With the upcoming release of Eureka's 50 Class I was asked by a mate if I had made any progress with my 50 class sound file.
I recently bought a new recorder and the quality of audio it records is much better than what I had previously. For the past few months I have been recording a few steam locomotives, tracking down their whereabouts and then trying to be in the right place at the right time. This process has proved much harder than originally thought. It seems a lot of steam drivers like to play the whistle and I guess if I was in control of the cord, I would too! This however is no good at all for the editing process, as any variations in the mid section of the sound flow are very noticeable. If only drivers would just blow the damn thing solid for a few seconds hey!
After hours of trying to loop whistle sections together, I feel that I finally have a half decent NSWGR whistle. I have included this whistle in my STD goods project, which I feel fits quite well. Please tell me otherwise if I have ballsed it up.
The new whistle uses a slightly different sound schedule flow to what I have used previously. The whistle length is determined by how long the whistle function is held. The long whistle has two finishes. One that is short and sharp and the other sounding more preservation loco driver (a little more character).
I have included a video of my Classic Brass saturated 50 Class. I have recorded the sound separately with my Zoom recorder and then married up the sound/video using movie maker software. I think the quality is better than previous videoing attempts however it may be slightly out of sync.
Also, the compressor gets a little bit muddled up in the beginning of the film. This is because I had the compressor function running and then the random sound compressor kicked in also. Something that may need some work.
The loco is fitted with a Loksound V4 21 pin decoder and a 15mm x 12mm Zimo Sugarcube speaker.
Anyway here it is -
I am not sure if it is a good idea yet, but I have been thinking about actually charging a small fee for my ESU projects. While I am an amateur and not likely to retire on the idea, I feel that the time put into them is probably worth something? Feel free to tell me what you think about this.
Hopefully within the week I will be able to video my 32 class and post on here also.
Thanks for looking and please offer any advice. I am all ears.