Car sound effects and recordings
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.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, a German motor racing circuit, recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from events such as pitstops, engine tests and mechanics working.
Get the sounds of an Aston Martin DB9 with a 5.9 litres V12 engine and 456 hps. The recording consists of eight channels, interior left and right, exhausts left and right and four engine channels.
It contains start, stop, idle, blipping, revving on constant rpms without gear, accelerations, decelerations and driving. Full surround drive away and drive by added in the end. The recording length is 11 min 59 s.
The Audi A4 B8 Allroad 2.0 TFSI is a 211 HP 4×4 car with turbo, and this library gets you almost 9GB of recordings, featuring 155 96kHz and 24bit files (including RAW files, 111 without RAW), with a total length of 213 minutes (without RAW files).
The library covers different sound effects like engine during regular driving, reverse or accelerations. It was recorded with 3 microphones mounted under the hood and one inside the drivers’ cabin to capture the interior in sync with the engine.
It was recorded with two Sound Devices 702, two DPA 4061 microphones, two Sennheiser MKH 8040, Sony PCM-M10 and Rode NTG3.
In addition to the onboard sound you’ll find exterior driving, turning, stopping, turning engine on and off or reverse sounds recorded from 2 perspectives.
Also driving on the snow and asphalt effects recorded with DPA 4061 mounted near the tyres, and finally, passes recorded from 3 perspectives. Slow driving (20 to 40 km/h), medium speeds (40 to 80) and fast (from 80 to 140 km/h), stopping and accelerations.
Those sounds were recorded in mono with Rode NTG3 following a car, stereo ORTF recorded with MKH 8040s capturing passes from left to right, and stereo AB with Sony PCM-M10 capturing sound from right to left.
This library also contains some basic foley, like closing and opening doors, servo sounds, windows, buttons or seatbelts.
If you’re after car sounds, this SFX library with sounds from an Audi A4 awaits: It features recordings containing engine sounds, foley, external sounds + files prepared for games with loops of single RPMs, and accelerations from 0 to 6k RPM, and from 6k to 0 for granular synthesis.
78 sound effect files are included for a total of 55 minutes of sounds from that punchy Audi A4.
This sound library was updated with 43 designed and 52 raw engine files, recorded with DPA 4061 microphones.
Recorded at one of India’s Premium race circuits, this library features pull aways, pull ups, pass bys, revs, ambiences in the pit, commentaries, crowd and almost anything you can think of on a typical day at the races. There is a big selection of cars ranging from formula 4 cars, Rotax cars, Stunt and safety vehicles.
This library delivers 15 recordings of automatic car washes from interior and exterior perspectives recorded at 96khz.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6, stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s as well as a stereo contact microphone.
The Bedford CA was a British light utility vehicle, produced by Bedford Motors, based in Luton in the county of Bedfordshire, just north of London, U.K. Date of production from 1952 to 1969
It was available in many formats, including as a conversion to a small motorhome or R.V., known as The Dormobile, made by a company in Folkstone, Kent. It came complete with a table, bench seats that converted to beds, a simple bottled-gas cooker, a sink and a small closet. It also featured an expanding roof which allowed occupants to stand up in the rear section. This model dates from 1958 and is an early version.
All files are 96/24 and stereo, except the under bonnet (hood) recording, which is mono.
Want the engine sounds of a BMW? THe BMW 114i sound effects library features 47 WAV files with total length of 125 minutes, recorded in 96kHz/24bit using Sound Devices 702, Oktavas MK012, Rode NTG and Sony PCM-M10. This library includes the sound of the engine.
You will find sound of different driving styles, slow rpm increase and decrease for game implementation, steady rpms, casual driving, and aggressive accelerations with sudden gear shifting.
In addition to the engine sound, You’ll find foley like opening/closing doors, windows, hood, turning lights, horn and more. The last thing are passes and accelerations recorded from the outside. Different speeds and perspectives recorded in mono and stereo at the same time. Every file was tagged in ProTools 11 for quick and easy searching.
BMW 325i – 2006 contains various engine sounds from interior and exterior revs, single rpm revs from 1-6k, and engine starts and stops. This library also contains a variety of Foley sounds of the car's trunk, hood, doors, windows, ashtrays, seat belts, and more.
