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Mic Position for Footsteps

Dear All, Do any of you tend to place the mic for perspective? Like if the person's feet are off screen, would you place the mic high or further away to make it less "in your face"? In my experience,...
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Creating Mech Sounds Similar to Gundam Wing

So, long story short, I'm working on a video game and I've been asked to make Giant Mech Robot sound effects similar to those of the old Gundam Wing shows. So more synthesized stuff it seems. I've ...
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DIY Foley Stage / Pits

Hello SSD World, I'm currently in the process of putting together a plan to build my own foley stage w/ corresponding pits to live under the surfaces. I'm wondering if anyone has any plans lying ...
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How to create a sci fi gun charging up sound effect

I'm trying to create a clunky sci fi gun that charges up before blasting someone to bits. I'm finding it difficult on how to create a charging sound effect! Any tips or tricks would be awesome! ...
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How can I make the sound of fly or mosquito?

I wonder how can I make the sound of a mosquito or a fly or any kind of insect? I prefer a comic sound.
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Creating sound effects for beginners?

There are sites to find free pre-recorded sound effects. But how are new SFX created when designing a reality for a scene? Could you recommend some resources (books, videos, tutorials, etc.) for ...
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Release mechanism for car drop session

Hello, we are doing a car drop session and everything else has been already planned apart from one last thing. I haven´t been able to find any reasonable system for the release mechanism that connects ...
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Foley Editing for the mix

This is especially geared towards anybody who has done a lot of work on films with an M&E requirement, but really everyone in general. When editing Foley, do you tend to cut things very tight, or ...
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What is an acceptable noise floor for recording foley in a quiet room

Recording some foley mostly backpack movements and chair sitting downs and ups in (any wild ideas out there other than mimicking the real thing? Anyways, my noise floor is -50.5 dbA from SankenCS1e ...
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cutting foley/footsteps through compression?

Anyone do this? We're looking to tweak our chain somewhat, and one of the more obvious things is to go ahead and compress some of those quick transients out on the cut side of foley and footsteps. ...
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Foley - tire rolling sounds for an animated series

I am working on an animated series for kids about cars (and other vehicles). I use a lot of toy and cartoony sounds for their jumps, fails etc. I also need a good variation of tire rolling sounds. ...
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Cutting in Foley/Feet via sound library vs recording

I'm a sound editor and while early in my career, a majority of my work is doing foley editing (Feet, Props, occasional cloth). Now I'm not complaining because I have work and I've been able to work on ...
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Finding Props for sound

Where does everyone look for cool sounding props? If you do, do you have places you check on a regular basis?
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How to Foley bicycle?

I am currently recording some extra scenes for a post production project. I was wondering if anyone has any tips or experience on recreating the sound with Foley techniques for a person riding a ...
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Techniques for Recording a Car

Hello everybody, I am a University student in the UK and I was hoping that you may be able to give me some guidance on my final year project. The main aim is: To demonstrate whether using low budget ...
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Favourite Foley Props

What are your favourite foley props? The items that make the coolest sounds, or are just essential to get the sound right? Tripods for zimmer frames, fish slices for sword schwings - what prop do you ...
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Sound Design: any sound effects library with rolling ball bearing sounds?

Does anyone know of a sound effects pack or website that contains a decent set of rolling ball bearing/hardball (e.g marbles etc.) sounds? I'm specifically looking for a ball rolling along a small ...
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Films with extended moments of great sound

What are your favourite long form pieces of sound design in film? I'm doing a little research into a project where I'd need to make up 50 minutes of film with exciting/interesting sound for a ...
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Do you file your foley?

I created a lot of custom footsteps and cloth movement geared toward specific characters and movements for a project and I just wrapped it up. If you record a ton of material like this and use it for ...
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How can I record footsteps in sand without sand?

I need to record footsteps in sand, but I can't take sand into the studio. Is there any not-so-messy materials that would make a convincing substitute?
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Gigantic Foley/EFX sessions.

Hi team, 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 ...
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What will be a good microphone to record folding clothes?

I have been trying to record folding clothes with a zoom H2 and obviously I get more noise than the signal and then when I try to eq the noise the signal also get very weak. What would be a better ...
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Spotting to timeline with blank regions before recording/editing sfx

Hi all Do you spot what and where to record on the timeline with fake blank regions, and then replace those blank regions while recording (if your recording foley) and with your edited sfx? Or do you ...
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Foley Mic: Shotgun vs Hyper?

