Audio Waveforms in AE

Using the Audio Waveform plug-in I’ve built several comps with interesting looks, including many with 3D space. I linked some of the waveform settings to a control layer to offset multiple copies. You can swap out your own audio and make changes to the control layer.

If you want to make some more serious changes, delete all of the copies except for one. Then make changes to the settings and then duplicate it a dozen times or so.

Most of the concepts used to offset multiple copies can be found in this tutorial. You can also extract keyframes from audio with this animation tutorial. And, if you are new to audio in After Effects check this blog post too.

Watch Sample Video

Download AE Project (CS4)

94 RESPONSES TO "AUDIO WAVEFORMS IN AE"
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
Thank you! :D This is great,
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
These are sweet. Many thanks!
Geyck
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
I'll keep this in mind. Thanks!
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
Nice Andrew thanks :)
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
much thanks for sharing! it just the thing i was wondering about few days ago!
Logan
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
Awesome! i was thinking about doing this a couple of days ago!
JD
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
great for tv commercials...
ANDREW
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
coooooooo one THANKS ANDREW

Greetigs From Egypt :)
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
Hey Andrew cant wait to try this out,

Rich
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
I've used this technique a few times to good effect so it's excellent to see how you approach it and, as usual, you've now got my imagination going! And by that, I don't mean that I'm fantasising about you or Sam as that would be both terrifying and nauseating. Ha!
Tarrizz
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
Hey, whatever happened to the surround sound plug-in thingy? :S
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
Andrew, as usual, you just plain rock brutha.... way freakin cool... By the way... I'm somewhat of a drummer as well.

Peace.
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
Cooler than winamp! woot!!!!
Goldfinch
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
Great! thank you, Andrew!

mmmm, it also may be morphed into some text appearing during the dynamic musical animation, I believe.

Andrew Kramer - Awesome Komps!
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
The first post came literally, ONE minuet after Andrew post this up, Thats just ridiculous, more followers than Justin Beaver!
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:32 pm
This is so awesome. To bad you can't make it live.
Fawaz
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
Is there a way to manipulate the audio waves to make shapes and spell words in after effects. I would use particular and form together. Or what i have to something more advanced like MEL//python in maya with splines?
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
That was just so totally awesome, I love it.
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm
AWESOME! Thanks Andrew, I'm going to use the basis of these in a few projects. :D
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
thanks alooot andrewwwwwww
Hamza
June 25th, 2010 @ 1:55 pm
WOOOW ,, Very Cool Andrey >>.. Love It
Valik
June 25th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
i love it... plus the music is in russian lol... respect
Valik
June 25th, 2010 @ 2:06 pm
lol nvm i was playing music while watching your video and it perfectly matched... but nice job and thanks for the project.
June 25th, 2010 @ 2:10 pm
Nice movie? Andrey Love it? God Bless
Rishi
June 25th, 2010 @ 3:06 pm
awesome andrew, makes awesome creative, good stuff. once again you proved.
June 25th, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
Thanks Andrew, Will be using this one ;)
June 25th, 2010 @ 3:25 pm
Andrew this is just awesome... :D...thanks :D
June 25th, 2010 @ 4:02 pm
We Love you Andrew !!
doel
June 25th, 2010 @ 4:18 pm
nice but i think it was like too..aggressive...it just gave me that feeling..i think id like i more if the movements were a bit more fluent or sth.
Nick
June 25th, 2010 @ 4:19 pm
wonder how long it will take some TV show to use this in one of their commercials...
June 25th, 2010 @ 5:21 pm
Wow Awsome I like That
Next Level Designs
June 25th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
this tutorial is great but is there anyway we can make it closer to the iron man jarvis voice animation? its a simple line wen there is no audio and wen jarvis starts to speak ... the line is animated like a sine wave moving up and down
Matthew Park
June 25th, 2010 @ 5:38 pm
Cool! Many thanks Mr. Kramer. Cheers.
June 25th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Mr. Kramer Power!
thanks for your energy and to share with us your talent.
Sorry by my english... I live in Brazil!
go Brazil!!!!

