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Learn How to Make a DIY Electronic Siren Generator circuit that can produce police car siren, emergency ambulance siren & fire brigade sound using the IC UM3561a Siren Tone Generator.




The circuit only requires a few components and can be put together in a couple of hours. Since the siren is multipurpose, it can be easily configured to suit it's vehicle's siren requirements.


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Parts & Tools


All the electronic components and tools can be found in the Bill of Materials (BOM).


UM3561 Explained

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Picture of UM3561 Explained

Picture of UM3561 Explained

Picture of UM3561 Explained

Picture of UM3561 Explained

The UM3561 is a low-cost, low power CMOS LSI designed for use in toy applications. Since the integrated circuit includes oscillating and selector circuits, a compact sound module can be constructed with only a few additional components. The UM3561 contains a programmed mask ROM to electronically reproduce alarm sounds.


Circuit Schematic

Picture of Circuit Schematic

Only one of the Siren tunes can be played at a time. This is determined on the basis of the position of the SP3T Slide switch. The switch has three positions which will connect the common terminal with VCC, GND or NC in order to fulfill the Truth Table.

The 220KΩ resistor is used to set the oscillating frequency of the IC.

A dynamic speaker is driven with an external NPN transistor. An SPDT switch is used to turn the circuit ON & OFF.

Eagle Schematic: GitHub


PCB Fabrication


Picture of PCB Fabrication

Picture of PCB Fabrication

Order PCB: PCBWay

Eagle PCB Board Layout: GitHub

Printable PDF: GitHub

I fabricated the board using the Iron Method.

I drilled four mounting holes in each corner with a diameter of 3mm.

The PCB size is 3.3cm X 3.3cm .


Circuit Assembly

Picture of Circuit Assembly

Picture of Circuit Assembly

Picture of Circuit Assembly

Place and solder all the components onto the PCB. Double check components with polarities. Lastly, solder the Power adapter and speaker to the PCB.


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Are you an engineer or hobbyist who has a great idea for a new feature in this project? Maybe you have a good idea for a bug fix? Feel free to grab the schematics from GitHub and tinker with it.

If you have any questions/doubts related to this project, leave them in the comments section and I will try my best to answer them.

https://github.com/jonathanrjpereira/UM3561-Siren-Generator

https://www.pcbway.com/project/shareproject/Siren_Generator.html