August 31, 2023
It will come as no surprise to any resident of the UK that team sports are tightly interwoven into the fabric of our communities. From village cricket games in the summer to the great pub gatherings during the FIFA World Cup, sports forms the backbone of many of our most loved social events throughout the year.
Adults, kids, individuals and families alike can all get behind their favourite team to show their support and pride, taking part in a slice of UK culture that celebrates sporting talent. As the world’s leading whistle manufacturer and being proudly based in the UK, ACME Whistles has a long and fascinating association with the world of sport.
For us, like many thousands of people in the UK, sport is more than just casual weekend television. It is a way of life, an integral part of our identity and culture, and something that we are intensely proud of. Indeed, ACME Whistles has been interlinked with the world of sport almost from the very beginning
August 24, 2023
In the wide expanse of the natural world, where uncharted wilderness and unpredictable elements can easily catch us out, a simple and unassuming yet profoundly useful tool emerges as a beacon of hope and salvation: the survival whistle. This unpretentious device, often carried in the backpacks or pockets of outdoors people, possesses the remarkable ability to transform dire situations into tales of survival and personal triumph.
We at ACME understand the profound importance of emergency whistles and their role in outdoor activities, disaster scenarios, and search and rescue operations. By leveraging their unique capacity to attract attention, pierce through chaos, and serve as a lifeline during times of peril, we are better placed to turn some of our most challenging moments to our favour.
The Sound of Survival
At its core, the emergency whistle serves as an excellent example of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous saying "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
August 17, 2023
Throughout the vastness of human history, sound and music have been integral to storytelling and communication. The whistle is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous instruments that has ever been used by human beings, and the earliest examples that we know of are many thousands of years old. These early whistles were made from natural materials like bone and wood, and so they needed an expert hand to ensure they made the right sound.
Today, whistles are made from natural materials such as wood and metal, but they are also frequently made from plastics and other manmade materials and are considerably more advanced. They have come a long way in terms of their design, applications and manufacturing, and are some of the most widely used sound solutions in the world.
Ancient Origins in Communication
Early whistles made from clay, bone and wood have been found in ancient sites all over the world. Some of the oldest examples we have found date
August 10, 2023
In the vast and ever-growing world of media and popular culture, the humble whistle has long had a place in the production of content. From radio shows to sound effects for music and TV, the sound of the whistle can be heard in all kinds of media, though it is often overlooked despite how ubiquitous it is.
The whistle is generally thought of as a tool, something that is used predominantly for utilitarian purposes, though they are also used extensively for musical applications too. As a whistle manufacturer with a long and celebrated history, our whistles have been used for some interesting and unique purposes over the years.
The ACME Slide Whistle
While it is one of our lesser known whistle designs, most people will definitely recognise the musical tones of the ACME Slide Whistle from pop culture and the media. They were famously used as a voice in The Clangers, a beloved British children’s TV programme that first aired in the late 1960s
July 28, 2023
In times of emergency, the ability to communicate quickly and effectively can make all the difference to your safety and wellbeing. There are many high tech means of communication available on the market these days, but few of them offer the reliability, ruggedness and instant response that a simple safety and survival whistle can provide. Capable of cutting through whatever chaos life throws at you, the humble whistle has been considered a vital piece of safety equipment for decades and any informed outdoors enthusiast will always have one in their kit.
Having a whistle close to hand when you are in situations that have the potential to cause risk to life and limb is a simple thing you can do to protect yourself. Equally important, however, is learning how to use a whistle correctly in emergency situations. There are many techniques and skills you can learn to assist in survival scenarios, empowering you to be proactive about your health and safety when you are in need.
July 21, 2023
Dogs have been living and working alongside their human masters for thousands of years. Since the early days of domestication, our canine companions have been a constant source of friendship, as well as assisting us in tasks such as hunting, herding and guarding. These days there are far more pet dogs than there are working dogs, both pets and working animals have certain legal protections when it comes to their welfare.
While it is not a legal requirement to ensure that your dog is well trained, or at least trained to a reasonable level, it is always a good idea to invest time in making sure your dog knows how to behave and what is expected of them. These days there are so many dogs being kept as pets that it is more important than ever to make sure they are all decently trained because tensions can quickly arise when poorly trained dogs are living in close quarters.
A poorly trained dog is more prone to anxiety and undesirable behaviours than one that has
July 14, 2023
The world of sound is all around us, all the time. From the background hum of your laptop to the rumble of distant traffic, and from the call of wild birds in the forest to the pop songs on your radio, we are constantly immersed in a rich mixture of sounds that have the power to capture our imagination and make us feel happy and relaxed, or can inspire less pleasant feelings such as tension and irritability.
While we might rely on our ears to hear sound, every soundwave is actually processed in the brain as this is the only way we can make sense of the sounds around us. As there is so much sound involved in daily life, our brains are particularly good at ignoring sounds we hear a lot. For example, you may not notice the sound of your shirt moving as you do or the tick of your analogue watch, unless you actively listen out for it.
We have evolved this way in order to make sense of the world around us without being on high alert to every sound we hear.
July 07, 2023
Here at ACME, we often talk about the “sound solutions” that we engineer and manufacture, and will use specific words to describe the different qualities of sound. For those who do not have a strong understanding of acoustics and the science of sound, these words can seem quite strange and arbitrary, but sound is a much more complex thing than you might think. When we talk about sound, we need to use certain words in order to accurately describe the differences in the sounds that our whistles produce.
These terms are good to know if you are in the market for whistles or other sound solutions because they can help you to decide which solution will work best for your needs. This is because the differences between the sounds that each whistle makes can mean they are more or less suited for a particular application.
For example, if you are looking for a dog training whistle and intend to work your dog over long distances, you will need a whistle that has
June 30, 2023
Whistles have been used as musical instruments since prehistory, leaving a melodic imprint on the diverse cultures and musical traditions of the world. From ancient rituals and ceremonies to contemporary music-making, the versatility and widespread appeal of whistles has made them an integral part of human musical expression and storytelling.
The historical record shows that whistles emerged as instruments of ceremonial significance many thousands of years ago. These early whistles were crafted from natural materials like wood and bone which would have been readily available to instrument makers. These ancient artefacts were treasured by ancient peoples as they were used in cultural and religious celebrations, serving as key storytelling devices and enhancing the auditory experience of sacred rituals.
Whistles in traditional folk music
Whistles have long held a prominent place in traditional folk music across the world’s cultures. In these vibrant,
June 23, 2023
ACME Whistles, a world-renowned manufacturer of high-quality whistles based in Birmingham, offers a wide range of hunting whistles that have become essential tools for hunters and outdoors people. Despite their popularity and effectiveness in hunting, the versatility of ACME Whistles' hunting whistles extends beyond hunting applications, finding alternative uses in various domains such as bird watching, music production, and sound effects.
ACME’s hunting whistles: An essential tool for hunters
You may be surprised to learn that whistles play an important role in the world of hunting. ACME Whistles' hunting whistles, including the popular ACME Duck Call, have earned a reputation for enhancing the hunting experience. Firstly, these whistles are meticulously designed to mimic the vocalisations of prey species, attracting specific targets and increasing