Sounds from the shed

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  1. Colin_W

    Colin_W Full Member

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    Had a quick hack around in my bits box and put this together this weekend. It's a project by Davy Dick on the MERG site and was featured in this quarters magazine Vol 51 - No 1 - 2017. If you are looking at the magazine there are some errors and these are rectified in the PDF on the MERG site.You will need to be a member to access this or know someone who is :) It's quite interesting and would be good for the non-DCC guys. I have put in 3 of a possible 18 tracks which can be accessed by Push Button or a sensor ( infrared, magnetic reed switch, bit of black wire :oops: etc) pulling the arduino pin low. It's all in the PDF file. One of my really professional videos follows :thumbs:
     
  2. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Great stuff Colin! I've yet to find time to start playing with my Arduino, too many other projects on the go I guess.
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  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Really good Colin. I hope to use DCC sound where possible but for the purpose of other ancillary sounds, it would be very handy.

    I'm thinking workshop noises, PA announcements etc. Maybe even to satisfy my humour as well. Flushing loos, canteen alarm, all sorts.

    Thanks for posting it up. My mind is running riot now with the possibilities. :avatar:
     
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    Well done that man - must read that article :oops:

    Paul
     
  5. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    I'd already read the article, thought it might be useful and it joined the 'to do' list. Only snag is, every time I tick a project off the list, half a dozen others have already been added, and that's not including the ever increasing list of jobs SWMBO has for me.......fortunately it's raining for most of this week, so my SWMBO list is on 'Hold'!:avatar:

    Keith.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Keith M wrote:
    Doesn't work in Scotland - It's always raining, so I just get told to man up, your water proof, and just do it.
    Somehow the female of the species doesn't seem to be as waterproof especially if the rain can get anywhere near SWMBO's hair :scratchchin: :avatar:

    Colin, what are you using to create / edit the sound files ?

    Paul
     
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    Sorry for the delay guys, been ripping out a leylandii hedge all week. I'm using Audacity for the sound files Paul. There are some steam sound files HERE. Be aware ( although I'm not certain it was this site) that when I went to the '20th Century Fox' sound site mentioned in the article text my browser got hi-jacked. May have just been bad luck on my part but the link I have put in here seems safe. The Train leaving the station is just two files mixed. The voice is just me with Reverb on, you can use echo ect as well. I got the DFPlayer HERE if you want one quicker use the EU warehouse and pay the extra cost :giggle:.
    If you get chance Paul can you send me the files for the Traverser on Victoria Road Starting to get the urge to build something in the Cave.
    Keith, go on you know you want to :avatar:
    Toto, we have a club layout that I'm eyeing up to try this on as the train runs up the track it passes some horses and a shepherd with a dog and sheep the idea being that you can place a speaker locally and use relays to switch between them or push buttons and a rotary switch. I'll do a diagram soon. :thumbs:
    Col
     
  8. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Colin,

    I'll keep my eyes and ears open for your posts. I think this has a lot of potential. I have heard some bespoke sound files before ...... Workshop noises, hammering, clanging metal etc. I think it was Max from YMRC that had them. They sounded quite novel.

    I'll watch this develop between you and Paul if he plays around with it. It would take a bit for me to get to grips with.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  9. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Toto, couldn't you record the sounds of your own drilling/sawing/hammering for workshop sounds? Mind you, it'd maybe have to have some sort of "Scottish expletive deleting" software included if you were doing much drilling into 'Switch 8' boards!!!:avatar::avatar:

    Keith.:giggle:
     
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    Trying to do some more to this project. The hardest part seems to be finding sound clips that are free. Plenty of steam engines rushing by but not much in the way of engine shed noises or industry. Audacity is getting a real workout just now. :headbanger: I have modified the circuit to use a 16 button matrix using only 8 pins, this should leave more pins for inputs and outputs ie. switching relays to swap speakers etc... Unfortunately not getting much time in the shed :confused:.
    Col
     

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