Modern train sounds, steam train recordings, passing and distant trains, closely recorded trains, engines
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.
The Siemens Valero is a high-speed train that is an engineering marvel and a staple of modern high-grade national and transcontinental rail transport, with various versions zipping across the UK, the EU, Russia, and the far reaches of Asia including China. This is a train capable of 290 kilometres per hour (180 mph), it is the high-speed joiner of distant cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg. For our recording project, we captured it across a comprehensive range of its speeds. Sennheiser Ambeo microphones were used throughout.
Recordings were made inside carriages, inside a compartment, down gangways, across the ever-dramatic space connecting railcar vestibules, and also less glorified but vital locations, e.g., the loo. All relevant background sounds are there, including door movements, passenger chatter, objects in motion, and the sounds of the restaurant car. For the characteristic sounds of a great ‘iron horse’, inside and out, this is it. Flysound… Putting the ‘track’ into soundtrack!
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.
Sydney Australia Trains consists of 55 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From pass bys and ins and outs, to atmos' and more.
The Complete Craig Carter Collection comprises of the major sound libraries in addition to a wide range of additional, specialised sound libraries.
Recorded over the course of two months this sound library features an extensive amount of Dutch ambiences including locations such as train stations, parks, cafes, streets and forests.
All atmospheres run for approximately 5 minutes and were recorded at 24 bit/96khz using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0.
Sounds of Trains, Skytrain, and Railways from western Canada
Trains are one of the most efficient methods of transportation. This library offers high-quality sounds of Trains, Railways, and Skytrains. There are different perspectives, speeds, sizes, and variations. All trains were recorded on the west coast of Canada, where the Canadian Pacific Railway owns powerful commercial cargo trains and the local transit owns High-tech electric Skytrains.
Pulsing pistons, creaking cogs, bright hisses, funnel blasts and evolving mechanical rhythms, the Traction Steam Engines sound library is a collection of engine sounds straight out of the industrial age.
Consisting of two banks of material – the original recordings (90 stereo/mono files, 96khz, 4.96GB) and a custom collection of design sounds (111 stereo/mono files, 48khz, 4.83GB) – the library offers an exciting range of sonic ingredients for all manner of industrial sound design projects.
A wide selection of local trains and subways from Japan, featuring recordings such as pass-bys, departing and arriving, interiors, rail chimes which really distinguish from other and many many more. Train and subway stations from Japan are also included to complete the railway atmosphere. A total of more than 5 hours of recordings are included.
Many flavours of train sound recordings in this collection. Some really nice rolling sounds, arrivals and departures. Some of them were recorded in Thailand, in between cars, where security is not a big deal. You may need a more secured transport with high speed train, french TGV, enjoy the incredible pass-by at 190mph.
This is your library for making authentic background train ambiences in movies, games or radio plays. It features over 40 indoor ambiences in 5.1 surround sound. Recorded in 2017 with an INA 5 surround microphone array for realistic room impression. Finish your next project in light speed. Simply drag and drop the interleaved surround sounds into your DAW and get perfectly balanced and panned surround sound train ambiences.
• More than 40 indoor (cabin) train ambiences/room tones in 5.1 surround sound (3 GB)
• Fans, rails, machines, motors (diesel and electric), humming, heating, buzz, natural noise
• Doors, passengers, rattling, air conditioning, toilet, speed-up, slow down, pass-by noise
• Realistic room impression and sound location, true to original sound color
• Compatible with ITU-R BS.775 recommendation, no Ambisonics, no plug-in needed, just drag the 5 tracks into your DAW
• Perfect balanced surround sounds for drag and drop integration
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / low noise recording
• Interleaved surround sound file (L/R/C/LFE/LS/RS), simply drop into your DAW
• EBU/BWF and WAV-Metadata made with Soundminer for use in any DAW
• Equipment: INA 5 surround microphone array, RME UCX, RME Quadmic 2
Welcome to my ‘TRAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS CONCATENATION KIT’. What does that mean? Well, it means you can use the words, numbers and phrases I have created to make your own station announcements, using whichever DAW you like to use.
With 90 popular UK stations phrases such as ‘We’re sorry to announce that the…’, ‘fast train’ slow train’ ‘is now boarding’ and ‘…has been cancelled’ you can create thousands of combinations of train times and destinations. I’ve made a couple of pre-canned ones for you as a sample and put one station background ambience in there too. All the VO is in a RP (well spoken) English male voice.
This collection is really immersive, distant noises in large halls, people walking away to catch their train and much more.
The TRAINS SFX library gets you a massive selection of clean, HD train sound effects. Sources include trains such as heavy freight trains, old and modern passenger trains with electric, steam and diesel engines.
The interior recordings were made on different locations such as the cockpit, the wagons, engine rooms, cabins, and even the restrooms. SFX from the outside contain drive-bys, departing and arriving trains, wheels, horns, grinding, rattling, squeaking, clacking, coupling, braking, air releases, and much more! To give you the full package, you get a mass of great interior and exterior handling sounds on top. Simply any sound you need for a realistic train environment, as always, delivered in high quality with 96kHz / 24-bit.
This sound pack contains a collection of train sound effects, recorded in Europe & Asia:
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of train recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of a variety of trains, train stations, train depots.
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