Hey guys,

I'll be recording a motorbike at the weekend for the first time and was looking for some tips!

I have a Rode NTG-2 (w/ blimp) and NT1-A, a pair of sontronics STC-1s's and the zoom h4n's onboard stereo mics at my disposal BUT can only record a stereo pair or 2 monos at a time as I currently only have the zoom and need to record in 24/96 so am limited to 2 channels... :(

The key sounds I need are starting/stoping, idle, braking and preferably a 'ridealong' or some sound that could simulate the sound of the bike whilst being rode. Anything else is a bonus :D

Does anyone have any experience with this? Are there any specific techniques I could try? And also, are there things I should watch out for? (apart from the bike :D) like placing the mic too close and it being destroyed by the heat? Whilst researching I saw this happen in one video where they were recording the bike for a game and then poof!

All help is much appreciated, cheers :)


Thank you for the replies guys! I've documented my experience on my blog http://tastybeatz.tumblr.com/ and will consolidate the related links in a future post to help others find info on motorbike recording.

I got some OK results and will definitely be doing it again when I have less restrictions and limitations. Heres a SC clip if you'd like to listen to some unedited results: http://soundcloud.com/disconnectuser/sdb003-motorbikes-unedited

Thanks for all your help, very glad I joined this community!

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A few weeks ago I was researching everything I could find on vehical recording for a recording session of my own, below are some of the ones I found interesting/helpful.

Other then the Colin Hart & Tim Prebble links these are all car recording sites but they are all along the lines of what you will be doing.

My only advice specific to a motor cycle would be be prepared for wind and lots of it. There are not many places to hide a mic from the air flow.

Plus just because you don't own more gear does not mean you can not rent it. Renting is a great way to try out new gear and learn its pros and cons and get used to different techniques. I rented a few extra mics for my session and would have been pooched without them, and it only cost me $50 for the weekend.

OK here are some sites to check out, some mentioned already some not:









This one is super professional take on how to do it, not really helpful for your purpose, but crazy to read how the pros with big budgets do it!!


  • @AzimuthAudio Just realised forgot to say thanks for all the help and links, so thanks!!
    – Alan Pring
    May 19, 2012 at 11:10

doesn't get much better than this:


this is also generally applicable:


  • cheers Rene, there's some nice stuff in there, thanks!
    – Alan Pring
    Jul 12, 2011 at 20:22

Colin Hart published an article on his blog a while back about a Yamaha R1 motorbike recording session. That should be of some help too.


  • Thanks Colin. Very helpful and has a free download that I can use as a last resort if things go truly wrong :| but i'm sure i'll be fine!
    – Alan Pring
    Jul 12, 2011 at 22:47

Learning to Record on Two Wheels

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