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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Soundwave with sound clips and images.

Created by Foxwolf on Mon May 18 2009, 83 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, OptimusSolo, NCZ for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
SoundwaveFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers Cybertron (2005)
SoundwaveRobert O Smith
Robert O Smith
Transformers Animated (2007)
SoundwaveJeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
SoundwaveFrank Welker
Frank Welker
The Transformers
SoundwaveRobert Belgrade
Robert Belgrade
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Game (2009)
SoundwavePeter Jessop
Peter Jessop
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
SoundwaveIsaac C Singleton Jr
Isaac C Singleton Jr
Transformers Cybertron (2005)
SoundwaveGarry Chalk
Garry Chalk
Transformers: Cyber Missions (2010)
SoundwaveBronco Jackson
Bronco Jackson

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said at 8:30 AM on Sat Oct 25 2014
My Top 5:
1. Welker
2. Singleton
3. Bennet
4. Jessop
5. Jackson
said at 9:25 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Welker
2) Singleton
3) Jessop
4) Bennett
5) Smith
said at 12:04 PM on Sun Sep 21 2014
Frank Welker, Robert Belgrade, and Isaac J. Singleton FTW.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:41 PM on Thu Jul 24 2014
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My vote goes to Frank Welker, I like the vocoded and non-vocoded versions both the same!
said at 5:53 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Frank Welker - Whether heavily modulated, or with the Dr. Claw voice up-and-center, he's badass; love 'im.

Robert Belgrade - This is... surprisingly decent, actually. Probably one of the only instances from this game where I can say that.

Robert O. Smith and Garry Chalk - They both sound pretty similar and even though Soundwave isn't known for being particularly emotive, they don't really sound like they're into it.

Jeff Bennett - With the vocoder at his side, Bennett did a great job at carrying on the Soundwave legacy.

Peter Jessop - They overdid the vocoder a bit here; I have a really hard time understanding what he's saying, to be honest.

Issac C. Singleton Jr. - A great impression of Frank Welker's voice, but still distinctive in his own right.

Bronco Jackson - A good impression of Frank and one of the better performances from the show, IMO, but I still think it doesn't stand out very much.
said at 10:39 PM on Sun Apr 20 2014
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Frank is just classic in this role. The vocal effect on him fits very well, and the deep rasp that he had to the voice, while Frank has done several times before, works extremely well here in this role, especially in the Bayformers movies, where he gets some extremely sinister lines. 8.5/10

Robert and Garry both really don't have a lot to work with, and they both knid of fall into the same ballpark. They sound kind of bored, monotone, and leave little to no impression at all, which is sad considering Roberts Gravityman I felt he really could've done something with this given more material. 2/10

Jeff is almost on the exact same wave (I didn't even intend that pun) as Frank is. While he's a little more heavily effected, it still works incredibly well here, and Jeff's voice sounds very creepy in this role I feel. It's one of Jeff's more underrated roles I feel and I think some of you can see why. 8/10

Robert is surprisingly decent in this role considering the game is known for its mediocre voice acting. He has this more breathy rasp than gravelly like Frank had and it works surprisingly well here. 7.5/10

Peter is a bit hard to judge since he is so heavily vocally effected that I have a real hard time understanding what he is saying, no matter how many times I listen to it. I guess it sounds okay, but he really doesn't have all that much to work with and again, it's really hard to understand what he's saying. 5.5/10

Isaac works extremely well in this role. It's much deeper compared to some of the performances and he doesn't really add a rasp but it still works incredibly well here and in the games he is given some good lines and he has this somewhat creepy delivery which works very well. 8/10

Bronco is basically doing a Frank impression, and it is a good impression, he just doesn't have all that much to work with so it doesn't really leave all that much of an impression. 6/10

1. Frank Welker
2. Jeff Bennett
3. Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
4. Robert Belgrade
5. Bronco Jackson
6. Peter Jessop
7. Robert.O. Smith, Garry Chalk
Polyester Funk
said at 11:50 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
Frank Welker is the best. Isaac Singleton and Jeff Bennett are quite good, too. What voice did Jeff use before they added the effect, if anyone knows?

Peter Jessop sounds pretty good, but I can't understand what he's saying.
said at 2:07 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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Frank Welker wins this. Personally, I like his G1 voice better than his Movie voice or Prime voice, but those were good too.
said at 5:51 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
Welker is the best. But Singleton and Jessop are also quite cool.
said at 6:38 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
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After all these years Frank Welker still manages to be my absolute favorite Soundwave.
But both Singleton and Bennett did a really good job as well.
said at 4:48 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
@Zillah Oh I forgot to mention, Jessop sounds pretty good too, but I can't really understand what he was saying in this clip.
said at 1:05 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
I wonder of John DiMaggio would make a good Soundwave?
said at 1:05 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
I wonder if Frank Welker's Prime voice should be added?
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 2:09 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
Frank Welker. Enough said.

