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What is the difference between foley and practical sound?

Film Soundtracks are made up of 3 components: Dialogue Sound Effects Music Each of these three components can be broken down into two distinct types: Production Post-Production These types define ...
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How would YOU design the sound of fingernails on a floor?

For the sound of dog I actually normally just use a kind of heavy-duty gloves I've epoxy-glued paper-clips on. I was gonna try other things as well when it was still just gaffed on, like pieces of ...
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Is Behringer C-1 mic good enough for foley recordings for the price?

To be honest any mic can do Foley, I've seen Foley done with an sm57 which is historically an instrument mic. Foley has much more to do with technique than what mic you are using, 80% of Foley is the ...
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FOLEY TECHNIQUE: How to do squirrel running on a tree?

Never actually tried it, but my first thought was just fingernails* on actual tree bark. Maybe the stuff you can get from florists - I quickly Googled 'florist supplies tree bark' & got a bunch of ...
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How to create a sci fi gun charging up sound effect

Well, when I think of a "charging" sound, I instantly think of something increasing. Level, pitch, both maybe. I would have a sustained sound, slowly increasing in pitch, maybe an exponentially ...
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How to create a space shuttle take off sound effect?

Whenever I want to recreate a sound synthetically, I start by analyzing the envelopes, source, filter and modulations and effects. The source will certainly be white noise since there isn't any tonal ...
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Tyre screech recreation

This is a nice one... http://deauditievedienst.tumblr.com/post/42278000168/foley-trick-how-to-record-the-sound-of-screeching It's from Arnoud Traa, a Sound Designer/Recordist from Amsterdam.
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How to make gunfire like in Cave arcade shmups?

I'm only going to tackle one aspect of this - I'm ignoring the implied 'how do I use a DAW' aspect, as it's well outside the remit of this stack. The way you set this up could likely depend on the ...
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How do you make a jumpscare sound effect?

Audio for jump scares is usually designed to support what is happening on the screen at the time. This means that, without more information, anything here will be abstract at best. In making a horror ...
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How Can I Make Haunted House Ambient Music?

You can create the wind with a noise that you filter with a high pass filter and then with a low pass filter with resonance while you change the low pass frequency constantly. You can create the ...
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How can I digitally recreating water sounds

Andy Farnell's Pure Data patches sure will help you a lot! It would be nice if you specified the kind of water sounds... Anyway, here you probably have most flavours you want: Water bubbles Running ...
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Ventilator/Respirator foley sound

It has noise. A square wave. (B Note) A click in the low mids. two click in the low The person who recorded this video, added extra machine sound which is not necessary to add. Or you can just add ...
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Foley - tire rolling sounds for an animated series

A few ideas to try: Instead of tires, use other spherically-shaped objects such as basketballs, soccer balls, big exercise balls, etc. Varying amounts of pressure on said objects will create more or ...
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Foley - tire rolling sounds for an animated series

Sand: Can be a bit tricky to get decent recordings of. Wet sand is by far the best, the more courser the sand the better - really course river sand is great, or even beach sand if you have sand that ...
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Advice on Building a Portable foley stage/pit

Foley 'pits' are usually used for the footsteps part of the foley process. Consequently each 'pit' will contain a different 'surface' to be used for footsteps. Unfortunately some surfaces will be ...
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How to create a gentle summer breeze and gentle leafy breezes?

Let me try to point some of my comments more towards an answer... If you really need the sound of wind, then you need to re-create the surfaces for it to interact with. Wind, by itself, doesn't ...
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How can I make a mechanical cat purr?

I made a tutorial on how to make a cat purr with FL Studio, maybe it can help you todo: get a growl synth for the purr that is not heard constantly, chop the sound so ...
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Foley - Simulate light wind through trees

Some time ago I did it like Justin said, with a some branches and moving in circles.... Here is the sound I got (this is the raw sound without any process or edit) . I ...
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Foley - Simulate light wind through trees

You could get some leaves and branches and moves them around, perhaps swinging a leafy branch or two gently near your mic. You could even blow eaves in a fan and take out all the lows of the fan, ...
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Foley Sounds for a swimming pool

I would try to get a plastic basin that can be filled with water. Fill it up outside and be ready to refill it. Get you mic(s) ready (not close enough to get splashed) and start recording. I'd start ...
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Requesting tips - Sound/foley workshop without software

a box of sand 2 coconut shells a white cabbage a balloon a pane of glass a piece of expanded polystyrene a side of ham [or bag of sand] a hammer & a blunt chef's vegetable knife ... hours of fun....
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Rode NT5 Or NT1A + scarlett solo setup for recording foley

Ask three people, get three answers. I'd go with the NT1A. The reason is that in order to record realistic versions of such noise, you want room/corridor acoustics to participate and that results in ...
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Rode NT5 Or NT1A + scarlett solo setup for recording foley

If your only need is foley, I'd highly recommend a Zoom H4n or Zoom H5/H6. They have incredibly detailed microphones and are sensitive to the quietest sounds. I use my H5 almost daily and it's worth ...
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Getting started with live foley work to movie picture in a small room

you need a fairly dead space to work in with pits containing various types of surface to walk on. Foley is comprised of various disciplines - walking, clothing and artifacts. In order to be an ...
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Will shotgun microphones pickup sounds like birds chirping outside?

Would a shotgun microphone pick up bird sounds? Yes, depending on how quiet it is otherwise and how close you are to the subjects (birds). Nature recordists more typically use parabolic dish ...
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How to record sounds with an XLR cable

A Shure SM57 is not very suitable for recording Foley sounds. A condenser microphone is much more typical to use for recording ambient and natural sounds and Foley/SFX (sound effects). A "sleeper" ...
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How to record sounds with an XLR cable

You need a portable / field recorder with an XLR input in order to use the mic in the field, to record sounds. There are many different makes and models out there, discussed in many threads on this ...
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What to look for in a microphone/studio

These are really broad questions. In terms of a mic. At $50 your in the Chinese unbranded territory type of microphone and most (I would imagine) couldn't give you an opinion on one that would be ...
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Recording Tap Dance

A wireless lav on the dancer and Foley replacement are only two possible solutions. And probably not even the most commonly used solutions. Conventional micing techniques, and barrier ("PZM") ...
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Will an external microphone make a tremendous difference in my work?

Effects are spliced into your recordings. They are supposed to be clearly audible and thus come with considerable gain. If they come with a non-trivial noise floor, this noise floor will be spliced ...
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