Paul Burch said:
Sounds pretty good. I couldn’t tell from the video if it was 2 or 4 chuffs per revolution. Sounded like it is probably 4.
Hi Paul. That is the one failing of RailPro’s steam sounds. Unlike most sound board makers, they do not use an input to time the chuffs. It is simply voltage based with some places you can make adjustments to get it close. I did my best to get close to 4 per revolution, but the sync varies with speed even though I set up the speed table as recommended.
It looks like Ring engineering is starting to pay more attention to steam. Thier large scale market segment is growing so there is hope we will get that sync feature sooner rather than later. In the small scales where RailPro has the biggest market, steam is not as popular as diesel. Also, in the small scales, chuff timing is not as noticeable as it is in our scales since the moving parts are so much smaller.
If you read the end credits, I mention that I intentionally filmed in dark locations so watching the gear movement would not distract from auditioning the sound. As said previously, I was a dyed-in-the-wool Pheonix fan for years. With a chuff input added, I really think RailPro’s Ultimate series sounds can compete with Pheonix and TCS.