Preliminary Car audio

As many of you know I have been interested in sound since I can remember.  One of my other passions is automotive culture.  I am teaching video 1 this semester and I have a couple of students who are automotive enthusiasts.  One mentioned he was going to record some video of his fathers car and I asked about how he would record the audio.  He responded he would use on board camera audio, then when looked at him funny he changed it to a boom microphone.  I then told him about various ways you can record car audio and showed my last pure audio car project, which was about 4 years ago.

Since that project a lot has changed.  I understand a lot more about filming cars and I also have garnered some new equipment.  Which leads me to my latest audio project.

My latest piece of equipment was aquired last year and it is called a Tascam DR-60.  It is essentially a 4-channel digital audio recorder that mates easily with a DSLR rig.  It has two full microphone pre-amps with XLR/TRS combo inputs for channels 1 and 2 and on an 1/8″ stereo TRS input for channels 3 and 4.

So for some reason on a Saturday night, when others were either asleep or out partying, I decided to go out and get some audio clips of my 2007 Honda Civic Si.  It has a few mods, but nothing too drastic.


The sound of engines has always been something of interest to me.  After this short run it got me thinking about other recording possibilities.  Next draft will include a full 4 channel recording setup that takes advantage of the 3/4 input.  I originally had that setup for this session, however the rear mic (attached to the tow hook by the muffler) did not cooperate properly.

Once I finished the in car recording, I came back home and brought the audio into Adobe Audition and began editing.  I was quickly reminded about how tough it is to properly edit audio clips in a fashion that makes the clip as a whole engaging and uniform.

Here is what I have so far, I hope to post a follow up soon.

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