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Air Horn Sound

Air horns can produce a very loud, honking sound with compressed air. Compressed air from a tank or a compressor is streamed through a reed or membrane that begins to vibrate. The resulting sound waves are amplified by a horn in a natural way.

For most horns, the horn also determines the pitch of the air horn sound. Vibrating air in the horn causes standing waves to be emitted through the horn. The length of the air horn determines the wavelength and thus the pitch of the horn. The longer the horn, the longer the wavelength of the horn sound and thus the lower the pitch.

Air Horns as Signalhorns

Air horns are designed to generate very loud sound levels and are therefore preferably used for signaling. The typical application of air horn sounds is on larger transport vehicles such as trucks, buses or trains. Air Horns are also used on ships as signal or fog horns. On ships, the deeper the sound, the bigger the ship. So, if you're on seas with your dinghy and it's honking, deep and loud out of the fog, something very big is coming up to you.

Air Horns - Worldwide Use

Pneumatic horns are much cheaper and easier to manufacture than mechanical horns or sirens. Air horns are also much easier to repair and maintain, in contrast to the mechanical horns.

For this reason, air horns can be found worldwide as signaling and alarm systems.

Air Horn Sound

Small, handy air horns as portable or personal air horns are very popular and can be bought in the supermarket. These air horns work on the same principle as the large versions of them on trucks or ships. Compressed air from a container streams through a membrane causing it to vibrate. The resulting sound waves are amplified by a horn on a natural way and produce a loud, honking sound.

These air horns are very popular with hockey fans, who like to cheer their team with these air horns by making a big noise. Meanwhile, the horns probably are banned in the stadium.

Air Horn Sound in Music

The sound of air horns not only is very popular in sports, reggae and ragga DJs love the air horn sound as well. Why exactly they love it, no one knows. It's up to you to find a honking air horn sound beautiful or not. At most, it will wake up people at a boring party late in the night?

We don't know, but in any case in this scene it is very popular to use the air horn sound in digital form as a sample. So DJ's can use the air horn sound instantly and all the time on a sample player to wake up their audience.

How To Record Air Horn Sounds

Air horns or Signal horns work in the same as a trumpet. While a trumpet creates its sounds with a mouthpiece, the sound of an air horn is created with air, streaming through reed or membrane that starts vibrating. The generated sound is amplified by a horn. With a trumpet, the length of the horn is diverted and extended by pressing valves, thus determining the pitch of the sound.

The air horn does not need that, it trumpet its tone quite simply out to the horn. So, the sound comes out of the horn just like a trumpet, so it's enough to place a microphone directly at the end of the horn - just like a trumpet.

1 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_7 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_7.wav 1.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blast - Ext - Close-Up - 2 Short Blasts 1.0

