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foley for flying hummingbird Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 15th April 2019
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foley for flying hummingbird

Hi

i'm foleying a short animated movie where you see a hummingbird flying around
and i can't think of a way to reproduce the sound of the wings flapping rapidly.

the real sound of a flying hummingbird is a heavy sound that doesn't sound so pretty, so i need more something like the little bird in Pocahontas you see in these scene YouTube

thanks,
Nicolas
Old 15th April 2019
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Old 15th April 2019
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And ironically I bought a full sound effects library of humming birds to emulate an artificial drone that's alive for a film that I never ended up using.
Old 16th April 2019
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You can try one of those little battery powered handheld fans. Put some strips of fabric or leather on the blades and move it around the mic. I did that once but I can't remember if it was for a hummingbird or an insect
Old 16th April 2019
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I remember a long time ago, as a little kid, watching a special on I think it was the Disney Club TV show about how they did the sound for tinkerbell (Peter Pan), and it stuck with me - roughly 25 years later I did try it myself for a clip and it worked out great.
They used an upturned bicycle, spun the wheels by hand, and used a feather (or different bits of paper, card, foil, whatever), holding the tip of it into the spinning spokes.
Moving up and down to different parts of the spokes yields slightly different timbres, great for doing movement.
Old 16th April 2019
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If you want to try the 'library' route, there's this:

WINGS | Wing Sound Effects Library | asoundeffect.com
Old 17th April 2019
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A small fan as mentioned is a good idea.

For extra speed, play the video at half speed and perform in front of the mic, twisting and turning your noisemaker. It's the jedi way .

Played at twice the speed(full video speed) you'll get a nice pitchup with less editing required.
Old 18th April 2019
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We've got hummers going crazy around our feeders all day long, especially this time of year. I'm tempted to throw a couple of mics up there and turn them into Foley artists.
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