyze the input melody, add a harmonically related bass line, and a new melody based on the rhythm. Groove controls how well the robots stay with the input. The normal output is a mix of the input and those jamming robots. Press Solo to let the bots take a few bars on their own. Since the program has to analyze the melody in real time, it works best with simple lines and worst with chords. Try it with a variety of different inputs. Stereo in, stereo out.

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#7915 Theremin

Leo Theremin created one of the first synthesizers in the 1920s, played by waving your hands in front of an antenna. For the technical, it used two RF oscillators beating together to produce the heterodyne tone… While a few composers put it to work as a serious instrument (including the Beach Boys in Good Vibrations), it received more acceptance from science fiction producers. This is the classic ‘ooh-wee-ooh’ sound of a bad flick, or accompaniment to a late lamented chanteuse. It works best with solo, not chords. Pick up a microphone and sing into it. Adjust Shift to put the sound in its proper octave - Theremins are much higher than most singing voices. Mute keeps it from responding to background sounds. Mono in, mono out.

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#7916 Tribbles

Breaks up input into random animal- sounding squeals. Easy to use - no controls. Just voice in = thingies out. Some people have trouble with these. Summed in, stereo out.

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