Royalty Free Sound Effects & Sound Libraries
One of my best friends has a bike shop in Germany and while visiting him I recorded several bicycle sound effects in his living room. Cycling is a passion of mine and in the past, I did competitive road cycling and triathlons.
Luckily for me, my friend had 5 bikes stored in his home for me to capture the sounds of chains, pedaling, cogwheels, shifting gears, and the mechanic bike stand. Each bicycle was built at a different time which provided a perfect diversity to record.
WHAT YOU WILL HEAR
We have sounds from a Shimano Dura Ace, SRAM Red and Force, and a Campagnolo Mix gear set. The oldest bike is from 1960 and the newest from 2017.
I also included several city bike recordings from Singapore. While living there we discovered an app that allows you to easily rent city bikes. The mechanical stand created some fantastic noises. I placed my contact microphone and recorded the locking and unlocking of the bike, ringer, and shifter.
Later we took the city bikes and drove to the east coast. One of the bikes had horrible breaks that were great to record! We went to a small tunnel under the highway and recorded the sound of the squeaking brakes and simulated an accident.
Other pass by sound recordings that are included in this sound library are from two mountain bikes, recorded on gravel in the Colorado mountains. This is a diverse sound library that can be used as it or for sound design purposes.
Who would have thought a handy sound recorder in Cambodia would lead us here?
Hi there we’re Marcel and Libby and every sound on this site has been recorded by us. For nearly 7 years, we’ve been traveling around the world recording unique sounds for others to use!
If you’re curious and want to learn more about our journey traveling full-time as sound recordists you can read on here or on CNN Travel.