The BMW 420D Gran Coupe sound library delivers 72 files recorded with a Zoom F8, Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, two DPA 4061 microphones and Rode NTG3.
Inside you’ll find engine recorded under the hood, exhaust and inside drivers cabin (all in sync), exterior passes recorded in mono following a car and static stereo ORTF perspective.
Pass-by sounds cover different speeds, from 15kmph up to 140, reverse, engine on and off, stopping and driving away.
In addition there are foley recordings included, covering opening and closing doors, back, windows, handbrake and the seat belt mechanism.
The BMW 530D vehicle sound effects library was recorded with two track Sound Devices 702 recorder on the streets of Poland. Foley was captured with mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sounds were recorded with two DPA 4061 omni microphones set under the hood.
The car sound effects were captured during regular driving, accelerating and decelerating. Engine was recorded in two different configurations with one mic in engine compartment and exhaust, and other one with two microphones set under the hood.
In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder. In this 124-minute sound library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin.
The recording of a real BMW E-36 racecar with a Toyota Supra 2JZ engine, captured in a dynapack. Features ignitions, idles, low and hi accelerations and revolution sweeps.
The library features 7 and 9-channel recordings:
3 engine channels: AudioTechnika 8015, Sennheiser 416, Sennheiser 840
4 exhaust channels: Sennheiser 418S (MS), Shure SM 58, Octava 015
and interior 2 channels recorded with Neumann 185 MT stereo pair (not for all)
Gear Used: AudioTechnika 8015, Sennheiser 416, Sennheiser 840, Sennheiser 418S, Shure SM 58, Octava 015 and Neumann 185 MT stereo matched microphone pair with Taskam HS-P82 and Sound Devices 702 recorders
Get the sounds of a BMW F12 640D with a twin turbo 313HP diesel engine. The recordings covers different driving sound effects like regular driving, accelerations, reverse, engine on/idle/stop. In addition to engine recorded onboard (two microphones under the hood, exhaust and interior in sync) there are exterior passes covering different speeds, from 30 up to 180 kmph, stopping, driving away slowly and fast, reverse. Last but not least there are a few foley files as a bonus. The whole library was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Zoom F8, 2x Sennheisers MKH 8040 and 2x DPAs 4061.
‘BMW X5M’ by Flysound is a comprehensive sound catalogue for this highly-tuned performance champion. The suite of 328 recordings is a systematic compilation authored by a dedicated full service post-production team, deploying Neumann U87s, Neumann USM69, Sonosax, Sound Devices 788Ts, Aaton Cantar-X2s, and further top quality recording equipment.
The subject of the suite is a 750 horsepower high-performance road dominator, while also remaining the dream car for suburban soccer moms. Our BMW X5M and its professional driver have been tracked from a myriad of angles and distances, both external and onboard, from the moment the doors close and a seatbelt fastens, right down the gamut of revs, take-offs, turns, passes-by, skids, pedal slams, handbraking, gearshifting, and panel buttoning galore with all the corresponding actions as the BMW’s fabled “M” division SUV variant peels away fast, chugs along slow, or just cruises an everyday commute. In short: Everything you’ll need, all the maneuvers manifested by the immensely powerful and versatile 4.4 litre bi-turbo gasoline engine, here in this suite.
The symphonic grace of this German masterpiece in motion is captured with orchestra-grade studio equipment and field kit, by professionals, for professionals, ready to be used as authentic sound, ready to be arranged into seamless edits and proper 5.1 post-production. The 96kHz/24bit synced and multi-channel recordings have comprehensive metadata tags giving full position, microphone, and action detail. This catalogue constitutes the canon of sound for BMW X5M (M for motorsport), whether you seek the sound of a high-octane road ruckus, or an everyday trip to the supermarket. The suite is parked here, ready to give you the exact audio you need.
This library consists of two different sessions where we dropped cars from a crane onto other cars and onto the ground. The first session contains lots of windows being smashed and sounds of car body debris from two hanging cars scratching against each other. During this session, microphones were positioned inside the vehicles as they were dropped from the crane as well. The left side of the onboard recorder comes and goes, but we decided to leave it in the library since it has some very nice bits in it.
I have been spending days at the local auto salvage yard, which is where our 4-wheeled friends end their days – and here's the result:
The Car Doors library gets you 78 mono door open/close sounds from 30 cars, and 6 car trunks, with multiple passes on each for soft and hard closes – all metadata tagged and ready to go!
