2016-01.3: Loksound “Confaloned” decoder

22 Jan 2016

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20:24 - Jan 2016 Act III - DCC Decoded: Loksound Select decoder tips (2016)
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Matt Herman from ESU shows off a locomotive with a LokSound decoder configured per the desires of modeler Mike Confalone, owner of the HO-scale Allagash Railway.  Matt discusses the features of the Loksound Select sound decoder and how the sounds and control relate to real-world locomotive operation.

NOTE: This Loksound file can be found on the ESU site here:
http://www.esu.eu/en/downloads/sounds/loksound-select/loksound-select-usa  ... select file *Alco 12cyl 251B* with an image of the loco Matt used in this video.

Matt will also be writing up a set of instructions on how to use this sound file to get the Confalone settings just as he shows. Once we have that PDF document, we will let you know - Matt says it's high on his list of to-do's!

 

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espeelover's picture

Awesome sound for us RS11 jockeys. I'm really glad that I only did a few of my DCC fleet with sound thusfar, I'm thinking these ESU Alco sound effects are good enough for me for a long time to come. Bravo to all who are work on this, very nice.

Really nice sound!!! Very very very realistic.

Big question: Are these settings going to be compatible with the regular Loksound V4.0, for European style locomotives, like Vossloh Euro 4000 (this uses a EMD710)?

 

Excellent!!  I'm blown away with the sound of these Alco prime mover decoders, Matt.  I too am lucky that I only have a small handful of my large fleet sound decodered so far with the earlier offerings of others!!  They sure have come a long way in a short time and just keep getting better!!  Not too knowledgeable yet in all your various decoders, what would be the decoder model ID that I would use for my fleet of Atlas RS-3s and 4/5s that would (or will) have all these functions that you are showing here?

Thank you, Andy Keeney

Andy:

We talked with Matt and he confirmed you want the Loksound Select decoders. There are three models - the Loksound Select 4.0, Loksound Select Micro 4.0, and Loksound Select Direct.

You can read about each here:

Loksound Select 4.0 - comes with different wire lead pin configurations - pick the pin config that matches your loco. The 8-pin is the most common.
http://www.esu.eu/en/products/loksound/loksound-v40/

Loksound Select Micro 4.0 - comes with different wire lead pin configurations - pick the pin config that matches your loco. The 8-pin is the most common.
http://www.esu.eu/en/products/loksound/loksound-micro-v40/

Loksound Selelct Direct - direct drop-in board replacement for many locos
http://www.esu.eu/en/products/loksound/loksound-select-direct/

Big question: Are these settings going to be compatible with the regular Loksound V4.0, for European style locomotives, like Vossloh Euro 4000 (this uses a EMD710)?

Yes and no. Many of the features like the smart dynamic brakes are coming in the updated sound file configs you can download and install. This is only in the Alco sound file referenced above, and then coming soon to a new EMD 567 file. Depending on how well received they are, more may be updated to this new standard.

However, the "Confaloned" run 8 and idle function keys are special and need some extra config to implement. Matt will be writing up a PDF with some steps to show how that's done and we'll post it once we get it from him.

I understand there some pdf instructions coming but the decoder setup area seems to be sorrowfully lacking. We have had videos on how to replace fans and staunchons, weathering cars, packing flatcar loads, setting up live steam, installing decoders, but almost nothing on setting up the more esthetic decoder operations. I think we all know we have some wonderful decoders available nowadays, the LokSound series being one of them, but the the setup to take advange of these advances is becoming more involved and we need some how-to videos please. Tips, tips, tips... lots of them please.

filly535's picture

Very nice video, and a great decoder. I love that Alco sound, and this is the best yet. What settings/numbers have been programed for the momentum ?

What is the difference between an ESU decoder purchased from one of your dealers, and an ESU decoder that comes installed in a locomotive, such as an Atlas ?

Thanks,

Philip

Beautiful ALCo sound! Terrific decoder setup enhanced by that amazing RS11!  I'd love to see and hear a similarly set up 244 equipped and detailed RS3!

Hi...did Matt ever get the pdf instructions file made and available.?     

Cheers, Gene