Car sound effects and recordings
Looking for electric car sounds? This library delivers 211 files / 162 minutes of stereo recordings of the BMW i3 electric vehicle.
The BMW i3 is a B-class, high-roof hatchback manufactured and marketed by BMW with an electric powertrain using rear wheel drive via a single-speed transmission. Its underfloor Li-ion battery pack is offered in two capacities as well as with an optional range-extending gasoline engine. The i3 was BMW’s first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle and was launched as part of BMW’s electric vehicle sub-brand, BMW i.
As of December 2016, the i3 ranked as the world’s third best selling all-electric car in history with more than 65,000 units sold since its inception.
This very quiet car has been recorded using onboard DPA-4060 microphones, to capture the engine and tyre sounds. The different surfaces are gravel, asphalt and rumble strips on the highway. The interior sounds have been recorded using the Zoom H5 XY microphone. There are also contact mic recordings of the wheel housing using Schaller mics.
Passby sounds have been recorded using Line Audio CM3’s in an XY setup as well as the Zoom H5 XY microphone. There are passes on dry and wet asphalt as well as gravel at different speeds.
Finally the engine has been recorded using the Elektrosluch electromagnetic microphone, resulting in 33 minutes of electromagnetic madness in 96 kHz.
I sincerely hope you will find this sound archive useful!
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.
European Small Car is a specific sfx collection of engine, hood, boot, gear level, interrupts, radio-cassette, glove box, turn signal, seat belt, door, ventilation fan, windscreen wiper and sun screen sounds.
All recordings have been done with high quality microphones and field recorders and they have been edited and mastered for cinematic purposes.
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.
The Extreme Drift SFX library includes 360 HQ (24bit/96kHz) close and distant range perspective, auto racing recordings. Audio material of vehicles, drifting and maneuvering around race tracks at various speeds and densities taking corners and speeding on long straightaways.
You will find idle engine sounds, powerful engine revs, slow and fast starts, crazy accelerations and wild breaking, roaring overtakings, tandem battles, tire screeches and skids echoing beautifully in the air. The audio found in our library is not limited to startups, shutdowns and gear shifts, but also offers ambiences of pit lane and working team crews.
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.
An Italian 1985 Ferrari 308 GTB with a 240 horsepower, 2.9 liter, V8 gas engine.
The Italian 1985 Ferrari 308 GTB sound library shares 290 clips in 18.04 gigabytes of sound. It features the sound of a 240 horsepower, 2.9 liter, V8 gas engine.
11 synchronized takes include both onboard and exterior driving in 34 channels. 13 onboard perspectives detail driving with ramps, steady RPMs, and gearshifts from microphones places in the engine, at the exhaust, and in the interior (including an Ambisonic perspective). The 7 exterior perspectives share arriving, departing, passing, and reversing at fast, medium, and slow speeds.
The field recordings are packaged with Pro Tools and Reaper sessions with all fx pre-aligned to allow editors to begin mixing and editing immediately. Also included are 3 custom mixes of the onboard microphones, 18+ fields of professional embedded metadata, and metadata keyword import files in 7 languages.
Recording of an Italian Ferrari 458 from 2013 with a 4.5 L F136 F V8i engine with 7-speed dual clutch.
The Ferrari 458 sound effects collection gathers 197 clips in 14.2 gigabytes of audio. It features a 2013 version of the Italian sports car with a 4.5 L Ferrari F136 F V8i with a 7-speed dual-clutch.
A combined total of 29 channels of audio and 10 synchronized takes capture onboard and exterior perspectives of the luxury car. Microphones placed at the engine, exhaust, and in the interior capture 9 perspectives onboard to capture driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds with ramps, steady RPMs, and gearshifts. Nine further perspectives arrange microphones at four positions to gather starting, stopping, departing, passing by, and arriving.
Packaged with Pro Tools and Reaper sessions with all fx pre-aligned to allow editors to begin mixing and editing immediately. In addition, each clip is embedded with 18+ fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata, with keyword translation import files available in 7 languages.
Recording of a Ferrari 488 from 2016 with a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 661 horsepower engine.
