Thundercats Episode 12: Crocodile Hum-Vee

The lizards have fancy bikes of their own…

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!

This week’s order was to give this breed of motorcycle a lizard-like quality to match their drivers.

I’m usually searching for a while to find the right source sound but this one came up quickly. It’s a crocodile growl that sounds an awful lot like a Harley idling (at least to my ears… You might have to squint… If ears can squint).

“Crocodile Growl (Source)”
iPhone or iPad? click here

Next up was experimenting with the sample and a pitch modulator to give the performance the feel of acceleration and deceleration.

“Crocodile Growl Pitch Experiments”
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These experiments gave me a lot to work with but I needed another layer. I dug up an older build I had made for the mining carts in episode 6. These were also ‘lizard inspired’ and paired nicely with the modulated croc growls when globally pitched.

“Lizard Mining Cart Idle”
iPhone or iPad? click here

The last step was adding in a startup sound, which I grabbed from an old Harley. (after many attempts at creating one with lizard sounds, I decided going with the real deal here was much more successful). The idle it leads into is the croc.

“Lizard Bike Start-Idle”
iPhone or iPad? click here

Here are some examples from the final builds that ended up in the show.

“Lizard Bike Accelerate”
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“Lizard Bike Group”
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As always, thanks for listening for what sounds like Jeff.

Creative Toolkit:

  • Crocodile Growl Sample
  • Serato Pitch ‘N Time
This week’s image… Is awesome. And yes, I realize it’s a frog, not a lizard.

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