I need a bunch of sounds of rugby balls being kicked. I need big, I need small, and everything in between. In the movie, the kicks always happen on the field outdoors.
I have an idea as to how I want to approach this, but I don't have much time to experiment so I want to get it right the first time. I'm sure there will be some great tips here, even maybe people that have already recorded kicked balls and can advise with specifics.
What to Record?
Does an actual ball being kicked sound good enough? Would I need to layer with many other sounds? I'm sure slapping the ball with my hand will allow me to get the resonance of the ball. Maybe a nice thump from hitting a bag of sorts, and a slap-ish sounding surface/object would give me the initial contact. Is this enough layers to play with and create lots of varied and full sounds? Any advice?
Should I go into a studio or quiet outdoors? I have access to a relatively spacious studio and I can empty it out, so I can kick balls all I want. I'm thinking I should go outdoors for the big kicks, and in the studio for the layers mentioned above? Even though the studio is quite well treated, I'm a little worried that I might pickup some slight reflections.
Mic Choice and Setup
To record the actual kick, does this make sense: Dynamic up close, a shotgun a few feet back, and if outdoors a nice stereo mic a bit further back?
I would really appreciate some pointers.