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Sounddogs Foley Sound Effects Library

Sounddogs Foley Sound Effects Library

The Sounddogs Foley Archive comprises 5,889 Foley Sounds: a comprehensive collection of sound recordings of countless elements––presented in Sounddogs' famously brilliant audio quality.

This impressive collection of foley sounds was expertly compiled by the Sounddogs archivists; it contains a great range of sound categories that cover all your everyday sound editing needs.

The Sounddogs Foley Archive contains recordings of movements and steps made by both humans and animals, on all kinds of surfaces. The actions include rustling trash bags, opening cans and bottles, moving chairs, and lighting cigarettes (despite the known health hazards...).

Sounddogs - Foley is a Sounddogs product.

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, Supervising Sound Editor / Sound Designer, Estonia
"Very useful and great sounding library, specially the real footsteps and horse foley!"
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Sounddogs Foley Overview

Overview of Sounddogs - Foley

This overview lists the sound effects categories of the Sounddogs Sounddogs - Foley according to the original track list. This list is based on the original metadata from the products sound files and allows a simple and easy way to import the files into your sound library administration software like Soundminer.

The Soundminer programs offer comprehensive tools and features for a modern workflow to administrate, search, find and transfer soundfiles directly to your editing system. Never heard of it? Read more about the industry-standard production system Soundminer and why it will make your editing day faster and easier than ever before!

Sounddogs - Foley contains 176 categories

  • Air Bursts
  • Ambience
  • Animals Horse
  • Animals Wild
  • Applause
  • Arrows And Bows
  • Bags
  • Bags Knapsacks
  • Ball Bounce
  • Bangs
  • Bar 30 Cal
  • Basket Movement
  • Bb
  • Belts Buckles Luggage
  • Bikes
  • Bird
  • Body Fall
  • Body Falls
  • Body Hits
  • Body Punches Slaps
  • Books
  • Books Paper Pages
  • Bottle Cork Pops Clinks
  • Bottles Cork Pops Clinks
  • Bow And Arrow Bys
  • Breaths Inhale Exhales
  • Briefcase
  • Briefcase Suitcase
  • Brushing
  • Bullet Bys And Riccos
  • Cabinets
  • Cards Poker Chips
  • Carriages Onboard And Foley
  • Cars Various
  • Casino
  • Chair
  • Chariots
  • Cigarettes And Cigars
  • Cloth
  • Cloth Blanket
  • Cloth Clothing
  • Cloth Fabric
  • Cloth Movement
  • Coffin
  • Communications
  • Computers Mouseclanksclickssingle Doublehandlescroll Whee
  • Concrete Barefoot
  • Couch
  • Crash
  • Credit Cards
  • Crowd
  • Cupboard
  • Cutlery Dishes Glasses
  • Dance Dancing
  • Dog Foley
  • Dogs
  • Doors
  • Drops Various
  • Eat Drink
  • Explosion
  • Ext
  • Eye Glasses And Binoculars
  • Feet Footsteps
  • Fight
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Fnl Foley
  • Folder
  • Foley
  • Foley King Soundworks
  • Foley Cloth
  • Foley Dirt
  • Foley Footsteps
  • Foley Interior
  • Foley Movement
  • Foleyvarious
  • Foliage Grass
  • Food Moves
  • Footsteps
  • Fs Water And Snow
  • Glass
  • Gloves
  • Golf
  • Gorilla Mjy
  • Groans
  • Group Dirt Grass 1
  • Group Dirt Grass Foley
  • Group Onboard Cobblestone
  • Group Onboard Dirt Grass Foley
  • Guns
  • Handk Psg 1
  • Hands Clap
  • Hands Fingers
  • Headphones
  • Hits Break Down
  • Hits Metal
  • Hits Various
  • Household
  • Human Foley
  • Human Vocal
  • Humans
  • Ice Foley
  • Impact Foley
  • Impacts And Crashes Foliage
  • Impacts And Crashes Mud Goo
  • Insect
  • Jap 92 Nambu
  • Jewelry And Makeup
  • Keys
  • Kisses
  • Knife
  • Latches
  • Luggage
  • Magazines
  • Metal
  • Metal Jingles
  • Milling Vocals And Breaths
  • Milling Vocals And Breaths Foley
  • Miscellaneous
  • Miscellaneus
  • Money Bills
  • Money Coin Foley
  • Money Coins
  • Money Foley
  • Monsters
  • Moves
  • Moves Plastic
  • Newspapers
  • Office
  • Paper
  • Pen Pencils
  • Phones Cellular
  • Phones Hang Up
  • Pick Up Various
  • Plastic
  • Plexiglass
  • Pops
  • Props
  • Riccos
  • Seat Belts Buckles
  • Seats
  • Singles Cobblestone
  • Singles Cobblestone Foley
  • Singles Dirt Grass Foley
  • Singles Onboard Dirt Grass
  • Singles Onboard Dirt Grass Foley
  • Skate Figure Skating
  • Sound Design
  • Splashes
  • Splats
  • Sports
  • Squeaks
  • Squishes
  • Tape
  • Telephone
  • Thompson
  • Tire
  • Underwater Metal
  • Various
  • Various Others
  • Volcano
  • Wagons Carts And Carriages
  • Wagons Onboard And Foley
  • Water
  • Water Splashes And Sprays
  • Water Underwater Fx
  • Weapons Ancient
  • Weapons Machine Guns Heavy
  • Weapons Machine Guns Light
  • Weapons Rifles
  • Weather Rain
  • Wood
  • Wood Impact
  • Writing
  • Writting
  • Zippers

