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"I can transform ya" - Robot voice??
Old 12th November 2009
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"I can transform ya" - Robot voice??

Hello all, first post here.
A little question: If you had to re-make that nice robot voice in the intro (that is also the hook of teh track) of chris brownยดs "I Can Transform Ya", how would you do it??
Old 12th November 2009
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Hire a session robot.
Old 12th November 2009
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Or use a vocoder or text-to-speech device.
Old 12th November 2009
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A session robot is out of question, I think (no money...)

About the vocoder, seems to be the most obvious, but I dont believe they used a vocoder... any other ideas?
Old 12th November 2009
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Whenever you post a song, you should always link it. I googled it though.

YouTube - Chris Brown - I Can Transform Ya

Sounds like it can be done by vocoding an industrial drone sound fx or something.

Try this:

1. Record a vocal, in normal monotone intonation, saying whatever you want to sound robotic.

2. Time stretch it to a fairly high multiple, keeping the pitch constant (you'll have experiment with this). Re-record that result into a new sample. That will create the metallic, weird artifacts. It's important that you export this to a new sample slot, because you need to unstretch the time in step 3, and if you just turn the timestrech setting back to where it was at the start, you'll lose all of your artifacts.

3. Then time stretch that back into the desired length. Play around with the pitch. Maybe apply harsh metallic reverb.


That's if you don't want to use a vocoder or some speech-to-text program. My preferred option is still the session robot, they don't accept cash ime, you'll need to take a trip to the gas station. heh
Old 12th November 2009
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Thanks, LR, Ill try this. Interesting, using unwanted artifacts as effect... Will try this with Live and in Kontakt
Old 12th November 2009
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u can do it all with a synth, then add some drum ambiences around it or something
Old 12th November 2009
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Waves Morphoder
Old 12th November 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BitHate View Post
A session robot is out of question, I think (no money...)
Just to be sure...you WERE just playing along with the joke, right? heh
Old 12th November 2009
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Originally Posted by Trell Blaze View Post
Just to be sure...you WERE just playing along with the joke, right? heh
Hehe, sure, just playing along... Session robots are not this expensive....
Old 12th November 2009
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Morphoder is cool, I tryed it... but what is cool about all this experimentation is that you discover other sounds, different from what you were looking for, and sometimes fitting better for your needs.
Old 12th November 2009
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If it's not the ''Waves Morphoder'' it very well may be the New TC Helicon Voice Synth: usually Producers like to use the newest gear.
You can get this for around $299.00 or slightly lower. Also can be used live as well.

http://www.tc-helicon.com/voicetonesynth.asp Listen to the Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fGdbp-HzbY

Peace & blessings.

Last edited by Reggmail; 12th November 2009 at 02:17 PM.. Reason: More info
Old 12th November 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BitHate View Post
Morphoder is cool, I tryed it... but what is cool about all this experimentation is that you discover other sounds, different from what you were looking for, and sometimes fitting better for your needs.
yes,but you asked about the one used on the Chris Brown joint.
You can also try the Boss VT1 Voice Tansformer..it has a "robot feature" BOSS U.S. - VT-1: Voice Transformer
Old 12th November 2009
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Waves Morphoder
+1

The actual beat has some Fantom stock drumFX/kits as well that is doing the robot sound.
Old 15th November 2009
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Do what Swizz beats does, sample it from electronica songs.
Old 15th November 2009
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Waves Morphoder or Image-Line Vocodex(vst plugin) can do what you want
Old 17th November 2009
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The 2 voices in the intro and in the chorus are both sounds in any Roland Fantom X. He didn't do anything else to them, they come standard like that
Old 19th November 2009
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i made a preset in massive the other day that sounded remarkably like it, even better when u slide between pitches
Old 19th November 2009
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Doesn't sound like a vocoder at all to me. More like a feedback loop.
Sounds awful btw. Just experiment with your gear, delay/flanger, even ring modulation. This is not a vocoder.
Old 19th November 2009
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i made a preset in massive the other day that sounded remarkably like it, even better when u slide between pitches
post up the patch I would like to try it out
Old 28th November 2009
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The robot voice(s) is a couple of different samples from the Roland Fantom X.

You can also hear one of the samples in the beginning of "Kelly Rowland - Like This" (produced by Polow Da Don):
YouTube - Kelly Rowland - Like this

Swizz Beatz is kind of infamous for using the most unusable samples and make them work really good....


Hope that could cure the curiosity

EDIT: I kind of now understood that you want to remake the samples - Anyway, hope this is better than nothing
Old 29th November 2009
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the sample is from the fantom x artifakt kit...

theres 3 sounds the 2 you hear in transform ya and one other that says something like "SLYTH"
also
Camel Space/Camelphat has effects like that in it
Old 5th January 2010
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Tape Delay

I'm on Logic and I think it's as simple as sticking the Tape Delay plug on and setting delay time as low as 59 ms then feedback to 47% or so, also maybe ad a time delay plug and offset the left or right to widen it.
Old 6th January 2010
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Its a sample from a Drum Kit in the Fantom X6. Swizz beats literally just used 2 keys for that sound..
Old 6th January 2010
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Somehow i managed to answer this weeks ago and you guys are still re-iterating and defining the simple act lol...

whats this vocoder talk about? what vocoder changes ur voice into a robot?

i might need that
Old 6th January 2010
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Somehow i managed to answer this weeks ago and you guys are still re-iterating and defining the simple act lol...

whats this vocoder talk about? what vocoder changes ur voice into a robot?

i might need that
i only read his question and a few responses
Old 6th January 2010
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Its a sample from a Drum Kit in the Fantom X6. Swizz beats literally just used 2 keys for that sound..
LOL.
Old 6th January 2010
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Its a Patch in the Roland Fantom X series
Old 7th January 2010
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I dont know if your looking for exact sound or remake

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Hello all, first post here.
A little question: If you had to re-make that nice robot voice in the intro (that is also the hook of teh track) of chris brownยดs "I Can Transform Ya", how would you do it??
I made this on my fantom g8




YouTube - I Can Transform Ya Beat (Roland Fantom G8)!!!!
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