What tones would you prefer for voice evac?

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Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:48 pm

This is something that I feel everyone has their own opinions on to some extent. When it comes to voice evac, there are a number of different tones and messages that are played to warn occupants in a building of an emergency that requires evacuation or other emergency action. What tones/messages do you think gets the message out the best? Do you think that there should be a certain way the messages are announced? Let me know!
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:05 pm

Not really sure about the message but I would like the tone to be like the one that is for the seatbelt reminder in the car. :D
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:36 pm

Honestly I prefer code-3 tone with a pitch of about 900-1000hz and the normal “there has been a report of fire in the building” type message. Just anything that doesnt make the alarms sound like some sort of toy like the tones on the multitone truealertES.
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:12 pm

One of my favorite voice evacuation messages is this one:



I believe it's a custom message, judging by the click when the message ends. I wish all evac messages sounded like this. It's very concise and the speech is clear.

I don't remember who it was but someone on this board recorded their own voice evacuation message and it sounded really good. Maybe they can work for Simplex and replace their aging default (male) voice evacuation message.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:49 am

I can't remember what it was called, but there was a system test video (taken in a hospital, I think) that had a really nice hi-lo chime tone that essentially went *hi-lo-hi* pause *hi-lo-hi*. Don't think there was a voice message, but I may be wrong. I'm not sure what the panel was, but the notification devices were Wheelock E-70s.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:15 am

EpicFireAlarms wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:49 am
I can't remember what it was called, but there was a system test video (taken in a hospital, I think) that had a really nice hi-lo chime tone that essentially went *hi-lo-hi* pause *hi-lo-hi*. Don't think there was a voice message, but I may be wrong. I'm not sure what the panel was, but the notification devices were Wheelock E-70s.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:18 am

randomperson wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:15 am

You mean this?
Actually yeah... I'm not sure that's the exact video that I saw, but that's the tone.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:24 pm

That tone kind of reminds me of the chime in my mother's old Hyundai. xD
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:25 pm

This one would be my favorite:


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yO7ElVIC6rY
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:08 pm

Sounds like the beginning to a Calvin Harris song. :P
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:38 am

I would have to choose the Siemens one where it changes gender halfway through the message. If that's not progress, I don't know what is.

But seriously, I would have to say that 4100U/ES slow whoop takes the cake for me. Due to the fact that the tone itself is a recording, it sounds much more "analog" than any of the other whoop tones. As for the message itself, I'd have to say either the "There has been a fire emergency reported in the building..." message, or no message at all.
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Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:28 pm

Now that you bring that up, I wouldn't mind using that voice evac message with the changing gender. XD
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Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:50 pm

As far as slow whoops go, I like the classic 4100 whoop tone best. Sounds realistic and attention-grabbing, but not as startling as I think the U/ES one is.

That said, at the risk of being boring, I think 520Hz code 3 should be the standard.
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