Modern train sounds, steam train recordings, passing and distant trains, closely recorded trains, engines
Ambisonic Steam Trains features recordings of 3 different narrow-gauge railways in Saxony/Germany where they meander through narrow valleys and bends.
The library includes more than 3.5 hours of recordings that are taken directly at the train drivers position in the cabin as well as from wagon platforms and passenger seats.
Also recordings of train pass-bys, shunting and service operations in the depot are included.
With the Ambisonic format it is guaranteed that the acoustically rich and diversified surroundings of steam trains in action are captured spherical in each and every detail.
Ambisonic Steam Trains is available in two versions:
Ambisonic and Stereo
The Ambisonic version delivers 4 channel A-Format files recorded with the Ambeo VR microphone in upright position.
These files need conversion to B Format prior to further processing.
The Stereo version contains the same number of files with equal playing length, but, as the name suggestions, only in stereo versions. All takes are already decoded to 180° stereo that can be manipulated with any stereo width plugin.
This is an Ambisonics sound effects library – and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the included A-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
Recordings from the German capital. A collection of files containing a wide view of Berlin ambiences: Parks, streets, undergrounds, city ambiences… 50 files of interior and exterior files recorded in the Summer of 2013.
Contained in this library are authentic Chicago environmental and transportation ambiences. You will find ambience inside and outside the famous L train, street cars and Chicago bus routes. As well, as a few memorable ambiences from the street-side and also down by the water. Recorded in high resolution, this library will put you right in the virtual seat of the city of neighborhoods!
Closely Recorded Trains delivers interior spot effects of a 1950s UK steam-hauled train carriage, plus rides, station atmospheres and passes.
Over 60 sounds to enhance your period productions.
CROWDS in TOKYO features Japanese crowds (walla) from authentic izakaya bars, cafes, train stations, and shopping streets, fish market streets and more.
And STREETS in TOKYO features busy traffics on highways, main streets, and distant traffic from alleys and city rumble and more.
Distant Trains Sound Library delivers impressive multi-channel recordings of trains that pass by in a distance of at least 300 meters up to 1.5 kilometres.
Included are pass bys of freight, commuter and passenger trains plus single locomotives.
In order to capture the impressive walls of sound caused by passing trains an arrangement of 6 microphones was used. This setup encompasses stereo-pairs of MKH3040-MS, MKH8090-ORTF and MKH8040-WideAB. All pairs are recorded to separate files that are now available as time-aligned Reaper sets.
Each recording session took place at nights so that it was possible to capture extremely long approaches and tails that fade out to natural and calm night ambience without any disturbance by road traffic or other unwanted noises.
Old and new types of freight trains recorded with a high quality binaural dummy head. All tracks are recorded up close to capture all the characteristics of each freight train.
This sound library gathers the heavy, powerful sounds of freight trains, and the scream and chatter of transport rail cars.
Takes include idling, approaching, departing, and passing by. There are rail squeaks, screeches, and clatters. Each engine is carefully documented with its locomotive type and version, and is listed in full Soundminer metadata.
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!
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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.
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.
Train and ambience library recorded in Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Bullet and regional trains, platforms, and station ambiences. Recorded at 96kHz stereo.
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.
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.
A collection of high-quality stereo audio recordings capturing trains at speed in the United Kingdom.
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:
Whooosh! What was that? A pass by from a train? A bus? A tram from the 60s? The longest escalator in all of Sweden!?
Essential sounds from different types of transports for your production. A great starting point for new sound designers or to complement your existing library.
We have recorded buses, trains, trams, subways, ferries, escalators and freight trains in this library spanning over 100 files. Arrivals, Despartures, Pass Bys, Internal Rides, Doors and a toilet flushing on a train. It’s all there, for your essential transport needs.
All files have meta data and are easily searched for in any database search engine. Everything is recorded with Sound Devices 633 and MixPre-10T with Sennheiser MKH50, Neumann KM184 and DPA 4060 in 96 kHz 24 Bits with a total size of 6,7 Gb.
Get a range of sounds captured at a railway crossing – including trains passing, and numerous vehicles such as scooters, cars, buses, and bicycles as driving through the crossing.
Immerse yourself in the second library of the Ambisonics series by USO. These “Runaway Trains” were recorded with a Senneheiser Ambeo and a Sonosax R4+ in and around the Milano Greco Pirelli railway station, which is part of the so-called “Milan Circle Line,” a railway loop which circumnavigates the city.
The library contains a lot of passing trains and ambient sounds recorded very close to the railway, both by day and by night. There has been no further processing, although I did carefully remove all the Italian P.A. announcements, to make life easier for the editors during the sound montage.
A useful bonus, too: you will find some ready-to-use backgrounds as “airfill” between the passing trains to create continuity in a longer scene, if need be. The ambient sounds are also great as a standalone!
