Knights of Ren

Voice Distorter / Very messy verb/delay

(16 Votes)
0.5 (Updated 1 year ago)
1.5MB
February 11, 2016
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Multi-Effect

DESCRIPTION

I was smitten by the sound of Kylo Ren's voice in the newest Star Wars movie. This started as an attempt to figure out what was happening to the sound. It just kept getting weirder and weirder.

0.5:
Fixed "tube" shaper.
Added a "none" shaper for testing.
Added "peak detector" shaper which totally trashes the signal, not what I was trying to do, but I liked it so I kept it.
Minor adjustments on other shapers.
Allow stereo input (disables incoming delay/diffusion).
Many more snapshots, including an "init" to start with a (nearly--filters max out at 5kHz) blank slate.

0.4:
Saturator became multi-mode shaper: saturator, tube, wave fold and (the very nice) allpass array.
Small bug-fixes related to snapshot switching; if anyone knows how to make the saturator not pop on a snapshot switch, please let me know.
More presets.

0.3:
"Invert Bounce" diffusion mode. Quite fun.
Added a simple LFO to the Frequency shifter. This gives a vibrato effect, from subtle to extreme.

0.2:
Cheesy GUI
Multiple feedback modes

COMMENTS  (9)

Scot Bontrager
1 year ago
My BluRay won't play, but the DVD did. Kylo Ren's effect was much more subtle at home than it was in the theatre (in my memory). I remember in the theatre not being able to locate it in space, more like it was in my head. At home it was clearly situated. I'm wondering if they mastered the sound differently or if my smaller space "fixed" the phase "misalignment" which was present in the theatre. Maybe the mastering is better on the BluRay. My home system isn't great, but it isn't shabby. It shouldn't try to "fix" misaligned phase like that. Maybe I'll get all the processing out of the way and rewatch to see. Maybe my memory was amping the effect it way up. What struck me this time was the voice of the lady at Maz Kanata's who called the First Order. That was cool. Shame she only says a few words.
Scot Bontrager
1 year ago
When the movie arrives on BluRay I'll give a careful listen and do some A/B testing to get the patch closer. I built the patch entirely from memory of the sound, so I don't know how close I got. It wouldn't be hard to make the pitch LFO even more subtle. Adjusting the range of the knobs would probably get you close, right now the rate is 0-5 with a stepsize of 0.02; 0-2 would be pretty fine, 0-1 would be exceedingly fine. Likewise the depth is 0-2, but you could go 0-0.5 and it'd be like slicing prosciutto. Or, the LFO could be moved from in front of the frequency multipliers to between the multipliers and the switch. That would be much, much more subtle even with expanded ranges, especially at the 1,000Hz setting. Stuff to try if you get bored.
andrew aronson
1 year ago
when i compare it side by side i feel that there is like a slow lfo pitch modulation that i cannot make quite subtle enough. its great you made this, i swear i never so fully believed a movie i was watching as when i was in that theater, and kylo rens voice was a part of that. it made my blood run cold.
Scot Bontrager
1 year ago
The more the merrier when it comes to tools! And, I'm open to suggestions, requests and any ideas for how to improve (especially GUI work, I hate that part of the process).
Jonathan Tremblay
1 year ago
Man you have really turned this into something, I'm just gonna leave this here, I was going to update my Robotron and have made some improvements/adjustments, but after messing with this new update I'm just gonna get rid of my upload..haha You truly have a great voice modulator going on here.. http://www37.zippyshare.com/v/AA9m6Sab/file.html All yours.
andrew aronson
1 year ago
badass
Jonathan Tremblay
1 year ago
Ohman, a bedtime story would be amazing. Should make a track on soundcloud with the mangled bedtime story with background pads and other strange sounds.
Scot Bontrager
1 year ago
Thanks Jonathan. I've added a simple TB-3 loop run through several of the presets for your listening pleasure. I'm going to see if I can get my wife to read a fairy tale for another sample as well. It is OK on the TB-3, but I think it does best for human voice, which is what I built it for.
Jonathan Tremblay
1 year ago
This is quite amazing, I sometimes find myself coming here just to play the example track because it sounds so awesome.
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