See you.
Val
June 25th, 2010 @ 7:10 pm
Thank you so much Andrew!!! I was waiting for this type of tutorial!!!
Ethan
June 25th, 2010 @ 7:11 pm
Pretty coo, thanks! : )
KKK_007
June 25th, 2010 @ 11:31 pm
Thank u U are Great..............
Gee
June 25th, 2010 @ 11:38 pm
Awesome! Thanks for the project file!
daro
June 25th, 2010 @ 11:51 pm
as always inspiring great work.thanks a thousand times and over
June 26th, 2010 @ 12:21 am
This reminds me of when I first learned to wrap my mind around animations based on sound keys. An old tutorial from Aharon Rabinowitz got me started down that path. Though You defiantly have a skill for putting a new spin on things I've known about for some time.
Germanfan
June 26th, 2010 @ 12:23 am
Hi Andrew,
with German AE can´t open this file correctly

"cant find Color control"
"Slider exxpression deactivate"

iam sorry
Lirik
June 26th, 2010 @ 12:24 am
ahah thnxx Andrew Kramer...perfect like in all others tuts and Project Files


Kosovo
Aldi
June 26th, 2010 @ 12:50 am
thank you andrew
Bradley Bell
June 26th, 2010 @ 1:08 am
Stunning work, Whats new :) :) :) :)
June 26th, 2010 @ 2:07 am
Merci Thanks شكرا ありがとうございます Teşekkürler धन्यवाद Gracias Спасибо ^^
June 26th, 2010 @ 2:30 am
very cool !
thanks andrew
kadeer
June 26th, 2010 @ 3:18 am
Mr Andrew..YOU ROCK!!!
redrumtd
June 26th, 2010 @ 3:33 am
I just got ran over by time. I'm still using CS3!
popalzai
June 26th, 2010 @ 3:43 am
hi iam from afghanistan

a have very match projects and concept for you
we have production in KABUL we have very projects
in here

tnx videovopilot.net
and tnx Mr andrew you are king of VFX

we are using your projects in afghanistan


tnx
obaid popalzai KABUL
Mina Ihab
June 26th, 2010 @ 5:19 am
Thank you alot andrew :D
you're the best
greetings from EGYPT ... :D
illd
June 26th, 2010 @ 5:56 am
There are alot of interesting looks - I wonder how you did the microvibrations in some of these... Gotta check out the file..
Mariano
June 26th, 2010 @ 7:31 am
Hey! cool thanks!

Another awesome sci-fi short!

http://vimeo.com/8768676

Check it out!

They maybe used Optical Flares in some parts:)
Jerry
June 26th, 2010 @ 9:31 am
That's cool. I like the last 2 waveforms best. I also use Trapcode Form when I need a bit more tweaking on my waveforms like these.

Thanks for sharing this Andrew.
Gijs Roest
June 26th, 2010 @ 9:43 am
Thinking along the same lines of Andrew's previous posts about 'focus rack' and 'still animation', using actual sound to distort / morph / animate virtual effects is interesting. Think of:

- laser beams / shots / electricity (ambient sfx)
- an open flame (fire / burning sfx)
- dust / smoke (wind ambient sfx)
- etc.

If the sfx loops, it might be possible to create looping visual effects very easily (with simple constraints).

Keep it up and regards.
June 26th, 2010 @ 9:57 am
Thanks Andrew , I'll Be using This One
June 26th, 2010 @ 11:22 am
I too, name the files: **** Awesome XD
Popov
June 26th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Or you cold go to winamp and record AVS or Milkdrop with Fraps... xD
June 26th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
oh my gawd thanku verry much!!!
June 26th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
Hey The Green One Looks Like The One They Use In The Mw2 Intro With The Waves! It's Perfect For The Montage Im Making

Greeting's From Germany!


