Hey chaps. In a bit of bother desperately racking my brains, I need to record foley for a game with a small river running through it and it's pretty last minute. Any ideas or techniques you've used before would be hugely appreciated. Thanks Dominic

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    @Dominic, I don't understand your question. Are you recording foley or trying to create the sound of a river? – Jay Jennings Dec 8 '11 at 1:46
  • @jayjennings Sorry bad wording (it's late here) I am trying to create the sound of a river flowing – Dominic Dec 8 '11 at 1:55

What kind of game is it? What kind of perspective are we hearing the rivers from?

If you have a contact mic or hydrophone, try recording running water by attaching the mic to a pipe (non-metallic preferably), or some other surface which is in contact with running water. I've recorded some great running water sounds using contact mics, which I imagine would work perfectly in a scenario where the sound was intended to be relatively symbolic (as opposed to trying to recreate a soundscape in a 3D environment).

  • @James. It's in the style of skyrim, but on a much smaller scale but that is how it looks and feels. The river is flowing under a bridge that the player walks across. I think I do have a contact mic somewhere but not used it for some time, I will try and look it out and give it a try. Thanks! – Dominic Dec 8 '11 at 1:59
  • @Dominic If there's an immersive 3D environment like Skyrim, I imagine it would be good to have a layer with a bit more 'air' as well, something like a stereo recording of a stream or river. You'll know best of course! – James Bryant Dec 8 '11 at 5:33

i recently used my shower, tolilet,sink,kettle and hose to record loads of waters sounds for a video game aswell, i did record a small stream and pitch alter and Eq it to give it more size, hope this helps


here is a small river recording i did on my h4n...nothing special but with a bit of post production i think this could be workable sample ;) you can do and use this on whatever you want ;) http://www.sendspace.com/file/ykaqzd

  • @Linas Thanks for the link, it has to be a original recording though. Sorted now. – Dominic Dec 9 '11 at 15:03

Not to pimp myself out here, but I do have a large collection or rivers and streams here: http://rabbitearsaudio.com/rea007-brooks-streams-waterfalls/

  • @sepulchra thanks alot for link, it had to be a recording though, which i've now done. – Dominic Dec 9 '11 at 15:04

I'm working on a Kontakt (Structure?) samples library contains 61 surround streams from waterfalls to rivers and creeks spread from left to right thru the keyboard. Not ready yet but coming out soon.

  • @Bernard Sounds excellent, i'm all sorted now though. Thanks anyway – Dominic Dec 9 '11 at 15:05

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