Vehicle sound effects and recordings – cars, helicopters, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, trains and sci-fi
This is a 4-channel recording of an old Toyota Land Cruiser driving on dirt roads. It was recorded by George Vlad and Daan Hendriks while attending the 2016 Sonic Mmabolela annual workshop in Limpopo Province, South Africa. 4 DPA 4060 mics were attached to the vehicle’s body to capture engine compartment, exhaust and wheel sounds.
The vehicle was used for game drives around the reserve and had no windshield, windows or roof as can be seen in the photos. It was powered by a 4 litre/155 hp Toyota 3F petrol engine that did an excellent job despite its age. It also sounded pretty wild for an untuned utility vehicle.
The recordings cover a couple of failed ignition attempts, a proper ignition with the car starting, some idling, constant driving, revving, some reversing and then the engine stopping. The 4 different perspectives cover the essential sources of sound and offer a lot of flexibility when designing vehicle sounds for any purpose.
'Land Rover Defender' by Flysound is a comprehensive sound catalogue for this best-of-British diesel beast. The suite of 290 recordings is a systematic compilation authored by a dedicated full service post-production team, deploying Neumann U87s, Sennheiser MKH416s, Sound Devices 788Ts, Aaton Cantar X-2s, and further top quality recording, editing, sound design, and mixing equipment.
The 4×4 and its professional driver have been tracked from a myriad of angles and distances, both external and onboard, from the moment the doors close and a seatbelt fastens, right down the gamut of revs, take-offs, turns, passes-by, skids, pedal slams, handbraking, gearshifting, and panel buttoning galore with all the corresponding actions as this hardy off-roader peels away fast, chugs along slow, or just cruises an everyday commute. In short: Everything you'll need, all the maneuvers manifested by this 2.4 litre diesel icon, here in this suite.
The symphonic grace of a Defender in motion is captured with orchestra-grade studio equipment and field kit, by professionals, for professionals, ready to be used as authentic sound, ready to be arranged into seamless edits and proper 5.1 post-production. The 96kHz/24bit synced and multi-channel recordings have comprehensive metadata tags giving full position, microphone, and action detail. This catalogue constitutes the canon of sound for the Land Rover Defender all-terrain vehicle. The suite is parked here, ready to give you the exact audio you need.
A lite and mixed version of this suite is also available, comprising 41 authentic stereo files, designed, mixed, and studio packaged on best-of-breed equipment for simpler tasks which would have a preference for a package of ready made stock sounds of the Defender.
This library features recordings made from a Laurin Koster 32ft 4 cylinder engine Sailboat.
This library contains docked harbor ambiences while windy and calm, water movements, sail foley, engine ignition starts and cut offs, multiple different RPMs while taxiing out of the harbor, sailing, on-deck atmospheres from different perspectives and contact mic recordings of different unique sounds of the sailboat. Contains everything you need to construct a film, game or commercial from a sailboat’s perspective.
The LAX Aircraft library features descending aircraft flyovers at Los Angeles International Airport. One advantage of LAX is that it’s nestled in the city, making it easy to stand directly under very low flying airplanes to capture a great sound.
A range of aircraft was recorded for this release, including the Airbus A330, Boeing 737, 747, and Bombardier 800.
Two different microphone positions were used: One facing the oncoming aircraft, and the other pointing in the opposite direction to capture the flyover and further decent as the aircraft lands.
Learning Space is the go-to collection for clean and constant school environment room tones and ambiences.
Learning Space has over 1 hour / 2.2 GB worth of material that covers a whole large air-conditioned modern school building and also a small air-conditionless old abandoned school building. The length of the room tones are around 3 minutes and all the room tones are calibrated to -30 LUFS.
The whole library 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 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.
