Car tyre & surface recording without engine sound.


Car tyre & surfaces recording without engine sound. I want to record different surfaces in average speed (Gravel, tarmac, mud, water, sand, etc...). Any ideas ?


Posted 2012-05-25T21:03:39.637

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i did a bit of this recently:

– None – 2012-05-25T21:18:22.183



A few suggestions:

  • find a downhill slope, so you can get up to speed, kill the motor and record steady state onboard sounds

  • up & stops are ok, just get up to speed & turn off the motor

  • aways are trickier, again a steep downhill slope may be the best way, even if you have to back up, get started a bit, kill the motor then slowly roll past recorders as gather speed from the slope

One thing to be aware of: some vehicles, mine included, have power steering & power assisted brakes. So when you turn off the motor your ability to steer and to stop is diminished. You will want a confident careful driver who is aware of this & does some tests before pulling up close to a recordist. Safety first!


Posted 2012-05-25T21:03:39.637



My immediate answer would be to try and get access to an electric car - no engine noise and you can run them at fair speeds these days.

Bit Depth

Posted 2012-05-25T21:03:39.637

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Well, not unless you get an audi e-tron! :P

– Andres Duarte – 2012-05-26T07:56:39.760

Tesla Roadster is quite a common choice for this kind of recording -

– RedSonic01 – 2012-05-30T03:42:51.900

Because it's a very lightweight carbon body car, the Tesla roadster has a lot of wind, road and body noise, and even the engine isn't all that silent. If you can, try to find a current electric non-sportscar with a normal weight and metal bodywork. – EMV – 2012-06-14T05:27:25.257