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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 to dress when recording Foleys?

A lot of Foley artists use sweat pants, soft clothes that don't make sound when rubbing together. Also take off any jewely, belts, etc.
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

shorts and a t shirt, to minimize clothing noise when doing a foot pass. clothing moves can be added separately. pants swishing noise can build up when doing multiple passes of feet.
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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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What are some tips and techniques on recording paper, pencil, chalkboard and other often harsh sounding foley?

To get rid of harshness at recording try the following: Record with a distance. Rarely do we hear a paper get torn from a distance of 20-30 cm. More so 50cm+++ Go off axis. This will get rid of ...
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What are some tips and techniques on recording paper, pencil, chalkboard and other often harsh sounding foley?

Well they are harsh sounds... First make sure that what you do as step number one is to control the source, change material (paper/board type, different pen or chalk etc) until you get a sound you ...
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

It depends. If I know for sure there are no way anyone would see me, and I'm in my own studio - tee and boxers. In extreme cases also a thick Palestinian scarf (textured with skulls and crossbones for ...
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Water / Snow Movement

Usually the smaller more intimate sounds will provide the detail, so you'll have those larger, slower, heavier wave sounds as the body and you can provide movement and texture and detail with smaller ...
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Foley - Paper Burning Sound

You have some options. You can obviously burn a piece of paper, although that might pose a hazard if not contained. It's fairly simple to reproduce a sound like it, but not exactly like. I would ...
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Bird flapping/flying away sound effect?

Great ideas so far. Have a pair of real wings but also a real feather duster is great as well as leather or suede gloves (soft leather) I also use these for dog ears flapping. If the wings are really ...
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Bird flapping/flying away sound effect?

Gloves, soft cover books (not pocket size) and umbrella work pretty well. Umbrella is good for bigger single flaps and if you edit umbrella recording a bit you can create wingflap loops of bigger ...
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Bird flapping/flying away sound effect?

Foley indeed, but adding a few real pigeon/crow wings flapping away in there works quite well too, it adds that quick whooshy air sound between the flaps. The thing to do would be quite obvious : If ...
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What are some tips and techniques on recording paper, pencil, chalkboard and other often harsh sounding foley?

While everyone has provided some great answers so far regarding the recording of these harsh sounds, no one has mentioned another critical answer: Performance. If you're scribbling with the fury of a ...
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Spotting to timeline with blank regions before recording/editing sfx

"i'm afraid i could confuse a low amplitude region with an empty one" Hiya, if you delete the "Audio Files" folder after spotting all offline clips will be greyed out. The recordings have a colour, ...
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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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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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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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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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Bird flapping/flying away sound effect?

Foley, is the way to go here. I've caught wing flaps (of crows actually), but the ambient sound was too great for them to be a focal point of the mix. Try flapping a pair of gloves (leather, fleece, ...
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Sound Design for Games

Here's a few great books on Sound Design/Effects, and they explain it for most mediums: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Effects-Bible-Create-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B003FQM2S4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&...
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Sound Design for Games

If you're looking to learn about foley this is the book... http://www.amazon.ca/The-Foley-Grail-Performing-Animation/dp/0240811259
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

maybe other signs of life? insects, birds, roaches, mice? maybe just various house creaking, settling sounds, wallpaper peeling? some varying room tone that changes subtly or modulates, or perhaps a ...
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

A typical way is through stuff like childrens laughter, distant in the mix. Other things are birds chirping, maybe casual conversation, table and tableware clinking, also distant in the mix.
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

There is no correct answer here, as is the case almost all of the time with questions about sound design. No rights, no wrongs, only different interpretations. My interpretation of this particular ...
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Microphone suggestion for recording Hard Fx/SFX and Foley

My personal recommendation is to get a couple of mics so you have options that are task specific. A solid dynamic mic like the Sure sm57 is an industry standard for capturing everything from snare ...
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young sound designer looking for feedback

I will give you some feedback! I like long and constructive feedback so I will give that to you. One of the things I really liked was that bottle smash, really good job on that sound effect. I also ...
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Foley - Paper Burning Sound

Twist and crumble aluminum foil, plastic wrap or plastic bag very slowly so that it makes crackling sound with short transients. Not all wraps or bags work. Plastic bag might require some hard ...
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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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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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