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Foley work is usually carried out on a Foley stage and involves the imitation of sounds from the everyday world, for use in various media but mainly film, TV, radio and video games. Use for questions related to Foley work.

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Awesome things to record that you would not normally think about

I think it would be cool to hear about some foley sessions that people have done that involved recording very odd things to get a desired sounds. For example, I did a foley session with a friend of ...
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Foley artist leather toolkit!

Good morning from Greece guys! I was surfing the internet today and i found something very interesting indeed! A toolkit created for foley artists dedicated for making the classic Swoosh, thud, bash, ...
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Do you design sound for video games as well as film and television?

How much of an overlap is there between the two industries? Some games companies promote the fact that their sound designers worked in the film industry. If you work in both industries what are the ...
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How do you make fairly portable Foley surfaces?

I want to start practicing foley walking, since it's been a while since i did it.... (And being able to do it for short projects wouldn't hurt either) I was thinking of using suitcases, but they ...
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Suggestions for a tensioned rope effect?

Hello! First time poster but (relatively) long time reader here. I am working on a kung fu short film and am currently stumped concerning a particular sound effect. Any suggestions would be so, so ...
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How do I record snow-based foley without real snow?

At the time of recording, conditions were so severe on set that recording on-set foley was out of the question, much less getting clean dialog. Lo and behold, it's now May, all the snow is gone, and ...
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

Just discovered a 2014 short called The Sound of COS. It shows two guys creating Foleys for a fashion commercial. The short being sponsored by COS, of course the two are dressed sleekly. However, I ...
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Pistachios - Taste and Sound Great

I recently finished a film which required foley for cannibal natives. I needed foley for shell and bone necklaces. I had nowhere to turn to, until a friend of mine discarded his pistachio shell cup!...
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Foley Recording Musts

Saludos a todos! I'm about to be sent as a Foley Recordist in a big movie that landed in the studio where I work. The fact is, I've already gathered some experience in different sound-oriented areas, ...
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Body Falls, Punches, and the like

Hi everyone, I was wondering if you could provide some creativity for creating body slaps, punches, falls, etc...the like.. My idea is essentially to get some fruit, vegetables, and a few pieces of ...
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What are some tips and techniques on recording paper, pencil, chalkboard and other often harsh sounding foley?

What are some tips and techniques on recording paper, pencil, chalkboard and other often harsh sounding foley? Many times I'm designing an animated piece that requires organic foley elements like ...
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How can I create, or where can I find a decent neck breaking sound?

So I am currently busy doing the sound design on a student film which has a character snapping another character's neck with her hands. Thus far I have cut in a sound effect that I found of someone ...
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Best budget microphone to record foley

Hi, As a starting sound designer I want to record my own foley. But for that I need a good microphoone to record foley. I don't have a big budget for expensive microphone, so I am looking for a ...
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How would YOU design the sound of fingernails on a floor?

Specifically, the sound of an animal/deranged human/creature of some sort skittering and clattering around on a stone floor? My application is for a large weighty creature, but your answers can ...
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Recording Flip flops in Foley

How do you people record flip flop steps in foley? The usual technique for other kinds of shoes doesn't work, because of how the shoe interacts with the foot and the floor. Thanks for any help!
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Foley Metal Footsteps

Just rejoined as couldn't figure out how to get my old account back, hope your all doing well! So on to the question, I've been trying to get metal surface footsteps to sound right for years but ...
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Foley Sounds for a swimming pool

Whats' the best way to make foley sound for a swimming pool at a uni without having to book out a actual pool for a whole day? Please help????
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Use of library sounds vs recording from scratch?

Hi all Was just wondering how much of your work consists of library sounds (bought or licensed) for generic / hard effects like doors, vehicles, footsteps, etc, etc.... Are there certain scenarios ...
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Tiny footsteps/foley?

Recently I had to create sounds for tiny people, they were about as tall as a pencil. I couldn't figure out a good sound for footsteps so I used my fingers on bare wood (because they ran across a bar)...
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Kung-Fu Foley Swooshes

Hi everyone, Iv been asked to create a number of swooshes, the type employed in martial arts movies etc. The visual it is being used for is an animation, but there doesn't have to be much character ...
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sound of flour monster

Hello everyone, It's the first time that I ask a question. I apologize for my bad english (I'm french woman sounddesigner). I need to create a flour monster for an animated movie. I used the snow ...
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Filling out the foley tracks.

One of the most difficult things I have a long way to go on learning how to do is filling out the soundtrack with realistic foley. I am having a bit of trouble with a particular short film I'm ...
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Bird flapping/flying away sound effect?

I can't seem to find a recording of a bird (a crow in particular) flapping its wings as it flies away in to the distance. I imagine it would be a hard sound to capture. How can I make this sound? ...
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Decreasing the pace of footsteps once they've been added (in Pro Tools)

Working on a project where there are quite a few off screen footsteps (2 pairs of feet) going on which I've painstakingly cut into Pro Tools. The director would now like them paced a bit slower and ...
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What does Foley mean?

