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Traffic Sound Effects

Real sounds of traffic for atmospheric city ambiences, with various levels of activity and captured at different times of day and year

  • Traffic Sound Effects Above & Below Traffic Play Track 13+ sounds included, 70 mins total $15

    Above & Below puts traffic ambience in a new perspective: This library features 70+ minutes of traffic ambience above and below bridges, hills, underpass, overpass, buildings, walkway bridges, and more.

    Recorded in 96 kHz / 24 bit – All files last five minutes and thirty seconds each.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Distant Traffic Play Track 23+ sounds included, 69 mins total $20

    Distant Traffic by Badlands Sound puts traffic ambience in a different perspective: The library features over one hour of distant traffic ambience in 23 audio files.

    The library includes distant bustling traffic, sparse roadways with everything in between.

    Recorded in 96k / 24 bit with Sound Devices 702t – All files are three minutes each.

  • City Life Sound Effects Night Cityscapes Play Track 67 sounds included, 186 mins total $39

    Night Cityscapes delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know.

    You will find atmospheres of quiet and empty small streets in the city center, where can be heard some air conditioners, urban hum and light traffic in the far background.

    Lonely sounds of traffic lights. One single taxi passes and disappears into the night, and then it is followed by silence. Empty streets and squares with distant voices and footsteps going somewhere. Major boulevards with light night traffic. Industrial empty streets, where electric buzz and big air conditioners can be heard.

    Very, very early morning atmospheres filled with singing birds eager to foreshadow the beginning of a new day.

    ‘Night Cityscapes’ will fill the missing part of your nocturnal urban atmospheres.

    Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Neumann KM184 in ORTF configuration

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  • City Life Sound Effects Street Sweeteners Play Track 200+ sounds included, 136 mins total $50

    The ‘Street Sweeteners’ SFX pack is a meticulously edited collection of sound effects derived from hours of long-form recording sessions around different parts of the city of London.

    ‘Street Sweeteners’ are characterful street sounds with personality that will naturally bed into your city scenes and are sure to enhance your soundscape and bring any street scene to life.

    The library features:

    City buses (double decker, single deck)
    Brake squeals/screeches
    Sirens
    Vehicle horns
    Garbage trucks
    Car pass bys
    Motorbikes, mopeds & scooters
    Trailer/haulage vehicle rattles and shakes

    Locations used include; rooftops, balconies, street sidewalks, busy junctions and intersections, rush-hour traffic jams, quieter residential streets and built-up housing estates.

    All of our sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices, Sennheiser, Sony and DPA recorders and microphones. Additionally, each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer and UCS metadata to speed up workflow and increase organization.

    Please note there are five files recorded at 48kHz and 6 files recorded at 44.1kHz all the rest are 96kHz.

  • Vintage automobiles passing singly and in groups, from the earliest part of the 20th century. Perfect for those traffic backgrounds in your period production. Hundreds of vehicles, none dated later than 1910, passing at various speeds, and in various configurations and at various lengths. Captured in First Order Ambisonic and available n both FuMa and ambiX order and weighting.

  • In this sound pack I’ve included an in-depth selection of active ambiences. This library is focused more on the natural ambience of both busy main streets and calmer side streets.

    Most sounds were captured below 110 St. and prominently in the Lower East and West Village. There are a multitude of police and firetruck sirens at varying distances as well as some not so common areas like the Intrepid Pier and the Hudson River Heliport ambience.

    I’ve also included some extensive subway rides. All boring bits were edited out for a strong final product. There are multiple train rides with various levels of walla and PA announcements.

    One thing that is very common in NYC during the summer months are the rain and thunderstorms. I’ve included a number of wet traffic, distant thunderstorms and heavy rains.

    All in all this is a good representation of New York’s streets and subway systems.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Character Cars Play Track 213 sounds included, 134 mins total $65

    Character Cars is a library of traffic for accenting backgrounds.

    This library is the best-isolated elements out of a 170 consecutive hour recording session pulling single elements like car horns, sirens, trucks, and interesting sounding car bys.

    Each isolated element is grouped into strings of grab bags of different topics like car horns, sirens, helicopters, and of course cars so you can easily accent lulls in dialog with a characteristic sound.

