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Zimo sound news

New Paul Chetter Protodrive projects are being made available over the coming weeks

Similar to our familiar Activedrives but these were Paul Chetter's own versions and often had extra features or unique settings for individual loco types.

Our latest high spec, premium Activedrive, Actiedrive Speed Lock and new Protodrive sound projects for Zimo sound decoders are now pay to use. These can be ordered at the time you buy your sound decoder online. However there is still a large range of Zimo sound projects with Multidrive and Digidrive titles which are still free to use or one penny when you order your new decoder online. Reblows or coded downloadable soundfiles are all chargeable at £15.00. This brings us into line with our competitors most of whom have charged a healthy premium for all their sounds for many years. Small and medium Zimo sound decoders with Activedrive, Speed Lock or Protodrive sounds are now £114.00 and only £99.00 with any of our other sounds.

Active drive decoders feature brakes, light and heavy loading presets with different inertia and momentum settings some have more than one sound set on them which changes when you select light loading. Instant response of the soundfile to throttle changes so they are very driveable projects.

Activedrive with Speed Lock are similar in operation but have the ability to be driven at a constant speed whilst allowing the throttle to raise of lower the drive scheme sounds to simulate a loco working hard or coasting at will. These projects also include full preconfiguration of key lighting features for diesels for those who wish to have separate four function control of the white and red lights. this makes these projects particularly suitable for O gauge models like Heljan Diesels.

Prototdrives are Paul's own original creations before they were standardised into the Activedrive range for us. As we now own the greater proportion of Paul's back catalogue we can now release these as products in their own right and they'll be made available shortly.


Zimo steam loco sound guide,  or which noise suits which loco? A serving suggestion;

ZS001A the standard 4MT sound file

It is genuine class 4mt sounds and can be reasonably used on any BR 2 cylinder steam loco with the single tone standard BR whistle.

Locos include 2mt, 3mt 3mt 5mt. Suitable for both tank and tender versions of each. Plus any of the 2-6-4 tanks from Hornby such as the Fowler tank. Many of these locos were fitted with alternative whistles and they can be put on this soundfile to suit those locos with hooters or chimes. Locos like the 2MTs at the GCR have hooters and the std 5,6, and 7 often had BR chimes fitted. Bachmann Stanier Mogul would also use this sound as many didn’t have hooter whistles.

Hornby

Fowler 4P

4MT

Bachmann

3MT

4MT

5MT

Crab

Ivatt Class 2

Stanier mogul without hooter

Fairburn tank without hooter

 

 

ZS003A this is the characterful Black five sound with clanking rods and hooter whistle. Also a good choice for WD 2-8-0, 8F and Princess and Coronation class locos, which from video evidence all sound very similar. This sound project was created form Black 5 and 8F sound recordings. 

Hornby

Black 5

8F

Coronation

Princess

Bachmann

Austerity 2-8-0

Ivatt 4MT with hooter

Fairburn Tank with hooter.


ZS004A The genuine J94 soundfile is a great project available

with different whistle types recorded from working locos of this type.  A proper all rounder for many small hard working, noisy locos such as LNER J type 0-6-0 locos like Bachmann’s J11.

Hornby

J94

J50

J15

J36

Bachmann

J11

J72

J39


ZS005A this is the Flying Scotsman A3 sound project again from correct source recordings and will do as well for other Gresley 3 cylinder locos with their distinctive high pitched LNER whistle. Could be used in Bachmann’s K3 and V2s.

Hornby

Flying Scotsman

A3

B17

Bachmann

V2

V1/V3

K3

Heljan

O2


ZS006A this is a project for smaller LMS locos, with recordings from 3F and 4F locos. This project does for a large range of small and medium LMS loco types 2P, 3F, 4F etc right up to the 7F.

Hornby

3f Jinty

2P

Bachmann

1F

3F

4F

Jinty

7F


ZS006A Drummond Like the 2P 3F sound but with a Southern flavour suitable for many small to medium Southern 2 cylinder locos including those with the air pumps fitted.

