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KB258 DH165L0 - Soundbug Installation

Installation of the SFX004 SoundBug into a DH165-Series decoder is easy, but it does require some care. The SoundBug must be properly oriented to the decoder. Here, the DH165L0: Here, an installation in a Proto1000 DL-109. In this orientation, the SoundBug sockets are to the right on the DH165L0 decoder: The SoundBug is plugged into the sockets of the DH165L0 decoder: Because the DL-109 is a diesel locomotive, it will not need the white synchronization wire. Everything is fitted into place. The SoundBug is shipped with a small piece of foam to protect the pins of this decoder. You may ...

KB284 I tried to program an SFX0416 with my PR2 and the sounds did not "Take".

Q. I tried to program an SFX0416 with my PR2 and the sounds did not "Take". I clicked the big green "Program" button and after the initial buzzing for about 15 seconds, nothing further happened and now the unit makes no sounds. I am using a Compaq XP-home 1.5GHz laptop with SoundLoader version 1.16. How can I fix this? A. The most likely issue is that you are using the earlier SoundLoader version 1.16, which was not configured for full support of 16M bit flash sound memories, such as those used in the recently released SFX0416. SoundLoader was updated in ...

KB541 32 Ohm speakers with the SDH104K1B+FN04K1 combo

Q: I'm using the SDH104K1B+FN04K1 in a custom installation. The supplied speaker is a bit too large, and I'm having difficulty sourcing appropriate-size 32 Ohm speakers. I can, however, find 4 Ohm and 8 Ohm speakers that fit my needs. A: No, you should use 32 Ohm speakers with decoders that specify 32 Ohm speakers for the best performance. Check with your dealer to find 32 Ohm speakers that are available from Digitrax. If you decide to use 8 ohm or 16 ohm speakers with the SDH104K1B, you will need to adjust the speaker volume downward to reduce distortion that ...

KB33 Programming Soundtraxx Tsunami Decoders with Digitrax Zephyr

Zephyr Xtra (DCS51) and Zephyr (DCS50) systems can program Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders using Blast Mode Programming on the Mainline.  Blast Mode Programming will program EVERYTHING sitting on the main line track so, you MUST remove everything from the track that you are not programming or use an isolated piece of track connected to Rail A & B. NOTE: Track power must be ON during Blast Mode Programming. You will not be able to read back CVs using Blast Mode Programming.  To use Blast Mode Programming with Zephyr, close Option Switch 7. 1. Press the "PROG" key. 2. Press the "SWCH" ...

KB299 SFX0416 - Use with other DCC decoders

Wired Mobile Decoder with SoundFX™+Accessory type functions for most HO scale Locomotives. The sound project loaded into this decoder may be operated independently of any other DCC motor or function decoder. If another non-Sound FX compatible DCC decoder is connected to the track leads, then CV readback of SFX0416 Sound CV's and PR3 SoundTest modes may not be possible. Note that it is always possible to Write CV values using Operations mode or a Service Mode programming track, even if CV Read is inoperative. If the connected function loads are insufficient for CV readback with a PR3 or an incompatible ...

KB301 Speaker Mounting

Speaker Mounting and baffle/enclosures. The sound performance of any attached speaker(s) is greatly affected by the mounting system and required baffle or rear enclosure. The baffle is used to isolate to speaker diaphragm front sound waves from the out of phase rear sound waves. This minimizes sound cancellation, particularly at lower frequencies. For most efficient sound generation, the volume of the baffle should be as large as practically possible, and the baffle walls should be acoustically rigid so not to allow acoustic interference. Practical baffle materials are plastic, cardboard and even sheet metal. Common items such as cardboard tubes or ...

KB306 Steam Chuff, AutoChuff & Cam Configuration

CV133 and CV134 work together to control chuff timing. CV133 and CV134 can be adjusted to create the desired chuff rate in your locomotive, or you can configure your sound decoder with CV133 and CV134 to use an external cam to create chuffing sounds. CV133 Steam Chuff/CAM configurations: CV 133 set to a value between 1-127 determines the driver size in inches. (Default Value = 63) CV134 Steam gear ratio trim CV 134 set to a value of 32=100% ratio. Setting CV133's value from 1-127, puts the sound decoder into 'Autochuff' mode. Autochuff mode tells the decoder to simulate driver ...