Before the poor things were being torn apart for spares and placed on top of each other, I had the pleasure of recording a lot of their doors, opening and closing. As they were rubbish anyway, I could really put all my weight into the closing, and not being scared of the consequences. The sounds are from everyday cars, and some had a bit of rattle and rust, or cheap and thin kind of sound to them, others had some nice, heavy, and convincing thump, to them when they closed.
Looking for car horn sound effects? This library delivers more than 230 sounds in 80 files. It features recordings such as short, medium and long car horn sounds from both exterior and interior perspectives – and includes recordings from cars such as a Jeep Wrangler (2016 and 2004), Honda Pilot (2008), Ford F150 (2016), Volkswagen Beetle (2002), Merzedes Benz E350 (2010), Corvette Stingray (2015), and a Chevy Silverado (2016).
Disclaimer: Music in the audio demo is not included in the product.
Buckle up and hold on tight for a huge collection of big wheelers including Hummer H3, Porsche Cayenne, Hyundai H1, Landrover Defender, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Mitsubishi Outlander, VW Caddy – and there’s more on the list.
Each of these cars comes with detailed individual mechanical characteristics. We used our super-quiet test track in South Africa to deliver the most clean and bright recordings to push your projects to the optimum.
We combined long takes of multi-channel car engine sounds and drive-bys with a comprehensive collection of interior handling sounds such as indicators, ventilation, pedal break, seatbelt and whatever you can think of. Of course, all files contain extensive metadata to provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible.
Our sound designers covered the entire range of possible car sounds.
Vehicles: Cars 1: Elements was designed as a tool kit to help you augment your own sound library with a broad mix of 500 automobile sound clips.
The collection features based on their type: luxury car, compact car, sedan, and so on. In particular, the collection features field recordings from:
Also included in the collection are over 100 tracks of various car recordings: peel outs on dirt and gravel, passes, and so on. There is also a mixed selection of car Foley: doors, glove box moves, horns, revs, idles, and more.
Please note: this collection is a “construction kit” of mixed sound fx from various cars. It is not intended to be an authoritative indexing of any one model in particular.
The Cars In Motion sound library gets you exterior sounds of cars driving at different speeds, slow/medium/fast/very fast pass-bys, reverse sounds, accelerations, braking sounds and a lot of additional files. You’ll find different engines, and cars with different character.
From a small BMW 114i through to a powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 with Magna Flow exhaust, up to a fast twin turbo BMW 640D F12. In addition to cars there are also files covering big machines like tractors and excavator.
The library features 561 WAV files with total length of 340 minutes, recorded in 96kHz and 24 bits with a Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-M10.
• Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI – 73 files – 73 minutes
• Audi A4 B8 2.0 TDI Avant – 11 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 114i E87 – 20 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 530D E60 – 55 files – 21 minutes
• BMW F12 640D Gran Coupe – 87 files – 49 minutes
• Excavator MF 860 – 30 files – 20 minutes
• Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 – 62 files – 51 minutes
• Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V – 71 files – 32 minutes
• Renault Master II 2.8 dTi – 21 files – 13 minutes
• Renault Master F3500 dCi135 – 30 files – 12 minutes
• Tractor Case II CX90 – 15 files – 10 minutes
• Volkswagen Golf II – 26 files – 13 minutes
• Other Cars – 60 files – 23 minutes
Regular everyday cars are part of any working sound designer’s toolbox. Vehicles with some character but nothing that calls too much attention to itself. This 1990 Chevrolet Berretta is one of those cars:
It’s got a little oomph when the engine revs up and still maintains presence at low speeds. It works great for taxi cabs, police cruisers or regular sedans.
This collection will give you a proper amount of coverage at a variety of speeds including by’s, start & aways, up & stops, 3 point turns, onboards (engine/tailpipe) as well as some character doors (interior and exterior), and switches.
‘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.
Classic Car Pass Bys consists of 231 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From Jaguar E-Types and Ford Mustangs, to Triumph Spitfires, Ferrari 250s and more.
4-channel recording of an old Dacia 1310 driving in the city and on motorway, recorded with 2 DPA 4061 mics (one on the engine and the other on the exhaust) plus a Sony PCM D100 in the boot. These sounds can be used to portray this specific model, but also as sound design material for old carburetor engine vehicles or rickety rattletraps.
