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Old 02-03-2018, 01:36 PM   #31
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.......................Now I donít think you can download the soundtrack from there so I resorted to a method perfected many years ago with a tape recorder in front of the TV when Top of the Pops was on. Except this time I downloaded a sound recorder app to my iPad and stood it in front of the computer while the YouTube clip was playing.
Steve, you can copy the youtube video onto your PC and use a conversion program to extract the audio and then Audacity to edit it. All freeware.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:41 PM   #32
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Steve, you can copy the youtube video onto your PC and use a conversion program to extract the audio and then Audacity to edit it. All freeware.
Thanks TWD, may try that when I record my sheep for the fellside of the layout.
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:01 PM   #33
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https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/201...sites-illegal/ this article may prove interesting.

The bottom line is that if it is non-copyright sounds then it is ok, it is questionable for others but no-one has been sued for breach of copyright.
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Old 18-03-2018, 01:49 PM   #34
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The various parts I ordered have started to arrive.
This is my ‘sound board’ rough installation so far. 12v in feeds 3v via a dc/dc buck converter to the distribution board for the player units. Eventually the speakers will find their way to suitable locations on the layout to play sheep and seagull sounds.
They work with the usb drive shown but I still have to find a couple of reasonably priced alternatives - so far the whole thing has cost less than £10.

20180318_133758 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr
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Old 22-03-2018, 02:09 PM   #35
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Installation is now complete. Two speakers, one under the harbour and the other inside the fellside have been fitted and tested.
The cheap microSD cards arrived this morning so I added the seagulls to one and sheep to the other. Plugged in, volume adjusted and we now have ambient sounds aplenty.

And I added an on/off switch.

I may add some shunting/yard sounds if I find anything suitable as expansion of the system is only a couple of quid for each player and speaker.
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Old 21-04-2018, 10:39 PM   #36
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There was some mention of copyright and availability of suitable so7nd clips earlier in the thread.
I now see that the BBC has today launched a website with free, downloadable sound effects from their archive. There may be things on there of use to anyone contemplating something similar.

http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk
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Thanks for sharing. Some very good sound effects there, but also some very very odd ones
One of the doll sounds almost freaked me out
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Some great signal box sounds.
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That is a great resource, found some good long atmospheric ones that I will use around my layout. Thanks Steve.
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Old 23-04-2018, 01:26 PM   #40
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Ooh, I can see a plan coming together here... I recently created a little webapp (https://mafu-d.github.io/loco-sound/) to provide sound effects for DC layouts, which basically means playing a set of sounds on your mobile phone to match what your loco is doing. Simple but effective. The trade-off of course is that all the sound comes from the same physical speaker, which doesn't follow the loco around.

What I like about the solutions above is that I could separate my loco sounds from my environment sounds, and have little speakers planted around the layout to permanently play the right ambient sounds for that area. That MP3 decoder looks perfect, and cheaper than chips. I can imagine hooking that up to a little speaker (possibly cannibalised from something I already own) and powered by a cheapo 64MB memory card. It wouldn't need to be any more complicated than that.

I like this. Definitely something to try!
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