KB311 Diesel Notches

  Could you please explain what the notch rate does- is there a range for this? Is there somewhere with more detailed explanations of the various CV's- such what what the air drier or compressor rate might be? Diesel locomotives are operated by "notches", which are the rate at which the locomotive's diesel power is being applied. Traditionally, these are called "Run 1" to "Run 8". At Run 1, the locomotive generator becomes active but the locomotive prime mover (the diesel engine) does not increase in speed. With Run 2 to Run 8, the locomotive's engine speed (and thus the ...

KB576 CV 58 Master Volume Control

The master volume control CV is CV58, its values range from 0 to 15.  The factory default value for this is 09.Digitrax SFX decoders have a factory default value of 09 set for CV58.  This works well for 32 ohm speakers.The decoder will reset to this value whenever you do a decoder reset of CV8=8. Digitrax SFX decoders built for use with 8 ohm speakers should have this value changed to 4 or 5 for best operation value of 4 or 5, since the decoder may not supply enough current at high volume/drive levels.Your results may also depend upon track voltage present. Kato USA says ...

KB577 DT400 - Playable whistle on F2 button

  Q:  I have read in some of the model magazines that the F2 button on the DT400 is a pressure sensitive playable whistle button. I have not noticed any difference in sound with the F2 button on my DT400. Is there some way to determine if this feature is present on my throttle? A:  Most Digitrax DT400 and all DT402 series throttles have the capability of implementing the playable whistle feature when used with Digitrax sound decoders.Prior to the release of Digitrax sound decoders this feature was considered as an experimental throttle feature and was not fully documented. Once Digitrax released ...

KB340 SDH164D with One SP26158B Rectangular Speaker and a 5 ohm resistor compact box enclosure.

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Master Volume: CV58=9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64 Max., Horn CV142=64 Max. Speaker: one SP26158B Rectangular 26.5mm x 15.5mm x 9mm, 8Ohms 0.5W Compact Box Speaker with enclsure & wires A 5 Ohm 1/2W resistor in series with the speaker.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     67 15  4.00   65 15  4.15   67 15 4.15   ...

KB343 Sound Project Files

Fred Miller has been an invaluable resource for information about Digitrax sound. Here are some of his thoughts about the sound project files, from the Yahoo Digitrax Sound discussion group: There seems to be confusion over what is a SPJ. It is not surprising since it is a very complicated subject matter probably best left to programmers. The SDL (Sound Definition Language) that AJ developed allows for building the code that is running inside the microcontroller (computer) in the sound decoders. As a result, fantastic capabilities are there for anyone who can jump into the pond. Perhaps a few words ...

KB353 Sound Decoders and the white cam lead

I don't understand what the white cam lead gets hooked up to. Some model steam locomotives are equipped with, or can be equipped with, a cam arrangement which coordinates the sound to the rotation of the drivers creating chuffing. As the wheels turn, a switch opens and closes, operating the chuff sound produced by the sound decoder. The white wire goes from the decoder to a microswitch which is operated by a cam that is mounted on the axle of one of the drivers. In operation, when the white wire senses the DCC track signal, it operates the chuff sound ...

KB395 Turn Off Grade Crossing Horn Sequence in Locomotive

Q:  How do I turn off the grade crossing horn sequence when powering up or changing programming? A:  Turn F7 to "off"; it has accidentally been toggled to "on".

KB410 GG1 Juice Jack Sounds

Can the SoundBug sound like a juice jack, i.e. a GG1? Yes. The SoundBug, like all Digitrax Sound FX decoders, can be set up with any available sound project. Any recorded sounds can be set up as a sound project file (.spj) which relates the sounds to individual actions of the locomotive. Many project files are available on the Digitrax Sound Depot and on the web.  Sound projects are free. 

KB730 DT400 Series Throttles - Make F2 Latching or Non-latching

DT400 Series Throttles - Make F2 Latching or Non-latching The F2 button on the DT400 is meant to control locomotive whistles and horns, so it is configured to be "momentary" or non-latching.  This means that the key will activate the horn or other function for as long as you hold the key down and stop when it is released. This was done to facilitate the use of a playable whistle in sound decoders. If you are not using F2 for this purpose on your layout, you can change the way the F2 key on the throttle works so that it latches on and ...