    The intent of this library wasn’t to get the most pristine elements, but to create easy to use grab bags of background specific moments at a  street level that can pop

  • Traffic Sound Effects Smooth City Traffic Play Track 21+ sounds included, 63 mins total $30

    ‘Smooth City Traffic’ by Badlands Sound includes 21 high-quality city traffic ambiences great for your projects. Hear the smooth sounds of traffic rushing through the city. This library was recorded by Sound Devices 702t with a pair of Line Audio CM3’s and a matched pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s in 96k / 24bit.

    Feel the weight and the whooshing of the various vehicle passbys rushing through the city. You will also notice the unique qualities in each file like a car passing by with a flat tire, semi trucks, sports cars speeding by, as well as aggressive diesel trucks.

  • Traffic Sound Effects City Streets Bundle Play Track 258 sounds included, 637 mins total $90

    “City Streets Bundle”is a collection of 5 libraries or a total of 258 atmospheres that are recorded in urban environments and encompass a wide variety of city streets across different seasons and hours of the day. Inside you will find more than 20GB and over 10h of high quality ambiences.

    Night Cityscapes: The library delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know. You will find atmospheres of quiet and empty small streets in the city center, where can be heard some air conditioners, urban hum and light traffic in the far background.

    Pedestrian Streets: It is a library of 50 ambiences from around 15 different streets, recorded in about 7 cities, mostly in Bulgaria. Most recordings are made in late autumn or winter because bird life is minimized. The task of this library is to capture much of the different dynamics of pedestrian streets: from zero activity to busy streets, basically concentrating on light activity periods. It’s principally recorded in the morning, and you’ll hear the sounds of single footsteps, light voices, shopping streets, dogs, air conditioners, and more of the sounds of a rising city.

    Slush and Wet Streets: It is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets. Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.

    Construction Ambiences: It is a library of atmospheres that tracks different processes from the construction site. It was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria during the renovation of several objects in the city center, namely: small streets, squares and big streets. The processes are shaking and removing old pavements and placing new ones (pavement, asphalt, tiles, etc.). You will hear a variety of road construction equipment: Hydraulic Jackhammer, Excavator, Fadroma, Plate Compactor, Buzzsaw, Chainsaw and other hand and mechanical tools.

    Cityscapes and streets: It is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary.

    Enjoy The City Streets

     

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  • Traffic Sound Effects Streets at Night Play Track 15+ sounds included, 75 mins total $25

    This library is full of quiet night ambiences in a small city.

    In this library, you’ll hear 75 minutes of atmospheres that include busy highways and far away sirens, quiet intersections as cars pass through, rooftop and bridge underpass ambiences, distant trains and bar crowds, and more. Each track is five minutes long, giving you plenty of loops points if need be. If you’re looking for that distinct tranquility you feel in the twilight hours of an urban area, check this one out. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.

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  • Traffic Sound Effects Urban Passes-By Play Track 396 sounds included, 115 mins total $59.90

    Urban Passes By delivers hundreds of different vehicles passing by in an urban environment, covering all your needs for traffic scenes, especially to edit cars in the background or vehicles passing by your main character’s car during an onboard scene.

    No need to search through your numerous traffic recordings to find the one “pass by”, we gathered hundreds of them from very slow to fast, dry cobblestones to very wet asphalt.
    This library aims to help sound editors quickly find the whooshin’ vehicles they need, it includes passes by of cars, motorcycles, mopeds, trucks, etc…

    All the sounds are 96 kHz / 24 bits and most importantly embedded with exhaustive metadatas for improved search results, including a detailed description, surface type, microphone setup, etc…
    Metadata compatible with Soundminer, Basehead, etc…

    The “Source” folder contains 337 files corresponding to 183 different recordings with various microphones setups :
    – AB
    – Cinela LCR array ( ORTF + Center )
    – Some sounds are simultaneously recorded from inside and outside a car, giving you extra edit possibilities

    The “ Designed” folder contains 59 stereo files with processed sounds such as :
    – Interior “whoosh” passes
    – Isolated wet asphalt textures
    – Resonant bass vehicle textures

  • Traffic Sound Effects City Traffic Play Track 53 sounds included, 54 mins total $29

    City Traffic brings the daily noise of Berlin to your library. It delivers 10 different locations – split into 55 single takes with metadata embedded.

    The library contains recordings of main roads during the morning rush hour, when the trolley car rumbles over the rails and the trucks are roaring through the kettles. In between a bunch of honking mopeds and cars with broken exhaust pipes are fighting for their space. Commuter trains are crossing every minute, the omnibus arrives just in time and the long-distance trains pass the station with squeaking brakes. In the evening it is rainy and at least the suburb calms down a little bit.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Slush And Wet Streets Play Track 34+ sounds included, 92 mins total $18

    “Slush and Wet Streets” is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets.

    Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.

    You will encounter sounds of people who walk in slush and snow, voices and other sounds typical of the winter urban environment. The library was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer.

    Gear used: Neumann KM184st, Rode NT4, Edirol R4pro.

    Enjoy the winter streets.

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  • Sirens wail! Authentic police, fire brigade, and ambulance siren systems, captured and catalogued for media production use. The recordings were made at distances ranging from 1.5 to 5 meters. Each siren has several subtypes of sound. For all of life’s emergencies, within are the sounds that signal. Neumann U 87 microphones were used for the recordings.

  • Roomtones ROOM TYRE Play Track 71 sounds included $30

    Need background passbys for your interior scene?

    ROOM TYRE | Tyre-only vehicle passbys from an interior house perspective.

    Included are a solid selection of singular residential passbys (recorded with an EV) and general traffic passes (meticulously stripped of combustion engines). As the world transitions to electric vehicles, this collection will ensure your tracklays are up to date with the smooth sound of electric transportation!

    These passbys were recorded through a single pane of glass in order to maximise the ability to tweak the perspective and proximity with filtering when desired.

    Supplement your scenes with a range of singular-vehicle passby speeds (20, 30 and 40mph / ~ 30, 50, 70 km/h) and tarmac conditions (dry, semi-wet and wet). ROOM TYRE makes sure you have a compelling set of high-end, future-proof and dependable passbys ready whenever you need them.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Busy Streets Play Track 148+ sounds included, 218 mins total From: $49

    ‘Busy Streets’ is a key library containing surround and stereo sound ambiences that will set the scene of bustling cities – recorded in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The library is available in stereo, and surround (Quad).

    Recorded with the Stealth Surround System:

    With ‘Busy Streets’ we used an exclusive SSS technique (Stealth Surround System) which means the recording process was hidden from the eyes even with 4 discrete channels.

    This results in fully immersive, undisturbed and authentic city soundscapes.

    What’s inside:

    74 Surround authentic ambience recordings between 1 to 5 minutes long each, non-disturbed city life using our SSS technique (Stealth Surround System):

    • Crowd movements
    • Pedestrians walking by and talking
    • Traffic noises, train, metro, truck, bus, cars
    • Evolving swarm
    • Above and under bridges
    • Narrow pathway
    • Underground street
    • Large boulevards
    • Restaurants terrace
    • Commercial areas
    • Financial disctricts
    • Wet streets


    Busy Streets’ is also a great complementary library to the ‘Quiet Streets‘ library.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Ambience City Traffic Play Track 40 sounds included, 107 mins total $35

    Ambience City Traffic features 40 HD 24bit / 96kHz recordings with a large selection of urban city, freeway and highway ambiences. From veteran Hollywood Sound Designer Lenny Jones.

    Sounds include close and distant traffic recordings, and locations include downtown, highways, freeways, harbor areas, intersections, mountain towns, parking lots and more. Wet and snowy street / tire sounds are also included. All ambiences are 2-3 minutes in length.

  • The LAX Aircraft library features descending aircraft flyovers at Los Angeles International Airport. One advantage of LAX is that it’s nestled in the city, making it easy to stand directly under very low flying airplanes to capture a great sound.

    A range of aircraft was recorded for this release, including the Airbus A330, Boeing 737, 747, and Bombardier 800.

    Two different microphone positions were used: One facing the oncoming aircraft, and the other pointing in the opposite direction to capture the flyover and further decent as the aircraft lands.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Traffic Hush Play Track 20+ sounds included, 70 mins total $30

    Traffic Hush by Badlands Sound offers twenty unique ambience three and a half minute files each of distant traffic hush! This library is perfect for sound editors creating high-quality distant ambiences quickly and easily with several options including very sparse quiet traffic with a few cars driving by to large bustling city roads with semi trucks.

    This sound library was recorded in 96 kHz / 24 bit using Sound Devices 702t with a pair of Line Audio CM3’s in ORTF microphone configuration.

  • City Life Sound Effects Cityscapes And Streets Play Track 69 sounds included, 143 mins total $24

    ‘Cityscapes and street’ is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary. Enjoy the varied sounds of the city.

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  • Environments & Ambiences Traffic Tones Play Track 500+ sounds included, 480 mins total $220

    ‘Traffic Tones’ will help build flavorful air tones and atmospheres in order to support urban or suburban environments.

