The booming and serrated voice of a 100th anniversary edition American classic is upon you. And this Fat Boy had quite a lot to say. Mostly in a dialect of deliciously loud and explosive transients.
You'll find that this library not only covers glorious engine dynamics and potato-y straight pipes, but also various switches, mechanics, linkages, electrical functions, the horn, and even a guardian bell. There are pass-bys and encircled recordings in both mono and MS formats (the latter of which are left raw for you to decode at gain and width settings appropriate to your needs), static running captures, and a structure of engine throttling that can give you delicate control over the engine's power.
For recordings of a hot-tempered ATV (All-terrain vehicle) with a two-stroke engine, check out this sound pack. It consists of a two and a half minute 4-channel recording with two mics on the engine and two on the exhaust. Great for your zipping, sputtering, and revving needs of a fun ride.
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!
The Harley Davidson sound effects library from G4F SFX features high-quality recordings of the Heritage Softail model. All the files have been meticulously recorded, mixed and meta-tagged for rapid use. We used an Aeta 4minx recorder, a pair of Schoeps ORTF and an AKG C414 to boost the center of the stereo sound. An SM58 placed near the exhaust also allows you to add the characteristic “throaty sound” of the Harley that can be mixed to suit your requirements. Each exhaust is on a separate file and is precisely the same length as the ORTF/C414 file for easy synchronization.
Features recordings such as:
Aways – False starts – Accelerations – Gear shifts – On-board camera – Handling of the bike – Horn – Stops / Braking
Get the real Harley Davidson sound from two recording sessions of a Harley Davidson Fat Boy with a 1449 cc V2 engine. The first recording consists of five channels, two exhaust, one engine, one intake and one from a microphone in the sidepocket. It contains start, stop, idle, driving, accelerations, decelerations and more. A surround driveby is added in the end. The recording length is 19 min 23 s.
The second is the older of our two Fat Boy recordings. The classic Harley sound, delivered to you on three channels, two exhaust and one engine. The recording contains several starts, stops, revs, driving and horn. The recording length is 16 min 32 s.
The Iron 883 is not the biggest Harley Davidson bike around, but it has that recognizable HD throttle sound – in a different tone that you might lack in your sound collection.
The library contains starts, idling, passbys at different speeds and onboard driving on both gravel and asphalt roads. A bunch of foley tracks, burglar alarm, false starts, on spot revving recordings and more.
The onboard recordings consists of a Shure SM57 on the motor and an Oktava MK012 cardioid pointed at the exhaust pipe. These are conveniently exported together as stereo tracks to ease synchronization and mixing in your daw.
Each clip contains detailed metadata information, with filename, description, microphone, picture and more.
Get the sounds of a moped with the Keeway TX50 Moped Sound Effects Library. This model is from 2011, and features 6 gears and electric start function. The Library contains 22 sound files (External, Foley, OnBoard). External sounds such as passbys and approaches are stereo files, and Foley recordings are in mono.
OnBoard recordings include 2 different channels: Engine and Exhaust. You can layer and mix these 2 channels of OnBoard sounds – they will line up nicely in your DAW or audio editor.
A collection of authentic Italian motorcycles and scooters – includes recordings of models like the Guzzi, Ciao Piaggio, Vespa and Ducati. Recordings include pass-bys, onboard, starting, idle, stopping, horn honking – and even skidding (see the full track list below).
This library has just been updated with 72 new recordings (47+ minutes) of motorcycles & scooters such as the APRILIA 150cc, LAMBRETTA 125cc, MALAGUTI 50cc, MOTOMORINI Scrambler 1200cc, MV AGUSTA F3 600, PIAGGIO X9 500cc and a VESPA 125 ET3 PRIMAVERA
Motorcycles go fast – especially on the racetrack. Here we have the 300cc, 600cc, 1000cc and Moto 3 Classes recorded on the Hairpin Exit, Straight and Fast Turns, with riders going at it solo and some preferring a bit of group action. They sound fast and powerful, except maybe the Moto 3 class which sounds a little like a small prop plane.
The library includes 90 recordings. All files are Sound Miner metadata embedded, 24Bit/48kHz wav files
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.
Get the sounds of the the Honda VTX 1300 – a distinctive cruiser motorcycle.
Its 1300cc displacement is right in the sweet spot between the zippier 750 models and the massive 1800 road warriors. This particular one was equipped with a set of custom Vance and Hines Big Shots exhaust pipes early in its life, giving it a distinctive and throaty note that can be heard up and down the highway. The VTX line is also known for its distinctive transmission, which gives a meaty ‘clunk’ with every shift.
This library is a set of recordings that were made using a combination of onboard and exterior mics at a variety of useful speeds, as well as free running on the highway. Its a smaller set, but very distinctive and useful.
We recorded multiple channels on every movement:
• Onboards consisted of Line audio CM3, Crown PZM and Sanken COS11 mics
• A handheld MKH416 rig covered bys and exteriors
After a half day of recording we had material ranging from idles and slow starts to fast bys and highway runs.
Get the sound of the Tunturi Maxi ‘Pappatunturi’, a Finnish moped model from 1974 with 2 gears and pedals. The library features external, onboard and foley recordings. OnBoard recordings feature 3 different channels: Engine1, Engine2 and Exhaust. All 3 channels of OnBoard sounds can be layered and will line up nicely in your audio editor.
The Ural M72 1943 is 750 cc Soviet WWII motorcycle that is bleeding with class. This sound pack captures this hog with a 4-channel that is nearly six minutes in length. With two mics on its exhaust, one on the engine and one onboard, you get the engine starting, stopping, revving, driving and a surround pass by. This motorcycle sounds just as it looks—beefy!
Get the sounds of a Yamaha 24MX 125 cc dirtbike – featuring onboard and exterior recordings.
The recording consists of 11 channels, two exhaust, driver back, chain, two engine, intake and 4 synced exterior channels, left, right, surround and following shotgun. It contains several start, stop, idle, blips, revving at constant rpms without gear, various accelerations and decelerations, driving while braking to get even rpms etc.
Driver back channel is missing for the first startup, and chain channel suffers from bad contact last startup, but we decided to keep those in since they still contain many useful parts. The recording length is 19 min 3 s.
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