Vehicle sound effects and recordings – cars, helicopters, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, trains and sci-fi
This library presents a vintage Gordini race car from 1947, recorded on a private race track.
We captured a full lap and a half with three onboards microphones and a Schoeps MS for the exterior pass bys.
Why a lap and a half ? Because the car broke down mid track, which made for several fantastic engine failure sounds.
Witness the powerful loud (LOUD) sound of this vintage beauty and its trumpeting exhaust from hell.
Recording setup:Onboards microphones routed to a MixPre6 :
Engine – Shure SM11
Exhaust – Shure SM11
Cockpit – DPA4061
Exterior passes recorded with a Schoeps MK4/MK8 to a Cooper CS104.
Get up close and personal with the Grumman F6F Hellcat and its Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine.
These recordings were captured during a private session which consisted of two stationary runs on the ground and they feature startups, idling, constant RPMs, ramps, throttle movements, and shutdowns from onboard and exterior microphones. The library also has foley from the cockpit—to include sounds of switches and canopy functions—as well as fly bys, landing and taxing from both exterior and onboard microphones. Get the authentic sounds of a WII American fighter aircraft with this library.
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.
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.
Get the sounds of a 1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle sound effects library (with Metadata).
All 131 ready to use wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz. Files are divided into External static sounds, External following sounds, Foley sounds, and Onboard sounds. The combined recorded driving time is more than 42 minutes long.
The Onboard recordings are in 2 separate mono wave files, channel one for engine and channel two for exhausts. drag & drop or import each of the files into your audio editing software, then align them for creative mixing. There are also stereo mix versions of the OnBoard recordings.
The External recordings are in stereo, one MS (Mid-Side) for following (tracking) and the other MS at a fixed (static) position.
Vehicle Type: Motorcycle
Brand: Harley Davidson
Model: Fat Boy
Country origin: USA
Specification: modified with straight pipes (without mufflers), 1450cc, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, V-Twin, air cooled, manual 5 speed, carburetor fuel system (modified with larger jets), 63 horse power.
Following (MS Stereo in Left & Right Channels tracking the moving vehicle)Static (MS Stereo in Left & Right Channels from a fixed position)
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.
The harvester Claas Lexion 530 Library contains all the sounds a decent harvester produces on the field in one day. We were allowed to accompany this gigantic 300+ horsepower machine on the field and document all its activities. It roars and sounds harsh and dangerous.
Whether you are looking for realistic farm sounds or want to design a futuristic vehicle. The harvester files are ready to use or very easy to manipulate as they deliver sounds across all frequencies captured with high end equipment. Both helium-3 harvesting spaceships and apocalypse scrap transporters can be produced in just a few steps.
In addition to the standard exterior recordings such as bypass, away and up, the library also includes on-board recordings from the cab, from the platform, as well as various mic positions such as directly above and beside the cutting knives, on the belt, at the unloading pipe and many more. In addition, there are selected foley sounds, as well as a few distant atmo sounds.
70% of the revenue will benefit the non-profit association “Bulldogs for Kids e.V.” and by this benefit chronical ill children.
Sound Mind Heavy Industry sound effects library is a massive collection of over 600 sound files of unique and hard to access machines and industrial ambiences, recorded both interior and exterior. To create this 45+ GB pack we went underground and climbed on constructions, we have been in both very hot and cold, humid and smelly places, wearing funky protective clothing, helmets and glasses.
You will find large, heavy machines sounds in it, industrial vehicles, as well as pneumatic, electric, diesel or even antique steam engines sounds and many metal, wooden, debris and also liquid textures.
During our searches we found many unusual sounds with great potential for sound design.
Sounds were recorded multi-mic and from different perspectives, giving large variety for designing purposes. We used microphones with extended frequency range (Schoeps CMC6XT MS kit, Sanken CO-100k) recording on 192kHz sample rate, shotgun mics (Sennheiser MKH-8060, MKH-815T, Neumann KMR81/KM120 MS kit) as well as Trance Audio Inducer stereo contact microphone (which was very useful in noisy environments and which also has very wide frequency range). We used Sound Devices 702, 744 recorders with MixPre, plus Zoom F8 and Sony PCM D-50.
Get authentic military-grade blasts with these recordings of the 76mm M18 Hellcat cannon from the World War II era. This beast fires five blanks that are captured with 20 channels of varying distances, perspectives ranging from 0 to 150 meters, and microphones, such as Sound Devices and Zaxcom. This library also features foley from the hatch. Don't miss out on some 76mm power!
This library gets you 97 minutes of binarual recordings of wind noise, captured inside the helmet as a motorcycle rides along the highway. The speed ranges from a slower pace all the way up to 100 – 130 km/h, and features both acceleration, variable and constant speeds, as well as occasional sounds of passing traffic as captured from inside the helmet. The helmet is a flip-up type of helmet, and the motorcycle is a Honda NC 700D.
Recorder: Tascam dr100 mk/III, Microphone: DPA 4060 miniature omni
High Desert Trains has the sounds of classic Southwestern freight trains. This library captures these monsters as they tear through the desert, rumbling past the observer and screeching to a halt when they reach their destination. These sounds were recorded at 192kHz, which offers you the freedom to stretch these sounds into new machines, monsters, and powerful droning ambiences. If you need a quick pack of train sounds with a lot of flexibility, this is the library for you!
2% for the Planet:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• Passbys (fast and slow), approaches, departures, stops, idling, braking, horns (close and distant), mountain incline climbs, whining drones, piercing screeches, thunderous wheels, and a full start from idle.
• GPS coordinates and location map included.
