Vehicle sound effects and recordings – cars, helicopters, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, trains and sci-fi
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.
The Mopeds SFX library delivers the sounds of no less than 7 different mopeds. Created in a collaboration between Sonicsalute, sound designer Rune Palving (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 1864, and Tordenskjold), and sound designer Peter Albrechtsen (Antichrist, The Queen of Versailles, and The Idealist).
The included mopeds range from new and non-modified models, to many characteristic-sounding (old and wrecked) models – as well as one heavily-tuned moped.
Onboard driving and maneuvering (long onboard drives) • Ambiences • Passbys • Circles • Incoming/aways • Start/stop • Revs • Horns • Fuel covers
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.
Motherships delivers a variety of mind-blowing interstellar mothership drones, transmission noises, inspiring indoor and outdoor ambiences.
It also features detailed computer room sounds with modern beeps and buttons, disturbing mechanical devices, machine room atmospheres, sci-fi radars, laser pulse and energy beams, heavyweight reactor rumbles and many more.
Get the sounds of a motorboat, with a Tohatsu 3.5 hp 4-Stroke engine mounted. It features sounds such as starting, neutral and forward speeds, false starts, engine offs, constant forward speed, and more. More than 18 minutes of motorboat sounds are included.
The Motorboat 2 library gets you recordings of a motor boat with a Honda BF 5A 5-HP 4-Stroke engine. Includes starts, idling, forward speeds, false starts, and engine shutoffs.
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
My Trip To LA: Airport Airplane is the first in a four part collection. Join us as we take our flights to Los Angeles, California from Chicago, Illinois. In the first pack, we hear various different areas inside two airports. LAX (Los Angeles) and Midway (Chicago). Have some lunch at both food courts, take a seat near the terminals, and get past security.
All recordings are metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly. Each are recorded at 192kHz, 24 bit into the Sony PCMD100 Portable Recorder.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.
I took out a MZ TS150 2 stroke Motorcycle and recorded approaches, departures, pass bys, circling in a grass parking lot, engine revs, idoling, etc.
I recorded this library with 2x dpa 4060s, 2x ME2, an sm57, sennheiser 416 and a pair of cm3s recorded in an xy pattern. I set up the cm3s on a mic stand, and followed the action with the 416, with 5 onboard microphones capturing sounds on the bike as well.
In the 179 files, there are 8 syncable takes of pass by's at different rpms with the onboards and 2 different exterior perspectives. Everything has been labeled in Soundly with metadata.
You will find what you need to cover any small 2 stroke engine motorcycle in here. With purchase, I offer you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the protools session that has the sync'd files and original audio if you would like even more coverage of individual microphones (if that is something you are into). Feel free to email me with any inquiries before purchase.
Narrowboats consists of 322 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From entire journeys and ambiences, to every knob, switch and door and more.
The 1960 British Narrowboat sound fx library of a Northwich trader-
class barge with a 4-cylinder Gardner 4LW engine producing 75 horsepower at 1500 RPM.
The New Horizons sound library features 200 high quality, futuristic spaceship sound effects for your next video game, sci-fi movie or any other project containing distant future space travel scenes!
With this sound fx collection at your disposal you’ll be able to completely immerse your audience into the futuristic experience and the time when the human race pushed the space frontiers further than ever before. A must have if you want to expand your audio arsenal with quality spacecraft sound effects!
The New Horizons soundpack contains 1.7GB of high definition 24bit/96khz sounds, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow.
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.
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.
Get the sounds of an authentic WW2 bomber plane: This library delivers a recording of the historic twin-engine World War II bomber, the B-25 Mitchell with the air-cooled 14 cylinder Wright R-2600 Cyclone radial engines. The recording cover two stationary ground runs and a flying session.
The stationary runs cover startup, idle, steady rpms, throttle movement and shutdown, with 22 exterior tracks and 6 onboard tracks. The flying session covers startup, taxiing, takeoff, several flybys, landing and shutdown, with 15 exterior tracks and 8 onboard tracks.
The library also includes some foley, such as bomb door opening and closing, flaps, horn, breaks and switches, and engine maintenance with mechanics pumping oil and electrically turning the propellers. Finally it includes the plane being towed.
The Norway sound library comes with 44 unique Norwegian sounds (58+ minutes of playtime), featuring recordings of animals and insects, atmosphere, beach waves, glacier sounds, mountain stream, steps and vehicles.
Office Space is an extensive and the go-to collection for clean and constant office environment room tones and ambiences. The library has over 6 hours / 11.7 GB worth of material that covers a whole large modern office building from top to bottom. The length of each room tone is 3 minutes and all the room tones are calibrated to -30 LUFS.
