Feet First Sound was created in 2008 by Foley supervisor, editor and artist Barnaby Smyth. It was formed to produce high quality Foley for film, television and advertising.
In January 2016 The Laundry Foley Studio opened in Coggeshall, Essex, just 50 minutes from London. A state of the art Foley stage and sound-editing facility. Feet First Sound have brought on board Foley engineer Keith Partridge to help run The Laundry. Keith worked for many years at post house Hackenbacker’s foley studio in west London. Barnaby and Keith have formed a special recording chemistry and a great understanding of what makes the best sounding foley. This partnership has led to three Primetime Emmy nominations.
A shell of approximately 1000 square feet was constructed inside the existing warehouse, leaving generous storage space all around the studio for the vast array of props.
There are many different surfaces to choose from including the original solid concrete warehouse floor and a 5.5 square metre bespoke oak floor (boards constructed of 200-year-old French oak beams). This has the capability to produce varied tensioning to give a range of sounds from rickety old house, to plush stately home.
A 3m by 1.7m projector screen with a NEC 4k projector gives unbeatable picture quality for the working environment alongside JBL 3678 screen channel speakers and two Crown DSI amps, producing high quality playback capabilities.
An incredibly quiet record chain is achieved with an Audient 4816 console with 16 of its famous Class A mic preamps, musical 4 band EQ and a range of high end mics, including Sennheiser MKH 20,40 and 60s, DPA 4060s and Rode NT2A and 2000s.
A 500 series rack also runs two Focusrite Red mic preamps.
A Focusrite Red Compressor/limiter is also used.
Protools 12 HD is run on a 3.7GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro.
Upstairs there are rooms to relax in between sessions.