Need insanely powerful engine sounds? Here's the Hot Rod SFX library – and those V8 engines are really in a class of their own. Those gurgling, deeply growling power plants are fascinating when in idle mode. But when the pedal hits the metal, they unleash a raw symphony of pure and brutal power – a true pleasure for sound lovers and for those who are willing to feed those big block engines with gallons and gallons of fuel. Having captured those incomparably sounding monsters we now bring you the finest selection of their sounds in our Micro BOOM SFX Library HOT ROD – REV UPS.
We recorded various close and distant idle and rev up sounds of 14 different Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and Trucks in an MS and ORTF setup. The library weighs in at 880MB in 64 files and it ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio. All sounds are royalty free, guaranteeing you best quality as always.
Let this pack be a small but powerful addition to your personal sound FX library and you will never have to search again for vigorous and shamelessly boasting engine rev up sounds.
This library features the original Hummer with the model name H1. The Hummer was originally designed for military use, the Humvee M998, but became popular also on the civilian market. This vehicle has the bigger V8 turbo diesel engine with 195 horsepower. The recordings consist of eight onboard channels, four engine, two exhaust, interior left & right and twelve exterior channels. It contains startups, idle, shutdowns, blips, steady RPMs, accelerations and decelerations, passbys, approaches, aways, and more.
The Hybrid Electric Car SFX library features a collection of exterior and interior sounds from a 2007 Toyota Prius. A majority of the recording was conducted at El Mirage Lake, a six mile long dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
This barren landscape, unique for its miles of completely flat terrain, is a popular filming location for automobile commercials and feature films. The recording sessions took place late in the evening and early in the morning, when the surroundings were completely silent.
An ample collection of exterior pass bys, starts, and stop recordings on pavement, gravel, and dry lake bed are included. Speeds range from 5MPH to 80MPH from only running on the electric motor/battery pack, to pushing the Prius' gas engine towards its max. Other sounds such as washer/wipers, electric motor and gas engine idling complete the collection.
This Muscle car was hoisted up on jacks and run up to 40 miles per hour, recorded from the hood, underbelly, interiors and tail pipes you’ll get full coverage of the car running, getting up to speed, and slowing to a stop. Included in the library is through car foley covering doors, glove box, seat belts, and seat adjustments.
Italian Cars features authentic recordings of italian speed cars such as a FERRARI, ALFA ROMEO, FIAT, LAMBORGHINI and italian vintage cars such as FIAT 500L, FIAT BALILLA, FIAT 600, ALFA ROMEO GIULIA, APE CAR PIAGGIO and more. Includes starting/stopping, pass-by’s, approaches, onboard recordings, horn doppler recordings and more (see the sound list below).
So if you’re looking to add some real Italian car sounds to your project – or just great car sounds in general -, this library will come in real handy.
Update: 95 new sounds just added (54 minutes of new recordings), featuring the sounds of a Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO, Lamborghini Huracan & 72X, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo 75 TSPARK – and more!
Recording of an Iveco Daily van from 2012 with a 2.3 l diesel engine. The recording consists of eight onboard channels and 10 exterior channels covering startups, shutdowns, idle, blips, steady rpms in neutral, driving at steady rpms, accelerations and decelerations, ramps, pass-bys, approaches, aways and much more.
Very in-depth recordings of this 4-wheel drive with an inline six cylinder engine.
The first part consists of eight onboard microphones, two interior, three engine and three on exhausts. The exhaust on this vehicle has been modified and has a really rich sound. The second part is 8 channels of external microphones in surround. The total recording time is about 48 minutes (internal 42 min, external 6min).
It consists of real traffic driving, startup, idle, blips, shutdown, steady rpm:s without gear, steady rpms driving with load, accel/deceleration ramps at different speeds and even horn, switches and doorslams recorded.
Pro Tools session and cue list included. The recording length is 47 min 54 s.
Get the sound of sheer power with the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 litre engine, V8 with magnaflow sound library. It features 85 files recorded with a Sound Devices 702, Zoom F8, Sony PCM-M10, two Senneheisers MKH 8040, two DPA 4061 microphones and Rode NTG3. The engine was recorded under the hood with two microphones, on the exhaust and inside drivers cabin at the same time.
Exterior passes were also recorded with different gear and different perspectives. The mono file was recorded with 8040 following a car all the time, one static perspective with 8040 and stereo with Sony PCM-M10. Additional foley files were captured with one 8040.
This library includes sound effects like regular driving, accelerations, engine on/idle/off, rpm ramps, reverse, slow and fast pass-by, stopping and driving away sounds and more.