This sound library boasts a comprehensive collection of sound recordings that capture the character of rural passenger trains throughout the United Kingdom.
All of the recordings were taken at locations in and around Norfolk and feature trains that are typical of current rural train services in many parts of the country.
This sound library boasts a collection of sound recordings that capture the character of locomotive-hauled passenger trains in the East Anglia region of the United Kingdom. All of the recordings were taken at locations in and around Norfolk and feature trains hauled by Class 37 and Class 68 diesel locomotives.
The Class 37 is a classic type of British-built diesel locomotive originally introduced in the early 1960s and features a 4-stroke V12 English Electric turbocharged diesel engine.
The Class 68 locomotives are much more modern locomotives, being introduced in 2013 and feature a 16-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engine.
This sound effects library is a collection of field recordings of freight trains in the San Francisco Bay area with a route along San Jose, Richmond, Oakland, Emeryville, and San Francisco. All the recorded freight trains were old, rusty, and covered in graffiti. When in motion they come alive with very unique sounds such as metal on metal scrapes, heavy thuds, clunking, and screeching noises. All trains were recorded within 15-20 feet from the mic setup of Schoeps 2 CMC 6 U mic bodies, a Schoeps MK4 and MK8 mic capsules, and a Rycote windjammer fed into a Sound Devices 744T.
Skytrain Rapid Transit FX is a collection of unique passby’s, overhead POV and onboard sounds recorded at 24bit 96khz both in stereo and mono, giving you maximum flexibility and realism for your projects.
The Vancouver transit system is world renowned and carries millions of residents and visitors on board each year since its beginnings in the 1980’s. The older cars have a particular screech to them, perfect for creative design for monsters or machines, and can compliment any variety of air craft or land transport library.
Anybody familiar with travelling on the London Underground will be aware of the distinct soundscapes beneath the streets of London; from the clatter of the ticket hall barriers to the eerie rumbles from the tunnels, waiting in anticipation for the next train to come rushing past before stopping with the squeal of the brakes.
Each type of train on the network has its own distinct characteristics such as the moaning of the electric traction motors or the peculiar sound of the 1996 Stock used on the Jubilee Line.
All of these sounds have been beautifully captured in 24-bit 48KHz quality- recorded both with XY stereo microphones and binaurally- creating a highly realistic experience for headphone users.
Sounds of the London Underground contains 40 minutes of recordings exploring the sounds of the London tube trains and station platforms.
This sound collection covers a wide range of sounds produced by many different steam engines. In addition to the real engines there’s also a wide variety of Foley sounds which can be layered to make funny (steam) engines for cartoons for example. All sounds recorded with high end equipment – 24 bit and 96KHz (some in 48KHz)
The ‘MAIN’ demo gives a good taste of what’s inside. The ‘POTENTIAL KONTAKT demo gives a glimpse of what you can do with the FREE BONUS Kontakt Instruments. So the latter is just a demonstration, these sounds are not included as such!
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A collection of onboard and exterior field recordings of a Royal Hudson 4-6-4 steam train. Included are riding sound effects, exterior platform takes.
Featuring whistles, chugging, hisses, rail noise, and more.
The Steam Trains library delivers 175 sound effects of three different types of steam train engines, and the clatter, rattle, and grinding of wagons.
The collection includes riding, idling, pass-bys, departing and arriving trains, bells, whistles, steam blasts, platform atmospheres, and doors and windows.
Engines are the heavy Santa Fe 2-10-2, the Bavarian BB 0-4-4-0 Heavy Mallet, and a 4 Wheel Switcher 0-4-0 light railway. Also included are door and window handling effects of passenger cars
Each engine is well documented and listed in full Soundminer metadata.
The Steam trains library also includes a “Specification Sheet” with detailed information about the trains and environments.
Recorded with a Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS, paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Some takes provide an alternative mix with recordings from an additional Sony PCM-D recorder.
An in-depth collection of subway recordings, captured in Kyiv, Ukraine. There are platform ambiences, train interior and exterior, escalators, underground tunnels with people.
Recorded in quadro on Nevaton MC 50 QUAD; in double-MS on Oktava MK-012 set; in stereo on AKG C414 pair. The double-MS recordings were encoded to quadro and the sources (Mid, Side, Rear) included as well.
DMS at the end of file name means Double-MS recording; Quadro means direct quadro recording; AKG means stereo recording.
This library contains 17 different trains as they pass through the station, arrive and depart a rural station in Sweden. Trains include double decker passanger trains, local metro passanger trains, and few heavy freight train passes. They were recorded with two 4060s on the tracks with a mkh60 following, they are syncable.
These have a nice isolated stereo image and great for sound designing space ships and sci fi stuff. Also work Wonderfully for transition elements and corporate video introductions. Feel free to inquire before buying here.
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