We probably all know & use the word Foley but everyone seems to have a slightly different understanding of what it means. From talking to other sound people & watching documentaries I've ...
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top 8 foley pit surfaces?

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 ...
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Upgrading my gear - would love some input! Mics, field recorders and wind protection.

I've searched plenty and read hundreds of threads here in the last few days. This place is a great resource (definitely going to hang out here!) so forgive me if I'm going to repeat a bit! Hi Guys, I'...
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Best quality, affordable Shotgun mic

Hey, so I'm in need of a sensitive directional microphone. Something that I can point at say a drop of water or set farther back from something than say traditional condenser microphones and get a ...
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Technical question about Foley

This one is kind of a question that spawned from a project I'm working on and reading the last question on Foley. Here's a technical question for Foley Artists: How much do you, or a typical foley ...
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Looking for ambient sounds that could pass as 1830's London

I am working on a project that needs ambient street sounds from London in the 1830's. I have been trying to build this up from nothing and it is going well, however I need some sort of underlying ...
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What type of mics for recording effects/foley?

I'm looking to start recording my own field recordings, effects, and foley for a portfolio. What type of mics are used for this? Shotgun? Does anyone recommend any specific affordable mics to start ...
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Water / Snow Movement

I am working a project that involves a lot of water sound effects and movement. Since, it is an hour in length I have been trying to come up with ways the sounds of the water and movements won't sound ...
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Sound Design for Games

So I'm starting out as an independent game developer and I'm curious about the best way to design sound effects. I'm not sure if this is necessary, however my game engine is two-dimensional, with ...
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Sound Design on Tribes: Ascend - Part 2

Hey Everyone, Here are some updated gameplay videos from QuakeCon2011. I would love any and all feedback that you guys have on my sound design for this game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Foley: a rolling rock

I've got a scene which a huge rock is rolling down a mountain.how can I make this sound? Is there a material I can use to make the sound?
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Metal stab sound

So, I'm trying to make a metal stab for one of our robots who has big blade like arms. I tried stabbing a soda can with a butcher knife, but I'm not loving the result. Pitched down it just sounds like ...
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Designing the sound of a 20" *ahem*... "Member"

So I'm currently posting a rather dark comedic short and well the title beats around the bush but I need to design the movements of a flaccid enormous cock to put it quite bluntly... I have a ...
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Footsteps for Kontakt

Try this free footsteps patch. Give me feedback please. Requires the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or later. http://www.signoaudiodesign.com Thanks
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Tips on recording realistic foley

Okay so I am going to be doing some foley soon for an action piece. I was mesmerized by the realism of foley in The Hurt Locker, Green Zone and most of all, Saving Private Ryan. The film I am going ...
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Recording Foley with a ZOOM

Can you record Foley with a Zoom H4N? If so, should you use a small space, a slappy space, or open space, or other? I'm finishing a short and I wish I had the proper tools for foley recording but ...
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Tyre screech recreation

Hi I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to recreate the sound of a car screeching to a stop. Thanks
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

I am working on a film where a girl is in an abandoned old house that looks very creepy with wall paper peeling of the walls, cracked walls, and various debris on the floor. There is a voice over ...
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Lost audio files - Making the most of onboard camera audio

So I've screwed up pretty badly... We were shooting a talking head bit for a documentary and I must have dropped the SD card during the journey home. I'm usually pretty good at backing up but I only ...
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Recording "Bangs" etc

Hey everyone, I have a really simple question: With an SM57 how would you go about recording bangs, and slams, and rubble falling. I ALWAYS peak. Is it a case of simple doing tests. . .setting the ...
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I have created FIRE!

Hey guys, I want to share another discovery in my studio. I recently bought a used camera lens of e-bay to use with my digital camera. It was sent to me in a small cardboard box with a ton of ...
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Creating sounds of a Air Conditioning Shaft

I've got a programme coming up in a couple of weeks, where the characters spend most of the episode crawling around inside a big air conditioning shaft. I'm taking charge of foley, and obviously want ...
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Your Favorite Sound to create

What is your Favorite sound you have created? How did you create it and where did you use it?
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Foley - Paper Burning Sound

Im currently doing a post production for a short film and we are doing some foley works right now. There is a scene in my film that there is a guy that burning an exam paper so we want to have a sound ...
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Does the quality of picture affect the timbre of foley you record?

I have a question for you foley artists out there. Let's say you received 2 films to shoot foley on. One is a beautifully shot film, let us say for example it's "War Horse". Great cinematography, ...
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foley prop needed: a stack of cash

need a prop for the handling of cash about yeah big: Since, you know, I don't have a stack of cash that size on me. on screen this cash is pulled out of a counting machine, patted flat and placed on ...
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