This list is merely an overview. Please consult the Sounddogs - Foley track sheet for more information and a complete overview of all the recordings.

Foley Sounds

Foley sounds are named after their 'inventor', Jack Foley. The foley artist is the person that enriches the on-screen action of a film with artificial sounds, created with the help of props.

Foley technique was invented to make radio dramas more interesting, i.e. by having technicians create live sounds and/or sound effects with the help of props and gadgets.

The craft now lives on in film production: the following video illustrates the work of foley artists and clearly proves that they are highly specialised tradesmen and masters of their craft.

Video Foley Sounds -– This impressive video shows the 'invisible' craft of the foley artists who create sounds and sound effects live and in synch with the images on the screen.

The work of the foley artist is a lot more quiet and low-key than the explosions, rumbling battle ships or screaming monsters created by sound designers. On low-budget productions, foley work is often entirely overlooked. But foley sounds are very important for story-telling. Sounds recorded on set are often quite good but foleys add another, extremely important element to the sound design, no matter whether we're talking about documentary films, features or TV productions.

Foley sounds can have a subtle but important effect; for example, you can give an actor heavy footsteps. Or if the actor is a big, heavy man, you can give him light steps––this can then be interpreted in different ways (e.g. he might seem unauthentic).

But if you give him heavy steps, he will carry weight. Or he could just be a heavy-footed bumpkin.

This simple example shows how versatile foley sounds are and how they can help tell the story in a very subtle way.

The Foley Sound Archive

Not every production can afford to book a foley studio. An archive of foley sounds is the ideal addition to existing sound archives and offers a wealth of material that will help you create sounds, effects, and noises.

Creating a foley track is painstaking work that demands great attention to detail. A comprehensive archive with versatile recordings as well as variations and detailed descriptions is an absolute must for this work, as it will allow you to create tracks much more efficiently.

Sounddogs Foley Sounds - Steps

Sounddogs Foley Sounds - Steps

Footsteps are a classic foley element. The Sounddogs Foley Sounds Archive contains more than 1,300 recordings of footsteps. Particular emphasis was put on the various surfaces and the variation of the step patterns. Foley sounds are traditionally created in a studio by so-called foley artists. They will generally be in a fixed position during the recordings, but they will have access to a variety of surface materials.

