Animate With Music: Using The Sound Effector in Cinema 4D

November 12, 2012 - By 

In this tutorial, I will show you how to use the Sound Effector in Cinema 4D to make a render that animates to music. No keyframes needed. First, I will go over some of the basic settings of the Sound Effector, then we will use what we learned to make a dynamic abstract animation set to any music or sound effect you like.

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  • Thank you so much, you are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hey so i am having a problem. I am using R16. Every time I add the dust, the other cloner/sphere layer wont react to the music correctly; they barely move and they wont interact with the new dust cloner layer. If I delete the new dust layer, the other spheres go back to normal. Is there a setting I am missing?

  • well when I am uploading music.m4a file and playing the frame its not moving like video why ?

  • The object is not moving on sound effector why ?

  • I cant hear my sounds 🙁 can someone help me ?

  • Hey man,
    I did this Sound Effector animation a while ago.
    It was meant to be for a music video that never actually got made in the end.
    Although it’s one of the more complex C4D projects I’ve done and took ages nothing really came of it. I found your tutorial and would love to get any feedback from you guys since this never got much coverage or views. I’ve learnt so much from all your hard work over the years and C4D seriously changed my life. Any feedback would be so welcome.
    Thanks for everything Greyscalegorilla!
    https://vimeo.com/46220942

  • it’s really awesome.
    i want to export an animation to realflow, but i couldn’t
    is there a method about making keys in every frame according to sound?

  • Soooo, C4D light doesn’t have a sound effector?

  • I saw a lot of examples people did from using this tutorial and I was wondering how some of them were done? I’m still pretty new to cinema 4d so I’m not sure how the other effectors would work with this one and how I could do something completely different from what was done in this video. I wanted to do something like a blobby kind of liquidy sphere with sound but not sure how to do something like that.

  • I also was wondering how I could have lines that go to the music as well but radiating from the center and moving around?

  • Thank you very much for the tutorial. Well explained.

    And here is the best version of them all:
    https://vimeo.com/149872651

  • pls how to mixing liquide color in realflow

  • Dope technique. Im super new to cinema but that was really fun. Im still messing with it but here’s what I got so far: https://dribbble.com/shots/2894941-Skull-Sound-Equalizer-Animation

  • I wanted to try this tut ever since I saw it years ago. Thanks, Nick!

    Here is my attempt!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOlyyonUyd8

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