Abandoned School Hallway • Abandoned School Kitchen • Abandoned School Large Classroom • Abandoned School Small Classroom • Boiler Room • Cleaning Closet • Gym Hall • Hallway • Kitchen • Large Classroom • Lobby • Locker Room • Small Classroom • Small Gym Storage Room • Small Storage Room • Teacher Lounge Toilet • Teacher Lounge • Toilet • Vestibule
Authentic recordings of a Swedish tank, the Leopard 2 or Stridsvagn 122, fitted with a 1500 hp´s diesel V12 during a sharp shooting exercise. The recording is done in two takes. Take one (7 mins 37 s) consists of three channels, engine, exhaust and the aggregates with snow-feet. It covers several starts and stops, idle and lots of driving.
Take two (5 mins 45 s) consists of four channels, inside left and right, closeup on the machine gun muzzle and a distant microphone on the shootings. This take contains driving with lots of rumble and machine gun shooting. The recording length is 7 min 37 s.
Lexus LFA is a two-seat sports car manufactured between 2009 and 2012 by Toyota brand, Lexus. The production number was limited to 500 cars.
This rare and unique sounding car library features 74 high quality files recorded with 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 race track up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio.
In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features few exterior passes, but you can expect an update with more content in the future. Inside this sound effects library you’ll find designed premixed engine onboard recordings and individual stems (engine, exhaust).
We’ve spent many hours exploring London’s far corners, seeking out the darkest, dirtiest, dimly lit areas of the capital’s streets in search of evocative and truly authentic sounds.
On visiting a large range of locations across the city we embraced our surroundings to capture the city’s natural reverberation and unique sonic qualities.
London Edge is the result of our methodical and passionate search for moods, atmospheres and textures, inspired by our favourite London dramas.
All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416, MKH30 and DPA4060 microphones. Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower more focused stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.
This pack includes a four-channel onboard recording of a real long-tail Asian boat captured in Thailand.
With one microphone on a handheld pole and the other three capturing its diesel engine, the boat goes through a series of maneuvers which it repeats three times. This library covers these maneuvers from different positions every time for sounds of starting, stopping, idling, driving, and constant RPM, which are just as unmistakeable as the boat's characteristic body.
Do you need an inspiring collection of carefully edited expressive engine sound fx loops?
Loopable Motors 1: Small Engines is a huge collection seamlessly looping engine sounds from ten different engines. The package includes steady engine loops with multiple RPMs, recorded in 96 kHz, 24-bit for creative sound design. Matching start and end clips are included for many loops for easy drag & drop game implementation or sound editing.
Finding high quality, steady engine recordings and editing them to usable, looping clips can be a really time-consuming task. This sound library is designed to give you plenty of creative material to work with in your next project.
Special Edition includes all the steady engine loops plus 25 accelerations for LeSound Audiomotors plugin.
Library highlights:- 10 combustion engines
– 444 sound files (148 sound with 3 pitch versions)
– Power generators, ATV, compressors, lawnmowers, water pumps.
– Multiple RPM speeds (see datasheet)
– Start & end clips for many loops
– Special Edition includes 25 accelerations compatible with LeSound Audiomotors plugin
– 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files
– 2.23 GB
– Carefully edited, seamless loops
– Soundminer & BWAV metadata
Recording of a 2013 Lotus Exige-S with a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 6-speed Toyota EC60 engine.
The 2013 Lotus Exige-S sound library includes 177 sound effects in 15.64 gigabytes of audio. It presents 15 synchronized takes across 28 channels from the 2013 British exotic car and its supercharged 3.5 litre V6 6-speed Toyota EC60 engine.
The 15 takes include onboard and exterior field recordings. The onboard takes gather paired recordings from the engine, exhaust, and interior. Performances from the 5 exterior perspectives include driving with steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and with ramps. The 9 exterior perspectives arrange Neumann, Holophone, Sennheiser and other microphones on straightaways and at corners to share starting and stoping, departures and arrivals, and passes at slow, medium, and fast speeds.
Every clip is embedded with 18 fields of Soundminer metadata, plus BWAV metadata, and MacOS spotlight metadata, as well as metadata keyword import files in 7 languages. The collection is packaged with Pro Tools and Reaper sessions with all fx pre-aligned to allow editors to begin mixing and editing immediately.
