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WARFRAME's sound design involves many different aspects of gameplay to deliver immersive and dynamic experiences to players within its universe.

Overview

Almost everything in WARFRAME has some sort of sound or audio associated with them, this includes but are not limited to:

Mechanics

Stealth and Enemy Detection

Main article: Noise Level
Main article: Stealth

Reverb

Real Time Audio Mixing

Dynamic Music Mixing

Audio Encoding

Audio files in WARFRAME are encoded in either an OPUS or ADPCM encoder.[1] Prior to Hotfix 29.6.8 (2021-01-25), audio was encoded by xWMA, a proprietary encoder by Microsoft.[1][2]

User Settings

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Settings/Audio

Music

Main article: Music

Dialogue and Vocalizations

Voice Actors

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Name Occupation Characters Voiced References Samples
?? Voice Actor Onkko  (download, history)
?? Voice Actress Saya  (download, history)
?? Voice Actor Frohd Bek  (download, history)
?? Voice Actor Old Man Suumbaat  (download, history)
?? Male Rescue target
?? Voice Actress Baro Ki'Teer's mother  (download, history)
?? Voice Actress Silvana  (download, history)
?? Voice Actor Corpus Commander  (download, history)
?? Voice Actress Neewa  (download, history)
?? Jubb Lott  (download, history)
?? Belric  (download, history)
?? Rania  (download, history)
Adam Bennett Voice Actor Corpus Pilot 2 and Kahl-175 [6][3]  (download, history)
Adin Rudd Voice Actor Hok [3]  (download, history)
Altara Michelle Voice Actress Pre-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator (Falcon)
Amanda Hufford Voice Actress Female New Loka NPC Railjack crew member [6]  (download, history)
Ami Clover Voice Actress Female Kavor Defector  (download, history)
Antonio Greco Voice Actor Erra [3]  (download, history)
Anthony Sardinha Voice Actor Cephalon Apnar  (download, history)
Artie Widgery Voice Actor Konzu [3]  (download, history)
Ashley Hansen-Benson Voice Actress Pre-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator (Raven)
Becky Shrimpton Voice Actress Kuva Lich C (flirtacious) [7]  (download, history)
Brendan Parry Kaufmann Voice Actor Kuva Lich D (manic), male Arbiters of Hexis NPC Railjack crew member, and Chipper [7][6][8]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Brett McCartney Voice Actor Duviri Shopkeeper, Duviri Boatman, and Male Sedentary [5]
Brent Mukai Voice Actor Cavalero [9][4]  (download, history)
Calvin Joyal Voice Actor Veso and Mathon [3]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Cam Rogers Lead Writer Solaris United Agent  (download, history)
Cara Volchoff Voice Actress Hombask [4]  (download, history)
Carin Gilfry Voice Actress Cephalon Vull  (download, history)
Cassandra Wladyslava Voice Actress Kela De Thaym  (download, history)
Cat Protano Voice Actor Kira, Unnamed Zariman Crewmember [4] [10]
Charlotte Ann Voice Actress Cephalon Suda  (download, history)
Claire Vousden Voice Actress Little Duck, Grandmother, and Sisters of Parvos A (business) [11][7][3]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Clara Pagone (also as Clara Francesca) Voice Actress Luscinia [5]
Courtney Christine Rosemont Voice Actress Amaryn  (download, history)
Darrell Brown Voice Actor Quinn [4]  (download, history)
Ed Kelly Voice Actor Parvos Granum [12]  (download, history)
Erich Preston ([DE]Erich) Sound Designer Ghoul Devourer, The Man in the Wall, Zariman Announcer, and Teshin's Cave Training Dummy [13][3][5]  (download, history)
Damhnait Doyle Singer Vala Glarios and singer of Sleeping In The Cold Below [14]  (download, history)
David Attar Voice Actor Father and Dax Gladius [11][5]  (download, history)
David Autovino Voice Actor The Husband [4] [15]
David Shaughnessy Voice Actor Lodun [5]
Don Leslie Voice Actor Cephalon Jordas  (download, history)
Eileen Anglin Voice Actress Female Corpus captain [6]  (download, history)
Emily Wold Voice Actress Post-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator, Drifter, The Man in the Wall (Raven) [3][4][5]
Emma Martello Voice Actress Rell, Master Teasonai, Cephalon Cy, Berryn, male The Perrin Sequence NPC Railjack crew member, and male Ostron prisoner [6][3]  (download, history)  (download, history)  (download, history)
Francesca Hauser Singer Luscinia operatic vocals and Lua's Prey login music [16][5]  (download, history)
Francescan Calo Voice Actress Female Cephalon Suda NPC Railjack crew member [6]  (download, history)
Gemma Laurelle Voice Actress Garv, Solaris United captive in Corpus ships, female Steel Meridian NPC Railjack crew member, Jenva, and Cephalon Melica [11][6][3][4]  (download, history)  (download, history)  (download, history)
