Jet Bike


I’m currently in the process of building a new SFX library over at Rabbit Ears Audio. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to call it, but the focus is jet propulsion. Most recently, I connected with some folks who build their own jet turbines. I love hobbies! Some people knit, some people play racquetball and some people build jet turbines.

One of the highlights of the session was this jet bike

This jet bike was completely built buy a hobbyist in his garage over a 5 year period. It is quite a remarkable feat and as you can hear it is quite a powerful sounding machine.

The above recording was made from a distant perspective and it is still incredibly loud. Early in the day we set up the bike for some stationary runs of the turbine and afterburner. There was also a decent sized hill behind me which added some nice reflections. You can hear the engine being ramped up and the pops at the end is the sound of the afterburner being punched in.

I’m still completely floored that this was assembled in someone’s garage. It certainly has made me question what I’m doing with my down time.

I’m tremendously excited about this library. I have a few more jets lined up before I will start pulling everything together, but this bike is definitely one of the more unusual items in the forthcoming collection.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192 with a Cooper CS-104 as a front end.

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  1. Now I know what I want for father’s day. Get me that jet bike! But I must say it looks way too dangerous… definitely Wylie Coyote material.

Michael Raphael June 6, 2012