Car sound effects and recordings
We’re proud to release our first premier race ambience library, as we continue our exciting journey in sound experimentation with spatial audio. The Monaco Grand Prix 2018 is a genuine sonic document of the 76th edition of the Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, the world’s most glamorous race.
If you’re looking for unique and modern race engine sounds and ambiences to use in your commercial, movie, television or game projects, here you’ll find lot of sounds with different perspectives to start building real and tactile sport soundscapes.
We made use of two favourite Ambisonics microphones: the Sennheiser Ambeo and the classic Soundfield SPS200, recorded across our Sonosax gear (SX-R4+, SX-R4, SX-M32) and their amazing preamps, which digested the high SPLs of the high-performance cars.
But that’s not all: you’ll also find extremely accurate stereo recordings made with a Sanken CSS-5, an A-B Stereo Technique configuration with a couple of omnidirectional DPA 4060 and, last but not least, a custom MS rig based on a Schoeps MK 41 supercardioid capsule (Mid), plus a MK 8 figure-8 capsule (Side), amplified by their respective CMC 6 units.
Looking for radical transformations? We recorded everything @ 96 kHz, so if you want to turn a pass-by into a dramatic spaceship pass, you’ll be free from any sonic artifacts.
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 Recordings from the amazing Monza Rally Show, a motoring event at the Autodromo di Monza where some of the most famous rally drivers and track racing experts compete in different races:
• The R5 class rally cars
• The WRC 1.6 T.Trophy for WRC 1.6 Turbo rally cars from 2011-2016
• The Historic section for historic rally cars from 1972 to 1990.
The cars are recorded in different track locations to have the best chances to capture the right sound: Corners, straights, chicanes, as well distant and trackside perspectives. There also include pit ambiences with cars revving.
The sounds are recorded with a steady stereo XY setup (2 Sennheiser 8040), together with a Shotgun microphone (Sennheiser 8060), following the cars to capture more focused sounds.
Each file has the suffix “LR” for the XY stereo files and “SG” for the shotgun mono files.
The Morris Minor Traveller 1000 was built between 1956 and 1971. Full of characterful and a charming vehicle it was renowned for its reliability and low maintenance, speed was not a factor in its design. However, thanks to its newly fitted 1098cc engine this series III reaches 0-60 in 31.3 seconds and achieves generous speeds of up to 75mph.
We are offering a range of unique sounds from this iconic British car. The Library features recordings both onboard and external including; engine idling, start-up, turn offs, pass-bys, start, stop and aways, reverses, cornering, all at different speeds on a tarmac surface. We’ve also included some slow/medium takes on a gravel track. Additional foley includes recordings of the doors, switches/levers, horn, parking brake, glove compartment and engine hood from both near and wide perspectives.
Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up work flow and increase organisation.
200 field recordings of race cars from 8 races, featuring Ferrari Challenge, Formula 1600, IndyCar races, and more.
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
Recording of a Japanese 1973 Datsun Fairlady 240z with a 2.8L, 6-cylinder engine modified with MSA 6 to 1 headers and 2.5” JDM exhaust.
The Datsun Fairlady 240z sound fx collection gathers 256 clips totalling 16.52 gigabytes of audio. Also known as the Nissan Fairlady, this bundle showcases the sound of a 1973 version of the Japanese car and its 2.8L, 6-cylinder engine modified with MSA 6 to 1 headers and 2.5” JDM exhaust.
A total of 32 tandem channels share both onboard and exterior perspectives. The 8 exterior perspectives detail departures, arrivals, and passes at slow, medium, and fast speeds from four positions as well as idles, start ups, and shut downs. The 10 onboard perspectives position microphones in the interior (as well as an Ambisonic perspective), the engine, and at the exhaust to record steady driving, ramps, and gearshifts. Also included are custom mixes of the interior perspectives as well as performed sound effects of doors, horns, seatbelts, and others.
The collection is packaged with Pro Tools and Reaper mixing sessions, 18+ fields of embedded metadata, and metadata keyword translations in 7 languages.
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.
The Nissan Qashqai I 1.6 sound library features 81 high quality files recorded with a multi mic setup.
The engine was recorded in sync with cabin interior ambients, and you can expect different styles of driving – from casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio.
In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features exterior passes, whooshes and other road related sounds recorded in mono and stereo. Last but not least, different foley-type recordings covering exterior and interior sound effects.
