Chris Abbott stopped in yesterday for lunch ahead of an appointment in my area. Before we headed out to the pub (do I have to say “Harbord House“?), I gave him a quick tour of the layout, and demonstrated the ambient sound that I recently added.
That got us talking about other sounds I can add – always keeping in mind that I don’t want the layout to end up sounding like a calliope:
(Pleasant though it is…)
During our hand-waving exercise, Chris and I realized that if I changed out the single-pole switch that runs the Port Rowan turntable – replacing it with a double-pole switch – I could use the second set of contacts as a trigger for a looped air motor sound effect loaded into the Pricom Design Dream Player Pro I’m using for the meadow. The right channel speaker for this sound unit is located adjacent to the turntable, so panning the sound effect to the right when recording would put it in the perfect location, sonically speaking.
Here’s a video of the air motor at the CPR John Street Roundhouse in Toronto:
I was able to capture a short segment of sound from this, edit it to my desired volume and balance, then load it into the Dream Player Pro. Rewiring the turntable control and running wire for the trigger took about a half-hour.
I’m very happy with the result.
(This reminds me that I will have to take some more video of the layout to share the ambient sounds with readers. Stay tuned for that…)
UPDATE (May 16, 2013) – I’ve taken video and shared it in two subsequent posts. Click on the following links to find videos that include:
The sound of the turntable air motor
The sound of the cattle in the Lynn River