When the Chevrolet Sonic came out, the YouTube-tastic band OK Go used it in a music video in which they drove the tiny hatch through a bunch of giant instruments to play their song Needing/Wanting. Two years later, the arrival of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has got another band in a music-making mind, but this time it's Detroit's Gentlemen Mutineers recording their song Detroit Throttle inside the "library quiet" cabin of the sedan.

We could tell you more about it, but Chevrolet tells you all you want to know in the press release below. Besides, a municipal anthem should be allowed to speak for itself, so you can watch it in the video below.



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Detroit Band Uses 2014 Impala as Recording Studio
Gentlemen Mutineers make tracks in Chevrolet's quietest full-size sedan ever


DETROIT, 2013-07-23 – Many people sing in their cars, but few sound as good doing it as Frankie Turner, lead singer of Detroit-based blues-rock band The Gentlemen Mutineers. Frankie, as his fans know him, recently sang in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, using the full-size sedan as a "mobile studio" to record an "Impala Mix" of their party anthem "Detroit Throttle."

"The Corktown wobble, the Motor City slide, some Detroit throttle with that good time vibe, we'll get in the Impala and take that ride, 'til we feel like we're 25 miles above the sky," Frankie sang while Mark Pastoria of Harmonie Park Studios recorded it onto a laptop computer. In addition to the chorus, the band also recorded harmonica and trombone tracks in the car for the song.

The bustling city sounds of Detroit Tigers' game-day traffic, construction noise and live music in the park proved practically inaudible inside the Impala, said the Grammy Award-winning audio engineer.

"I am amazed at how quiet the Impala is," Pastoria said, after playing the vocal recording through Impala's audio system. "It was important that we wouldn't hear background noise while recording, and with all that was going on outside the car, I am astounded that we couldn't hear any of it. The Impala rocks."

The new Impala is quiet by design, due in part to a technology that audiophiles know well – the active noise-cancelling technology used in high-end headphones. Active Noise Cancellation is standard on new Impalas with four-cylinder powertrains and helps make the redesigned flagship Chevrolet's quietest full-size sedan ever.

Active noise cancellation even helps owners of the new Impala save money at the pump by using three ceiling-mounted microphones to detect low frequency engine noise during idling. The frequencies are processed by an onboard computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers and subwoofer.

This technology allows the engine to operate at the fuel-conserving range of 1,000 to 1,500 RPM, and helps eliminate the need for some sound-deadening materials, all of which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

Impala also uses a variety of sound-buffering and -absorbing materials to minimize wind, road and engine noise, including:

Acoustically laminated windshield and front-door glass
Liquid-applied sound deadener applied to the floor pan and trunk
Triple-sealed doors with acoustic perimeter water deflectors
Sound-absorbing carpet and dash mat
Acoustic foam baffles inside body cavities and between inner and outer quarter panels
And an isolated engine cradle.

"Having a quiet cabin makes it easier for Impala's voice recognition software to understand commands," said Kara Gordon, a General Motors' noise and vibration performance engineer. "A quieter cabin also makes it easier for front and backseat passengers to have a conversation at normal speaking levels."

Voice recognition is part of the MyLink system that comes standard on LT and LTZ models, and helps drivers safely place calls, enter destinations and control other functions while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

To make the Impala as quiet as possible, Gordon worked with Stephanie Ernster, a GM noise and vibration engineering specialist and friend since their college days at Michigan State University.

Ernster tested Impala's interior acoustics with a mannequin-like binaural recording device called an Aachen Head. Named for the headquarters of Head Acoustics GmbH in Aachen, Germany, the tool uses specially calibrated microphones to precisely record a dynamic range equal with human hearing during test drives on a variety of road surfaces at GM's Milford Proving Ground.

"Achieving a high level of acoustic refinement requires the most advanced tools available and many hours of road testing," Ernster said. "The new Impala benefitted from both, resulting in a quiet driving experience that is truly something to sing about."


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      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that Daniel Bryant/Bryan Danielson? Yes! Yes! Yes!
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is how bad crime has gotten in Detroit. You can't keep your expensive recording equipment in one place, you need to keep it mobile.
      avconsumer2
      • 1 Year Ago
      This seems a little too obvious for "ad placement" AB.
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      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chevy did such a great job on the look of this car. Too bad about the whole front-wheel-drive thing. They COULD have had something to go up against the 300 and Charger but...no. Instead they targeted the Toyota Camry, a car they've never been able to compete with and still can't.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        wait for the Chevy SS!
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        This doesn't compete with the Camry (or any other mid-size car); it is full size and competes with the Avalon and Taurus. Please make a note of it ...
        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        This car competes with the Avolon, and does so quite favorably since that is a POS.
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          Jim R
          • 1 Year Ago
          Really? I can go right now and get a Charger R/T and drive out for right around 30 large. Tell me how a $40K+ limited-production vehicle is competing with that.
      tegdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm happy this car is getting good reviews. The interior especially looks great. But if I was going to get a middle of the road sedan I'd want it to stir up some love for its exterior too. I guess tons of people buy boring looking cars (Camry) but I think I'd head to Kia for a desirable looking car. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/04/19/2014-kia-cadenza-goes-on-sale-this-month-priced-from-35-100/
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe Lexus did this with the LS400 back in the late 80s corrrect?
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        Maybe a long time ago but Lexus wasn't around then. All you see from Lexus now is a body rolling GS rolling through the strees.
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          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          Plus you don't Acura or Infinity do this. Wait the Chevy is being compared to upscale cars?
      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably the first time one of these has been rented for recording use.
      Joshua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit must be a great place to live. Think I will relocate up there and buy this awesome car. You know it's good if you can pretend to record a song in it. Really,what did that add have to say about the car.....not much?
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who comes up with these crackpot marketing campaigns for GM?
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