‘Jeep Wrangler Foley’ by Badlands Sound features 190+ non-engine sounds perfect for your film and video game projects in high-quality 96k / 24 bit. This library includes levers, buttons, doors, and much more.
All these sounds come from a 2004 TJ Jeep Wrangler.
A recording of a fantastic Koenigsegg Agera with a 4.7 litres twin supercharged V8 and about 900 hps. It consists of seven channels, exhaust left and right, three different engine channels and interior left and right. The recording contains start, stop, idle, blips, revving at constant rpms, door slam, accelerations, decelerations, driving and a surround drive by. The recording length is 32 min 33 s.
Los Angeles is well-known for having some of the largest and most traveled freeways in the United States.
The L.A. Freeways sound effects library captures the traffic ambience on the massive freeways that run through the Greater L.A. area – 3 hours of recordings in total!
Multiple perspectives were recorded, from close vehicle pass bys to distant traffic ambience captured from city parks, surrounding hillsides, tunnels and underpasses. Traffic types range from fast pass bys, to slow and congested traffic.
• US-101 (Hollywood Freeway)
• I-405 (San Diego Freeway)
• I-5 (Golden State Freeway)
• I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway)
• I-110 (Harbor Freeway)
• SR-134 (Ventura Freeway)
• (Glendale Freeway)
This library features recordings of 7 different parking garages in Los Angeles, including the Beverly Center, Glendale Galleria, a busy Hollywood Mall, a busy Burbank Mall, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, The Americana, and The Grove. In these recordings you will hear car by's, horns, people walking and chattering, car alarms, Ambulance sirens, and lots of nice low rumble.
Around 70 minutes of ambiences are included in total.
All sounds in this collection are in stereo 24bit 96khz Broadcast Wave format. Files are in a zip file, which includes a PDF with detailed metadata.
This library includes the Suburb Rain SFX collection at no extra cost - featuring almost 50 minutes of rain recordings
This is a 4-channel recording of an old Toyota Land Cruiser driving on dirt roads. It was recorded by George Vlad and Daan Hendriks while attending the 2016 Sonic Mmabolela annual workshop in Limpopo Province, South Africa. 4 DPA 4060 mics were attached to the vehicle’s body to capture engine compartment, exhaust and wheel sounds.
The vehicle was used for game drives around the reserve and had no windshield, windows or roof as can be seen in the photos. It was powered by a 4 litre/155 hp Toyota 3F petrol engine that did an excellent job despite its age. It also sounded pretty wild for an untuned utility vehicle.
The recordings cover a couple of failed ignition attempts, a proper ignition with the car starting, some idling, constant driving, revving, some reversing and then the engine stopping. The 4 different perspectives cover the essential sources of sound and offer a lot of flexibility when designing vehicle sounds for any purpose.
'Land Rover Defender' by Flysound is a comprehensive sound catalogue for this best-of-British diesel beast. The suite of 290 recordings is a systematic compilation authored by a dedicated full service post-production team, deploying Neumann U87s, Sennheiser MKH416s, Sound Devices 788Ts, Aaton Cantar X-2s, and further top quality recording, editing, sound design, and mixing equipment.
The 4×4 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 this hardy off-roader peels away fast, chugs along slow, or just cruises an everyday commute. In short: Everything you'll need, all the maneuvers manifested by this 2.4 litre diesel icon, here in this suite.
The symphonic grace of a Defender 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 the Land Rover Defender all-terrain vehicle. The suite is parked here, ready to give you the exact audio you need.
A lite and mixed version of this suite is also available, comprising 41 authentic stereo files, designed, mixed, and studio packaged on best-of-breed equipment for simpler tasks which would have a preference for a package of ready made stock sounds of the Defender.
Do you need an inspiring collection of carefully edited expressive engine sound fx loops?
Loopable Motors 1: Small Engines is a huge collection seamlessly looping engine sounds from ten different engines. The package includes steady engine loops with multiple RPMs, recorded in 96 kHz, 24-bit for creative sound design. Matching start and end clips are included for many loops for easy drag & drop game implementation or sound editing.
Finding high quality, steady engine recordings and editing them to usable, looping clips can be a really time-consuming task. This sound library is designed to give you plenty of creative material to work with in your next project.
Special Edition includes all the steady engine loops plus 25 accelerations for LeSound Audiomotors plugin.
Library highlights:- 10 combustion engines
– 444 sound files (148 sound with 3 pitch versions)
– Power generators, ATV, compressors, lawnmowers, water pumps.
