Westchester, NY (November 6, 2017)—New York motion picture and TV Foley specialist Alchemy Post Sound has added a second Foley stage to its 3,500-square-foot facility.
The new space is designed to complement the company’s original Foley stage with a “live” sound environment meant to enhance the production of interior effects that can benefit from natural ambiance. The new stage will also enable Alchemy to boost production, allowing two Foley teams to work simultaneously.
“We needed to expand and to have more flexibility with the sounds that we create.” explained Foley artist and company co-founder Leslie Bloome. “This also allows us to keep two teams working during normal business hours.” Recent credits for the company including the features Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; Radium Girls; and Good Time, as well as the television series Berlin Station, The Sinner, Master of None and Gypsy.
Alchemy Post’s new 1,300-square-foot Foley Stage Two has a natural reverberation time of 500 milliseconds. That stands in contrast to the studio’s original Foley stage, which has a traditional “dry” sound. The reverb makes the new space ideal for recording interior sound effects. A theatrical curtain was installed to partition the space when the ambience needs to be lessened.
“The bounce in the room creates a beautiful ambience and the existing floor allows us to recreate the sound of concrete, linoleum and tiles,” explains Bloome. “It’s virtually impossible to recreate that ambience artificially.” He adds that adjoining kitchen and bathroom spaces are also utilized for recording Foley in natural environments.
The stage’s control room is fitted with a C24 console running Avid Pro Tools HD. Other key elements include Neumann U87 and KMR 81 microphones into Millennia microphone preamps and an Apogee Symphony converter.
Alchemy also has regular access to a 70-year-old private residence, which its crews use to record creaky floors, staircases and other sounds.
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