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How to get a car horn sound with pitch?

Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:19 am


I have a song where I would like to put in what sounds like car horns honking.  I want to be able to vary the pitch and duration of the sounds.  So I'm thinking I could use my keyboard through MIDI.  That would allow me to control pitch and duration.  However, I don't know how to find a car horn sound to use for the track.  I suppose I could use a trumpet or other horn sound, and EQ it to sound like a car horn.  But maybe someone here knows a better way?  Please note that I have no experience with MIDI sounds, so this will be my first attempt.
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Re: How to get a car horn sound with pitch?

Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:27 am


I’m no expert, but I bet there will be a free audio loop somewhere or you could try recording one yourself. Then, I’d get a sampler, like Alpha Sampler, but I’m not even sure this works in logic, but if it does, you load that audio of the horn in the sampler and then you can play it on your midi controller.

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Re: How to get a car horn sound with pitch?

Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:12 pm

Yes, car horn loops are easily found on the net. But if you want to use MIDI with a software instrument, here's one hint: the average car horn is a minor third, like G#4 and B4.

I was surprised to see that neither Logic loops nor its software instruments have any direct recording or representation of a car horn.
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Re: How to get a car horn sound with pitch?

Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:19 pm

Search the web for Foley and sound effects of car horns. Throw the sample(s) in the EXS24 for pitch changes. Seems like Logic used to ship with sound effects for Final Cut Pro, I’m sure that I’ve got a couple on my drive. :shock:
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Re: How to get a car horn sound with pitch?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:05 am

There's the Cartoon Party Horn! If you want it to sound like Noddy's car :-)