An in-depth recording of a Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi from 1970. This engine is the all-time most-famous American V8.
It is a 426 cubic inch engine with hemispherical combustion chambers and it is rated 425 horsepower from the factory.
The recording consists of eight onboard channels, intake, two engine, three exhaust and interior, and eight exterior channels.
It contains startups, shutdowns, idle, driving at different speeds, accelerations and decelerations, kickdowns, burnouts, aways, approaches, stops, passbys, foley and much more. Total recording time is 25min 58s.
This is a recording of the unmistakeable 1943 military Dodge pickup with its six cylinder and 72 horsepower engine. This eight-minute recording consists of engine starts, idling, revving, and engine stops, a stereo drive-by and driving at various speeds and on different road surfaces. In this sound pack you get four channels: left and right interior, engine and exhaust for detailed recordings of this WWII treasure.
Get the drifting, breaking, screaming, skidding and acceleration sounds of a race car – from both interior and exterior perspectives.
Features the roaring engines of a Nissan 240SFX s13 and the BMW E46 giving it everything they’ve got on a racetrack. Includes microphone positions such as cabin, body, exhaust and engine, and also includes selected ambiences from the race track, captured at a distance. Includes nearly 3.5 hours of recordings.
Get the sounds of crazy accelerations, drifting, wild breaking, screechy tires and more – captured from several different perspectives on a race track.
Drive My Car is a collection of 56 sound files from 9 different vehicles. From sport cars to electric compact cars you will certainly find one that will match. All of those sounds are in ambisonic B-format. Get ready for an an immersive vehicle passenger compartment sound collection.
Looking for electric car sounds? This library delivers 111 files / 123 minutes of 96k recordings in mono and stereo of the Renault Fluence Dynamique electric vehicle.
The Reanult Fluence was one of the first medium sized electric vehicles in Europe, originally produced in 2012. The car is based on the Renault Megane conventional vehicle.
In these recordings, we have recorded the engine with contact mics, capturing the raw sound of the otherwise very quiet electric engine.
We also have a lot of tire sounds on different surfaces, gravel, asphalt and rumble strips on the highway, as well as passby sounds.
A collection of ambulance, police and fire truck sirens, captured in Italy. Features both cars, fire trucks and motorcycles – and comes with doppler pass-bys, stationary, close, distant and in-car siren recordings. A bonus selection of car/house alarms is also included, for a total of 15 minutes of howling siren recordings!
An additional 98 alarms and siren recordings have been added to the library, bringing the total number of files to 172 (61 minutes).
Welcome to the first pack in the RSAudio European Car series: This pack focuses on the Renault Clio, one of Europe’s most popular cars.
This pack contains a wide selection of multi-channel synchronous files from up to 8 different perspectives.
We used a number of microphones in the engine bay and at the exhaust so you can balance the sounds to your own taste.
Also featuring over 50 foley files including doors, windows, seatbelts, pedals and much more.
Comes with comprehensive metadata suitable for use with a wide range of sound library software.
Buckle up for 20+ gigabytes of high quality car sound effects. 10 everyday cars. Drive-bys, handling sounds, ignitions, honks, engines, doors and trunks. Get this SFX library and you will no longer look for high quality sounds of everyday cars.
We completely wired 10 everyday cars, rented a super-quiet test track for our recordings and are now proud to deliver really great and pristine long takes of drive-bys, car engine sounds, exhaust sounds and stereo interior recordings. We also give you a great selection of close handling sounds like switches, indicators, ventilation, handbrakes, basically everything we could find.
• Mercedes Benz 300SE 3.0 (1991) – gasoline
• BMW 318i 1.8 (1991) – gasoline
• VW Polo 6N1 (1996) – gasoline
• Peugeot 307 SW (2004) – gasoline
• Subaru Forester 2.5 XS (2006) – gasoline
• Opel Corsa C 1.4 (2007) – gasoline
• Audi A3 (2007) – gasoline
• BMW 1 series (2009) – gasoline
• Fiat Panda 1.2 (2011) – gasoline
• Audi A5 3.0 TDI V6 (2011) – diesel
All files contain extensive metadata to provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible.