The World War II American M16 Halftrack anti-aircraft sound library features 313 sound effects in 18.86 gigabytes of audio. Based on the M3 Halftrack, this “multiple gun motor carriage” showcases 20 takes of up to 42 channels of performances from a White 160AX, 6-cylinder, 128 horsepower engine.
Twelve onboard perspectives present the vintage vehicle in slow, medium, and fast speeds with steady idles and ramps. The twelve exterior perspectives include 26 channels of the halftrack starting, departing, passing, reversing, and arriving. Includes over 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS spotlight metadata.
This collection features 98 interior and exterior stereo recordings of the M4 Sherman Easy 8 Tank as it is put through its paces. These effects have hand picked from the Sound Ideas Military Tanks library.
The American M5 High Speed Tractor includes over 20 gigabytes of recordings of a WWII US military vehicle with a Continental 6572 six-cylinder petrol engine with 207 horsepower. 188 sound fx document a full suite of performances from M5, also known as versions M5A1, M5A2, M5A3 and M5A4.
The performances include starting, idling, departing, arriving, and passing by from 6 exterior perspectives at slow, medium, and fast speeds. 10 additional perspectives feature motor, interior, exhaust, tracks, and other locations that capture idles, driving, and steady RPMs from onboard the tractor.
Includes extensive Soundminer metadata.
The 2015 German MAN Lion’s Coach tourist bus includes 760 clips in 41.05 gigabytes of audio. It features the sound of a 6-cylinder 460 hp Euro 6 diesel engine.
The collection includes a total of 29 synchronized takes from exterior and onboard microphones. The exterior microphones captured departures, passes, arrivals, ignition, shutting off, idles, and doppler horns from 9 microphones at 4 positions. The onboard microphones were placed inside, at the exhaust, in the engine, the luggage hold, and in the washroom in 15 perspectives (including an Ambisonic perspective) as the coach drives at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and ramps. Also provided are 4 designed mixes of the interior, exhaust, engine, and luggage compartment.
The package comes complete with performed effects of doors, wipers, fans, and more, Pro Tools and Reaper mixing sessions, impulse responses, and full Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS metadata embedded in every clip.
Manhattan Atmosphere is a collection of urban ambiences recorded in New York City in March 2018. It covers popular areas such as Times Square, Broadway, Trump Tower, subway stations, train rides, sirens and bridge traffic.
The Massey-Ferguson 3060E Tractor Sound Effects Library delivers 33 files (External, Foley, OnBoard) with over 30 minutes of driving time on the road. There are two main driving speeds (gears): medium and high – plus one additional external, really slow one.
All sounds were captured at 24-bit, 96 kHz samplerate. Passbys and approach are stereo wave files. Foleys are in mono. OnBoard recordings include 4 different channels: Engine1, Engine2, Exhaust and Backside. You can layer and mix all 4 channels of OnBoard sounds, they will line up nicely in your DAW or audio editor.
The Mazda 6 III Skyactive G sound effects library comes with 59 BWAV files, recorded in 96kHz. It features recordings of the engine under the hood, mixed with exhaust during different driving scenarios, like regular driving and high speed accelerations. In addition to engine recordings you’ll find interior SFX recorded in sync with the engine. Additionally there are exterior passes recorded in mono, stereo ORTF and stereo AB during passes with various speeds.
Last but not least, there are few foley recordings. This sound library takes 2.8 GB of space, and total length of audio is 104 minutes.
The Mediterranean Summertime SFX library includes 120 selections dedicated to life and the atmosphere of both glitz and off-beat Mediterranean islands, during summertime. We follow tourists in well known busy bays, as well as head out to quieter destinations recommended by locals.
Recorded for a short film on a rainy day in Copenhagen, this is a 1985 Mercedes 200e 4 Cylinder sedan (previously advertised as 6 cylinder, but thanks to a fellow sound recordist my error has been corrected). There are a hand full of 5/6 minute takes with onboard engine sounds. Ignition starts, stops, different engine revs, interior driving ambiences with light rain, pass bys, a couple of horn honk doppler pass bys, pass bys at different speeds, and extensive seat creaks and squeaks, along with basic doors, idols etc. Also included is two inpulse responses with 3 passengers and 0 passengers for you to load into your IR plug-in. Take a look at the metadata sheet for more info. If you have special inquiries, please send me an email first at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording of a 2018 Mercedes AMG GT R sports car with a twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine.
