Airplane sound effects: Fighter jets, commercial airliners, vintage planes, drones
What sort of sci-fi spaceship sounds can you create without using jet plane recordings? Here are a few options!
This library brings you 840 meta-tagged sounds recorded and created at 96kHz/24-bit stereo that can be used to bring your spaceships to life. This includes 376 designed sounds with various flybys, lift-offs, and landings for large, medium and small spaceships, as well as the 464 ingredient sounds that were used to create them, allowing you to customize and tailor the sounds to fit your project.
Note: The sounds in the audio sample have some panning and reverberation added; the sounds in the library itself are centered and entirely devoid of reverb.
Need the ambience of airports, security areas or on-board a commercial airliner during an international flight?
This library delivers: Getting you 4 hours of crowds and atmospheres recorded at 10 different international airports – and on-board multiple airliners with different seat perspectives in-flight, landing, taxi and crew announcements included.
Airports From The Archive features recordings made in and around airports in the UK, Europe and the USA.
It comes with 42 files in 24bit / 48kHz, many long atmospheres with and without announcements and including four recordings that have the hard-to-find Solari Departure Board sounds included. All files are Soundminer Metadata embedded.
All in all, you get more than three hours of great, authentic airport sounds in this library.
The Ambisonic Airplanes Cessna 172 library, is a small library procured from a single short flight. The recordings were made from the rear passenger seat positioned as close as possible to the middle of the aircraft. The front of the Ambisonic microphone faced the cockpit. The flight was recorded in it’s entirety and edited down for easier use.
Types of recordings include idling, flying, flying with windows open, taxiing, taxiing with windows open, engine turning on, engine turning off, plane during takeoff, plane during landing, plane engine test (1700 RPM test) and more.
The library was recorded using a Sennheiser Ambeo VR Microphone onto a Sound Devices MixPre 6. The library has a fairly large size because we have conveniently provided 4 versions of the same files to make it easier and more flexible to use. Included you will find B-Format wav files (FuMa and AmbiX) A-Format raw wav files and a Binaural stereo mix down. The library includes a total of 17 unique files and 68 total files.
Information on the Cessna 172 from Wikipedia:The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956 and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000. The aircraft remains in production today.
Attack Aircraft Maneuvers includes 118 fighter jet military aircraft including F-16C, F/A18C, CF18 Hornet, and CT-114 Tutors.
Vehicles: Aviation Sound Effects includes 60 tracks of the majestic vehicles of the air.
Includes field recordings of Sikorsky and Bell helicopters, and 767 and 777 passenger jets. There are seaplanes, and jet fighters.
This sound library includes recordings of the aircraft landing, taking off, and passing. It also features recordings of riding inside jets and seaplanes.
Get unique recordings of the Avro Lancaster, the iconic British World War II heavy bomber, equipped with four Rolls-Royce Merlin V12s! The extensive recording covers two startups on the ground, including steady rpms, throttle movement, taxiing, foley and more, and one flying session with take off, fly bys and landing.
The on-ground session contains 10 onboard channels from various perspectives inside and onboard the plane, and 20 exterior channels from perspectives around the plane. The flying session contains 12 onboard channels and 20 exterior channels covering flybys.
40 professionally recorded aircraft – features the Red Arrows, RAF Tornado jet fighter, Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft, and many more.
Brazillian Airports & Plane Journeys is a comprehensive collection of various ambiences and environments. All of the main areas of the airports are covered, including check-in, baggage check, food halls and departure gates. In addition to this, all of the major interior plane phenomena such as coasting, take off, landing and in flight are also included.
The majority of sound files in the library are over ten minutes in length, giving you a huge pool to source your audio from.
With Brazilian Airports & Plane Journeys you will never be left wanting for airport or passenger ambiences again.
The Bristol Blenheim propeller bomber sound effects library includes 233 clips in 15.46 gigabytes of audio. This 1934 British plane – also known as the Beaufort and Fairchild Bolingbroke – features recordings of two 905 horsepower Bristol Mercury XV radial piston engines.
The sound bundle gathers 17 tandem takes of interior and exterior recordings. The 7 onboard perspectives arrange microphones in the cockpit, turret, and cannon flying at fast, medium, and slow speeds. The exterior microphones include 9 perspectives and 19 channels of audio. Those takes depict the aircraft starting, idling, taxiing, taking off, flying by, and landing and turning off. Also included are static recordings of idling at various RPMs with additional exhaust perspectives. The collection also offers a variety of performed effects of hatches, brakes, throttle, and more, with every take embedded with Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata.
This library features a beautiful Cessna from the '70s with a 6 cylinder engine. With one mic close-up on the engine, another on the propeller, one channel from a distant VCR, and one in the cockpit.
This plane sound effects library features the American World War II transport aircraft Curtiss C-46 Commando, equipped with two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engines.
The library contains two stationary ground runs, and covers startup, idle, steady rpms ranging from low to high, ramps, throttle movement to simulate broken engine and shutdown, recorded to more than 24 channels from different perspectives, both onboard and exterior.
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.
Need airport sounds and ambiences? This collection provides good coverage of the common and domestic areas of a modern airport. In total, 19 different recording locations inside the Norwegian airport of Gardermoen have been recorded. A picture from every location is also included for reference.
All files that contain PA announcements have added metadata with a short description of the message. This makes it easier to find the correct announcement for your project. The majority of the announcements are done in both Norwegian and English which is convenient for non-Norwegian speaking sound editors.
