Tank Sound Effects | 1939 Infantry Tank MII "Matilda"

Vehicles Tank Matilda

Royalty Free Sound Library

Infantry Tank Sounds
$ 3
  • Specs: Specs: 27 files • 24 bit / 48 kHz • 870 MB • Includes metadata
  • Duration: Approx. 44 Minutes
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  • License type: Royalty-Free
Recording tank sound effects of the Infantry Tank Mark II or “Matilda” in Australia

A big thank you to Alan Mc Kinney for providing these sound effects! He’s the founder of one of the biggest and most visited sound effects libraries worldwide called Zapsplat. He’s a huge inspiration to me and I’ve learned so much about field recording and creating royalty free sound libraries

While Matt McMohan’s farm is in southern Australia, Alan recorded these sounds! Because of his generosity, these sounds are available to you as well.

About the tank & sounds you’ll hear

From the 2987 “Matilda Mk II” tanks that were built, only 70 survived and 30 of them are in Australia. The tanks were used by the United Kingdom, Australia, the Soviet Union, and Germany after capturing them. “Maltida” tanks were used in WWII and in the 1948  Arabian-Israeli War.

Tank approaching and passing by

The microphone was very close by the tank with fantastic rattle and squeaking sound. You can hear the power of the engine.

Tank driving across the field with continuous track rattles & engine pulling

Driving with the tank across the open field. You can listen to the engine and the rattle of the continuous tracks. There is a very interesting “puff” sound coming from the tank. Driving above different areas on the field and the driver accelerates and does several turns. The recording was made from inside the tank next to the driver!

Tank driving across the field while onboard recording

While still recording from inside the tank you can hear the sound is a little bit louder and the “puff” sound is more intense. The rattle of the continuous tracks is fantastic and you can listen to it from inside the tank. The old metal moving and squeaking around is so much fun to listen to!

Tank driving across the filed with starting the engine

Another long drive across the field with the tank. This time we listen to the engine start in the beginning and nice acceleration of the tank. Great exhaust sounds and several “clicks” or hits on the metal. The recording was made onboard which means Alan looked out of the tank and recorded from above. The driver made several turns, drove slower, and sped up again.

Driving with the tank in reverse across the field

This recording was made very close to the engine and we can listen to some fun bumping sounds while the tank went in reverse.

Driving with continuous track rattles 

You will hear the starting of the engine and driving above a hard surface. The rattle of the continuous tracks is incredible in this recording. So much metallic sounds, rumbles, and rattles! The engine and the exhaust created another super authentic feeling until the driver turns off the engine.

Driving and slow to engine stop

Another long drive above the field however the microphone was facing the front of the tank. Alan sat on board the tank and it drove very slowly until it stopped. The driver speeds up the engine and gets slower again.

Slow to stop front recording

A shorter version of the sound above with Alan sitting on top of the tank facing the microphone to the front. Great continuous track rattling from slow to stop.

Driving at a slow pace

Driving across the field at a slow pace until stop. Lots of metal rattle of the continuous tracks and sounds of the engine. 

Driving across the field slowly until engine stops

Driving across the field again at a very slow pace until the tank stops. The sound file is 01:01 min.

Driving until stop inside the tank

This recording is from inside the tank and you can listen to the sound of the engine. The driver speeds up and holds the pace. The sound of the engine is so different from above. Also, the “puff” effect is back again.

Driving at medium speed

The Tank drives at a middle speed and you can listen to the sound of the continuous tracks rattling. Recorded outside of the tank and the sound file is 00:52 min long.

Engine running without driving

Alan is sitting on the tank again and records the sound of the engine only. No driving, only engine running.

Exhaust sound recording behind the tank

Alan is behind the tank and records the sound of the exhaust while the engine is running and the tank speeds up for a little bit.

Recording engine sounds from inside the tank without driving

Now, Alan recorded the engine sound from inside the tank. You can listen to the engine sounds without driving. Great metallic rattle coming from the inside of the tank.

Warmup engine start and exhaust sounds

The engine is turned out and is warming up with giving a little bit of acceleration without driving. The speed increased and Alan sits on board of the tank and records this sound, plus the sound of the exhaust.

Warm-up engine start & exhaust sound inside the hangar

The different sounds between locations. The engine starts inside the hangar and the reverb is so different than outside. More echo, more metallic. You can listen to the engine and the exhaust without driving.

Deeper engine running sounds from the back of the tank

A deeper sound of the engine running with more bubbling. It was recorded from the back of the tank and close to the exhaust, no driving.

Engine running sounds from behind the tank slow to medium

Another exhaust running sound recorded from behind the tank. The engine is running slowly to medium.

Tank in the distance

In this sound, you can listen to the tank in the distance. The tank drives away and makes some turns.

The tank drives out of the hangar slowly

In this track, the tank leaves the hangar and it sounds like little hiccups from the engine which provides nice bubbling sounds of the engine and drives away in the distance.

Tank pass by parking and slowly approaches

Lots of squeaking in this recording in the beginning. The tank comes very slow, drives away, and comes back again until engine stops.

Tank pass by comes very close

Very quick pass by with nice rattle and squeaking sounds. The sound file is 00:22 min long.

Tank pass by until comes very close (again)

The tank comes very slow and you can listen to the metallic squeaking from far away. Then the tank drives by, passed, and left in the distance. The sound file is 00:40 min long.

Tank pass by until comes close then reverses

The tank comes closer, drives by then goes in reverse. It has a nice rattle of the continuous tracks. The sound file is 00:49 min long.

Starting engine inside the hangar, reverses, and shifts gears.

Starting the engine inside the hangar and let the engine runs for a little bit. Reverse gear, shifting gears, and nice engine rumble. The sound was recorded onboard the tank with no driving.

Elevator gun on the tank with no engine running

In this sound file, Alan elevates the gun. You can listen to a nice crackling sound!

Review & Download Metadata

Files: 27 files • Including metadata 

Size: 160 MB

Sample Rate: 48-24 WAV

Duration: Approx. 44 min

Gear: Sound Devices, Sony PCM 100, Audio Technica AT815s, AT825 & Sennheiser MKH 8040

Delivery: Instant – blazingly-fast – digital download on Bandcamp

License type: Royalty-free

Price: $3


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