Air Horn

Air Horn Blast School Bus

0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149170 SoundStorm Library
2 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_8 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_8.wav 1.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blast - Ext - Close-Up - 4 Short Blasts, Incrementally Softer 1.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149171 SoundStorm Library
3 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_9 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_9.wav 1.60* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blast - Ext - Close-Up - Single Long Blast 1.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149172 SoundStorm Library
4 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_5 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_5.wav 0.90* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blast - Ext - Close-Up - Single Short Blast 1.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149168 SoundStorm Library
5 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_6 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_6.wav 1.10* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blast - Ext - Close-Up - Single Short Blast 1.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149169 SoundStorm Library
6 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_2 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_2.wav 1.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blasts - Int - 2 Short Blasts 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149165 SoundStorm Library
7 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_3 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_3.wav 1.60* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blasts - Int - 4 Short Blasts 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149166 SoundStorm Library
8 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_4 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_4.wav 2.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blasts - Int - Long Blast 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149167 SoundStorm Library
9 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_1 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-_1.wav 1.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blasts - Int - Medium Short Blast 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149164 SoundStorm Library
10 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-Ai Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1957CrownSchoolBus-Ai.wav 1.20* Air Horn - 1957 Crown School Bus - Air Horn Blasts - Int - Short Blast 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Blast School Bus 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149173 SoundStorm Library
11 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_3 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_3.wav 2.60* Air Horn - 1958 Porsche Speedster - Horn Honks - C U - Agitated Horn Honks, Very Long One @ End; [Convertible, 1600 Motor, Stock Exhaust] 1.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:38 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149176 SoundStorm Library
12 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_2 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_2.wav 2.50* Air Horn - 1958 Porsche Speedster - Horn Honks - C U - Variety of Honks; [Convertible, 1600 Motor, Stock Exhaust] 1.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:35 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149175 SoundStorm Library
13 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1958PorscheSpeedster- Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1958PorscheSpeedster-.wav 2.60* Air Horn - 1958 Porsche Speedster - Horn Honks - Ext - One Medium Long Honk, Two Short Honks - Mic'd Off Stage With Slightly Distant Perspective; [Convertible, 1600 Motor, Stock Exhaust] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:14 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149177 SoundStorm Library
14 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_1 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1958PorscheSpeedste_1.wav 4.20* Air Horn - 1958 Porsche Speedster - Horn Honks - Ext - Various Long And Short - Mic'd Off Stage With Slightly Distant Perspective; [Convertible, 1600 Motor, Stock Exhaust] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 1:21 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149174 SoundStorm Library
15 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_1 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_1.wav 3.90* Air Horn - 1965 Mercedes 220SE - Doppler Horn By - C U - Short, Incessant, Honks; [2 Door, Convertible, 6 Cylinder, Automatic] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 1:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149178 SoundStorm Library
16 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-Dop Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-Dop.wav 4.10* Air Horn - 1965 Mercedes 220SE - Doppler Horn By - C U - Short, Incessant, Long, Short Honks; [2 Door, Convertible, 6 Cylinder, Automatic] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 1:12 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149181 SoundStorm Library
17 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_2 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_2.wav 3.70* Air Horn - 1965 Mercedes 220SE - Doppler Horn By - C U - Various Short, Long, Then More Short - On Hard Surface; [2 Door, Convertible, 6 Cylinder, Automatic] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:48 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149179 SoundStorm Library
18 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_3 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-D_3.wav 3.20* Air Horn - 1965 Mercedes 220SE - Doppler Horn By - C U - Various Short, Long, Then more Short - On Hard Surface; [2 Door, Convertible, 6 Cylinder, Automatic] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:31 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149180 SoundStorm Library
19 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-Hor Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1965Mercedes220SE-Hor.wav 4.10* Air Horn - 1965 Mercedes 220SE - Horn Honks - C U - Various Honks; [2 Door, Convertible, 6 Cylinder, Automatic] 2.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 1:09 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149182 SoundStorm Library
20 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1970Porsche911-Errati Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1970Porsche911-Errati.wav 3.10* Air Horn - 1970 Porsche 911 - Erratic Horn Honks - Ext - MCU - Various, W Out Engine, Some Nice Bursts, Bg Hum Buzz, Some O S Movement 2.0 Air Horn Horn Honks Erratic 0:28 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149183 SoundStorm Library
21 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1979Ferrari-HornHonks Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1979Ferrari-HornHonks.wav 2.40* Air Horn - 1979 Ferrari - Horn Honks - Various Honks, Short To Long, High Tone, Unexpectedly Child-like Sounding , Echo 1.0 Air Horn Horn Auto 0:30 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149184 SoundStorm Library
22 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1982YamahaMotorcycle- Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1982YamahaMotorcycle-.wav 2.30* Air Horn - 1982 Yamaha Motorcycle - EXT - MCU - Horn Honks, Various 2.0 Air Horn Horn Honks Motorcycle 0:10 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149185 SoundStorm Library
23 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_2 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_2.wav 3.20* Air Horn - 1985 Chevy C-10 Pick-Up Truck - Doppler Horn By - C U - Fast By With Short Horn Honks Thourghout 2.0 Air Horn Horn Doppler 0:31 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149187 SoundStorm Library
24 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_1 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_1.wav 3.20* Air Horn - 1985 Chevy C-10 Pick-Up Truck - Doppler Horn By - C U - Fast By With Short Horn Honks, 1 Long Horn Honk @ 00 13 2.0 Air Horn Horn Doppler 0:29 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149186 SoundStorm Library
25 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-UpT Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-UpT.wav 3.70* Air Horn - 1985 Chevy C-10 Pick-Up Truck - Doppler Horn By - C U - Fast By With Short Horn Honks, 1 Long Horn Honk @ 00 15 2.0 Air Horn Horn Doppler 0:52 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149189 SoundStorm Library
26 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_3 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1985ChevyC-10Pick-U_3.wav 3.40* Air Horn - 1985 Chevy C-10 Pick-Up Truck - Horn Honks - C U - Various Horn Honks 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Truck 0:39 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149188 SoundStorm Library
27 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1985Fiero-ErraticHorn Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1985Fiero-ErraticHorn.wav 3.10* Air Horn - 1985 Fiero - Erratic Horn Honks - Ext - Medium Pov - Various Fast Quick Honks, W Out Engine 2.0 Air Horn Horn Honks Erratic 0:27 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149190 SoundStorm Library
28 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiTr_3 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiTr_3.wav 2.00* Air Horn - 1986 Peterbilt Semi Truck - Air Horn - CU - Medium Blasts 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Truck Peterbilt 0:06 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149198 SoundStorm Library
29 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiTr_2 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiTr_2.wav 1.90* Air Horn - 1986 Peterbilt Semi Truck - Air Horn - CU - Short Blasts 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Truck Peterbilt 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149197 SoundStorm Library
30 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Air Horn Category, Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiT_10 Sound Effects Waveform Horns-1986PeterbiltSemiT_10.wav 2.60* Air Horn - 1986 Peterbilt Semi Truck - Air Horn - Int - CU - 3 Medium Blasts 2.0 Air Horn Air Horn Truck Peterbilt 0:14 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 149191 SoundStorm Library