Deltic to Feature New ESU Loksound 5 Chip
As development of the Deltic continues apace here and in China, we will bring you some significant news and milestones over the coming weeks and months so you can keep up to date with the creation of our first British locomotive.
One such item of news is the sound system. As you may know, ESU recorded our sound project for the Deltic last summer at the Spa Valley Railway, in preparation for its release on their as then unannounced new sound chip. We can now reveal that our sound equipped locomotives will feature the new ESU Loksound V5 sound chip when they arrive later this year.
Below is some of the spec and info on the the latest chip from ESU themselves, and we are very excited to be using it and all the enhancements it will bring to the model.
"The LokSound decoder of the fifth generation has been completely redeveloped. By using a new, powerful 32-bit processor, all the features of the previously known LokSound decoders have been significantly improved: LokSound 5 decoders play up to 10 sound channels simultaneously, each channel achieving hi-fi quality thanks to 16-bit resolution and 31250Hz sample rate, With a LokSound 5 decoder, the sound quality and dynamic range of your locomotives will almost match the original. 128 Mbit noise storage provide enough capacity.
LokSound 5 decoders feature even better engine load control with up to 50 kHz clock speed and noise-optimized motor control so that in the future even bell anchor or gauge 1 engines with excellent low-speed driving characteristics will drive silently.
LokSound 5 decoders have numerous outputs for controlling light and additional functions and can control RC servos or SUSI modules as required.
In addition, every LokSound 5 decoder is a true multi-protocol decoder with all four known data formats: in addition to DCC with RailComPlus, they all understand the M4 format and automatically log on to modern Märklin® control units. Support for Motorola® and Selectrix® makes it possible to use it with older control panels. Furthermore, every (even N track!) LokSound 5 decoder can be run on analogue DC and AC systems. The desired operating mode is automatically detected.
Depending on the central unit, up to 32 functions are possible, which can be assigned any special functions with the uniquely flexible ESU function mapping. Three new, individually adjustable brake controls, as well as a two-stage heavy-load simulation, bring just as much joy of playing as the new random functions, with the help of which light effects can also be controlled at random. To meet the different sizes and power requirements of the vehicles, LokSound 5 decoders are offered in various versions."
Of course, while a new chip with more functions, better locomotive control and extra storage capacity is nice, it is only part of the the experience. As we outlined previously, our speaker system will be 'top of the line' and help create the best possible Deltic drone in 4mm. We will reveal more details on this in the coming months when we receive prototype models to test (Which we will film and show to you of course!) but again we are going for the very highest spec and on recommendation with ESU.
It's also interesting that in all our pre-sales so far that sound and DCC ready are 50-50 in the sales charts, so we're hellbent on getting the sound as good as we can make it.
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