Hornby

700 Drummond

H class

M7

T9

Bachmann

C class

H2

E4


ZS007A Class A4 with its distinctive chime whistle and 3 cylinder beat this can only be the Gresley A4 sound.

Hornby

Mallard

A4

P2

Bachmann

A4


ZS008 Duke of Gloucester 71000. A unique 3 cylinder BR standard loco with chime whistle.

Hornby

71000 Duke of Gloucester.


ZS009A Class 9F Similar to a BR standard 2 cylinder of course but with it’s own set of recordings for authentic sound. Suitable for big freight locos with plain whistles too.

Hornby

Q6

9F & Crosti

Bachmann

9F

G2

ROD

04


ZS010A  A 2 cylinder generic soundfile for Southern steam locos such as Q1 and others.

Hornby

S15

Q1

BACHMANN

N Class


ZS011A / AP North Eastern steam 2 cylinder with clank. High pitched whistles suited to many locos from this area.

Hornby

L1

B1

K1

Q6

N2

Bachmann

B1

04

J11


ZS012A GWR Hall class big 2 cylinder locos from the western region.

Hornby

Grange

Hall

2800

Bachmann

Hall

Modified hall

5600

Earl

City


ZS013A King Class for Hornby King.


ZS014A Castle class for Hornby or Farish Castle and Hornby Star.


ZS015 LNER B1 class genuine recordings can also be used on K1 or 04 etc.


ZS016A Genuine Bulleid pacific 3 cylinder. A instantly recognisable sound project for the West Country Battle of Britain and Merchant Navy classes of locos. Suitable for the Hornby OO ranges of those locos and also fittable in the Farish MN.


ZS017 The Radial tanks sound project developed for the Bachmann L&Y Radial tanks.


ZS018A Tornado sound. For use with Hornby or Bachmann’s 60163 Tornado models.


ZS019A Terrier sounds, all genuine recording on this one to give a characterful soundfile for Terriers of OO and O gauge. Set up for the features of the Dapol models but will work in other gauges too.


ZS020A Pannier tanks sounds, also genuine and very popular, Set up for the features on ther lates O gauge releases but again works fine in all gauges.

Dapol

6400

7400

5700

8750

Bachmann

6400

8750

5700

9400

Hornby

Panniers


ZS021A Britannia sounds. BR std 2 cylinders with chime whistle.

Hornby

Britannia

Clan

Some 4MT

Bachmann

Some 5MTs

Some 4MTs


ZS022A /An B12 D16 with airpump. Or D11 without air pump. LNER inside cylinder locos such as B12

Hornby

B12

D16

N2

Bachmann

D11

J11


ZS023A  LMS big 3 cylinder locos with either Fowler or Stanier whistles.

Stanier hooter on Royal Scots and Jubilees and plain whistles for the Patriot as a rule.

Hornby

Royal Scot

Patriot

Stanier 3 cylinder tanks

Bachmann

Patriot

Jubilee


ZS024A Sound project created using 2 completely different 2 cylinder steam chuffs for the Heljan Garratt loco. Works really well witout sounding echoey.

Hattons Heljan Garratt


ZS025A Collett goods also suitable for Dean goods.


ZS026A All new full featured sound project specially created for the Dapol Jinty. Also suitable for use in other scales.


ZS027A A sound project designed for Hornby’s P2 Cock of the North.


ZS028A GWR Prairie tank loco sounds

Hornby

6100

Bachmann

4500


ZS029 Beattie well tank project.


ZS030 Specific sound set for the Hornby J15, could also be used on other small LNER locos.


ZS031 This is a genuine sound set for the 43106 Ivatt 4MT.


ZS032 a generic 3 cylinder sound project created for the southern Schools class locos


ZS033 is anither genuine sound project for the 4F tender locos  recorded from 43924


ZS034A Peppercorn Pacifics without the Tornado chime whistles. 

Bachmann 

A1s and A2s


ZS035A this is a great new project recorded from a Peckett and suitable for a wide range of small  0-4-0 industrial type steamers. Also available with a bell for tram like locos.

Hornby

Peckett

Smokey Joe type pug


ZS036A Adams radial sound project works well in the Oxford and Hornby models.

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