– Multiple RPM speeds (see datasheet)
– Start & end clips for many loops
– Special Edition includes 25 accelerations compatible with LeSound Audiomotors plugin
– 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files
– 2.23 GB
– Carefully edited, seamless loops
– Soundminer & BWAV metadata
The recordings of real race car – the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 with 2.0 Turbo Engine on a dynapack. It features ignitions, idles, low and hi accelerations, ramps, stops and a lot of revolution sweeps.
The library delivers 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 a Neumann 185 MT stereo pair
Whether you are designing a traffic jam or just another day in New York City, get the correct horn for the correct car with Modern Car Horns, by Frontier Sound FX.
Modern Car Horns is a comprehensive compilation of long and short horn blasts from common American cars, recorded at 16bit/44.1k. Each vehicle is logged with the year, make and model, to ensure the proper fit when matching recordings to image. List of vehicles include:
Includes car horn sounds from the following vehicles:
• 1993 Buick Park Avenue
• 2000 Ford Taurus
• 2000 Jeep Wrangler Custom
• 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
• 2004 Toyota Carolla
• 2004 Toyota Rav 4
• 2005 Ford Focus
• 2006 Hyundai Sonata
• 2007 Hyundai Tiburon
• 2007 Nissan Versa
• 2008 Scion TC
• 2009 Chevy Malibu
Need high-impact car crash sounds – captured from both the inside and outside of a car? While there are no sounds of actual monsters attacking a car, there's certainly a lot of of recordings of sound-guys jumping on car roofs, beating car doors, smashing windshields and destroying paint jobs, with a big axe, and a crowbar.
Low sense DPA 4061 microphones were placed inside a car, and different actions were performed on it, like hitting, dragging, jumping, stepping and other improvising actions.
Microphones were also placed inside and outside the car, and windshields were smashed, with crowbars. These recordings covered the massive impacts as well as the small detailed glass pieces falling inside the car.
Get the powerful sounds of Mustang Dragster Cars in this sound effect library by Watson Wu. It gets you 25 recordings of both classic and modern Ford Mustang passbys at a 1/4 mile race track.Update: Now includes metadata
Recordings of a heavily modded Nissan GT-R with a turbocharged 3.8 litres V6 and 500 hp. The recording consists of eight channels, interior left and right, exhaust left and right, three engine and one turbo.
It contains startup, idle, blips, revving at constant rpms without gear, engine stop, horn, door slams, accelerating and decelerating at different speeds, driving and a eight channel surround drive by. The recording length is 22 min.
Sit back, relax, and listen to all the sounds a car makes. No, not the hum of the engine, not the tire squeal either, but everything else. Non-Engine Sonata Noises includes sounds (noises) of various button, switches, compartments, doors, slams, and even an automatic seat inside a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. These are the features you interact with ever time you step and sit inside the car, but get drowned out by the frustrations of traffic and stop lights. This pack totals 56 sound files with over 1224 sounds recorded in MS using the Sennheiser MKH8050 and MKH30.
Flip on the heated seat switch, and search through meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead.
Need the sound of vehicles passing by? This sound pack is a composite collection of pass-bys, featuring (Suburban-, Passenger-, Freight-) Trains, Trucks and Cars that I on various freeways and railroads. These sounds come in handy not only for for the obvious purpose of giving the right sonic feel for trains, trucks and cars passing by – but also as design elements ans a great starting point to create a vast number of sci-fi style whooshes and pass-by effects.
This massive Peterbilt Model 379 from 1988 is the trucker's truck with a “big cam” Cummins engine. The model has been featured in several classic car movies such as The Fast and the Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Black Dog.
Now you can get the 7-channel recordings of this beast for your own projects, which consist of L+R exhausts, L+R interior, two engine channels and one compressor channel. Total driving time is 11:46. The library also contains start, stop, idle, revving without gears, lots of driving and the legendary jakebrake.
In-depth recording of a Plymouth Cuda Convertible from 1971 with the extremely rare 426 Hemi engine and a 4-speed transmission.
Only two of these with the manual transmission were produced in 1971 so this car is obviously a clone but a very well built one. An original 1971 HemiCuda convertible is today extremely valuable, selling prices up to $5 million. The engine has 2 x 4-port Carter carburator and is (under)rated 425 horsepower by the factory.
The recording contains eight onboard microphones for interior, engine, intake and exhausts, and eight channels of exterior material.
