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Klaxon Horn Sounds

The name Klaxon is almost synonymous with alarm sirens. The British company Klaxon manufactured the first mechanical sirens and horns in Birmingham. Before they were eventually replaced by electrical versions, these mechanical sirens were standard issue in cars, trains and ships. Klaxon alarms were typically used on submarines as well (diving alarm).

Submarine Dive Alarm

Klaxon horns and sirens create their characteristic sound entirely through mechanics. A rotating, corrugated gear wheel rubs against a rivet that is fastened to a spring-steel membrane. The rotation of the corrugated wheel triggers movement in the rivet and in the spring-steel membrane, which leads to the typical Klaxon sound. The horn then adds a natural amplification to the membrane sound.

The typical Klaxon Horn Sound

Klaxon alarm sirens were often used in the harsh environments of submarines, ships and industrial buildings. It comes as no surprise then that the unique siren sound of the Klaxon can be heard in many movies. A submarine movie without a Klaxon diving alarm is not a real submarine movie!

The Klaxon horn made another famous appearance in George Lucas' Star Wars films. Just one example: Ben Burtt, the sound designer and creator of the Star Wars sounds, used a Klaxon horn for scenes set inside the Death Star.

1 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Alarm Category, Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2c Sound Effects Waveform Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2c.wav 3.40* Alarm, Klaxon: Klaxon Siren, Klaxon Horn: Sirens And Bells: Klaxon, Klaxon 2.0

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0:15 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 26418 BBC Sound Effects Library
2 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Alarm Category, Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2b Sound Effects Waveform Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2b.wav 2.60* Alarm, Klaxon: Klaxon Siren, Klaxon Horn, Sirens And Bells: Klaxon 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:08 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 26417 BBC Sound Effects Library
3 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Alarm Category, Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2a Sound Effects Waveform Klaxons.BBC.EC3W2a.wav 3.40* Alarm, Klaxon: Sirens And Bells: Klaxon 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:12 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 26416 BBC Sound Effects Library
4 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU-C Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU-C.wav 2.30* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU - Cyclical Signals, Fast 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:10 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122000 SoundStorm Library
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12 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonDiveAlarm-Int- Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonDiveAlarm-Int-.wav 2.60* Alarm - Klaxon Dive Alarm - Int - CU Mid-Ranged Grating Signals 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:17 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122006 SoundStorm Library
13 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_5 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_5.wav 2.10* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU - Cyclical Signal In A Single Spurt, And Off 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121999 SoundStorm Library
14 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CUSh Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CUSh.wav 2.80* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU Sharp, Grating Signals 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:20 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122003 SoundStorm Library
15 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_2 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_2.wav 1.90* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU - High Pitched Cyclical Siren, Medium Length Series Of Beeps 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121996 SoundStorm Library
16 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Tones-Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-CU Sound Effects Waveform Tones-Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-CU.wav 3.50* Tones - Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - CU - Steady Pulse 2.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:44 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 166009 SoundStorm Library
17 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-Klaxon-CU-WarningSig Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-Klaxon-CU-WarningSig.wav 2.30* Alarm - Klaxon - C U - Warning Signal 1.0 Alarm Alarm Klaxon 0:28 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121994 SoundStorm Library
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