Timer 555 Cricket Chirping

Introduction: Timer 555 Cricket Chirping

Description :

this project followed by 3 other projects which all are in a same category with different approaches. we just trying to make/simulate nightly crickets chirping which is one of the loveliest natural sounds for most peoples. all provided projects in this group provides realistic sound as best as possible with no filtering no amplifying and using fewest cheapest strongest components. OK enough boasting lets do it!

Timer 555 :

we have 3 different 555 ic's used in this project where all of them are in Astable mode. we just compine two ic's into single one for more fun so you see one NE556 (which is two NE555) and one NE555. skip explaining timer 555 as there is many useful project's/tutorial's on it available with taking a look in instructables.com. but let me provide some usefull links at least :

555 Astable calculator


all we do is following the Astable calculation to provide desired frequencies. at step1 i placed an image that is a very approximate preview of chirping result which demonstrates duty and frequency used just with changing two resistors and capacitor per IC.



  1. IC1 1 x NE555
  2. IC2 1 x NE556


  1. R(2,4,5,6,7,9) 6 x 10 KΩ
  2. R(1,3) 2 x 4.7 KΩ
  3. R8 1 x 3.3 KΩ


  1. C(1,7) 2 x ceramic 4.7 nF
  2. C(2,3,4) 3 x ceramic 10 nF
  3. C5 1 x electrolytic 3.3 µF
  4. C6 1 x electrolytic 47 µF


  1. Q1 1 x NPN 2n2222A
  2. Q2 1 x PNP ss9012


  1. BZ1 1 x Passive Buzzer (look at schema to replacement availability)

Step 1: Circuit

every thing is clear. its your choice to use 3x555 ic's or just one 556 + one 555 for simplicity.as you see two marked regions on schema, we used Q1 to invert IC1 output. and other region suggests replacing bounded circuit with an existing passive buzzer module for less effort.

Step 2: Design

i included pcb design for you. here also is a .pcb file. use mounted preview (image2) to solder jumpers correctly. pcb size is 62mm x 77mm.

Step 3: Video | Preview

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    2 years ago

    That sounds pretty convincing, is it loud enough to leave it in the garden?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes, the buzzer it self and the frequency i picked is loud enough. In video i used 20kohm for R9 but in schema i left it 10kohm so following schema provides even louder sound.


    2 years ago

    555 timers are awesome


    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes they are. And my next project will be shocking which do this 3 phase cricket chirping only by single ic.