When picking a foley mic, I've seen lots of recommendations, both hypers and shotguns, but I'm unclear as to where each would have their place in a foley kit. If not on a soundstage getting the ...
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How to make playing card noises sound more satisfying and full

I'm having trouble on the sound of playing cards, actual playing cards aren't doing it and there are not many resources out there for playing card noises. Any suggestions?
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Foley: Dog Feet

Hey guys. I'm trying to record/design some dog footsteps. any suggestions? I dont have a dog and havent seen a dogs feet for a while but from what I remember their quite hardened, kind of plasticy ...
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air release Foley Moves

I need to do some 'piston' style, air release foley moves next week. They have to be clean (ie no erroneous rattles from the props!) so was just wandering if any of you guys had any good ideas! The ...
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Trees being ripped from the ground

I am working on a feature that requires the sound of some massive hulking creature ripping trees from the ground. Any ideas on how I would create this sound effect. I'm thinking about layering the ...
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Foley Caress tiger

Hey guys, I'm stuck with this one. I have to Foley the sound of someone caressing a tiger. I've tried different things without any success. Do you have any ideas? Thanks in advance, Marco
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Need advice on which mics to get.

Hi Guys Just starting to get into foley and field recording for my University project. I've got a budget of around £500 and need some advice on which type of mics to purchase. Im essentially looking ...
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Icy/Frosty Feet…

I'm recording foley this week, and a lot of the scenes are on ice.... has anyone recorded icy/frosty footsteps before, and has any recommendations on how to get the right sound? Would you recommend ...
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Foley sampler instrument - Some questions to sound designers

Hi, I am a MSc Sound Design Student at Leeds Met Uni in the UK and for my final major project (starting now and handed in at the end of September) I am proposing to make a Kontakt-based sampler ...
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Cloth Foley Off Screen?

Generally when I'm cutting Foley, if someone walks off screen or out of a room I'll cut at least a handful of footsteps to follow them out - their sudden absence would certainly be missed. I'm ...
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How do I capture or create first-person audio?

I was wondering how I might capture or create audio which sounds like it's being heard first-person. For example, there's a scene in Being John Malkovich where the viewer sees through Malcovich's ...
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Recording CRT sound effects

Hello everyone! My roommates and I recently decluttered the house. Once all the dust cleared, I found that we had 4 crt tv's that we're throwing out. Seeing them, I decided to hold on to them and use ...
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FOLEY TECHNIQUE: How to do squirrel running on a tree?

I am out of my imagination. Maybe someone could help or have done this? How to do sound of a squirrel running on a tree branches? The shot is close.
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Don't get mad, but do I NEED a sound mixer on my film shoot?

I will be shooting (producing) a super low budget short for 4 days out in the country. There is no dialogue. One scene features a struggle that ends in someone getting stabbed. My former colleagues ...
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Foley Mic recomendations < 1500 Euro

I have some Budget, so i want to get a good Foley Mic. For now I tested the Rode ngt2 and sennheiser mkh 416. Do you have any recomendations for an all around foley mic?
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Foley - Simulate light wind through trees

After a physical (ie not digital) way to recreate the sounds of light wind through tree tops. Need the the ability to simulate with intermittence like in real life. Question for a foley artist....
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How to create a lightsaber sound true to the original method?

The original Star Wars lightsaber sound is interference from a CRT, combined with a projector motor sound recording: [...] the microphone passed right behind the picture tube and as it did, this ...
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Requesting tips - Sound/foley workshop without software

I would need some help with ideas for a workshop in sound design for beginners. I'm working at a game company and my boss overheard me talking about foley and decided he wants me to hold a fun ...
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Water Foley - How does it work?

We few of us are planning to build a foley pit, but are quite concerned as to how to do water foleys. Till now we have been using plastic buckets and metal tubs filled with water. There are two ...
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Custom ADR Software

Hey guys, I know I asked a similar question earlier and I really don't mean to beat a dead horse, But, I would like to create a custom ADR cueing program. Basically, all I really need is the ...
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Free foley / sound effect sites?

Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you might know good websites that offer free sound effects similar to http://www.freesound.org/? I stumbled upon this few years back when I was studying in ...
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How to foley grass footsteps

I work about 5 mins away from Griffith Park, but the guttural rumble from the bowels of the Interstate 5 prevent me from recording such lush greenery being trampled. What would be a good substitute ...
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Which Mic to use for recording small metallic buttons etc ?

Hi all Going to record alot of small metallic stuff in the coming weeks, and thought about which mic would fit the job best. These are all small metal buttons, metal switches, metal clings/clangs. ...
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foley sounds need advice

Hi guys I struggling to think of how to create the sound of horses galloping, I can create the sounds individually by banging two objects together in cycles of threes to create that "doo doo doof" ...
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What is the difference between foley and practical sound?

What is the difference between foley and practical? My guess is that foley is after the film is shot why practical sound is after a movie is shot.
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reverse eating sounds

so....firsty hello secondly, i'm trying to create the sound a woman eating in reverse....literally pulling the food out of her mouth (intact) i'm not getting quite enough "squish" when recording ...
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Reducing room on recordings

Hey Looking for any bright ideas to help me... Im a sound editor recording some feet in my lounge for a feature - I have a creaky old hollow wood floor which is absolutely perfect for deck of a ship,...