Mike’s just been in touch again with a video showing us a little more of his fantastic OO scale model railway layout, Mountford Parkway and how he added sound to his layout with a couple of rather cool MP3 extension speaker.
How Mike Did It
A little lateral thinking is all that’s needed sometimes to add realism to your layout. Mike’s method of adding sound is actually quite simple and involves nothing more than a couple of low cost MP3 extension speakers and microSD cards. The particular speakers Mike used are Kaidaer 3W Portable MP3 player speakers, designed for user with an iPod or iPhone. But they also come with a handy MicroSD card socket. So what Mike has done is record onto the microSD card a series of sound loops: one for the fabrication shop and then a series of station announcements for his station. These are set to “repeat” via the built-in repeat function on the speaker so they run on a continuous loop!
The speakers can then be mounted inside the respective buildings or hidden by sections of scenery. A very simple but extremely effective way of adding sound to you layout and a great accompaniment to the DCC sound system he’s using for his Locos. It would work for any scale too! Nice one Mike 🙂