Using Foley for percussion and drums is a creative alternative or supplement to using drum machines and sample packs. Foley adds a texture to your music that you just can’t get from pre-made samples and loops. Environmental sounds also hold a lot of meaning. Think of rain, for example. For some people, the sound of rain reminds them of a relaxing day spent at home, while others feel down thinking of the overcast that comes with it.
Recording studio quality Foley is becoming easier to do with tools like Spire Studio. Powered by a four-hour rechargeable battery, you can record, edit, mix and share recordings on the go, without any cables.
Infusing percussion with foley
Collect a few choice recordings, or make your own at home, then fire up your DAW. Just like using samples or synths, your sound sources should have an interesting character and tone.
Even if doesn’t make the final cut, starting a Foley-based project with a rhythmic loop, as opposed to a sample or recording, is recommended. It sets the foundation that you can build everything else around.