Fake beeper

Beatr79

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I'm doing a show without a sound designer (or a props shopper either). At one point in the show, a dinner is interrupted by a beeper going off. Reception in the building is realy spotty, so we can't even fake it by calling a cell phone with the pager ring tone. Any suggestions how to make this happen? Does a fake pager exist? Any ideas? Thanks.
 

gafftaper

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It should be fairly easy to make your own recording or find a sound effect on the web that will do. Then just set up a speaker in about the right location backstage and playback the sound effect. As long as the audience doesn't hear it coming over the house speakers they'll think it's real.
 

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Gotta go with Gafftaper on this one. Although TTK < TupeloTechieKid> , Has a point, Many dollar stores sell kids fake pagers that sound just like the real things, using one of those is going to require having an actor work the prop as a practical. Sooner or later the actor is going to miss the cue. There are a ton of free webresources for Wav files etc, try wavcentral.com I bet you can find a beeper noise really easily.
 

gafftaper

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Gotta go with Gafftaper on this one. Although TTK < TupeloTechieKid> , Has a point, Many dollar stores sell kids fake pagers that sound just like the real things, using one of those is going to require having an actor work the prop as a practical. Sooner or later the actor is going to miss the cue. There are a ton of free webresources for Wav files etc, try wavcentral.com I bet you can find a beeper noise really easily.
Always avoid having actors run a practical unless it's fool proof and a toy pager is far from fool proof, just too many things that can go wrong.
 

jonhirsh

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I have a few intresting stories about actor run props. One includes a live flame torch that an actor had to light and extiguish on stage. Its best to not leave things to chance. Calling a phone and guessing you might have reception is not good enough. You have to know it will work.

Your only option is a sound effect. In the end i have a feeling it will cost you less money and time to just burn a CD then it will to troubleshoot this moment.

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