KB195 PR3 - Hardware Setup

SoundLoader and PR3 have been tested to work on PC compatible computers running at 550MHz and up with Windows XP or Vista, 512MB of RAM. Other combinations of hardware and software such as Windows 98 may also work, but are not supported by Digitrax, and have not been tested to operate properly. Installation consists of three steps: Hardware installation, software installation, and software setup. Below is a photograph of the actual hardware connections required for SoundFX programming. Assemble the PR3 hardware as shown in the diagram below and connect to an appropriate power supply (Digitrax PS14 or equivalent). Note the ...

KB715 Customizing SoundFX Decoders

Digitrax SoundFX lets you make your locos sound like the real thing!Remember, your Digitrax SoundFX decoder is ready to run and will operate and generate sound using address 03 with no additional programming.On your Digitrax system, simply select the locomotive's address and the sound will start. On some DCC systems, it is necessary to select the locomotive address AND send a command to start the sounds. When used in conjunction with a separate DCC motor decoder in a single locomotive it is most practical to program both decoders to the same address and operating modes.For a more prototypical railroading experience, ...

KB716 Speaker Mounting, Baffles & Enclosures For Better Sound Performance

The sound performance of any speaker is greatly affected by where and how the speaker is mounted and whether an adequate speaker enclosure or baffle is installed.The baffle is used to isolate to speaker diaphragm's front side sound waves from the out of phase rear sound waves. This minimizes sound cancellation, particularly at lower frequencies. For most efficient sound generation, the volume of the baffle should be as large as practically possible. The baffle walls should be acoustically rigid to prevent acoustic interference.Practical materials to use for the baffle are plastic, cardboard and sheetmetal. Common items such as cardboard tubes ...

KB718 Sound Scheme Descriptions

I have loaded a new scheme but the CVs and Functions are not working as I expected. Load the sound project you programmed into Sound Loader.Select the "view>project description" from the menu.The text file that describes how the project you have loaded will appear on the screen.Read the text file to be sure the sound project is suitable for your needs.If not, load a different sound project and see if it works better for your application.  

KB719 Changing Between Pre-Installed Sound Schemes

Many Digitrax SoundFX decoders come with two different sound schemes pre-installed.  Check the decoder instruction sheet for which sound schemes are installed in the decoder you are using.  Instruction sheets are available on this website on the product pages for each decoder.The decoders come from the factory with CV60 programmed to a value of 01 to play the default scheme.  If you want to play the other pre-installed sound scheme, simply program CV60 to a value of 00.  You can switch back and forth between the two schemes.  Changing CV60 does not erase either pre-installed schemes.If you want to download ...

KB721 Sound From Sound FX Decoder Shuts Down on Non-Digitrax System

The sound in your decoder shuts down after you stop it and you are not using a Digitrax system for control. On some DCC systems decoders are not addressed by DCC packets after the locomotive is set to 0 speed. In this case after the CV11 timeout elapses (6 second factory default setting for SoundFX decoders), sound will shut down. To remove the timeout and prevent sound shutdown, set CV11=00.  This would leave the sound in the locomotive on until you remove power from the loco.Digitrax command stations continue to refresh locomotives by periodically sending packets to them as long ...

KB722 Distorted Sound from Sound FX Decoder

If the sound output from your SoundFX decoder is distorted, try the following:1. Check the speaker cone for magnetic debris that may have collected there. Debris on the speaker will cause a loss of sound quality and must be removed.  This is a common problem in speaker installed facing down toward the track.  Remember, speakers are magnetic and will vacuum up magnetic debris along the track.2. Be sure that the CV58 volume is not set at a level that is too high for the speaker. For impedances below 32ohms (e.g. 8 to 30 ohms) set the volume setting lower to ...

KB723 Sound Decoder Not Making Sounds

If the sound does not start when you run the locomotive with a sound decoder installed try the follwoing:1. Make sure you have selected the locomotive on a throttle. The sound will not run unless the locomotive is addressed in the system.2.  Make sure the sound is not muted.  Try toggling F8 which is the Digitrax standard function for muting the sound decoder.3.  Made sure the volume in your decoder has not been turned down to a very low level.4. Check your installation to make sure the decoder is installed properly.

