555 Timer With Audio Alarm Circuit

NE555 Timer With Audio Alarm

555 Timer With Audio Alarm Circuit

Here is a very simple circuit for electronic timer with audio alarm. With the help of this circuit, audio alarm (sound) can be heard for a few seconds regularly and automatically, after a preset time period. Such a circuit has a number of applications in dark rooms, kitchens etc. A wonderful application of this circuit is in debate competition, where a candidate is allowed to speak for, say, ten minutes. As the candidate starts, the reset button is pressed to give a sound for few seconds indicating your time begins. The circuit can be set to give alarm, say, after every five minutes to indicate five minutes  are over.

NE555 Timer With Audio Alarm circuit diagram

R1 10kΩ
R2 10kΩ
R3 100kΩ
R4 10kΩ
R5 3.9kΩ
R6 1kΩ
R7 1kΩ
R8 2.2kΩ
R9 68kΩ
R10 270kΩ
R11 100Ω (0.5W)
VR1 10MΩ
C1 100µF 10V
C2 220µF 10V
C3 0.1µF
C4 0.0022µF (222)
C5 10µF 10V
Q1 BC107
Q2 BC107
IC1 NE555
IC2 NE555
S1 Switch (Push to ON)
LS1 2W 8Ω Speaker

IC1 and IC2 are used in monostable and astable modes respectively. The output of IC1, is coupled to IC2 through  transistor T2, Which works as an inverter. The trigger input (pin 2) of IC1is generally high, and when it is momentarily low, monostable multivibrator changes the state, and the output is high. Now capacitor C2 starts charging through resistance R (i.e. Vr1+10kΩ) and as the capacitor voltage becomes 2/3 of supply voltage , the monostable multivibrator changes the state from high to low.

The time taken to change the state from high to low, depends upon time constant RC. The larger the time constant, longer it takes for the capacitor voltage to reach 2/3 of the supply voltage. The time duration t is given by t=1.1RC seconds. Maximum time duration obtained with the values given in the circuit is only about half an hour.

555 Timer IC pin  configuration NE555 SA SE555 SE555C

555 Timer IC PIN Configuration

Now when the output of IC1 changes state after the preset time period, transistor T2 which is used as inverter makes its collector high. The collector of T2 is connected to the reset point of IC2 which works as astable multivibrator. When reset point (pin4) of IC2 is high, astable multivibrator starts functioning and the alarm is heard.

The collector of T2 is also connected to variable resistance VR2 and capacitor C1 combination. As soon as the collector of T2 becomes high, capacitor C1 starts charging through resistance Vr2. Preset potentiometer VR2 is adjusted, such that the time taken to charge capacitor C1 to a voltage just sufficient to conduct transistor T1 is about 10 or 15 seconds (as required). As transistor T1 conducts, pin 2 of IC1 is low and its output becomes high, which makes pin 4 of IC2 low and disables IC2, stopping the alarm. At this point transistor T1 is cut-off and pin 2 of IC1 becomes high immediately. Thus it is set for next cycle.


In this way a regular sound can be heard for 10 or 15 seconds after the preset time period. The circuit can also be reset at any time by pressing the reset  button. By pressing it, alarm is heard for 10 to 15 seconds.


  • S1 for Reset
  • Without Using R11, you can get more sound

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13 comments on “555 Timer With Audio Alarm Circuit
  1. MarkSpizer says:

    great post as usual!

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  3. tag heuer says:

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  4. Amy says:

    wata nice!!!!!!

  5. al says:

    Will the alarm be heard just once after time is up or it starts beeping periodically? I need timer alarm for my rc model, where I preset time and if I do not turn it off withing time, it would start a loud sound so I can find my lost model according to sound heard. would that be possible with this?

  6. cool says:

    will i was looking for something like this lets see if it works for me 😛

  7. i want more explanation

  8. hi, new to the site, thanks.

  9. Mava says:

    First of all I’m new in this area, but I need circuit for fixed time timer. The time is 5 seconds. Timer will countdown time when button pressed down and every second must be heard beep (buzzer) and when 5 seconds ends must be heard long beep. But when the button be released before countdown ends will counter reseted and you need press button again till you heard the long beep
    Can I use this circuit and what to be need change?

  10. richard says:

    If i want it to operate for a debate competition,what do i do more info plssss

  11. nagraju says:

    hi can you please share a circuit to gives buzzer for every half n hour…
    its helps me allot…..

  12. THEROBOT says:

    Look at all those robots

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