Ships’ Horns

Various Ship's Horns from

The story

Trawling through the immense and wondrous site that is (a bit like Pianobook but for sound effects), I came across these wonderful sound effects of ships’ horns.

The first, lower and bassier set, recorded on the River Derwent in Tasmania, are by user digifishmusic. They say:

“Sounds of a ships fog-horn at close range (about 200 meters). This is part of a 3 recording set. The ship made the same sound three times as it came up a harbour. This recording was made at night. Temperature 5 degrees C. The horn reverberates off the surrounding hills. RECORDING CHAIN: Rode NT1-A stereo pair, spaced array (70 cm), – Sound Devices MixPre > Edirol R44 @ 24 bit WAV.”

The second, higher set, is by user hoersturz. They say:

“Foghorn of the big ferry “Color Fantasy”, recorded on a foggy day from stern. The ship is leaving Oslo through the Oslofjorden on its journey to Kiel. Another ship is crossing and honking its foghorn, already close.
Recorded with Telinga Pro 8 Stereo Dat (without dish) on Zoom H2n.”

Packaging them into this instrument sounds like a mixture of brass ensemble, organ, and, well, Ships’ Horns.


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  • A ship horn can be too noisy I guess

    It's just too noisy for me, and the samples spread across the keybed sound overstretched. If you go high on the register, it just starts sounding like a car horn, like an F5 for example...

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • Very simple and warm tone

    Sound is nice, warm and simple. However, there is no parameter, so given that you cannot create your own sound, it might be a little difficult to fit in to some music.

    Asuka Amane17 October 2021
  • Just a standard square wave...

    I was looking forward to hearing what this library sounded like, but it is basically a square wave synthesizer. There is definitely some noise and hissing especially in the higher ranges, most likely since this sound wasn't recorded in a studio setting. I think it definitely has potential to be a really cool instrument, but some more work is needed.

    christopher13 October 2021