KB724 Digitrax SoundFX Decodders on Conventional DC Power

Digitrax SoundFX decoders will automatically operate on smooth DC power unless analog mode conversion has been disabled. The sound will not start until approximately 5 volts is applied to the track.  Due to this characteristic of analog operation with a DCC decoder installed, the start up sound will not play.

KB725 Functions Used for Sound Control

These are the Function buttons for sound control:

KB218 Downloading and Installing Complete Sound Projects Created By Other Users

To get the most out of your SoundFX decoders you'll need an internet connection in order to get to the Sound Depot website (digitrax.com/sounddepot). For the casual user, access to the Sound Depot site will let you download new Project files that other users have customized. So if you want to change your loco's factory default GP38-2 sound project, and another user has previously uploaded a GP38-2 sound project file with something special, perhaps a different horn configuration, you can do it. It's easy: Just go to the Sound Depot and download the desired new sound project file or use ...

KB219 Sound Project Files-Creating and Editing

With Digitrax Sound Definition Language, you can use .wav files to create custom sound project files. The process of converting 'raw' sounds recorded in the field into a sound project file takes time and patience to produce a finished sound project file that sounds realistic. Tips for Recording Locomotives and other Sounds Recording the sounds is a major part of creating great sound projects.  You need good recordings to work with.  Record several complete sound events (several complete whistle blows from start to finish, etc.). This will give you several recordings to choose from when editing to produce your sound ...

KB222 Sound in tunnels

Is there a way to automatically decrease the sound on my sound equipped locomotives when they go into a tunnel? No, but you can use F8 to mute the sound when you enter the tunnel and F8 again to turn it back on when you exit the tunnel.Some clubs have "no chuffing" zones, where many trains are present at the same time. Operators who do not know about F8 are quickly apprised by others when they enter a busy yard.   F8 Mute (CV135) may be changed to a non-zero value, such as CV135=16 to lower the sound volume.  This ...

KB994 Decible measurements on SDH164D

               Decibel measurements on SDH164D Digitrax Sound     Sound level is a logarithmic measure of the effective sound pressure of a sound relative to a reference value. It is measured in decibels (dB) above a standard reference level. The commonly used "zero" reference sound pressure in air is 20 µPa RMS, which is usually considered the threshold of human hearing (at 1 kHz).   Examples of some Loudness rating in both Pa and dB           Hearing damage (over long-term exposure, need not be continuous)                      0.356 Pa                   85 dB Handheld electric mixer                                                                                                                                  65 dB TV (set at home level) at ...

KB995 SDH164D with 2 28mm 32 ohm speakers

SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Speaker:   Two 28mm dia. 32 Ohm, 0.5 W These speakers are connected in parallel. Master Volume  CV58= 9  to 15,   Diesel CV60 = 1, Bell CV141= 64 Max.,   Horn CV142=  64 Max.            Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     68 15  4.15   66 15  4.25   70 15 4.25   3.00 Vrms   67 12  4.10   65 12  4.20   Each ...

KB741 DT402 & DT400 Series Numeric Keypad

There is a numeric keypad on the DT402/DT400 throttle.  The numeric keys on the keypad are primarily related to the throttle mode shown in the LCD’s mode indicator area, but can be used for numeric entry and function control in other modes. For example, when the command station is in the Function Mode Fn, the numeric keys are used for function control. When the command station is in the Locomotive Mode,Lo, the numeric keys are used to enter loco addresses. When the command station is in the Switch Mode is Sw, the numeric keys are used to enter switch addresses.In ...

KB998 SDH164 with two SP26158B Rectangular Speakers

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Master Volume: CV58=9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64 Max., Horn CV142=64 Max.   Speaker: Two SP26158B Rectangular 26.5mm x 15.5mm x 9mm, 8 Ohms 0.5W Compact Box, Speaker with enclosure & wires.  Speakers are wired in series.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     67 15  4.20   66 15  4.30   67 15 4.30   3.05 Vrms   ...

KB999 SDH164 with one SP26158B Rectangular Speaker and One SP53188B

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives   Master Volume: CV58= 9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64 Max., Horn CV142=64Max. Speaker: One SP26158B Rectangualr 26.5mm x 15.5mm x 9mm, 8 Ohms 0.5W One SP53188B 53mm X 18mm X14mm, 8 Ohms 0.5W Speakers are wired in series.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     69 15  4.15   65 15  4.30   69 15 4.30   3.05 ...

