Things That Make You Go Vroom 2

New 2011 2012 BMW M5 Blue Goodwood Festival
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Louis Rix –

The last post wasn’t intended to have a sequel, but apparently there are more car companies tricking our ears with supplemental engine noise.

Take the 2012 BMW M5. The M5 utilizes the same idea of pumping additional engine sounds into the cabin with its Active Sound Design technology. But BMW designers decided to port the sound of the engine directly into the audio system. One of the advantages of doing it this way is the even distribution throughout the cabin.

The good folks at Bimmerpost wanted to demonstrate the difference between Active Sound engaged and Active Sound disengaged for all to judge for themselves. Check out the clip below and tell me which you prefer.

A sound designer for over half my life. It seems I've always had a tape recorder or musical instrument nearby as a conduit to the world. Love it brash and bold. Or subtle and sweet. There is beauty out there. I can hear it.

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