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DCC- British steam sounds

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I'm new to this Group. I have been experimenting with Loksound ESU decoders. I have been quite impressed with the sound quality and the ability to program them.

The difficulty I have experienced, as a GWR modeller, is that the sounds available are those of European and /or American locomotives. Whilst it is possible to program individuals locomotives by using wav. files, the degree of technical skill necessary is fairly high -- even if one has access to the lok programmer.

To any members of this list have experience with British steam sounds? Has anyone managed to program a British whistle? (this seems to me to be the most important aspect -- the European chuff is a fairly close!)

Kind regards

Brian Patterson
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Hi Brian,

Have you checked with these people ... South West Digital, LTD They may be able to either help you or point you to someone who can.
With the older ESU decoders and program I was able to alter a diesel horn. With difficulty, the software was decidely unuser friendly. So I hope the Kruts have got it right this time. I tried to communicate with ESU several times without success. ESU dont care about the English speaking market, they dont even reply to faxes.
I gave up and switched to Soundtraxx. I'll be using the new digitrax FX decoder once it's issued.
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I was able to get them to respond with no problems. Trust me things have changed. The reason you may ask? They are now included in several American brands of Locomotives and advertise in Model Railroader. So something tells me they have been taking English lessons, mind you it's American English but I can help translate if anybody needs help.
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Are Esu still producing polyphonic sound ?.
One feature I like with the soundtraxx DSX is you can put a small decoder in the loco
and a sound only DSX in the tender which is perfectly suited to Hornby loco's. It does have the disadvantage that the sound cannot be changed, although you can change the
sound of the chuff chuff quite a bit. I think the new Digitrax sound decoder will herald the start of cheaper sound decoders, and that can't be a bad thing.

I still would prefer the sound of a guards whistle and slamming doors to a church bell though.
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ESU's sound module:

QUOTE Realistic sounds - as in the real world - can easily be reproduced with the sound module, because the original sounds are memorized digitally on a chip. The sound module offers a new and fascinating model world full of sound.

With four independent channels your engine sounds even more realistic since you can add 3 sound effects simultaneously to the running sound. Pumps, power switches and squealing brakes can all be heard at the same time.

With four independent sound channels your engine appears even more prototypical since you can add 3 separate sounds such as pumps, switch gear and squealing brakes to the running sound.

When running your engine the alternate exhaust chuffs synchronised to the wheels and also to the load. Now you can really hear your engine work. Lower motor revolutions for diesel engines once the set speed has been reached and separate running sound and ventilators sound for electric locomotives.

Sound speed synchronised with the speed steps or with an external sensor. Suitable for use with mechanical contacts, reed contacts or Hall sensors

The large 8 Mbit memory allows complex sound effects (e.g. typical noise of a stationary steam engine: fireman Fred shovelling coal, water pump, dynamo). Also announcements by the dispatcher, the warning sound of the ICE when the doors close, the whistle of the train guard and many more. Your model railway becomes more authentic than ever.
Furthermore you can activate up to 8 different sounds with the function buttons. You determine how long the horn sounds by holding down the appropriate function button.

With LokSound you can also combine sounds and functions. When the fire man opens the fire box you can see flickering flames or you can hear the sound of the couplers when activating the automatic coupler (Telex).With LokSound you can also combine sounds and functions. When the fire man opens the fire box you can see flickering flames or you can hear the sound of the couplers when activating the automatic coupler (Telex).
Continuous adjustment from silent to max volume.
You have a choice of over 60 different sound files to find the perfect match for you engine.
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