The Ferrari 488 exotic car sound collection features 302 clips in 19.39 gigabytes of audio. It features the sound of the 2016 Italian sports car’s 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 661 horsepower engine performing in 17 takes.
The sound bundle includes 9 onboard and 10 exterior perspectives. The 21 exterior channels capture the car travelling at fast, slow, and medium speeds on straightaways and around corners at close and distant perspectives. The 10 onboard channels recorded engine, exhaust, and interior driving at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and with ramps. Also included are starting, stopping, passing, and other exterior maneuvers.
Every sound effect is embedded with over 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata. In addition, every take is provided aligned and ready for tandem-track mixing and editing in Reaper and Pro Tools session.
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
Recording of an Italian 2016 Ferrari F12 with a 140 FC V12, 6.3 litre, gas engine with performance exhaust.
The 2016 Italian Ferrari F12 sound bundle includes 278 clips in 16.87 gigabytes of audio. It showcases the sound of its 140 FC V12, 6.3 litre, V12, gas engine with performance exhaust.
The collection includes 34 synchronized channels of exterior and onboard recordings. 8 exterior perspectives provide driving at slow, medium, and fast speeds while passing by, arriving, and departing. The 12 onboard perspectives include recordings from the interior (with an Ambisonic perspective), engine, and the interior while driving with gearshifts, ramps, and steady RPMs. Also bundled are 3 stereo mixes of the onboard perspectives.
The collection includes Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata, keyword import files for 7 languages, and Reaper and Pro Tools mixing sessions.
Recording of a super rare Ferrari F40 LM (Le Mans) from 1991 with a V8 3 litres, double water-cooled F1 turbo engine with 720 hp and a 5-gear transmission.
The Ferrari F40 LM (Le Mans) sound effects collection features 335 clips in 21.65 gigabytes of audio. The sound library showcases the sound of a 1991 version of the Italian luxury sports car’s V8 3 litres, double water-cooled F1 turbo engine with 720 hp and a 5-gear transmission.
A total of 20 synchronized takes depict both onboard and exterior perspectives. The 9 exterior perspectives arrange microphones at multiple locations and distances to record departing, arriving, passing at slow to fast speeds, as well as starting and stopping, and backfire. The 12 interior perspectives arrange microphones at the exhaust, engine, and in the interior to share recordings of driving at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and ramps. Three mixes of the interior perspectives are also available.
The package includes Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata in every clip, as well as Reaper and Pro Tools mixing sessions.
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.
The recordings are multitrack. For the onboard recordings you’ll find synchronized recordings of engine, exhaust, cabin. For the roadside recordings you’ll find an ortf stereo pair (on a stand) and a long shotgun mic (handheld, tracking movement)
The Fiat 500 sound fx collection features 263 clips and 17.73 gigabytes of the 2016 Abarth 595 version of the Italian vehicle. The collection gathers 18 synchronized takes of the car’s 1.368 L l4 turbo engine with 158 horsepower and a 5750 Akrapovic exhaust system.
The sound library includes both onboard and exterior perspectives. 10 channels from microphones mounted in the engine, interior, and at the exhaust depict driving at slow, medium, and fast speeds. Performances include steady RPMs, gearshifts, and ramps. The 18 exterior channels share 9 perspectives of the small car starting, stoping, departing, passing, and approaching on straightaways and around corners.
Each track is embedded with Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata, with bonus metadata import files for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The collection also includes carefully mixed quick-access, all-in-one blended stereo versions of the interior, exhaust, and engine stems. The Fiat 500 library is packaged with Pro Tools and Reaper sessions with all fx pre-aligned to allow editors to begin mixing and editing immediately.
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.
All files are recorded 24bit, 96 kHz, with Rode NTG1 and Shure VP88 microphones. Library contains wav files of driving, interior and exterior foley, mechanical and electrical sounds.
Recording of a Ford Fiesta WRC rally car with an EcoBoost 1.6 liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine with turbocharger.
The European Ford Fiesta WRC rally car sound collection gathers 197 clips in 14.57 gigabytes of field recordings. It depicts the sound of a 2016 Ford EcoBoost 1.6 liter (98 cu in) 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine with turbocharger.