Although, Singleton does a damn good impression as well.
said at 7:34 PM on Sat Aug 3 2013
Am I the only one who thinks that Peter Jessop's voice is the perfect choice for Prime Soundwave?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:10 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
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I kind of like how in Prime for his one line Soundwave was sort of in between his G1 and movie voices. It had the vocoder effects, but the roughness of Dr. Claw.
said at 11:35 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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That is all.
said at 3:22 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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I'm going with Frank Welker.
said at 2:30 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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I've been thinking of doing this for a while now, so doing this after "Minus One" might be poor timing, but I'm gonna change my vote to Frank Welker.
said at 4:04 AM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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Frank Welker is the best Soundwave voice. I loved the portrayal in Prime!
said at 10:27 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
@Scooby-Dooby-Doo I love that they keep the old 80s' synthesizer just to please us fans.
said at 12:57 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@loredragonmaster The vocoder is Soundwave's signature. Also the fact of how Soundwave was just taunting the Autobots and then did something so awesome beyond belief. It was great!
said at 2:29 AM on Sat Jul 6 2013
Frank, Jeff, Robert, Isaac, Bronco, then Peter.
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Jun 29 2013
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Isaac Single Jr. has the coolest sounding voice for Soundwave IMO.
said at 12:34 PM on Tue Apr 30 2013
Frank Welker's always good and he's the best when it comes to Soundwave.

Isaac Sinlgeton Jr wowed me, really, really good.

Jeff Bennet of course I always love and his Soundwave is no exception.

Peter Jessop, pretty good but the filter's a little heavy.

For Bronco Jackson, I feel that this was his best peformance and it was the best performance from Cyber Missions.

Garry Chalk/Robert O Smith, both sound the same but neither very Soundwavey.

Robert Belgrade's delivery is better than others in that game, the filter sounds a bit cool, that's all the good I can say.
said at 12:30 AM on Tue Apr 30 2013
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Chalk made me sit back and say to myself, "What the **** did I just hear?" (I don't blame him, of course, obviously he's great in other roles.)
said at 3:18 PM on Fri Apr 5 2013
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Bronco's Soundwave was one of the less weaker voices in cyber missions it actually sounds like Welker's Soundwave i wouldn't mind Bronco playing Dr. Claw if Welker is unavailable.
said at 7:48 PM on Sat Mar 30 2013
Why is Peter Jessops soundwave saying ?
said at 1:43 PM on Sun Mar 31 2013
@jonhardwick That clip is faulty, because he's saying two things at once in both of his lines. ROTF's Team Deathmatch games are good to pick up character lines, but it seems the guy was playing as Soundwave and his battle lines (like "Enemy unit neutralized") got muffled along with his score lines ("Decepticons take the lead" or "Autobots take the lead") so that's why it's so hard to hear in that clip.
said at 8:18 PM on Wed Mar 27 2013
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Isaac C. Singleton Jr sounds just like Soundwave would sound to me, but with that said, Frank Welker and Jeff Bennett did great performances as well!
said at 5:48 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
Bronco actually did a good Welker impression, just add a vocorder & he'll be good.
said at 8:50 PM on Wed Feb 13 2013
1. Frank Welker
2. Jeff Bennett
3. Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
4. Robert Belgrade
5. Bronco Jackson
6. Peter Jessop
7. Robert.O. Smith
8. Garry Chalk
said at 5:49 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
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# 1 - Frank Welker (G1 version).
# 2 - Jeff Bennett.
# 3 - Isaac C. Singleton. Jr.
# 4 - Peter Jessop.
# 5 - Frank Welker (RotF version).
# 6 - Bronco Jackson.
# 7 - Robert O. Smith.
# 8 - Garry Chalk.
said at 10:40 PM on Sat Dec 22 2012
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i'm going with Singleton

also does anybody else think that in the voice compare Garry Chalk sounds like he has no idea how to Act, which considering how good of an actor he is, is just wierd
said at 7:38 AM on Fri Dec 7 2012
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In the end, though, his TF Prime voice is the best one. ;-P
said at 6:27 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I see what you did there.
said at 2:18 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013

