imagine you had a pair of foley pits that were 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and about a foot deep.

each pit would be divided into 4 parts. the middle space between the pits would be exposed foundational concrete, so scratch that one off the list.

given all of that, which 8 surfaces would you put into the pit?

  1. Carpet
  2. Wood
  3. Linoleum
  4. Sheet Metal
  5. Water
  6. Sand
  7. Gravel
  8. Dry earth
  • Water is a good one! Cheers Feb 12 '12 at 22:51
  1. hard-wood floor
  2. carpet
  3. linoleum
  4. tile
  5. coarse dirt/earth
  6. sandy loam or sand
  7. asphalt/blacktop
  8. lined/sealed deep empty pit with interchangeable covers a. metal grate b. metal plate (i.e. "diamond-plate") c. wood planks e. can also be used as a water pit, hence the "deep" descriptor (though you'd need some sort of pump to empty it)

I'd also keep some loose gravel stashed in a bin for use with the dirt and asphalt/blacktop pits. I'd probably keep a shop vac handy too.

  • hard wood floor and carpet are covered oustide of the pits with no problem. Asphalt is interesting though... I wonder if asphalt could be just layered onto a 2'x2' concrete slab with carpet bottom though. concrete itself doesn't work that way because its ringy, but asphalt just might.
    – Rene
    Feb 13 '12 at 1:57

i'd say hardwood/wood plank is still in play. hardwood floors in a traditional hardwood floored house sound much different than prefab wood floors over concrete slab. it's a lifted hollow sound rather than the thin hard sound.

i'd also look at a strip of artificial grass that could have dirt layered in it. not astroturf but the synthetic grass.


  • that's very true about the hardwood, but I wonder if that sound has to be achieved in a pit vs as a surface that can just be layed on the ground. astroturf looks cool!
    – Rene
    Feb 14 '12 at 1:30

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