I'm working on a game project where I have to design sounds for the interior of a robotic suit. It's very similar to the inside of an airplane cockpit, with a lot of dials/switches/levers, etc. The developers want a very grinding and responsive feel. When the suit breaks down, it'll need large mechanical breakdown and alert-type sounds.

Something along the lines of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byMTBSmdnx4

Do you guys have any suggestions for other reference material from games or films?



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+1 on Wall-E. Might also be worth having a look at this post on Designing Sound. It's a great sound library from Michael Raphael that may inspire you to get recording. Or you can buy the whole library from Rabbit Ears Audio...

  • @colin @rene Thanks for the support. It was a crazy library to put together.
    – sepulchra
    Commented Sep 27, 2010 at 13:26
  • @sepulchra absolutely love the Maker Bot 3D printer. Awesome sounds! Commented Sep 27, 2010 at 19:27

District 9 has some shots inside the exosuit towards the end, and sounds really good! Also steel battalion for xbox happens entirely inside a mechwarrior.


The audio quality on the video is quite bad, but i hope it gives an idea


I would personally look at Pixar's Wall-E......great sound design....built from the ground up. The first 15 min is unreal.

  • I'd agree with this, the first part of Wall-E has some truly incredible machine noises.
    – JTC
    Commented Sep 27, 2010 at 8:52

Sounds like you'll need to search for items in a junkyard. Lots of scraping metal, hits. I saw a foley video for Spiderman 2 (it was the one with Dr. Oct) and I think he scraped a wheel hubcap against an old car door for Dr Oct ripping out the vault door. Really nice.


Ill tell ya what worked for me -

Forklifts and dentist drills.

Works wonders -- go to my profile tab at www.c3sound.com and watch the starcraft 2 trailer.

The majority of a lot of those robotic arms were processed combinations of forklifts and dentist drills to catch either the low or highs, then throw it some sort of detail sound to make it more electronic... a zap, digital blip, etc to give it character.



  • @C3Sound I checked out your version of the SC2 trailer, definitely hear the drills in that. I appreciate the suggestions!
    – csilver
    Commented Sep 28, 2010 at 4:48

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