After a long wait, I’m embarking on my adventures with scenery. To start off, I’m busy assembling the two through lattice trusses for the Rock River crossing and added a couple small details to the track. After I complete the trusses I will start on the I-280 overpass and the Andalusia section of the layout. Stay tuned. 🙂
All the IR sensors are in place for my random flange squeal system. Speakers are installed in the fascia, and I just completed a master control panel (see below).
I’m getting close to having all layout sound installed. Working with sounds for my random flange squeal on each of the layout’s three curves had me thinking about a simpler audio app that I could run on my Mac. I had been using Adobe Audition, but the program is more for serious audio designers who need robust programming. I simply needed a basic program to adjust EQ and cut and splice with minimal effects.
Enter Ocenaudio. A donation-based app that fit my needs perfectly. The app has a simple interface with intuitive controls which had me editing quickly. Below are a couple of screen shots from the program…
I’m taking a design liberty with my Rock River scene in that the Milan branch crosses the river twice. The south crossing (below) has a neat little island that I wanted to model…
…while the north crossing has an interesting spillway just below the parallel road where I could include ambient sound.
I wasn’t happy with the original Freesound recording of “rushing water with birds” because the gain was low and the water sounded muffled. So I pulled the MicroSD card out of my ISE Squealer module (below) and modified the sound in Ocenaudio to increase the gain and brighten the sound. You can hear the difference in the two samples below the photo.
And here is where the river sounds will reside on the island. As you can see, the modeled portion of the island will be very small, and the speaker will be camouflaged by trees and ground cover. The small rocker switch on the fascia allows me to turn the sound on or off.