Finally a SFX library that delivers authentic Formula 1 recordings! This F1 Williams FW29 was driven by Nico Rosberg in the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship. It has a Cosworth V8 engine with 650 hps. The recording consists of both onboard and exterior material, and covers acceleration through gears, driving at steady rpms, ramps, passbys, approaches and aways, startup, idle, blips and shutdown. The onboard channels are two exhaust, two cockpit, intake, rear wing and two in the engine.
Get the roaring sounds of a 1974 Ferrari Dino. This Daytona 246 GT edition Italian made exotic car is a 5 speed manual mid-engine v6, and it's known to be The Ferrari without an exterior Ferrari badge.
53 wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz – and the combined recorded driving time is more than 28 minutes.
Channel 1 = Exhaust 1, Channel 2 = Exhaust 2, Channel 3 = Engine 1,
Channel 4 = Engine 2
External Passby Settings:
Stereo in Left and Right Channels
This sound collection covers a wide range of sounds produced by this colorful characteristic car. Not only extensive driving sounds but also foley (doors, windows, body tapping, …), horn blasts and engine loops. All in high quality 96/24 BWAV-files, recorded with high end equipment.
Fiat Panda 169 sound library delivers vehicle sounds of a usual mass production car. The featured model was manufactured in late 2009 and has run about 40.000 miles at the time of recording. With the small 1.1 litre / 55 HP engine it is a lively compact size city car for daily use. The rear muffler already showed some rusty traces of age so that the entire car emits some very characteristic sounds, especially from the exhaust.
For the library the Panda was recorded to 18 takes with 6 onboard mics. These takes feature the car in various driving situations on asphalt, dirt road and gravel. Each take comes as Reaper set with time-aligned tracks from 2 mics in the engine bay, 2 interior mics, 1 wheelhouse and 1 exhaust microphone.
The exterior sounds – that encompass engine on, off, acceleration, approach, stop etc. – are recorded with Sennheiser MS Setup.
Additional foleys of doors, switches, wipers, windows, seat belts etc. are recorded separately with the car´s engine turned off.
Foley Plus is a massive collection of Foley-related sounds including new and unusual footsteps, clothing movement, household/kitchen/bathroom/office sounds, wood and metal creaks, squeaks, scrapes, and so much more you’ll have to check out the track list! Add a big PLUS to your FOLEY library!
Get authentic vintage car sounds with these recordings from a nice, original Ford 1932. This is the first year with Ford's famous sideoiler V8. The car has three gears of which 2nd and 3rd are synchronized. The recording includes engine start, idle and driving at different speeds. At the end of the recording there is also some revving and different rpm's without any gear. The channels are left and right interior surround, engine and exhausts. The recording length is 10 min 20 s.
With A Sound Effect, Asbjoern has created a web site where our international community can browse, learn, and share the vast fruits of our labors. Together we are accelerating the very real potential power of sound design as a recognized art form.
A Sound Effect is an excellent resource for us to keep our animated films sounding unique and exciting.
A Sound Effect is a great asset to have discovered.
We found the site very easy to navigate, purchasing and downloads were effortless and the effects themselves are awesome! Asbjoern has done us all a great service.
We’ll definitely be back!
There are many great independent sound effect libraries available these days. The main problem with having so many, is keeping track of them!
A Sound Effect is a great hub, and is one of the first places I visit to look for sounds by category or genre. I started coming here to see if I could find libraries that I knew I had heard, but forgot WHERE I had heard them.
And in the process discovered libraries I never would have found otherwise. Great work! Keep it up!
A Sound Effect is a great resource for keeping up on what's out there in the SFX library world. The site is well organized and it's easy to find stuff.
I love the behind the scenes articles - and the ability to purchase directly through the site is super convenient. The process is very straight forward and painless. I recommend it all the time.
We're always looking for new sounds to mangle, so when A Sound Effect had a holiday sale, I tried them out.
The purchase experience is really smooth and quick, and delivery is almost instant.
I'll definitely come back to them again in the future!
A Sound Effect is a wonderful resource for indie sound effects libraries. On top of that, it has some of the finest sound design, film and game audio interviews!
I often need very specific types of sounds so I've become a big supporter of independent recorders.
Until now I've always had to go to their individual websites. Now I can find them all in one place.
And, Asbjoern is great to work with!
A Sound Effect is a well curated boutique sound effects shop and a great place to find industry interviews and learning resources.