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

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i did a bit of this recently: musicofsound.co.nz/blog/gravel-tyres-recording –  user49 May 25 '12 at 21:18

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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!

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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.

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Well, not unless you get an audi e-tron! :P ad-spoonz.blogspot.com/2012/05/cubenx-audis-e-sound.html –  Andres Duarte May 26 '12 at 7:56
    
Tesla Roadster is quite a common choice for this kind of recording - tracktimeaudio.com/?p=401 –  RedSonic01 May 30 '12 at 3:42
    
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 Jun 14 '12 at 5:27

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