Producing sci-fi "clicks", "chirps" and "hi-tech" notification sounds: what VST synth should i look for?

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KVRist
228 posts since 12 Apr, 2010 from Bologna, Italy

Post Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:10 pm

As title says, i'd like to produce a lot of "coherent" very short sound effect (with "coherent" meaning that 5 or 6 will be similar in "tone" and so useful to be grouped for one meaning).

While i'm able to design pads, leads and other sounds for my music, i'm a bit lost in thinking how to obtain this kind of effects. There's any VST (hopefully free) that could make the process easier?
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KVRist
60 posts since 19 Apr, 2021

Post Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:36 pm

I think you should share a few examples of what you’re looking.
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KVRAF
6419 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:38 am

You mean sounds like the staple scifi stuff, communicators 'ringing', commands being entered etc etc....

I think any versatile synth with some decent, varied oscillator types could do this, obviously keep the envelopes short and use lots of modulation to make the sound interesting.

Surge springs to mind (free!), waveshaping, FM, trad subtractive methods etc. More than capable of making futuristic sounds. Or Vital (free!), ditto really. Or DS Thorn, nice cutting modern sound, the free versions with Computer Music or Beat mag would do.

Maybe Cherry Audios 2600, the ARP 2600 was used to make R2D2 talk after all. ;)
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Beware the Quoth
29395 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:26 am

Not strictly speaking a VST (comes as a set of standalone, Max4Live and Reaktor versions) but pretty much for this purpose:

https://www.soundmorph.com/product/5/galactic-assistant
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KVRist
60 posts since 19 Apr, 2021

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:51 pm

If you head over to Plugin Boutique you can get both FractureXT and Convex on sale now for $5 each. You could run any sample or synth sound into these and then sample the output and then slice the parts that you like.

You could easily get decent results if you used Dexed or Vital as the sound sources. Nothing quick and easy though I'm afraid.
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KVRAF
6273 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:04 pm

whyterabbyt wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:26 am
Not strictly speaking a VST (comes as a set of standalone, Max4Live and Reaktor versions) but pretty much for this purpose:

https://www.soundmorph.com/product/5/galactic-assistant
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KVRist
60 posts since 19 Apr, 2021

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:05 pm

whyterabbyt wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:26 am
Not strictly speaking a VST (comes as a set of standalone, Max4Live and Reaktor versions) but pretty much for this purpose:

https://www.soundmorph.com/product/5/galactic-assistant
$39.99 USD or $50.00 for that seems fair, looks pretty easy to use too :tu:
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KVRAF
3265 posts since 20 Feb, 2004

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:29 pm

Pretty much anything modular.
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KVRAF
2732 posts since 22 May, 2017

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:53 pm

k2006 wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:16 am
Bfxr
https://www.bfxr.net/
Labchirp
http://labbed.net/software/labchirp/
The OP is looking for VSTs.

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KVRist
270 posts since 17 Sep, 2020

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:18 pm

Anything really tbh (Oscillators pitched high with modulation).

But imo, FM synths tend to be very good at that sort of thing.

KVRist
132 posts since 18 Jan, 2014

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:32 pm

The OP is looking for VSTs.
let the OP decide.

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KVRAF
3917 posts since 6 Nov, 2009

Post Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:51 pm

I'm going to suggest a piezo microphone and a slinky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpbbUgaLQoY

Even apart from that, anything made of metal can make really interesting sounds, even just wiggling a long handsaw or long strip of metal hit just right. R2D2's chirps are just an oscillator pitching up and down very quickly with feeling.

KVRist
37 posts since 1 Jun, 2019

Post Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:55 am

Peraqsha wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:05 pm
whyterabbyt wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:26 am
Not strictly speaking a VST (comes as a set of standalone, Max4Live and Reaktor versions) but pretty much for this purpose:

https://www.soundmorph.com/product/5/galactic-assistant
$39.99 USD or $50.00 for that seems fair, looks pretty easy to use too :tu:
If it’s like the standalone version it’s very limited I’m afraid. You can probably coax more out of it by assigning modulators to the params though.

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Beware the Quoth
29395 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:14 am

thermal wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:55 am
If it’s like the standalone version
Like I said, you get all three versions.
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