An important point to remember is that the Saturn V moved slow, so the noise lasted longer.Anybody know how long it took each one to clear the tower?
Compare these [Saturn V, Shuttle, Titan IV] to say Delta/Minuteman/Minotaur launches, and all the rest seem much more similar, more of an objective experience, and though the sounds were different for each, they all fit more of a category.
What about the intensity of the flame? When I saw a Shuttle launch in person, one of the two things that struck me as being really different from what I'd seen on TV was its brightness (the other thing being the sound, of course, which one feels at least as much as one hears). Even in daylight, I recall finding parts of the exhaust plume almost to bright to look at.
Well, I'll contribute a little cut from my memoirs. In this case I was talking about Apollo 13----Plenty of people- from key insiders, to reporters, to average spectators- have tried over the years to describe a Saturn V launch in words. None have ever quite done it justice. It's one of those things you have to see- and FEEL- for yourself; and that's an opportunity lost to history now. When I saw the first of many Shuttle launches in later years, what impressed me was that once the SRB's light- it's 'outta here.' A Saturn took its time- seeming to barely move while billowing all that fire- seemed to take FOREVER to clear the tower- seconds during which your mind and heart are on the edge wondering if the whole thing could fall back into those flames- and that's when, if you're close enough- the SOUND arrives. It's like continuous thunder- and when you think it can't get any louder it does. I remember the vibration seeming to pass into my bones- and the metal roof of that van like a sledge hammer. The bird rises, the flames spew and the thunder continues- rising in pitch as it climbs, finally dissipating into a sound like a billion sheets of heavy paper being torn lengthwise for a whole minute. I remember grinning when I heard that...... I knew THAT sound. It was the same noise those little Estes model rockets I flew as a kid made- magnified ten million times.
Then all of a sudden the SRB ignite and it was surprising how quickly it darted from the launch pad a cleared the tower.