DCC Sound Units, Tsunami, LOK, TCS WOW sound units with all the realistic steam chuff, whistles, bells and horns brings to model railroading a unique gift. Something many of us have clamored for over the years. Oh we got whistles that sounded more like a siren winding up. Almost steam chuffs that were anything but synchronized with the speed of the locomotive. A source of consternation met with blatant blank stares on behalf of the providers or manufacturers. I’m sure we have a name for them but I can’t use that here. The bad news is we’ve waited to long and the good news is… I survived long enough to see it happen. Yes!
Now before I get all wound up and turn this into another of Rick’s Vents/Rants. I have some great news to share with you. Take time to focus on the next videos.
Published on Dec 30, 2013 I just wanted to do a quick demonstration of my TCS wow sound decoder. I have it installed in a Bachmann spectrum K4 steam locomotive. I am using four a Zimo speakers in a parallel/series configuration. The BEMF motor control is nothing short of spectacular from this decoder. My apologies for the shaky and somewhat blurry video but my main camera wasn’t charged and all I had was my cell phone but hopefully you get the idea. http://railfanx.blogspot.com/2013/12/..
Thanks for watching, Jonathan H.
In this next video pay particular attention to what Erik Fiske shares about a “Keep Alive” feature. Kind of like a Pacemaker…Grin!
First impressions and brief overview of the Train Control Systems [TCS] WOW Steam Decoder with “Keep Alive”. Impressive sound quality, superb whistle selection and outstanding motor control characterize the first release WOW steam sound decoder from TCS. The Best part? Programming this decoder is SIMPLE! You’ll have your engines running smoothly and sounding fantastic in a matter of minutes. Thanks for taking the time to view my video Erik F.
There are other videos and most likely they will jump up after you’ve played these. Feel free to watch them and then you can decide which decoder is appropriate for your model railroad.
Check out scenes that were omitted from the original 6 minuter version of the Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine interview of Nick Muff. This is a bonus video from the August 2011 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine – mrhmag.com
Thanks for watching, Nick Muff.
After picking-up our jaws off the floor. And we’ve all reported to E.R., to have our jaws re-set…. Wow!
Critique: I don’t do this very often but I couldn’t ignore the obvious. This isn’t about the layout but the video production.
At one point in the presentation, I did note both presenters were individually mic’d up. That’s a good thing.
To start with they were trying to communicate through a hand held mic, while standing in the dark shadows of the door frame. When it comes to photography and sound this sound technician (as in live sound mixing various presentations) sound equipment installer and amateur photographer takes notes. I’m just wondering when the Guys and Gals who make these videos, will learn how to use ambient light to their benefit and adding artificial lighting when and where it’s necessary. Rule #1, Mic up everyone involved by using wireless microphones and mix sound through a mixer. Rule#2 Add lighting were appropriate. I wasn’t sure at first if I was watching a ghost show as in “This Haunted House”. AND! Rule #3, have an amateur or experienced camera man setting up the shot’s.
Gosh almighty, when are they going to wake up to these necessities and the realities of what makes a good video.
The only thing that would of made this better…trains running around the layout and a peek inside the cab. Where were the trains? How about a good shot of the basement under the passenger station.
Despite it all… fun none the less. Pullman green with envy. If you didn’t get any ideas? Well…..where were you? I heard you, “Was I gone”. Grin!