George Spanos ([DE]George) Audio Director Lieutenant Lech Kril
Gigi Saul Guerrero Voice Actress Varzia [17]  (download, history)
Griffin Puatu Voice Actor Post-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator, Drifter, The Man in the Wall (Owl) [3][4][5]
Guy Cunningham Voice Actor Ticker and Latrox Une [11]  (download, history)  (download, history)
James Atkins Voice Actor Councilor Vay Hek [3]  (download, history)
Jed Williams Voice Actor Otak  (download, history)
Jenn Henry Voice Actress Female Sweeper, Tree Female, and Fountain Female A [5]
Jex Black (formerly Jessica Resheske) Voice Actress Worm Queen  (download, history)
Joshua Story Voice Actor Isaah  (download, history)
Justin Gross Voice Actor Son [11]  (download, history)
Justin Young Voice Actor Red Veil representative
Kabir Singh Voice Actor Pre-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator (Heron)
Keaton Talmadge Voice Actress Mother, Euleria Entrati, and Sisters of Parvos B (folksy) [11][7][3][5]
Kellen Goff Voice Actor Nox and Tusk Grineer  (download, history)
Kevin Lin Voice Actor Bombastine [5]
Kevin Powe Voice Actor Sigor Savah, Male Solari Captive 2, and Male Corpus captain [6]  (download, history)  (download, history)  (download, history)
Kieran Flitton Voice Actor Loid [11]  (download, history)
Kim Ramón Voice Actress Daughter [11]  (download, history)
Kol Crosbie ([DE]Skree) Level Designer Alad V, General Sargas Ruk, Captain Vor, Shik Tal [3]  (download, history)
Kyla Ward Voice Actress Sisters of Parvos D (nervous) [7]
Lori Caulfield Voice Actress Palladino  (download, history)
Lois Sefton Voice Actress Koral [5]
Louise Samuels Voice Actress Fisher Hai-Luk [3]  (download, history)
Lucas Schuneman Voice Actor Nef Anyo, Tyl Regor, and Ghoul Rictus  (download, history)
Mark LaPointe Voice Actor The Business  (download, history)
Martin Oldfield Voice Actor Drusus  (download, history)
Matt Ellis Voice Actor Male Kavor Defector
Max Howarth Voice Actor Ballas [3][5]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Maya Grant Voice Actress Archimedean Yonta [4]  (download, history)
Maya Tuttle Voice Actress Nakak, Post-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator, Drifter, The Man in the Wall (Falcon), and female Ostron prisoner [3][4][5]
Megan Everett ([DE]Megan) Community Coordinator Female Rescue target
Michael Johnston Voice Actor Barris, Spooky Duviri Child (Male) [5]
Michael Schwengel Voice Actor Pre-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator (Owl)
Mike Leatham 3D Artist Ordis [3]  (download, history)
Oliver Koppert Voice Actor Solaris United male captive [18]
Paul Herzberg Voice Actor Smokefinger  (download, history)
Paul Nodine Voice Actor Baro Ki'Teer  (download, history)
Rachael Messer Voice Actress Female Comba
Rachel Sellers Voice Actress Exploiter Orb  (download, history)
Rebecca Ford ([DE]Rebecca) Creative Director Lotus, Natah, Margulis [3][5]
Rhiannon Moushall Voice Actress Sythel [5]
Ross Huguet Voice Actor Cephalon Simaris  (download, history)
Ryan Baker Game Programmer Darvo  (download, history)
Ryan Laughton Voice Actor Boon, Nihil, and Brimon [7][19][5]  (download, history)
Samantha Boffin Voice Actress Acrithis [5]
Sara Secora Voice Actress Corpus Pilot 1, Mathila, Female Sedentary, Female Brisk, Female Fountain B, and Dax Archus [6][5]
Satauna Howery Voice Actress Maroo  (download, history)
Scott Whyte Voice Actor Post-Update 31.0 (2021-12-15) Operator, Drifter, The Man in the Wall (Heron), Duviri Pip, and Duviri Prisoner [3][4]
Scott Montiel Voice Actor Cephalon Sark  (download, history)
Sean Joseph Perry Voice Actor Executor Tuvul [4]  (download, history)
Sean Phillips Voice Actor Teshin [3][5]  (download, history)
Sheryl Mebane Voice Actress Nora Night [3]  (download, history)
Spencer Cannon Voice Actor Male Comba
Stefan Rudnicki Voice Actor Albrecht Entrati [11]  (download, history)
Suzie Rai Voice Actress Spooky Duviri Child (Female) [5]
Tamara Fritz Voice Actress Eudico, Vox, and Profit-Taker Orb [3]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Thomas Dixon Voice Actor Hunhow [3]  (download, history)
Tiffany Grant Voice Actress Roky [7]  (download, history)
Tim Harris Voice Actor Dax Malleus [5]
Trent Martin Voice Actor Corpus Pilot 3 [6]
Torian Brackett Voice Actor Male Red Veil NPC Railjack crew member, Male Sweeper, Male Brisk, Cave Dweller, Tree Male, and Dax Herald [6][5]  (download, history)
Tricia Brioux Voice Actress Elder Queen, Unum, Terolee, and Ka-Nuteru [3]  (download, history)  (download, history)
Vincent Melamed Voice Actor Ergo Glast  (download, history)
Wolf Newton Actor Dominus Thrax [5]
Xyta Midnyte Voice Actress Sisters of Parvos C (domineering) [7]  (download, history)