The sound library provides 9 synchronized takes of exterior and onboard driving. The 8 exterior perspectives share recordings from 4 positions as the car approaches, departs, passes by, and reverses at slow and fast speeds. 13 onboard perspectives include recordings from the interior (including an Ambisonic perspective), engine, and exhaust of the car driving with steady RPMs, and ramps.
The bundle is delivered with Pro Tools and Reaper mixing sessions, full professional metadata, custom mixes of the onboard perspectives, and metadata keywords in 7 languages.
Recording of the 2016 German-made Ford Focus RS with a GDI I4, 2.3 litre, inline 4-cylinder engine with turbo.
The 2016 German-made Ford Focus RS sound collection includes 203 clips in 13.53 gigabytes of audio of its GDI I4, 2.3 litre, inline 4-cylinder engine with turbo.
The bundle includes 25 synchronized channels of onboard and exterior recordings. The 10 onboard perspectives include recordings from the engine, exhaust, and the interior while driving with steady RPMs, ramps, and gearshifts. Also featured are 4 stereo mixes of the onboard perspectives. 7 exterior perspectives share driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds while departing, arriving, and passing by.
The collection downloads with Reaper and Pro Tools mixing sessions, 19+ fields of embedded metadata, and metadata keyword import files in 7 languages.
A full library of recordings from a 2009 Ford Fusion Plus with a 1.6 litre Duratec petrol engine. Includes door opens and closes, windows up and down, seatbelts, switches, buttons, engine turn key, start and idle, revs and more. Recordings made using Sennheiser MKH416, 8050 and Rode NT5 mics into a Zoom F8 and F4, plus some additional recordings using a JRF contact mic.
Also includes three 7+ minute continuous driving interior ambisonics (Ambix B format) recordings with synced mono engine bay recordings. Covering turn key and start, driving through the countryside up to 60mph on dual carriageway, into the city and stopping. Made with Sennheiser Ambeo and ME2 mics.
If you need a no-nonsense, great quality library of an ordinary car, not a fancy flashy sports car as I often do, then this is the library for you! Everything is delivered in 24 Bit / 192 kHz making it useful for sound design purposes too. Need a massive metal impact? Pitch down one of those doors!
All files contain extensive metadata in both Soundminer and BWAV formats.
This library has an extensive collection of sounds from a well-used 1990 Ford Ltd Crown Victoria with a 4-speed AOC automatic transmission. With its 302 cubic inch, 5 liter, V8 engine, rated 152 horsepower, you'll get thick beefy growls from this Ford. The library includes all kinds of driving at various speeds, cruising, startups, shutdowns, reversing, driving at constant RPMs, gearing, various accelerations and decelerations, and long and short ramps.
Some foley is also included: doors, hood functions, parking brake and gear shifter, and IR sweeps. With 12 onboard channels covering several interior, engine and exhaust perspectives, and 13 exterior channels with microphones positioned at different spots around the recording location, you'll get up-close approaches, aways, passbys and more at different speeds.
Extensive recording session of a 1970 Ford Mustang ” Mach 1 ” . The Mach 1 is a performance-oriented model of the Ford Mustang, its 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland V8 produces 300 HP.
This library contains onboard ( up to 8 mics ) , exterior and all the spot effects and foley you’ll need ( doors, windows, seatbelt, trunk, indicators… )
For greater edit possibilities, the exterior tracks were recorded with various microphones setups :
– static wide AB array
– static Cinela LCR array ( ORTF + Center )
– Neumann KMR81 shotgun mic following the car
For the onboard setup, here’s what you’ll find:
– 2 mics in the engine ( static omni + dynamic cardioïd )
– 3 mics on the exhaust ( lavalier + static cardioïd + dynamic omni )
– MKH 8040 ORTF + a hidden lavalier inside the cabin
Foley and spot FX were recorded with the Neumann KMR81 and Sennheiser 80XX LCR setup
All the sounds are 96 kHz / 24 bits and most importantly embedded with exhaustive metadata for improved search results, including a detailed description, microphone names/setup, etc…
Metadata compatible with Soundminer, Basehead, etc…
A selection of recordings of a 1960 Ford Prefect, including starts, stops, passes and ride.
The first mini-library from Immersive FX – all you need for a nice old UK car scenario:
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