Apart from the studio recordings, the Sounddogs Foley Sounds Archive also contains a number of footsteps recorded outdoors, e.g. in the undergrowth, on sand and on gravel. These recordings can easily be inserted into exterior scenes, as they sound much more natural than studio recordings.

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Sounddogs Foley Sounds - Animal Steps

When you mention foley artists and animal steps, most people immediately think of coconut shells. This old trick still works wonders (particularly for close-up shots), so we're not gonna knock it. But it's hard to beat original recordings of horses because they include the kinetic energy of the animal's movements.

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Movement Sounds

Sounds created by movement are generally 'inaudible'. When you create the sound for a sequence with the help of foleys, you don't just use steps aligned in synch with the image, you also create a presence for the sounds of movement, e.g. when someone spreads out their arms or turns around.

These 'small' but very delicate sounds can hardly be noticed in the mixed sequence. So why do all the work if no one can actually hear it? Naturally, it makes no sense if the scene in question also features a B-52 flying through the shot at 120dB sound pressure. But in more quiet scenes, these 'small' sounds can create a very strong connection with the image. Sequences with expertly laid foley tracks are much more authentic and exciting to the viewer's ears. This is equally true for fictional narratives as it is for documentaries.

Recording Foleys

The line between foley sounds and sound FX is blurred –– you have to decide for yourself what you consider a foley sound rather than a sound effect. If you decide to work with a professional foley artist, it is recommended that you define very clearly which sounds are actually part of the foley work (particularly if several people are involved in the sound editing and there's a risk of work overlapping).

Recording Impact Sounds with Sounddogs and Rob Nokes

Sounddogs Sound Recording Dropping a stone slab onto a concrete surface
Sounddogs Picture: Sound recording of a stone slab hitting a concrete surface

They say you can't get something from nothing. Well, this is certainly true of sound recordings. If you want to record loud noises and crashes in a controlled environment, you have to be very inventive. Veteran field recordist Rob Nokes, the owner of Sounddogs, entrenched himself in a backyard to create impact sounds with stone slabs, metal parts and some other things.

For the impact to have enough force, the items need to have quite a bit of weight. More importantly, they need to be dropped from a certain height. Rob hired a lift truck, which allowed him to drop things from a height of roughly 15 feet––with impressive results.

Caution: falling off a lift truck can damage your health!

Sound Recordings in Scrapyards

Sounddogs Image: The choice of possible sounds and noises a scrapyard offers is quite amazing.

Unfortunately, we cannot claim that this is an actual picture of the Avosound backyard where we collect things picked up in the street for the purpose of creating new sounds. But we do know that there are indeed sound designers and foley artists out there who are heavily into collecting, er, props (rubbish?) for their work [insert a pic of your backyard here or email it to us!!!].

Rather than amassing heaps of junk in our own backyard (to the annoyance of spouses, neighbours, officials and potential descendants who will have to clear the stuff out eventually), we go visit an actual scrapyard to record our sounds.

Junkyards might be an eyesore to most people, but for sound designers they are a veritable paradise (particularly if they happen to be in a quiet, remote location).

The choice of possible sounds and noises a scrapyard offers is quite amazing. There's an endless variety of materials and items you can throw around, beat up and/or crush. And it's totally legal too––no one cares if you break anything in a junkyard.

Sounddogs Picture: Rob Nokes and his assistant record the sounds of metal parts in a scrapyard.
Sounddogs Picture: Rob Nokes and his assistant record the sounds of metal parts in a scrapyard.

For his recordings, Rob picked a very interesting, remote scrapyard during the cold season (hence there won't be any distracting animal sounds, e.g. birds or crickets).

Rob picked out some funky items to clang together; a static microphone on the ground records Rob's handling of the props, while someone else follows his movements with a handheld mic, monitoring the sound levels.

Sounddogs Picture: There's still life left in them! Making noise with car rims.
Sounddogs Picture: There's still life left in them! Making noise with car rims.