A question for all you foley/location/EFX recordists out there...
I recently spent an hour or two with a few balloons in my quiet room. Yes, microphones were involved... I recorded the entire time with an H4N and a large diaphragm condenser, blowing them up, squeaking, spinning wooden dowels around inside, &tc. This means that I have a stereo file from the onboard mics and a mono for the condenser, both of which are nigh on two hours long.
I didn't have a plan since I was just fooling around with a borrowed recorder to see what kind of sounds I could get. However, I've just spent the last half hour editing and now that I've looked up, I see that I've only cut 3 minutes worth of clean sounds so far and still have more than an hour and a half worth of raw stuff to go through. And it's not as if I can just eyeball it and skip to bits that look like they might be good; too many easy to miss nuances that sit way down with tiny waveforms.
My question is, how do I go organize my recordings so that I don't have to spend all of the rest of my life editing balloon squeaks?
When you're doing a foley or EFX session, do you have a particular order in which you do things? i.e./ Specific movements first (breaths, then squeaks, then spins), then move onto the silly/fun part trying to make it make weird noises?
Or does it take just as much time either way, so just have at 'er and worry about it later?
It makes sense to me to plan stuff out (at least have a general idea of what I want), but I worry that sticking too closely to a rule like that might miss opportunities to get great sounds. The problem with that is that I'm totally ADD and get sonically sidetracked/fixated really easily. I'm planning to do a day in the forest soon, and I know I'll end up with at least twice the two hours I did with balloons.
Also, on the editing side, how do you know when to stop? which stuff is actually likely useable, and what's not?