Gardermoen airport is the largest airport in Norway, located 35 kilometres northeast of Oslo. Gardermoen is the main international airport in Norway and acts as the main domestic hub. It is also the second busiest airport in the Nordic countries, connecting around 30 domestic and 120 international destinations. In 2014 more than 24 million passengers traveled through Gardermoen.
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.
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.
A selection of 41 maneuvers from 4 military aircraft: F-22 Raptor, CF-18 Hornet, F/A-18 Hornet, F-16 Fighting Falcon (Viper).
Includes dips, dives, maneuvers, and passes by.
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.
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.
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!
Planes Passbys is a quick pack of 20 pass-bys from interior and exterior perspectives.
These recordings are clean of distractions like birds, traffic, wind, and crowds, and they gracefully pan for a realistic sounds image. Rather than spend all day chasing planes with Plane Finder, give this library a listen.
Perfect to use and tweak if you need a spaceship flying (or another flying transportation) over your head!
This unique SFX library gets you the close-up engine/rotor sounds of the DJI Phantom 2 multirotor quadcopter. And whether you are working on project that needs the engine sounds of an actual quadcopter drone, or intend to use the recordings as source material for sound design of all kinds of machines – this collection will come in handy:
We recorded static sound perspectives at different speeds, intensities and rotor combinations. The collection includes long recordings at constant speeds, variations on accelerating and decelerating, various maneuvers and random rotor movements.
For even more variety we recorded all of the above with a mix of contact and coil microphones giving you a less realistic, more futuristic sound perspective to the drone’s engine itself, rather than the air movement caused by the rotors. Mix those recordings with the MKH 8040 recordings to create your own blend of engine sounds: be it a drone, spaceship or other types of futuristic vehicles.
Quadcopter Drone CX10 is a small radio controlled toy with a feisty character that could be described as a robotic version of an angry bee.
This library covers in detail everything you can do with this little neat quadcopter drone. You get sounds of acceleration, deceleration, steady engine fly loops of various speeds, engine revs, fast turns, ground hoppings and takeoffs. In case you need them I also recorded collisions and landings on various surfaces like carpet, metal, rock, plastic etc. Surprisingly these sounds are quite suitable for user interface sounds too.
The steady engine fly loop sounds are really useful when you want to create your own flyby / passby sounds. I can also imagine using this library to add some unique flavour to winged insecty characters in a game or just to richen otherwise bland engine sounds.
The whole library was recorded in 96KHz 24bit quality so these sounds are really flexible if you want to experiment with pitch, stretch and other audio tools.
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.
‘Quadcopter Flight’ shows off these buzzing beasts from near and far in both quiet exterior locations and the studio.
Featuring a large quadcopter and two minis, these machines were captured as they performed all possible actions, such as take-offs, flybys, revs, and sustained flight.
The library also has foley, a few crashes, and recordings from contact mics that were attached to the two smaller quads for sounds of high-tech servo/rotor sounds that can be used for sci-fi projects containing robots, sliding doors, and more.
• Dromida Kodo II – Interior
• Eachine H8S – Interior
• Yuneec Typhoon G – Exterior
• Yuneec Typhoon G – Interior
An eclectic collection from my extensive archive: Jumbo Jets, Military Fighters, War-birds, Helicopters and Bi-Planes. From an F-16 to a Tiger Moth – it’s all here.
Boeing 747 • BAC 1-11 • Cessna • Douglas C-47 • F-16 • F-86 • Fennec T-28 • Lancaster Bomber • P51 Mustang • RAF Tornado • Spitfire Mk IX • Tiger Moth
Over 40 B-Format recordings of the iconic World War 2 fighter aircraft, in flight, on the ground, singly and in groups.
The library also includes some hard-to-find in-cockpit recordings of two landings and a takeoff of a Mk. IX variant, transcoded from the four-channel recording to B-Format and a 5.1 recording of a parade of 24 Spitfires at the celebration of ‘The Hardest Day’ at London’s Biggin Hill aerodrome.
Also included are two long-form recordings of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane escort.
Tanks and jet was recorded during a real military drill in Sweden featuring a variety of tanks, and a JAS 39 Gripen.
From the creaking and clanking of the tanks to the glorious and soaring JAS, and all the way to the brutal tank cannon and machine guns. This pack contains all ingredients for nasty machine warfare. All of the files were recorded during a military drill performed in front of a live audience.
All files are meta-data tagged with keywords and a description.
• Tank Driving (18 files, 18:22 in duration)
• Tank Battle (7 files, 04:27 in duration)
• Jas Gripen Flyover (7 files, 12:09 in duration)
This beauty was built in 1943 and is equipped with a 130 hp, 4-cylinder Gipsy Major 1F engine. The recordings consist of five channels including two engine channels, one exhaust channel and two distance channels recorded from different directions. It contains startups, stops, the engine running at different RPMs, and a surround fly-by at the very end. Enjoy!
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An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.
WW2 Aircraft is a collection of recordings of rare World War 2 aircraft. It features icons such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Bucker Bu-131 Jungmann, North American P-51 Mustang, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Grumman F8F Bearcat and others. The library consists of 59 recordings ranging from 13 seconds to over 10 minutes in length. The sounds have been recorded with the Sennheiser MKH416, MKH8040 and the Sony PCM D100.
The library covers exterior flybys from slow to very fast, aircraft taxiing by, engines starting up, idling, revving, stopping and a few takeoffs. It also includes an on-board recording of a Bucker Bu-131 biplane as it starts up, taxies, takes off, flies, lands and then stops. The planes have been recorded at a variety of distances, from close to relatively far away. As an added bonus, one of the P-51 Mustangs recorded had had its guns removed, which caused an awesome whistling sound every time it swooped down at a certain angle.
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