It includes startup, idle, shutdown, driving at steady rpms, steady rpms in neutral, cruising, ramps, accelerations and decelerations through gears, approaches, passbys, aways as well as some foley like doors, hoods and knobs. Total recording length is 37m 39s.
A very in-depth multitrack recording of a Plymouth Road Runner 440 Sixpack from 1970.
The car has the 440cubic inches engine with the famous 3 x 2 barrel setup. The rating from factory was 390 horsepower. This car has the three geared automatic transmission.
The recording has eight onboard microphones, L+R interior, two engine, intake, L+R exhausts and finally a back center exhausts microphone. Exterior recording consists of four different stereo pairs, all in sync with the onboards.
The recording includes startup, idle, shutdown, blips, standing steady rpms, cruising, driving at steady rpms, various accelerations & decelerations, ramps, passbys, approaches, stops, aways and more.
It also contains foley recording of doors, hoods, gear shifter, switches and horn. Total recording time is 32min 7s.
Very in-depth recording of a Porsche 911 SC 1981 with the 3.0 liter engine. It is rated 204 horsepower at 5900rpm. The car has the 5-speed 915 gearbox. The recording includes all kinds of driving at different speeds, cruising, startups, shutdowns, reversing, driving at constant rpms, various accelerations and decelerations, ramps and even faked unsteady bad driving. Lots of foley is also included like doors, hoods, switches and knobs, horn, seatbelt, electric windows and more.
Approx 25 channels out of which 8 channels are inboards covering interior, engine and exhausts.
The exterior microphones are positioned at different spots around the recording location and covers approaches, aways, passbys and more at different speeds.
A fun trivia is that this library was used for the main character’s car in the Swedish version of the TV-series “The Bridge”. Total recording time is 75min 28s.
Get the sounds of a 1999 Porsche Carrera, captured by recording specialist Watson Wu. The German-made Porsche Carrera is a 6 speed manual, 3.4 liter, Flat 6, weighing in at only 2,900 pounds. The combined recorded driving time is more than 45 minutes long.
The Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V sound library features 227 96kHz/24 bit WAV files (including RAW files for design purposes), recorded with 2 Sound Devices 702, 2 Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones, Rode NTG3, 2 DPA 4061 and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.
This library covers sounds of regular driving, slow and fast accelerating recorded under the hood and inside a drivers cabin at the same time, so the files are in sync and ready to edit in your DAW. In addition this library features exterior recordings, from slow passes through medium and fast ones, reverse sounds, doppler effects, braking and idle, driving away and more.
Everything was recorded from 3 perspectives with different equipment. Mono recordings followed the car all the time, and were recorded with NTG3. Stereo ones were recorded with Sony PCM-M10 and Sennheisers MKH 8040 in ORTF.
Those microphones were standing still, capturing the car passes from left to right. Last but not least, foley: This library covers different actions, like opening and closing doors recorded from the interior and exterior perspectives, opening and closing slide doors, hood, back doors and windows. Pulling and releasing the hand brake, AC fans, buttons and switches, emergency and turning lights, opening and closing glove compartment and more.
The total length of the files is 142 minutes (without RAW files). In addition to the cleaned and premixed files, you will receive Engine RAW recordings as a separate download link. Thanks to those files you can design the engine or interior sounds the way you like.
The Renault Master II van sound library was recorded with a two track Sound Devices 702 recorder. Foley was captured with a mono Rode NTG3 microphone. Engine sound effects were recorded with two DPA-4061 omni microphones.
The car was recorded during regular driving, accelerating, decelerating and more demanding way of driving with steady RPMs and RPM ramps. In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder.
In this 88-minute long sound effects library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin in sync with microphones under the hood.
Get the authentic sounds of the Renault Master III van: The car was recorded during regular driving, accelerating, decelerating and more demanding way of driving with steady RPMs, slow accelerations and decelerations for game implementation.
The library was recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Foley was captured with a mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sound effects were recorded with two DPA-4061 omni microphones. In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder.
In this 105 minutes long sound library (excluding RAW files) you will find 16 designed and 32 raw engine sounds recorded onboard, 30 pass by and engine exterior sounds, 17 foley files and 9 engine interior recorded inside vehicles cabin in sync with microphones under the hood.
European Sirens is a large collection of 320+ European siren sound effects – captured from ambulances, firefighter trucks and police cars in up to 6 different perspectives.
It features drive-by's, aways, and arriving sirens shot in different perspectives. In-depth recordings of eight different police sirens, three firefighter sirens and three ambulance sirens are included. All sounds are Soundminer metadata embedded.
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