Office Space was recorded with a custom designed very low self-noise (4.5 dB) ORTF rig that gives you only the noise of the room and minimal noise from the recording equipment itself.
The huge variety in the sounds of the room tones gives you a great palette to experiment with various sound design tools so you can create e.g. spaceship ambiences, drones and otherworldly textures.
You get the sounds in two formats: 96 kHz, 24 bit and in 44.1 KHz, 16 bit, for more convenient ways of utilizing the sounds in games and other media.
Auditorium • Bunker Shelter • Cleaning Closet • Communal Kitchen • Corridor • Elevator Interior • Elevator Lobby • Gaming Area • General Open Office Area • General Open Office Printer Area • Hallway • Large Meeting Room • Large Room • Large Storage Room • Large Vestibule • Lobby • Lounge • Main Lobby • Massage Room • Meeting Room Lounge Area • Parking Garage • Printer Room • Recycling Room • Restaurant Corridor • Restaurant General Dining Area • Restaurant Kitchen • Restaurant Service Cashier Desk • Sauna • Sauna Changing Room • Sauna Lounge Area • Sauna Shower Area • Server Room • Small Cleaning Closet • Small Communal Kitchen • Small Kitchen • Small Meeting Room • Small Phone Booth Room • Small Room • Small Shower • Small Vestibule • Staircase • Storage Room • Toilet
As bonus content you will get over 20 minutes worth of recordings of an elevator and a large office printer. The bonus content was recorded in both XY and ORTF so you can easily mix and match them to your projects.
Elevator Door Open Close (Interior and Lobby perspectives) • Elevator Interior Move Up Down Ground Floor to 4th Floor • Office Printer Paper Tray Open Close • Office Printer Print Start Loop End • Office Printer Scan Glass Start Loop End • Office Printer Scan Paper Holder Start Loop End • Office Printer Wake Up From Sleep Mode
“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.
“Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.
The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.
Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.
Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).
The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.
Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.
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 German Opel Blitz 3600 3.5 tonne medium truck sound fx collection includes 567 sound clips in 32.86 gigabytes of audio. It showcases the sound of a 1939 3.6 litre petrol engine with straight 6 cylinders.
The sound bundle gathers 19 synchronized takes of onboard and exterior perspectives. The 13 onboard perspectives depict driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds from the interior (including an Ambisonic perspective), engine, exhaust, and flatbed. A mix of each perspective is provided with steady RPMs, gearshifts, ramps, and more. The 11 exterior perspectives include approaches, departures, passes, and idles from 6 locations, as well as doppler horn passes. Also included are a variety of performed effects of doors, hood, tailgate, and more.
The collection is complete with three types of impulse responses, Pro Tools and Reaper mix sessions, and 18 fields of Soundminer metadata, plus BWAV metadata and MacOS spotlight comments.
Want to add character to that historical World War 2 fighter scene and couldn’t find the suitable audio source yet? The P51-MUSTANG delivers: This library gets you recordings of the P51 MUSTANG – with its expressive roar – and captures a useful selection of close and distant flybys, flybys to land, starts, idle, taxiing and spectacular dives.
Take to the skies with more than 20 minutes of authentic plane sounds!
The Panzer IV Ausf. G medium tank sound fx collection of a Maybach HL 120 TRM 12-cylinder gasoline engine with 296 hp.
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 sound library features 60 sound clips of passenger locomotives and commuter cars. The tracks feature riding a train at various speeds in both first class and coach.
There are train takes from both interior and exterior perspectives, as well as some doors and horns and toilet flushes while moving.
Each engine is diligently labeled by engine type and version and detailed in full Soundminer metadata.
Impressive sounds of Express, Freight and Passenger trains. The library features situations like Approaches and Stops, Express Trains, Freight Trains, Local Trains, Locomotives, Close Miking – for a total of an hour and a half of train sounds!
The library is organised into 6 sceneries:
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.
The Peugeot P4 sound fx collection includes 26 takes from a French military unarmored off-road jeep. It includes a total of 276 sound clips and 9.52 gigabytes of recordings from the jeep’s 2.5 L XD3 diesel I4 engine in 25 channels.
The bundle includes both onboard and exterior clips at slow, medium, and fast speeds. The onboard seven perspectives includes takes from the interior, the engine, and exhaust at steady RPM and with ramps. The eight exterior perspectives include departures, passes, arrivals, and 3 point turns from microphones arranged at 3 locations. Also included are various performed effects of doors, switches, and so on. Each clip includes 18 fields of Soundminer metadata, plus BWAV metadata and MacOS spotlight comments.
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