Vehicle sound effects and recordings – cars, helicopters, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, trains and sci-fi
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.
The Dodge Challenger R/T sound library includes 25 takes from a 1971 American muscle car. This classic vehicle features a 500+ hp V8 440 c.i. engine with Edelbrock Performer heads, Hooker headers and Magnaflow X-pipe system, and a 3 gear automatic transmission. There are 434 clips in 15.27 gigabytes.
10 exterior perspectives (22 channels) depict the car passing, approaching, and departing at four locations and multiple distances. The 10 onboard perspectives (11 channels) include driving at slow, medium, and fast speeds from the engine, exhaust, and interior. The car is driven with gearshifts, steadies, and ramps. The collection also gathers idles, blips, horns, and various sound fx. Every clip is synchronized across all perspectives and comes with 18+ fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS spotlight metadata.
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.
“Driving Forces” is an ultimately innovative sound effects construction kit from Digital Rain Lab. The pack is dedicated to futuristic engine sounds: from small hovering drones to huge space motherships. It thoughtfully includes various engine categories such as Jet Turbines, Micro motors, and Recordings. The addition of real textures makes the library well balanced and very flexibile for designing unique vehicle sounds.
Natively made in 96k/24bit, all sounds are ready to be heavily manipulated, and are tagged with BWF and Soundminer metadata for a faster workflow.
This library of drones was carefully crafted from a variety of analog sources such as modular synthesizers, natural ambiences and electromagnetic recordings of many different devices.
Every one of these recordings were painstakingly performed. Many parameters were manipulated in real time to create an evolving texture that has a true sense of life and uniqueness to it.
A true labor of love, I had a blast putting this one together!
Seamlessly Looping Shepard Tones (Rising and Falling Pitches)
Brand New Sci-Fi Ambiences from The Library by Empty Sea. 6+ GB, 150+ sounds, almost 3 hours of material, all 96k, all looped for easy use.
Dumpster Truck (Skiploader) delivers the sounds of a DAF CF 75.310 mid-size truck that delivers open steel containers. They are mostly used to collect debris, junk or discarded furnishings. Once these containers filled up, the truck picks them up again to bring them to the suburban garbage dump.
The library delivers 103 files in 5 categories:
Container Handling, Driving Activities, Engine, Foley and Props, Underneath Truck
This includes sounds of container dumps, noises from load chains and their locking mechanisms as well as sound from the truck itself (interior, door slaps, air pressure system, wheel noises, 7.5l 310hp diesel engine, exhaust and much more).
Electric Vehicle is a special library that showcases a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle). For this release I wanted to focus on the EV mode of this vehicle even though it has a measly 45km of electric battery range! But no worries! Now you can drive endlessly on battery-power with “Electric Vehicle” by Sounds of Norway!
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.
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!
This library has a unique selection of electromagnetic sounds, recorded and edited with the utmost care.
Includes over 600 sounds, 200 raw stereo 24Bit/192kHz recordings of more than 40 different electronic devices and industrial machines. Only the most interesting have been selected for this collection.
Perfect resource for SCI-FI sound design, weapons, spaceships and many more. Recorded with extended frequency range, which allows drastic pitch changes and offers extreme ease of handling.
Inside you’ll find different kinds of Noises, Glitches, Whooshes, Passbys, Beeps, Mechanical Movements, Hum, Buzz, Clicks, Crackles, from simple smartphone to carving machine or laser engraving machine, eco-solvent printer, cutting plotter, touch screen terminal and more.
Includes embedded Soundminer metadata.
The New York Subway doesn’t only run underground: the elevated tracks in sections of the city provide a rich source of groans, creaks, rumbles, screeches and rattles, This library contains twenty First Order Ambisonic tracks of subway trains overhead recorded at 96/24 and available in both FuMa and ambiX orders and weighting. Extras include three FOA street-atmos files taken at the same time as the train recordings and twelve stereo files from my extensive archive. Guaranteed to add that certain something to your city ambiences.
• 23 FOA FuMa
• 23 FOA ambiX
• 12 Stereo
This library gets you 130 minutes of stereo recordings from an intense off-road motorcycle racing event, captured on a late autumn day with ideal weather conditions.
Two-stroke and four-stroke engines compete together. The race track is about seven kilometers long with a high difference in elevation. The library features sounds such as race starts, test laps, roaring passbys, struggling engines as the bikes go up and down the hills, single bikes and groups + lots more sounds from the event.
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.
Get the sounds of a powerful excavator – the Excavator MF 860 – covering both interior and exterior recordings.
The Excavator library gets you the sound of the engine recorded on-board (under the hood + interior from the cabin) while driving on the different roads, exterior engine with passes in mono and stereo recorded on asphalt, hard ground and dry grass and foley. Engine sounds comes in two versions, designed and RAW, so you can design it on your own.
The ‘Excavator MF 860’ sound library is a result of two full day recording sessions. The first session covered the sound of the engine, recorded under the hood with two DPA 4061 microphones, and exterior digging sounds recorded in mono and stereo with Rode NTG3, 2 Sennheiser MKH 8040 and Sony PCM-M10 recorder. The second recording session covered the exterior passes, interior sounds, foley and digging, since we had to dig our machine from the mud.
The library gets you 83 files and has a total length of 145 minutes. Everything was recorded in 96 kHz, edited, cleaned and meta tagged.
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.
The F16 Maneuvers library features 36 recordings of F16 Fighter jets, captured at three different locations from the ground perspective. In addition to those, we included :
– 22 flight formation sounds (up to six aircrafts), designed using Sound Particles 3D software.
– 8 recordings captured using contact microphones, attached in a nearby parked vehicle, leading up to some low tones and rumbles, that could be useful as sweeteners in aircraft or other complex sounds.
– 4 mixing sessions, combining ambient and contact mic recordings.
The product includes a total of 45 minutes of HQ material (24bit/96kHZ) and a total of 70 sounds, including 17 Soundminer metadata fields, such as description, keywords, category/sub-category, microphones and more.
If you want to get a behind-the-scenes look of how we captured those sounds, head over to our blog here
This fan sound effects library delivers the sounds of a floor fan, a wall-mounted bathroom fan and a hairdryer. It includes sounds such as starts, stops, idle and fans at different speed levels. Need the sounds of actual fans, motors, whirling winds – or imagined flying vehicles – that's what you get 42 minutes of right here.
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 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.
Get the sounds of switches, buttons, knobs and handles – recorded inside an old, retired flight simulator donated to the Danish Technical Museum.
This machine used to make aspiring pilots sweat in their seats, putting them through all sorts of mechanical failures, emergency landings, and just plain flying.
There is basically a switch, button, knob or handle to start every single possible emergency situation a pilot and crew may encounter when flying.
When the sound recording started, some of them were partly broken, and others missing, some did not turn or switch, but most of them were still there and worked beautifully. The variety is surprisingly great, and very different from today's modern switch sounds.
91 tracks, recorded with a Sennheiser 416 onto a Sounddevices 702, all tracks Metadata tagged.
Part of the WW Audio Mini SFX Series, for those who want quality recordings without having to buy large libraries, Flypast brings you 10 different models of aeroplane, flying overhead, about to land into Heathrow Airport.
Each model of aeroplane has its own unique sound. If you want that great flypast sound, this library is a must for your collection.
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