Asbjoern Andersen


Sound is a major part of what makes robots so cool (oh, and they shoot lasers – not bad either!).
In the past few months, there’ve been some really interesting new libraries released that’ll help you get those robot sound effects just right – from robotic voices and vocalizations, movements and impacts, futuristic weapons and much more.

I’ve picked some highlights below. Grab what you need, and you’re well on your way to building that robot army you’ve always dreamed of:

Update: New Robot SFX Arrivals:

  • Mechanical Cyborg Collection Play Track 3000+ sounds included
    5 out of 5
    $66.55 incl. vat

    The Cyborg Collection features a wide assortment of over 3000 Sci-Fi sound effects ranging from small user interfaces to massive robots.

    Everything from simple droids to powerful plasma rifles and futuristic transformations are included in this 3.2GB library. Check out the track listing here to see the variety of robots, interfaces, weaponry, vehicles and spacecraft included in the collection.

  • Mechanical Exosuit – Hybrid Exoskeleton Play Track 250 sounds included $42.35 incl. vat

    Exosuit contains a large number of armored sound FX ready to use. Inside this turbocharged bio-suit you will find an arsenal of mechanized pieces of equipment noises and mechanical sequences.

    Also included are sampled organic sounds, metallic impacts, chain sounds, pneumatic and hissing air sounds, whooshes, explosions, electric arcs and surges and diverse ranges of alien weapons (grenade launcher, a variant of the ARC Gun and missiles). All files are named and sorted thematically.

  • Mechanical Transformation Play Track 879+ sounds included $59.29 incl. vat

    Are you looking for robot and transformation sounds?

    You're in luck! This library gets you sounds like complex impacts, hydraulic movements, robotic vocal manipulation, breathtaking atmos, drills, shutdowns, startups, UI sounds and much more.

    Transformation is produced by Oliver Schmitt aka SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION


Hits and impacts:
 
  • Sci-Fi Future Weapons Play Track 450+ sounds included $83.49 incl. vat

    Welcome to SoundMorph’s Future Weapons soundpack, one of the most advanced weapon sound effects libraries ever created.

    Inspired by some of the latest modern sci-fi films, Future Weapons takes high tech weaponry to whole other universes.

    Divided into two factions ‘Alliance’ and ‘Resistance’, Future Weapons sound effects create sonic signatures for both good and evil forces.

    Providing excellent designed sounds and source to get you started on crafting your own advanced arsenal, Future Weapons is a must have for the twenty-first century sound designer!

No self-respecting robot comes without weapons – and the Future Weapons SFX collection packs a punch, featuring more than 450 carefully-designed sci-fi weapon sound effects

 
  • Destruction & Impact Metal Scrap Play Track 194 sounds included $65.34 incl. vat

    The Metal Scrap library was recorded at a scrapyard where they do nothing but shredding, cutting, breaking and moving metal of all sorts, all day long.

    Metal Scrap includes:

    • Large metallic objects and metal debris being drooped by huge cranes, into and onto various surfaces.
    • The end of the Conveyer belt, where the smaller pieces of metal junk fall onto a bigger pile af junk.
    • Lots of metallic destruction and impacts, huge and small.

For the typically-metallic robot bodies, metal scrap offers some good sounds for movement – and for those metallic impacts. For more hard-hitting impact sounds, check out the Just Impacts – Processed library too.
 

Mechanical and buzzing:
 
Servo sounds are perfect for robotic movement sounds – used as-is for smaller, precise movement sounds, or processed for larger, mechanical motor sounds. This library offers up a great selection to work from.

 

  • Hum, Buzz & Glitches HumBuzz Play Track 113 sounds included $35.09 incl. vat

    HumBuzz is a versatile collection 113 tech-noise-sounds with a length from 7 to 27 seconds.
    The files were created by capturing the electromagnetic fields of fridges, microwaves, boilers, cell phones, TVs and computers.

    HumBuzz is organized into 5 categories:

    Buzz • Hum • Noise • Start Up • Tonal

Need some sci-fi buzzing sounds? This library features lots of hums, buzzing, startup sounds and much more, captured from fridges, microwaves, boilers, cell phones, TVs and computers.
 

Robotic Voices:
 
  • Animals & Creatures Robot Voices Play Track 1000+ sounds included $119.79 $78.65 incl. vat

    “Robot Voices” is a collection of designed vocal expressions of 50 friendly and very talkative robotic creatures. If Wall-E and R2D2 were throwing a cocktail party this is probably what you would hear! A total of 50 robotic creatures are included.

    Robot Voices highlights:

    • 50 Robotic creatures speaking
    • Many expressions per robot (25 – 65 individual words and sentences for each robot character)
    • Descriptive filenames
    • Embedded Soundminer metadata

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Looking for some charming, nonsensical robot voices? This SFX library from Shapingwaves gets you 50 different robotic characters to work with, in the lively, chatty style of R2D2 and Wall-E – and beyond.

 

  • Transmission apparatus is a construction kit designed to create a broad range of communication sounds, from real to “alien” broadcasting signals.

    The library contains more than 2 GB of data, delivered in 373 files of unique sound material. It’s catalogued in five elements: AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches).

