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)

POSTED:
11 years ago
PLUG-INS
95 Comments
7 years ago
hey andrew, i was wondering if you have put the audio waveform plug-in on your site? it would be a great help
9 years ago
these are fantastic!
Gavin Howell
9 years ago
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
Natasha
9 years ago
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!!!
9 years ago
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
Gugulethu Beloved
9 years ago
You so Awesome!!!/'(>_<)'\
Jeffrey Art
10 years ago
Thanks From DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!!
10 years ago
Hello.
My name's Pouria.
This is a best project for after effects.
Iran
Aitor
10 years ago
Thank you Andrew!
It's just what I've been looking for!!
11 years ago
Andrew, thank u very very mu4! May saccess attend you, dear TEACHER!
DjShady
11 years ago
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
Ryan
11 years ago
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???
Anddy
11 years ago
thanks, very cool .could you make a video about Turblence 2D of AE?
schaack mickael
11 years ago
hi , dont work on french version :( , tuto for make ? or maybe someone got a tips for tfiw that ? same problem like the germanfan !
cadmoescarabeo
11 years ago
not work for mac
11 years ago
Thank Andrew first time ran you into After Effects
11 years ago
You probably already know, but to be complete. I get the errormessages using a german version of AE.
11 years ago
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.
jasmeet
11 years ago
great work andrew
thanks , greeting from India
jasmeet
11 years ago
great work andrew
thanks , greet India
mat
11 years ago
that looks like windows media player
syaf
11 years ago
andrew sir..thanks you and you rock...but this time...Sam Loya is better cause im still using cs3...
ahmed
11 years ago
speacial thanks andrew you are in paradise inchalah
morsiiii
11 years ago
oh yeah amazing i need it right now on my work, i love you Andrew!!!!
axel
11 years ago
The German vision of After Effects cs5 has some Problems.
GT
11 years ago
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.
Mannu
11 years ago
Thanks Andrew for these beauties!
Victor Nesta
11 years ago
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!
Vaibhav
11 years ago
You NEVER fail at blowing my mind away...hats off
Pradeep
11 years ago
gr8 post dude, i was looking for some stuff like this.......
wolaem
11 years ago
thanks andrew
greetings from munich
Niklāvs
11 years ago
I don't really work with audio in AE, but i think this will be useful.
Thanks Andrew :)
-Niklāvs from Latvia :)
Egon
11 years ago
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!
Arilla
11 years ago
Man... I love you
walid
11 years ago
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
Nikola
11 years ago
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.
11 years ago
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
11 years ago
oh my gawd thanku verry much!!!
Popov
11 years ago
Or you cold go to winamp and record AVS or Milkdrop with Fraps... xD
11 years ago
I too, name the files: **** Awesome XD
11 years ago
Thanks Andrew , I'll Be using This One
Gijs Roest
11 years ago
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.
Jerry
11 years ago
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.
Mariano
11 years ago
Hey! cool thanks!

Another awesome sci-fi short!

http://vimeo.com/8768676

Check it out!

They maybe used Optical Flares in some parts:)
illd
11 years ago
There are alot of interesting looks - I wonder how you did the microvibrations in some of these... Gotta check out the file..
Mina Ihab
11 years ago
Thank you alot andrew :D
you're the best
greetings from EGYPT ... :D
popalzai
11 years ago
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
redrumtd
11 years ago
I just got ran over by time. I'm still using CS3!
kadeer
11 years ago
Mr Andrew..YOU ROCK!!!
11 years ago
very cool !
thanks andrew
11 years ago
Merci Thanks شكرا ありがとうございます Teşekkürler धन्यवाद Gracias Спасибо ^^
Bradley Bell
11 years ago
Stunning work, Whats new :) :) :) :)
Aldi
11 years ago
thank you andrew
Lirik
11 years ago
ahah thnxx Andrew Kramer...perfect like in all others tuts and Project Files


Kosovo
Germanfan
11 years ago
Hi Andrew,
with German AE can´t open this file correctly

"cant find Color control"
"Slider exxpression deactivate"

iam sorry
11 years ago
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.
daro
11 years ago
as always inspiring great work.thanks a thousand times and over
Gee
11 years ago
Awesome! Thanks for the project file!
KKK_007
11 years ago
Thank u U are Great..............
Ethan
11 years ago
Pretty coo, thanks! : )
Val
11 years ago
Thank you so much Andrew!!! I was waiting for this type of tutorial!!!
11 years ago
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.
Matthew Park
11 years ago
Cool! Many thanks Mr. Kramer. Cheers.
Next Level Designs
11 years ago
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
11 years ago
Wow Awsome I like That
Nick
11 years ago
wonder how long it will take some TV show to use this in one of their commercials...
doel
11 years ago
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.
11 years ago
We Love you Andrew !!
11 years ago
Andrew this is just awesome... :D...thanks :D
11 years ago
Thanks Andrew, Will be using this one ;)
Rishi
11 years ago
awesome andrew, makes awesome creative, good stuff. once again you proved.
11 years ago
Nice movie? Andrey Love it? God Bless
Valik
11 years ago
lol nvm i was playing music while watching your video and it perfectly matched... but nice job and thanks for the project.
Valik
11 years ago
i love it... plus the music is in russian lol... respect
Hamza
11 years ago
WOOOW ,, Very Cool Andrey >>.. Love It
11 years ago
thanks alooot andrewwwwwww
11 years ago
AWESOME! Thanks Andrew, I'm going to use the basis of these in a few projects. :D
11 years ago
That was just so totally awesome, I love it.
Fawaz
11 years ago
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?
11 years ago
This is so awesome. To bad you can't make it live.
11 years ago
The first post came literally, ONE minuet after Andrew post this up, Thats just ridiculous, more followers than Justin Beaver!
Goldfinch
11 years ago
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!
11 years ago
Cooler than winamp! woot!!!!
11 years ago
Andrew, as usual, you just plain rock brutha.... way freakin cool... By the way... I'm somewhat of a drummer as well.

Peace.
Tarrizz
11 years ago
Hey, whatever happened to the surround sound plug-in thingy? :S
11 years ago
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!
11 years ago
Hey Andrew cant wait to try this out,

Rich
ANDREW
11 years ago
coooooooo one THANKS ANDREW

Greetigs From Egypt :)
JD
11 years ago
great for tv commercials...
Logan
11 years ago
Awesome! i was thinking about doing this a couple of days ago!
11 years ago
much thanks for sharing! it just the thing i was wondering about few days ago!
11 years ago
Nice Andrew thanks :)
Geyck
11 years ago
I'll keep this in mind. Thanks!
11 years ago
These are sweet. Many thanks!
11 years ago
Thank you! :D This is great,