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How would you make the footsteps in snow sound either via synthesis or recording/sampling? I would prefer the latter.

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Squeezing bags of corn starch sounds a lot like walking in the snow.

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To get a slushier sound, do what Nick said above, cornstarch in a pillowcase but make the mixture 50/50 cornstarch and birdseed.

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Agree with the corn starch, but adding a bit of rice gives a nice crispy texture as well. Also, adding dishwasher salts can give this texture.

Manipulating it with your hands rather than feet gives you more control over the sound.

Cheers

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Walking on gravel can also provide an effective 'snow' sound with some help from EQ. Though it misses the 'squeak' of the shoes compressing the snow.

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I've put corn starch in pillowcases, then recorded a foley artist walking on it. Creates that perfect scrunch, but also makes quite a mess as the powder gets everywhere. You can add some rock salt to get a grittier sound if desired.

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I think you can go further by adding an icy element to it

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Squeeze custard powder or corn starch in rubber gloves. Sounds great!

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Ive got a 25min snowy footsteps library ,recorded last winter. Lots of different types of snow, from crusty deep to frozen hard packed. Contact me at gimaudio {(at.)} gmail.com if you like.

Best wishes Mikkel

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I live in a place without snow, even during the winter. Walking over sand, make something very similar.

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I'm currently working on a Winter Kontakt library that will contains footsteps on about 16 different types of snow. Check this demo video here. You can go to my site and download a free footsteps patch for Kontakt. This "Female boots footsteps patch" is not the final version but a test drive version of the patch, so let me know.

Cheers

Bernard

http://www.signoaudiodesign.com

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