This car sfx library brings you a comprehensive Sound Effects collection of the 435 PS Mercedes E 53 AMG.
You get anything you need from opening and closing doors, hood, trunk, windows, glove department. Pushing buttons, hazard lights, window wipers, ignition, seat adjustments, several pass-bys, idle mixtures, pull aways and approaches.
And most importantly lots of diverse driving sounds, simultaneously recorded with 6mics (2x Engine, 2x Exhausts, 2x Interior) while forcing this beast through the streets lead-footed. So you can easily blend between the sounds to perfectly match your picture.
All source sounds were recorded with Sonosax SX-R4+ and Sound Devices MixPre-D with a Sennheiser MKH 8050 + MKH 30 M/S rig (Interior), MKH 8040 ORTF rig (Exhausts), two Rode NT-1A (Engine)
All sounds come with embedded Metadata.
This sound collection covers a wide range of sounds produced by this unique vintage car from 1954, 4CC and 63HP. Not only extensive driving sounds but also some foley and horn blasts. All in high quality 96/24 BWAV-files, recorded with high end equipment. All sounds include metadata.
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.
86 sounds of a British mid-size family 2017 1.6 litre manual car. Doors, windows, seat, horn, wipers, glovebox, trunk, hood, driving and more. Nice clean new sounds, recorded in the Summer of 2017.
This collection features over interior and exterior stereo recordings of the Military Hummer H1 also known as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) as it is put through its paces. These effects have hand picked from the Sound Ideas Military Tanks library.
Get the authentic sound of a Mini Cooper S with a turbocharged 1.6 litres inline 4 engine.
The recording consists of eight channels, interior left and right, exhaust left and right, three engine and one turbo air intake channel.
It contains start, stop, idle, revving, constant rpms without gear, driving, horn and a full surround driveby. The recording length is 13 min 58 s.
The recordings of real race car – the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 with 2.0 Turbo Engine on a dynapack. It features ignitions, idles, low and hi accelerations, ramps, stops and a lot of revolution sweeps.
The library delivers 9-channel recordings:
• 3 engine channels: AudioTechnika 8015, Sennheiser 416, Sennheiser 840
• 4 exhaust channels: Sennheiser 418S (MS), Shure SM 58, Octava 015
– and interior 2 channels recorded with a Neumann 185 MT stereo pair
A collection of high-quality stereo audio recordings capturing trains at speed in the United Kingdom.
Whether you are designing a traffic jam or just another day in New York City, get the correct horn for the correct car with Modern Car Horns, by Frontier Sound FX.
Modern Car Horns is a comprehensive compilation of long and short horn blasts from common American cars, recorded at 16bit/44.1k. Each vehicle is logged with the year, make and model, to ensure the proper fit when matching recordings to image. List of vehicles include:
• 1993 Buick Park Avenue
• 2000 Ford Taurus
• 2000 Jeep Wrangler Custom
• 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
• 2004 Toyota Carolla
• 2004 Toyota Rav 4
• 2005 Ford Focus
• 2006 Hyundai Sonata
• 2007 Hyundai Tiburon
• 2007 Nissan Versa
• 2008 Scion TC
• 2009 Chevy Malibu
Do you want to make some realistic firefights? Do you want the sound of the Swedish Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket? Got a sudden need for tanks and explosions?
Modern Combat is a collection of high quality sounds recorded from a real Swedish military drill, captured with a mid side rig and two mics in XY configuration. This pack contains weapon handling and reload sounds, rockets being fired, close-up and distant machine guns, rocket launchers, explosions, flares, distant yelling and firefights. As a bonus we've also included some military jeep and tank driving sounds.
This sound pack is guaranteed to spice up any modern combat scenario!
All sounds included are meta data tagged(keywords+description) for use in soundminer/basehead etc.
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.
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