What is special
about RailPro's Ultimate Series sound files?
The main difference in an Ultimate (or ULT) sound file is the fact
that when a locomotive is continuously playing in a notch it sounds
continuous and flowing. The typical DCC module has a recording
of a second or so of sound for each notch and they just play the same
second of sound again and again. It does not sound realistic
even sound annoying. RailPro ULT technology sounds
natural! ULT sounds of primemovers are from excellent source recordings
including locomotives operating under load. When coupled with our patent
pending Load Feature Technology it really sounds authentic! Since it is common
for your locomotive to spend most of its time at idle or running in one constant
notch the RailPro ULT technology really makes a difference!
Can a locomotive with a RailPro module with ULT
sounds be controlled by my DCC layout?
Yes! A locomotive with
a RailPro module installed is dual mode meaning it can be run by RailPro Radio
Control or by standard DCC (through the track) systems. If you have a DCC
system you would want to buy a low cost Computer Interface, CI-1, to setup the module
for DCC and load the sounds that you want.
How do I actually
sound to a RailPro locomotive?
Select the sound file that you want to load on the RailPro
into the RailPro Assistant Download List.
Connect the USB cable to the RailPro Handheld Controller and load
the sound file to the handheld controller.
Copy the file to the locomotive module using Direct Radio+NET (Use
Radio Frequency to transfer the sound file from the RailPro Handheld
Controller to the locomotive module). 4) Go in the Locomotive Adjustments Page on the RailPro Handheld
Controller and select the sound you want to use!
The exact steps are described in detail, with many pictures, in the
RailPro Assistant User Manual. RailPro Assistant
User Manual is a
downloadable PDF that is on the RailPro Assist internet page.
Click here to go to the
do I find the proper primemover sound file name for my particular
the Diesel Primemover Section the locomotives are listed first in
alphabetical order (Alco before EMD etc.). Next to the locomotive type is the file name for the
most appropriate primemover sound file. See below:
I do not hear all
eight notches in the primemover samples. Do the real RailPro
sound files have all eight notches?
YES! These are only short samples to let you get an idea
the sound is generally like.
I do not hear compressor and let-off sounds in the primemover
samples. Do the real RailPro sound files have these sounds?
YES! There are appropriate automatic compressor, let-off, and
brake sounds with each primemover sound file.
Why do some sounds
not play and have a play time of 0:00?
The PC sample sound has not been completed so far. If
the sound is in this list then the RailPro format of the sound is
ready to load into your RailPro model railroad and we plan to put
a sample sound up as soon as it is finished. We plan to offer
all primemovers, horns, and whistles as ULT sounds and we plan to make an
appropriate PC sound sample at that time.
Why does more than
one locomotives have the same primemover file name specified?
The majority of the sound that a locomotive makes comes from the
exhaust of the diesel fuel burning primemover engine.
Sometimes different locomotives use the same diesel fuel burning
primemover engine and therefore can sound the same.
Can I load my own custom sounds?
YES! Any sound
that you can say in a proper wave file can be converted into RailPro format and
loaded into locomotive modules or accessory modules.
What type of custom sounds can I load into
You can load
simple single play sounds (i.e. you press a button and your sound plays once).
You can also make your own custom looping sounds. These are comprised of
three different sound files. A Looping Sound has a beginning sound, a looping sound,
and an ending sound. When a button is pressed the beginning sound is
played then a looping sound is played again, and again, until the button is turned
off. When the button is turned off an ending sound is played. With
looping sounds you can make custom Bell sounds and much more!
I see farm animal sounds. That is odd for a locomotive....so...why are
you can add automation for the entire layout and control the lights, actions,
and sounds from a RailPro Handheld controller! You can add our accessory
modules such as AM-1S and add projects to control Farms,
buildings and so much more. For example, you can touch a picture of the
farm on your layout and play farm animal sounds. Locomotive modules like on
LM-3S can be changed to accessory modules and added to a
caboose or passenger car. You can then touch the picture of the caboose or
passenger car turn on lights or play the sounds that you want!
Will my model sound just like these samples?
Yes and No.
Yes in that the PC samples are taken directly from the RailPro sound files that
you load into your models. The samples are compressed for the internet so the
RailPro sounds can sound better from that perspective. You should keep in
mind that your PCs speakers may be much larger than your model speakers and that
can have a significant impact on overall sound. However, in G Scale
locos, you can put speakers in that are similar in size to common PC speakers
and since the LM-3S-G has up to 13 Watts of power it
can sound very much like your PC playing these samples and possibly even sound better!
If you preview the sounds on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with smaller
speakers, the sound form even HO models with good speakers can sound better.
Do you plan to add more sounds?
continue, and plan to continue to improve and add more sounds.
Do I have to buy a special module for Diesel or
special module for Steam sounds?
sound modules can be loaded with diesel or steam sounds.
All sounds and sound availability are subject to change without