If the poll had an option for "No Voice Actor", I would seriously be tempted to vote for that. :-P
Harvester of Sorrow
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Aug 31 2012
I love Soundwaves voice in Revenge of the Fallen.
said at 1:35 AM on Thu Aug 9 2012
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Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. I liked the effects on his voice more.
said at 5:54 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
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I liked Frank Welker as Soundwave, though I'm gonna go with Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. for this one. I thoguht Singleton did better.
said at 8:33 PM on Tue Jan 24 2012
franks transformers voice is best to me but not his tdotm cause it dosent sound like a radio.
Dark Kuja
said at 6:35 PM on Thu Sep 15 2011
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I'm gonna have to go with Singleton and Benett, especially Singleton. Welker's good, but those two make Soundwave sound more mechanical and artificial.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:41 PM on Sun Aug 21 2011
Here's what I don't understand, Frank Welker started the famous Soundwave voice but in the live action movie he used his doctor claw voice but in the game someone tryed to do an impression of his orignal attempt in G1. Does make sense :/
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:38 AM on Mon Aug 22 2011
@Music Meister That was not his Dr. Claw voice just for the record...
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:56 PM on Mon Aug 22 2011
@OptimusSolo It sounds a lot like his Dr. Claw voice but that's not my point. It's more of Frank started the famous Soundwave voice but in the live action movie he didn't but in the game verison of the same movie some one did an impression of his G1 voice. It's just odd to me
said at 5:58 PM on Mon Oct 17 2011
@Music Meister Welker's Soundwave always sounded like Dr. Claw. It's just that in G1, Scott Brownlee used a vocoder filter on Soundwave's lines (Although in two episodes the effect was left out. An almost identical vocoding effect was used on Peter Jessop, Jeff Bennett, Robert O. Smith, Garry Chalk, Robert Belgrade and Isaac C. Singleton, Jr.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:47 PM on Mon Oct 17 2011
I know that but did they just forget to add the effect in the live action movie or what?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:40 PM on Mon Oct 17 2011
@Starscreamsfan People always say Dr. Claw and Soundwave were the same voice but I can always tell the difference regardless of the vocoder
said at 5:00 PM on Tue Oct 25 2011
@OptimusSolo If you watch the episode Webworld, you'll know what I'm saying.
said at 5:04 PM on Tue Oct 25 2011
@Music Meister Maybe it was deliberate, because in Dark of the Moon his voice still isn't processed. The same goes for the DOTM game, where Soundwave was voiced by Isaac C. Singleton, Jr.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:13 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@Music Meister It's not really a matter of "forgetting" the vocoder effect in the movies, it's a matter of creative control. Michael Bay ultimately decided against it and that's that. Same reason why Optimus has flames, or Starscream is an F-22 or Blackout died. Simply decisions that were made. Which, I mean, it let's Welker's skills shine a bit more, even if I *too* would've preferred some sort of modification to the Soundwave voice in the movies.
said at 12:07 PM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@TylerMirage I personally agree :)
said at 3:31 AM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@OptimusSolo It was 20-ish years between G1 and ROTF; his voiced probably aged, making Soundwave sound more like Dr. Claw.
said at 8:53 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
said at 5:05 PM on Thu Jul 14 2011
Frank Welker's G1 and Movie performances are the best for me, with Jeff Bennett and Bronco Jackson as really close seconds. Garry Chalk, while a good actor I feel was miscast and doesn't suit the character at all.
said at 11:58 PM on Sat Jul 9 2011
Frank Welker all the way! Although i like his Movie dr.clawish version better than the g1. Isaac C. Singleton jr's voice sounds a wee bit better with that robotic monotone voice.
said at 1:09 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
My favorite is Frank Welker, though Issac C. Singleton Jr. did an awesome impersonation.
Sarge Ray
said at 3:44 PM on Sun May 8 2011
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I listened to Welker's performance as the G1 Soundwave and found it not half bad. Although, Isaac C. Singleton Jr. is my personal favorite because of the depth and mechanical sound of his voice.
9098hhjh7 (Guest)
said at 8:46 PM on Sat Nov 13 2010
I love Robert O Smiths Soundwave the dest!
jakob997 (Guest)
said at 6:35 AM on Sun Nov 7 2010
Frank Welker obviously, although I think that Isaac C Singleton Jr is good as well.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:48 PM on Thu Oct 7 2010
I'm surprised that I like Garry Chalk more than Robert O. Smith. I wouldn't mind if he was Soundwave's regular voice in Cybertron.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:11 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@NCZ And I still for the life of me can't tell the difference! Ha ha. Usually I'd be able to, but I'm just not picking up anything different between the two voices. Gotta' clean out my ears. ;)
guillermo (Guest)
said at 8:08 PM on Mon Aug 9 2010
My Thoughts:

1) Frank Welker: Great use of Dr. Claw's voice (Plus vocoder in G1 except for two ocassions).

