A Peugeot306D recorded at multiple RPM to create a tuned instrument...

The story

A friend of mine wanted “car” sounds for a soundtrack for his video. I decided to buy a RØDE NT1-A for the sound inside the cabinn and a directional RØDE NTG 1 for sounds sampled on the outside. I found a quiet place on the parking lot at the Technical University of Denmark on a late saturday morning. I fitted my laptop and the my UA-25 on the floor of the passenger seat, placed the NT1-A behind the front seats and the NTG 1 at various positions outside.
The main part of the instrument is the chromatically tuned engine. The engine is recorded running at a range of different RPM’s from idling up until it started sounding like a bad idea to continue. Afterwards the files were analysed and the closest fundamental note in the rather noisefilled sound was found and then the file was fine tuned to fit this. Though the range in RPM’s corresponds to 4-5 octaves, the tones that could be distinguished covered 2½ octaves. In the Kontakt instrument, low keyboard velocities play the inside sample, while high velocities play the outside samples. An additional part of the instrument consists of percussive sounds, wipers, electric windows, doors closing, clutch, hand break etc. I added an ADSR and a filter which when controlled with eg. the MOD-wheel exploits the high frequency of especially the outside engine sound nicely. There were only a few people that passed by in the distance – with the noise level of the engine they had no influence on the recording they had no influence on the recording. The engine part of the instrument was never really used but especially with some dynamic filtering it could be useful… .


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  • Very rare

    I have many sounds stored on my hard drive. I don't have an old Diesel engine running though. I DO NOW. As said by others this is a whole lot of fun. Some of the sounds are interesting and possibly quite useful. I can see me using this at some time.

    Ray20 October 2021
  • Autobahn...................

    Could this be the first of a fleet of vehicle percussion packs. Let's hope so. Simple and fun. The engine running noise, is , well noisy. But there are some interesting sounds among the samples. Easy to use and fun. Mercedes next perhaps.

    Mike Allen19 October 2021
  • Not very usable, but great fun!

    This library features sounds that probably aren't particularly usable in terms of music composition for most people. But perhaps they are? Whilst I haven't tried myself yet, I imagine with a bit of sound design you could create some very peculiar and esoteric soundscape synths using the samples from this library. Maybe a version 2.0 of this library could feature that?

    R.Treves18 October 2021
  • Useful for Sub kicks but not much else...

    In this small patch you will find some nice sounds that with a little bit of manipulation and sound design, you might transform them into something usable. Out of the box though this doesn't have much to offer, and the quality is kind of questionable, since it's too bass-heavy in general. There is also some noise on the samples, and some of them have some clickly tails that can be very annoying to deal with.

    Alex Raptakis18 October 2021
  • Surprisingly useful...

    I will admit that I was initially pretty hesitant about this library since these types of found sounds are often hit or miss, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The sound is remarkably tonal and with a little polishing could easily fit in with many mixes. My only suggestion is that the softer and more distorted sounds should be controlled by a CC knob rather than the velocity of the note, just to give the user a little more control over the sound that it produces. Great job!

    christopher14 October 2021
  • A Few really nice sounds in here

    All of the parts of this library that are that kind of engine rumble sound are unusable for me in musical context even though they could work as sound effects for foley or something. However, towards the top of the instruments range there are a few really nice percussion hits that are really organic and unique sounding

    septemberwalk13 October 2021
  • Car sound design

    I love the idea behind this sample pack, and I really like playing around with it. The samples are so unconventional that while it's hard to use them as they are, they make for excellent sound design tools after adding some external effects into the mix. I've made some nice drones and percs so far. My favourite samples in the bunch are the handbreak, and whatever is on F4!

    Kelmeri13 October 2021
  • Very Unique Concept

    Wow, what a unique idea to capture the sound of a car engine. I personally would struggle to find a use for these sounds as they are very thick and noisy by nature. However, they may come in handy if you need a specific sort of rumbly drone noise.

    Kalaish Stanley13 October 2021