Media

Episode III - Audio Design with George & Erich (23:51)
Episode IV - Sound Design Part 2 with George & Erich (24:30)

Patch History

Update 31.5 (2022-04-27)

Audio Reverb Changes:

Our sound team has made several changes to reverb across the game thanks to a new system! This nifty new tech automatically places reverb in level zones instead of the hand placing that used to happen in every tile. This allows us to get better results because it takes into account area size and area materials. It also includes preset reverb containers that can have more types of reverb that are better suited to each area.

For example: A small, narrow vent space that opens to a small room that then opens to a larger room can each have their own custom reverb based on the size and material type of each room. Instead of hand placing each of the three reverbs, the engine is now smart enough to take into account each of the rooms automatically. This allows for greater specificity because it measures the size of each room.

This also has a performance benefit, as it enables only the required reverb sample to be loaded as needed, instead of loading all of them when a level first loads. This ultimately saves memory and allows the levels to load a bit faster!

Update 29.5 (2020-11-19)

NEW Advanced Reverb:

Advanced Reverb is here in what we are calling its 'Beta' launch! This is an entirely new reverb system that uses a Convolution (Impulse Response) method. What this means is that instead of using an algorithmic (Legacy) reverb for the game, we are able to use real-life spaces instead. We can feed the reverb system a recording of a real reverberant space and it will combine it with the game's sounds. So you will get a more realistic, vibrant, and deep listening experience. We've been busy adjusting the reverb setups across all tiles. So you can now experience this change across the entire game!

We also adjusted how the blending of the reverb works. When you traverse from different areas we need to blend the reverbs (think of a small space to a larger one). We used to do this based on your distance but now we calculate this based on time. This will give you a more accurate feeling of transition.

‘Advanced Reverb’ is turned on by default, you can switch back to ‘Legacy Reverb’ in the Audio Options if you desire.