Get the sounds of the Hindustan Contessa Classic, a sedan built by Hindustan Motors in the eighties.
The Hindustan Contessa Classic featured is a 1985 model, and the library includes everything from pull ups, pull aways, revs, breaking, ignition sounds, engine idle, pass-by's, onboard driving, doors, windows, interior and exterior perspectives. More than an hour of recordings are included for a great range of car sounds.
Hologram Room [USO001] is the first bundle of the abstract Sound Design Collection produced by Matteo Milani.
These two gigabytes of “ready to use” original sound elements are designed to help you sweetening and enhancing your sound production. The whole library is organized in eight main folders: Active Drones, Alarms, Blips, Buttons, Communications, Ignitions, Telemetries, Transitions. It provides a selection of out of this world drones and ambiences, futuristic sound effects and electronic tools.
This library delivers the sounds of a 1999 Honda CBR Super Blackbird motorcycle(with Metadata).
All 103 ready-to-use wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz. Files are divided into External static sounds, External following sounds, Foley sounds, and Onboard sounds. The combined recorded driving time is more than 62 minutes long. The Onboard recordings are in 2 separate mono wave files, channel one for engine and channel two for exhausts. Drag & drop or import each of the files into your audio editing software, then align them for creative mixing. There are also stereo mix versions of the OnBoard recordings. The External recordings are in stereo, one MS (Mid-Side) for following (tracking) and the other MS at a fixed (static) position.
Channel 1 = Engine, Channel 2 = Exhaust
Following (MS Stereo in Left & Right Channels tracking the moving vehicle)Static (MS Stereo in Left & Right Channels from a fixed position)
Onboard: Sounds heard from driver and passenger perspectives (in or on the vehicle)
External: Sounds heard from bystander’s point of view.
This library delivers recordings of the 2005 Honda Civic EX, a 127hp, 1.7 liter, inline 4 cylinder, 4 speed automatic transmission Japanese car.
Included are ready-to-use foley recordings, external passbys, and 4 channels of onboard wave files. All 65 wave files are at 24 bit / 96khz khz and the library features more than 40 minutes of combined driving time (total duration: 197 minutes).
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.
An electric car sound library with a range of FX from the Hyundai SUV, Kona.
The library includes numerous driving FX on both gravel and asphalt including pass-bys, take offs, corners, approaches and skids.
It also contains a large range of interior recordings from driving at highway speed all the way to buttons and switches.
Multiple FX on each track – recorded in Sydney, Australia
Igniter is the new industry standard for creating any real-world or sci-fi vehicle and engine sound effects with ease. Whether you work in audio post or game audio, Igniter enables you to design, perform and automate any complex vehicle behaviour directly in your DAW – from sports cars, motorbikes, planes, helicopters, spacecraft and other engine sounds to moving ambiences, textures, Foley or whatever sparks your imagination.
Igniter is the only solution of its kind to come jam-packed with over 20 performable vehicles and 614 audio assets from vehicles including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Tesla, Harley Davidson, Huey UH-1H, Agusta Westland 119x, CH-47D Chinook, Bombardier Challenger, Cessna 560XL, skids, sweeteners and much more. Recordings come from Watson Wu, The Recordist, Sounding Sweet, George Vlad, Echo Peak and Flysound.
Igniter is the new industry standard for creating any real-world or sci-fi vehicle and engine sound effects with ease and at unbeatable value. Whether you work in audio post or game audio, Igniter enables you to design, perform and automate any complex vehicle behaviour directly in your DAW – from sports cars, motorbikes, planes, helicopters, spacecraft and other engine sounds to moving ambiences, textures, Foley or whatever sparks your imagination.
Igniter is the only solution of its kind to come jam-packed with over 20 performable vehicles and 1,943 audio assets from vehicles including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Tesla, Harley Davidson, Huey UH-1H, Agusta Westland 119x, CH-47D Chinook, Bombardier Challenger, Cessna 560XL, skids, sweeteners and much more. Recordings come from Watson Wu, The Recordist, Sounding Sweet, George Vlad, Echo Peak and Flysound.
For vehicle fanatics, Igniter Full Tank comes with 75GB of additional library content including onboard recordings, ramps & static rev bands, Foley sounds, skids, slides and much more!
A pack of forty 5.1 high-definition surround effects with a L,R,C,LFe,Ls,Rs track layout.
Over two hours of Water, Crowds, Trains, Boats, Aircraft, Birds, Bees and Fireworks all in glorious surround, captured with high-end equipment at a range of locations.
Full Soundminer metadata embedded and a Excel spreadsheet included. Recording equipment includes Soundfield ST250 and ST450 microphones, DPA 5100 microphone, Metric Halo 2882 and ULN-8 interfaces and Sound Devices 788 & 744 recorders.
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, ALFETTA, APE CAR PIAGGIO, LANCIA FLAVIA 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.
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
A collection of rail sounds captured in Italy, including sounds of trams (cable cars), trains and subways.
The library contains sounds like arrivals, departures, pass-bys and on-board recordings. Metallic wheel sounds, pneumatic doors opening and closing, crowds / passengers, and engine sounds are also captured (see the full file list below).
Both interior and exterior recordings are included, as well as PA announcements in Italian.
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!
An additional 98 alarms and siren recordings have been added to the library, bringing the total number of files to 172 (61 minutes).
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.
Train and ambience library recorded in Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Bullet and regional trains, platforms, and station ambiences. Recorded at 96kHz stereo.
A collection of extremely rare jet fighter recordings from a JAS 39 Gripen jet fighter, containing Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) startup and shutdown, take offs with and without afterburner, hood opening and closing, fly bys and cockpit during flight. Various microphones and positions.
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.
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