    This sound library is divided into 2 main sections

    1) Traffic Loops
    2) Single Event Sounds

    The first part of this library comprises a wide variety of long undisturbed traffic loops;
    exempt from excessive dynamic fluctuations, and without any incongruous noises (such as birds).
    These are non-disruptive atmospheres that you can easily layer up.
    Ready to be inserted into your project, they will help you build the foundation of your own soundscape.

    The second part of this library consists of ‘single event’ sounds.
    They will bring character to your sound-bed and help soundify any story/visual cues.
    You will find in this section well-classified eclectic sounds such as whistles, sirens, brake squeals,
    but also more than 110 individual horns, and a massive collection of 300+ pass-by of all kinds…

    The diversity of sounds delivered in this library reflects the large-scale recording process that took us 5 years to gather the right material, recorded throughout 30 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, from various perspectives in space and time, various weather conditions, various terrain type, and vehicle types.

    What’s inside:

    • 88 selected ambience loops, well edited (9 of these ambiences are Quad Surround recordings), Organized by sub-section folders:

      • At Street Level
      • Distance Away ( Diffused)
      • From Above Perspective
      • From Inside (Vehicles  or House)
      • Near Bridges
      • Special Flavor
    • 400+ ‘single event’ sounds (204 files) are included in the library. These are +100 Horns, +300 Pass Bys of all kinds, + Miscelleneous single event sounds such as: brake squeals, sirens,  whistles, …

    • well-grounded Soundminer metadata, UCS-compliant

    • Recorded in 30 cities and areas throughout 5 continents, during the last 5 years

     

    ***Most of the library were recorded in 192KHz, however, in the majority of the recordings, there was no reason to keep this sample rate. Hence we saved some space and converted it to 96KHz unless interesting spectral information was found in these high ranges, in this case, we kept them at 192 kHz.


    Alternatively, the pass-by section, which contains around 300 sounds, can be very useful to help design transitional sound effects such as dramatic accents, wooshes, or any other creative process.


    + Added Free Bonus: the library ‘Budapest Siren Pass-Bys’


  • Sixty five tracks of passing traffic: cars, vans and trucks, slow and fast, single passes, groups, a few from a small racetrack, dry roads, damp roads, lonely roads and crowded roads and one manic traffic jam from Manhattan’s Chintatown that’s worth the price of admission on its own. Locations include London, Dublin, Arnhem and New York.

  • Traffic Sound Effects Barcelona Traffic Day Play Track 50 sounds included, 231 mins total From: $35 From: $26.25

    Barcelona Traffic Day is the first part of the two libraries dedicated to traffic in Barcelona. Here you will find a wide collection of recordings of the city’s traffic made exclusively during the day. The second part, Barcelona Traffic Night, contains recordings made during the night.

    The library is a collection of traffic ambiences of various characteristics, recorded in different areas and types of roads in the city. From the downtown to more peripheral areas, including intersections, roundabouts, fast lanes, busy streets, traffic jams with claxons and quieter situations, but always focusing on the sound of moving vehicles in the city. All sound perspectives are covered, from distant and diffuse traffic, recordings made at medium distance, to very close emplacements at street level. Some of the files have been recorded from bridges, top of buildings or balconies trying to avoid the proximity of pedestrians and closer elements other than pure traffic. You will also find a few traffic ambiences with rain and some others that include pedestrians and other urban elements.

    The files have been carefully embedded with metadata and tagged with markers to facilitate the search for items such as claxons or ambulance’s sirens. They also include the coordinates of the recording spots.
    The library has been recorded at 96kHz / 24 bit with a Double MS kit from Schoeps, and dematrixed with the Schoeps Double MS plug in to obtain the 5.0 files. The stereo version of the library is a downmix of the 5.0 files.

    The recordings are from 2018 and 2020.

    It contains 50 files ranging from 1 to 8 minutes, with a total duration of 231 minutes.

    Gear Used:
    
    Microphones: Schoeps CMIT5U + CCM8 + CCM4
    Recorder: Sound Devices 744T + Sound Devices 302

     

     

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  • This is a collection of snowy, icy, slushy, crunchy winter traffic. Single car passes, busy city roads, distant skylines, village roads, highways. All files are 96khz 24bit with metadata, and recorded with 2 x Sennheiser mkh 8040, mkh 416, Audio Technica BP4025 and Sony D100.

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