Update 22.10 (2018-01-25)

  • Real-time audio mixing is now handled by our new RTPC (Real-Time Parameter Control) system, which allows greater precision and control of the game-wide mix:
    • Real-time audio mixing is now decoupled from music, so players who don’t want to play with music benefit from the new RTPC system.
    • Player speed will now adjust footstep/sliding volume.
    • Bullet sound volume when the local player is being hit by enemies is now based on Shields/Health.
    • The RTPC system also allows cleaner and more focused music during heavy combat
    • Starchat music will now be affected by the Music slider and not the SFX slider

Update 21.0 (2017-06-29)

  • Sounds are now occluded when you are not looking directly at their source. This will help when attempting to locate enemies who are closest to you at all angles.

Update: Specters of the Rail 0.0 (2016-07-08)

Warframe Mission Sound 2.0

This Update brings a huge change to the way our distance and obstruction sound works across all of Warframe. All distant sounds now feel properly spatialized and obstructed sounds now have the feeling of walls and more. Each shot, each character sound, each infested squeal will now bring you a more visceral and deep sound experience.

We updated many weapon sounds to have elements that take advantage of this new sound system.

Update 15.0 (2014-10-24)

  • Dynamic music mixing adjustments for smoother transitions.

Update 14.5 (2014-08-28)

  • Corpus Dynamic music is here! Much like the Grineer and Infested, Corpus missions now sport their own music which is dynamically generated based on mission events!
  • Update several Foley sounds: more updates to Tenno step, fixed rhythm and step events for wall running.

Update 14.0 (2014-07-18)

  • Dynamic Music Additions:
    • Dynamic Music has been added to all Grineer and Infested missions, with Corpus coming soon! The game now more ‘intelligently’ makes decisions about how to play ambient and combat music. We are using a stem approach so that players hear different parts of the music at all times!

Update 13.8 (2014-06-19)

  • New Infested Music added, experience new ambiance and battle music when facing the Infested!
  • Combat music now reduces less of the volume of ambiance and footsteps.

Update 11.3 (2013-12-12)

  • Fixed random music issues. In-game music now plays at more appropriate intervals and respects the number of AI in proximity to the player.

Update 11.1 (2013-11-27)

  • Microphone sampling rate changed to 48KHz (from 8KHz) for dramatically improved VOIP (in-game chat).

Update 11.0 (2013-11-20)

  • 2D and 3D weapons duck ambience by 2 dB less and duck music by 1 dB less. 2D weapons duck 3D weapons by 2dB less.

Update 10.0 (2013-09-13)

  • Mission Success/Failure music now ducks all other music.

Update 5.0 (2012-12-18)

  • The in-game music is now generated dynamically.

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ford, Rebecca (2021, January 19). The Great Ensmallening: Part 3 (Mesh Accuracy + Sound Fidelity). Warframe Forums. Accessed 2022-05-16. Archived from the original on 2022-02-15.
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/gaming/gdk/_content/gc/audio/overviews/xwma-overview
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 (2022, January 19). Meet the voice cast of The New War. Digital Extremes. Accessed 2022-05-14. Archived from the original on 2022-05-14.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 (2022, May 13). Meet the voice cast of Angels of the Zariman. Digital Extremes. Accessed 2022-05-14. Archived from the original on 2022-05-14.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 Rogers, Cam (2023, April 26). Meet the #voiceover actors of @PlayWarframe's latest expansion: The #Duviri Paradox. Twitter. Accessed 2023-05-02. Archived from the original on 2023-05-02.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 https://twitter.com/Cam_Rogers/status/1372994474939416578
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 https://twitter.com/Cam_Rogers/status/1413512921586540544
  8. Rogers, Cam (2022, September 14). I pretty much wrote Chipper for @BParryKaufmann. Twitter. Accessed 2022-09-20. Archived from the original on 2022-09-20.
  9. Mukai, Brent (2022, May 10). I’m so excited to announce I play Cavalero in the new Angels of Zariman expansion in Warframe!. Accessed 2022-05-14. Archived from the original on 2022-05-14.
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 https://twitter.com/Cam_Rogers/status/1300894506347376644
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  13. (2017, November 30). George Spanos' tweet. Twitter. Accessed 2022-04-13. Archived from the original on 2022-04-13.
  14. https://twitter.com/keith_power/status/1382061747318648834
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  18. https://twitter.com/Cam_Rogers/status/1271828926185312261
  19. https://twitter.com/Cam_Rogers/status/1260272343232000000

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