KB1003 SDH164D with Two SP53188B Speakers

Sound Decoder:   SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives   Speaker:Two SP53188B 53mm x 18mm x 14mm 8 Ohms 0.5W  Rectangular Box These two 8 ohms are wired in series.   Master Volume: CV58= 9 to 15,   Diesel CV60 = 1, Bell CV141= 64 Max.,   Horn CV142= 64 Max.                Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     71 15  4.15   67 15  4.30   71 15 4.30   ...

KB1004 SDH164D with One 28 mm 32 ohm speaker in an Enclosure

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Master Volume CV58= 9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64, Horn Cv142=64 Max. Speaker:  One 28mm dia. 32 Ohm 0.5W Speaker is enclosed, and is hanging by the wires.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     69 15  4.55   67 15  4.60   70 15 4.75   3.35 Vrms   67 12  4.35   65 12  4.55    The ...

KB1005 SDH164D with One 28 mm 32 ohm speaker

Sound Decoder   SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives   Master Volume CV58= 9  to 15,   Diesel CV60 = 1, Bell CV141= 64 Max.,   Horn CV142=  64 Max.   Speaker:   One 28mm dia. 32 Ohm, 0.5 W Not enclosed, and is hanging by the wires.                Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     66 15  4.55   64 15  4.60   67 15 4.75   3.35 Vrms   64 ...

KB1006 SDH164D with one 4 inch 8 Ohm speaker with 3.3 Ohm resistor

  Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder fopr HO Locomotives Master Volume: CV58=9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64Max., Horn CV142=64 Max. Speaker: 4 inch Dia. 8 Ohm Speaker, 4 Watts with a 3.3 Ohm resistor in series.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     79 15  3.85   74 15  4.00   79 15 4.00   2.84 Vrms   78 12  3.80   73 12  3.95   Amplifier ...

KB1008 SDH164D with One SP26158B Rectangular Speaker and a 5 ohm resistor

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFX Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Maste Volume: CV58=9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64 Max., Horn CV142=64 Max. Speaker:  one SP26158B Rectangular 26.5mm X 15.5mm x 9mm, 8 Ohms 0.5W Compact Box, Speaker with enclosure & wires. A 5 Ohm 1/2W resistor in series with the speaker.              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     68 15  4.00   65 15  4.10   68 15 4.10 ...

KB1009 SDH164D with one Small-Oval 8 Ohm speaker and 3 resistors

Sound Decoder:  SDH164D SoundFx Wired Mobile Decoder for HO Locomotives Master Volume: CV58=9 to 15, Diesel CV60=1, Bell CV141=64 Max., Horn CV142=64 Max. Speaker: Small-Oval 8 Ohm, 1 Watt with a 3.3 Ohm resistor in series. 35mm x 16.2mm or 36.9mm x 18.3mm w/enclosure 8.1mm High or 9.1mm w/enclosure Tonystrains see dreamspeakers              Diesel Horn         880Tone Sine Wav.     Horn & 880 Hz together   Factor     dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   dB@4' CV58 MtoP   x 0.71     67 15  4.00   65 15  4.15   67 15 4.15   ...

KB1011 Troubleshooting Guide for Digitrax Sound Decoders

Digitrax SoundFX Decoder Troubleshooting Guide This troubleshooting guide assumes that you are working with an operating Digitrax system that is able to run trains and that the locomotive you are troubleshooting is operational and has a Digitrax sound decoder and speaker installed correctly.  If there is no sound, first make sure the decoder is not muted: Press the Function 8 (F8) key, and make sure F8 is OFF.  Function 8 is used to toggle between sound active (F8 OFF) and mute (F8 ON). If there is no sound and the locomotive won’t move when the address is selected on your ...

KB501 Soundbug Q & A

Q:  What is the white wire for on the SoundBug? A:  The white wire is used on conjunction with a driver cam for steam sound synchronization. Q: What type/size loco does "generic" steam sound represent? A:  This sound was based on recordings of Union Pacific 3985, a 4-6-6-4 "Challenger" type.  Q:  Does the Sound bug come with an oval speaker to fit in the shell of the older model GPs or SDs that do not have space in the fuel tank. A:  The SoundBug comes with a 28mm round speaker but others may be substituted. The included-speaker is rated at ...