The Nissan Terrano II 2.7 TDi sound library features 111 high-quality files recorded with a multi-mic setup. Engine was recorded in sync with cabin interior ambients, and you can expect different styles of driving.
From casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio. In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features exterior passes, whooshes and other road-related sounds recorded in mono and stereo both on wet and dry asphalt.
Last but not least, different foley sounds were recorded to cover exterior and interior activities.
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.
“Old Cars – Short Passby” is a library with a lot of classic cars: Ford, MG, Jaguar, Porsche, Triumph, Cobra, Austin, Alpha and more.
You will find 45 files with single car Pass Bys. The files are not named after specific cars/manufacturers.
This car library brings you a comprehensive Sound Effects collection of the 125 PS Opel Astra H CDTi 1.7 (Diesel Engine).
You get anything you need from opening and closing doors, hood, trunk, windows, glove department. Pushing buttons, hazard lights, ignition, window wipers, seat adjustments, several pass-bys, idle mixtures, pull aways and approaches.
And most importantly lots of diverse driving sounds, simultaneously recorded with 5mics (2x Engine, 2x Exhaust, 2x Interior) so you can easily blend between the sounds to perfectly match you picture.
All source sounds were recorded with a Sonosax SX-R4+ and a Sound Devices MixPre-D with a Sennheiser MKH 8050 + MKH 30 M/S rig (Interior),twoRode NT-1A (Engine)and a MKH8060 (Exhaust).
All sounds come with embedded Metadata.
The first mobile roomtone library! Parked Cars is a collection of roomtones of car interiors at different times of day, often in the same locations with both windows up and windows down.
This library covers inner city, suburb, and a little country around the Los Angeles area
This is all mastered for Ambisonic B and Stereo, but can be further decoded into various surround formats
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.
The Peugeot 307 SW sound fx library features 463 clips in 17.98 gigabytes of a 2004 French model. A total of 27 takes depict the sound of the car’s 2.0 litre 134 horsepower petrol straight 4 cylinder engine.
The collection includes 19 perspectives of the car. 11 onboard perspectives arrange 16 channels of microphones on the engine, at the exhaust, and in the interior (including an Ambisonic perspective). They capture driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds with constant RPMs, ramps, and gearshifts. The exterior perspectives (18 channels) include recordings on straightaways, corners, and at various distances with the car starting, turning off, departing, arriving, and passing by. The collection includes discrete performed effects of doors, dashboard instruments, horns, and more. There are also Altiverb and Waves impulse responses.
Every clip is embedded with 18+ fields of professional metadata.
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.
The Pontiac GTO sound fx collection includes 606 sounds in 27.05 gigabytes of audio. It features the sound of a 400 c.i. 335 horsepower V8 engine from a 1967 model of the American car.
A total of 26 takes depict both onboard and exterior perspectives. 14 onboard perspectives (15 channels) share exhaust, engine, and interior microphone recordings (including an Ambisonic POV) of steady RPMs, gearshifts, and ramps. The 8 exterior perspectives (18 channels) include departures, arrivals, and passes by at slow, medium, and fast speeds. The collection also showcases a variety of performed effects (doors, horns, etc).
The sound bundle includes Pro Tools and Reaper sessions with all takes pre-aligned, raw impulse responses of the interior cabin, and 3 ready-to-use designed stereo mixes of the interior, exhaust, and engine microphones. Every clip is embedded with 18 fields of professional metadata.
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.
Channel 1 = Exhaust 1, Channel 2 = Exhaust 2, Channel 3 = Engine, Channel 4 = Cab
Stereo in Left and Right Channels
The Porsche Cayenne 4.8 V8 sound library features 58 high quality files recorded with multi mic setup. The engine was recorded in sync with cabin interior ambients, and you’ll find different styles of driving – from casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio.
In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features exterior passes, whooshes and other road related sounds recorded in mono and stereo. Last but not least, there are foley recordings that covers interior and exterior perspectives of different activities.
The Porsche Macan S 3.0 V6 sound library features 198 high-quality files recorded with a multi-mic setup. The Engine was recorded in sync with interior cabin ambient, and you can expect different styles of driving. From casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio.
In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features exterior passes, whooshes and other road-related sounds recorded in mono and stereo on dry asphalt.
Last but not least, different foley were recorded to cover exterior and interior activities. In addition to designed onboard recordings, there are also premixed stems for the engine, intake and exhaust and RAW files, of each microphone without any post-processing.
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