-Josh
Nikola
June 26th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
This is really great. Simple and NICE! I have read that post in Afghanistan people use project files from videocopilot.net and just want to say here in Bulgaria we have a few televisions witch use not just the project files but in some cases they doesn't touched a thing in it.And in almost every single commercial or video clip is used Action Essentials 2 or Evolution.
walid
June 26th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
great idea, i've been loking for something about making theses form and, & i found it finaly.
tnx my far friend andrew.
walid from morocco. ;) :)l
Arilla
June 26th, 2010 @ 9:22 pm
Man... I love you
Egon
June 27th, 2010 @ 2:49 am
Amazing!
Hey, a swiss broadcaster called RSI uses many of your tutorials, like this, smoke trails, etc.
Also the music packages and optical flares!!!
You're awesome Andrew!
Niklāvs
June 27th, 2010 @ 3:32 am
I don't really work with audio in AE, but i think this will be useful.
Thanks Andrew :)
-Niklāvs from Latvia :)
wolaem
June 27th, 2010 @ 5:16 am
thanks andrew
greetings from munich
Pradeep
June 27th, 2010 @ 6:23 am
gr8 post dude, i was looking for some stuff like this.......
Vaibhav
June 27th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
You NEVER fail at blowing my mind away...hats off
Victor Nesta
June 27th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
Hi, Andrew. First, my english sucks, sorry.
Thanks you very very much for all stuff. (its correct? I dont now jeje)
Whenever, thank you again.
Please tell us about Advanced Color Correction tips. Some like favorites movies or series colors. Like "Film Magic Pro".
Sorry for my english again and Thaks a lot for your help!
Mannu
June 28th, 2010 @ 12:34 am
Thanks Andrew for these beauties!
GT
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:02 am
Hey ANdrew I know this is kinda random on this forum but i feel the need 2 say it. You gotta se the movie Wanted. Such and AK movie lol.
axel
June 28th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
The German vision of After Effects cs5 has some Problems.
morsiiii
June 28th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
oh yeah amazing i need it right now on my work, i love you Andrew!!!!
ahmed
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
speacial thanks andrew you are in paradise inchalah
syaf
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
andrew sir..thanks you and you rock...but this time...Sam Loya is better cause im still using cs3...
mat
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:50 pm
that looks like windows media player
jasmeet
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm
great work andrew
thanks , greet India
jasmeet
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:50 pm
great work andrew
thanks , greeting from India
June 29th, 2010 @ 2:54 am
Hey Andrew,

thx again. But could you add a version without duplicated comps? Clicking through every error-message in EVERY LAYER takes agonizing minutes, just to open the files.
June 29th, 2010 @ 2:55 am
You probably already know, but to be complete. I get the errormessages using a german version of AE.
July 3rd, 2010 @ 9:11 am
Thank Andrew first time ran you into After Effects
cadmoescarabeo
July 8th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
not work for mac
schaack mickael
July 24th, 2010 @ 6:30 am
hi , dont work on french version :( , tuto for make ? or maybe someone got a tips for tfiw that ? same problem like the germanfan !
Anddy
July 25th, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
thanks, very cool .could you make a video about Turblence 2D of AE?
Ryan
January 28th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
Would it be possible to turn one of the waveform comps into an inverted mask? So that the edges of the video will be black an animate in sync to the music. If so, how will I be able to do that???
DjShady
April 10th, 2011 @ 1:47 pm
really nice, but 1 question though

i downloaded this for my vids at youtube, cuz i'm a hardstyle producer

now, my songs are like 4 - 5 minutes long, how do you get it to be that long ? when i input the song, the waves go like really slow & only half the vid, & the vid's like 30 seconds long, so that sucks

1 other thing, in what format do you i have the make the finished ( if i maybe will once get a good one that works :D ) to get it to be under a vid in youtube ?

thanks,
you could search for the BIGGEST noob in the world, if you find him, come get me & i'll proof you i'm still a noob compared to him :D x
May 1st, 2011 @ 5:09 am
Andrew, thank u very very mu4! May saccess attend you, dear TEACHER!
Aitor
November 14th, 2011 @ 11:48 pm
Thank you Andrew!
It's just what I've been looking for!!
April 6th, 2012 @ 12:20 am
Hello.
My name's Pouria.
This is a best project for after effects.
Iran
Jeffrey Art
April 20th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
Thanks From DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!!
Gugulethu Beloved
June 14th, 2012 @ 10:30 pm
You so Awesome!!!/'(>_<)'\
July 28th, 2012 @ 10:21 am
I too am having trouble understanding how to get my own music files into this template. I have tried everything to get the time to be the length of my audio but it always results in only 30 secs of duration. I am not super experienced with AE but was able to build two other waveforms using other tutorials that turned out nice but not as good as some of these examples so any help would be appreciated.

Examples:
http://youtu.be/S2QP4EO4Ir0
http://youtu.be/S2QP4EO4Ir0
Natasha
September 4th, 2012 @ 11:48 pm
This is going to seem like a really stupid question I bet - but here it is:
How do I change the direction of where a waveform starts? For example on Comp 14 it comes in from the right and runs across the screen to the left. I would like it to be the opposite? I feel like it's something very easy but I can't find it anywhere!!!
Gavin Howell
September 27th, 2012 @ 2:50 am
Hi guys
Where's the Project File gone?
The one time I need it for reference and it's gone!
Would appreciate a link to the CS4 file if anyone can help
Thanks
October 31st, 2012 @ 6:53 am
these are fantastic!
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