About the Sound Effects Library

Subways & Streetcars is a 4.33 GB sound library featuring the sounds and environments of a modern major metropolitan high speed rail system (BART) and 3 early 20th-century vintage electric passenger streetcars.

The modern high speed Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train system is located throughout the greater San Francisco Bay region. We recorded 3 car models (Type A, B and C cars), capturing a variety of underground and surface lines, riding at various speeds, track conditions and passenger densities. You’ll also find authentic environmental ambiences in and around a variety of stations.

We also recorded a classic urban metro rail unit from the Key System, an urban streetcar network that once served Oakland, CA and the San Francisco East Bay until the late 1950s. The third streetcar type is an Interurban Combine from the Petaluma-Santa Rosa Railroad. This combination passenger/freight unit served as a link between communities around Marin County at the turn of the 20th century until the mid 1930s. The last streetcar in this collection is a metropolitan single-car tram from the 1930s, originally used in Melbourne, Australia.

We’ve also created 35 distinct dark, dystopian rail atmospheres, pads and evolving drones. They provide stylistically compatible moods and textures to the source content and are excellent on their own, when used in any context.

This library contains:

  • 119 Subway station sound effects and environmental ambiences.
  • 134 Subway train movement, mechanical sound effects and environmental ambiences.
  • 42 Metropolitan Tram Electric Single Car Sreetcar movement, mechanical sound effects and environmental ambiences.
  • 35 Interurban Combine Single Car Electric Sreetcar movement, mechanical sound effects and environmental ambiences.
  • 14 Key System Multi-Car Bridge Unit Electric movement, mechanical sound effects and environmental ambiences
  • 35 Sound-Designed Distopian Ambiences and Dark Sci-Fi Soundscapes.

Number of Files: 379 High Quality WAVS
Size Unpacked: 2.92 GB
Sample Rate: 48kHz/24bit
Gear Used: Sound Devices 722, Neumann TLM 103, Sony PCM D100, Sony PCM D50, Sanken CSS-5.
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