We have started to see the development of more specialised sound design tools and instruments in the last couple of years, going beyond replicating conventional instrument and textured sounds and into very specific areas - monster effects, weapons and the like. And not just loops and samples but truly customisable tools with synthesis, effects and more capabilities. The latest, from UVI, is Walker - a comprehensive and flexible footstep foley designer for film, games and post production.
"Offering a customizable engine including 6 shoe types, 14 ground surfaces with adjustable texture layers, 8 clothing materials, and intelligent automation tools to help accelerate common production tasks.
Walker was designed to give users a focused and easy-to-use environment for creating realistic footstep and movement sounds. Built on a library of over 25,000 samples, Walker gives you extensive control over the sound composition, allowing you to freely select from 6 types of shoes (men’s dress, heels, work boots, trainers, boots and bare feet), 14 ground surfaces with ground effects (wood, wood flooring, linoleum, tile, concrete, carpet, dirt, gravel, grass, forest, metal, mud, sand and snow), 8 types of clothing (jeans, cotton, leather, leather with metal, polyester, raincoat, synthetic and tweed), and 3 different mic pairs including Schoeps CMC6, Neumann U87, and DPA 4006, at both near and far distances.
Walker allows independent control over the left and right foot and offers both Auto and Manual step modes allowing discrete control over toe, heel and scuff timing to create perfect sync with your source even in complex environments. Fade between near and far positioned mics using the Distance knob, enable Auto-Scuff to dynamically control the frequency of scuffing during steps, turn on Stair mode to switch the heel and toe sounds, and experiment with ground effects such as wood creaks, crushing vegetation and water puddles and then layer the sound of clothing during movement. Each component is customizable and can be precisely dialed-in to match your scene.
With a large library of ready-made presets, Walker offers a clear and focused tool for sound professionals looking for cinema-quality footstep and foley design.
Walker offers native 64-bit standalone operation by way of Falcon or the free UVI Workstation, providing comprehensive support for all modern DAWs and simultaneous authorization on up to 3 computers or iLok keys."