2) Robert Belgrade: Impressive voice plus vocoder.

3) Jeff Bennett: Great performance plus vocoder.

4) Peter Jessop: I was dubious of him in the game, just because Soundwave's voice wasn't synthesized, but I played the game and I was impressed that they even bothered to use a vocoding filter on Jessop's voice while they didn't bothered in the movie.

5) Isaac C. Singleton Jr.: Along with the other voice actors in the game, Singleton's voice acting is impressive.

HINT: Didn't like Robert O. Smith, I thought he was pretty much miscast.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:12 AM on Fri Jul 30 2010
Frank Welker's the best, but man is Isaac Singleton a great substitute.
voiceactordreamer (Guest)
said at 5:06 PM on Tue Jul 6 2010
Welker G1 style by far. I also enjoyed him in ROTF. Isaac Singleton sounds... ok. First time I heard it I thought something was a bit off. Jessop sounds horrible but it's not his fault. It's the vocoding, I can't make out a word he says.
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 3:42 PM on Tue Jun 8 2010
R.I.P robert.
said at 7:14 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
Obviously Welker in G1 cartoon is the best. Although Jeff Bennett does a awesome job in TFA as soundwave for the style that it's meant to be shown in.
maximaladyb (Guest)
said at 2:09 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
The gen 1 voice style is the best and always will be.
Was rather disappointed with RotF... they have the right guy for the job, just the wrong style. They didn't have the monotone ultra robotic voice like in Gen 1. Mistake number 1 for Michael Bay when it comes to Soundwave.

~Lady B
guest (Guest)
said at 11:23 AM on Tue Oct 6 2009
The reason why the TF Movie Soundwave sounds like Darkseid, and Dr. Claw, is because Frank did those voices as well.
tomi (Guest)
said at 8:33 AM on Sun Oct 4 2009
Frank welker, superior,
successors, inferior!
soulcrusher (Guest)
said at 4:31 PM on Sat Sep 5 2009
You have Frank's name twice
Keldor (Guest)
said at 3:55 PM on Sun Jul 26 2009

Cybertron Soundwave's voice is one of the worst I've ever heard.

Oh and G1 Soundwave aka Frank's will always be the best, too bad that Clown bay and his paid monkey's couldn't be bothered using a vocoder for Soundwave's voice in the movie, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway, the movie still sucks regardless.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 6:27 PM on Wed Jul 15 2009
Indeed but that's how the voice had always been, its just that it was modified back then. But speaking of which should there be only one Frank Welker in the poll or no?
said at 9:47 PM on Sun Jul 12 2009
Soundwave in the film sounds like Darkseid from Superfriends and Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget
doctorwhoobawooba (Guest)
said at 4:23 PM on Fri Jul 10 2009
Frank Welker rocks for so many reasons with his multiple characters, including soundwave, Jeff Bennett sounds like him but without the modulation he probably sounds much worse.
summerhayes (Guest)
said at 10:53 AM on Tue Jun 30 2009
he's just trippin' cos he got served

No, sorry, has to be Welker. In his G1 voice, not the unfiltered movie voice (though I enjoyed the cameo)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 9:18 PM on Fri Jun 19 2009
frank welker is a voice actor immortal!!
kjasklsakas (Guest)
said at 8:49 PM on Wed Jun 3 2009
Family Guy isn't going to count because it's a parody series.
sonik (Guest)
said at 4:25 AM on Mon May 25 2009
Was it Frank Welker who voiced Soundwave during his Family Guy appearance?
wsakaaslashsdjkasd (Guest)
said at 7:20 PM on Thu May 21 2009
"I am Soundwave, I am burlesque girl, happy happy joy joy begins now!"
ascjgafadakujkjg (Guest)
said at 7:06 PM on Wed May 20 2009
Jeff Glen Bennett Something something......erior
batsy2 (Guest)
said at 10:09 PM on Tue May 19 2009
Frank Welker Superior, Rober Smith Inferior
john (Guest)
said at 7:28 PM on Mon May 18 2009
Frank Welker is the original so I'd go with him although Jeff Bennett does an ok job, Robert O Smith is terrible.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Soundwave voice actors?
Frank Welker
Robert O Smith
Jeff Bennett
Robert Belgrade
Peter Jessop
Isaac C Singleton Jr
Garry Chalk
Bronco Jackson