    The first three bands were recorded from the output of different radio receivers at 96 kHz via a Crane Song HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device) to add warmth and tube/analog sonic color to the recordings. All the samples have been carefully selected from these recording sessions, with the addition of just a little dsp processing to widen the stereo field.

    The Kyma folder also contains unique audio files entirely synthesised in the SSC Kyma+Paca(rana) environment. A group of SFX called Vocal is the result of “destroyed” dialogues and vocal sources via spectral processing.

    Transmission Apparatus is available in two versions:

    96 kHz .WAV version• Audio Format: Broadcast Wave Files (.wav)
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 2.49 GB
    • Download size is 1.82 GB (compressed .rar archive)

    Native Instruments Kontakt 5 version• Audio Format: NI Instruments File (.nki)
    • Sample Rate: 96 kHz
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 1.66 GB
    • Download size is 1.64 GB (compressed .rar archive)
    • Full version of NI Kontakt 5 required

For futuristic communication sounds, Transmission Apparatus is a powerhouse. Featuring five different categories of comms sounds, there’s lots of material to create those futuristic communication sounds and volcalizations. Also comes in a Kontak version for further tweakability.
 

Bonus: All-in-one robot libraries:

If you’d rather just grab one pack of robot sounds and be done with it, these two libraries are well worth checking out:

  • Mechanical Robotic Lifeforms Play Track 2700 sounds included $240.79 incl. vat

    Featuring over 2.4GB of designed sound effects, and over 1.6GB of source recordings, Robotic Lifeforms spans a wide range of robot sounds, from small bots to massive automatons.

    Robotic Lifeforms includes:

    • 1,700+ designed sound effects
    • 950+ source recordings
    • 230+ transforming sound layers
    • 160+ morphing sound layers
    • 650+ servo file

Featuring more than 2700 sounds – including transforming, morphing and servo sounds – this gives you a broad selection of sounds to work with.

 

  • Mechanical Robobiotics Play Track 3600+ sounds included $356.95 incl. vat

    Robobiotics is an exciting new sound effects collection from The Library by Empty Sea. It delivers 3600+ original sound effects for scifi and robots. We’re talking about almost 3 hours of material here.

    We spent over a year recording and designing Lasers, Robot Vox, Impacts, Servos, Ratcheting Metal, Ambiances, Transformations, Foley, Vehicle Bys and much much more!

Another all-in-one pack – this one delivers more than 3600 sounds.

Hope you’ve found some useful sounds for your next, awe-inspiring robot.
Good luck with the sci-fi projects!

 

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  • Drones & Moods Strange Moods Play Track 69+ sounds included, 65 mins total $12.10 $9.08 incl. vat

    Whether you seek eerie ambiences, mysterious chatter, or a bassy sweetener, Strange Moods has you covered. In this collection, you’ll find over an hour of perfectly-loopable, atmospheric audio. Inspired by such games as Limbo, No Man’s Sky, and Badlands, all 69 files are high-quality 96kHz/24bit WAV files and drag and drop ready.

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  • Nature & Countryside High Desert Ambiences 1: Essentials Play Track 10+ sounds included, 94 mins total $35.09 $17.55 incl. vat

    In High Desert Ambiences 1 – Essentials, get the desolately beautiful sounds of the American Southwest as the sun brings to life the songs of desert wildlife. This collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with the desert with the trickling of distant rivers, smooth cricket chirps, echoey caws from ravens so close you can hear the details in their wings flaps, snorts from a cautious yet curious mule deer, choruses of birds at dawn, and much more. Most recordings are well over 4 minutes, with one half-hour night-time track that will make you want to take out your tent immediately. For lush, peaceful nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here’s High Desert Ambiences 1 – Essentials.

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    • Desert dawn and evening choruses
    • Distant flowing river, songbirds, and insects
    • Ravens soaring and squawking in a stark and resonant valley
    • Lengthy night-time cricket chorus
    • Partially audible and ultrasonic bat clicks up to 70kHz
    • Ghostly distant animal calls
    • Mule deer warning snorts and jumping movement
    • Files ranging from 31 seconds to 30 minutes
    • Rio Grande dawn chorus along the Texas/Mexico river border
    • Locations: Near Marfa, Texas (in a mountain valley at an altitude of 6,000 ft) and Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico border.
    • These desert ambiences are extremely quiet, so I have included descriptive markers to signal interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in the sound files folder.

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  • Household Kitchen Play Track 155 sounds included $16.94 incl. vat

    The Airborne Sound Kitchen sound effects library includes over 150 culinary sounds.

    The package includes appliances: blenders, toaster, fridges, and freezers. There are tools, too: glasses, knives, bottles, dishes, and cans. Also included is the work that ties it all together: cooking, cleaning, preparing, and chopping. Includes over 10 fields of Soundminer metadata.

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One thought on “Robot Sound Effects: 6 SFX Packs for Designing Fantastic-Sounding Robots

  1. Thanks for the round-up, I hope this saves time for others seeking to make mechanical beasts come alive. This has been an emerging trend in recent years (if we can make some sort of parallel to a surging sector of the stock market), in part due to movies/trailers like Transformers.

    Another I’d highly recommend which isn’t in your shop (yet, haha) is Twisted Tools’ aptly-titled Transform: http://twistedtools.com/shop/samplepacks/transform/ and some of their other titles too.

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