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Heavy Steam ULT
« on: February 06, 2021, 12:53:00 PM »
Some of you got the email, but just in case you didn't Ring has released their highly anticipated Heavy Steam ULT.

Requires the latest LM-3S revision to play (2.30).  I don't think it works on LM-2S modules.  I'm not sure of the size of the file, but Tim mentioned to me that it was incredibly complex, which makes me think it is rather large.

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« Last Edit: February 06, 2021, 12:54:42 PM by KPack »

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 01:03:43 PM »
Great news!  Now we know why the 2.30 update was posted  ;D  I'm going to load this into my test LM today.

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 01:08:38 PM »
I'm downloading it now. It does take awhile.
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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 04:07:21 PM »
It is very large. Took over a half hour to copy to the LM-3s. I highly doubt it will fit on a LM-2-s.
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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2021, 09:03:54 PM »
Just spent some time playing with it (on a diesel engine....no steam at my place right now), and it sounds really nice.  I'm not very knowledgeable with steam, but I can tell that this is a good file.  I especially like how the chuff really barks when the load is up high.  Very smooth chuff rate changes up and down the speed range. 

Might need to pick myself up a steam locomotive just to enjoy this.

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2021, 09:23:24 PM »
You should, Kevin. They’re a lot of fun to run.


I only had a minute to spend with the new file. I’ll mess with it tomorrow and try adjusting the chuff rate.
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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2021, 09:29:06 PM »
It is very large

Not large, just very slow. I'll complete today an analysis of the time taken as I've always wanted to do it. I may or may not post it, I haven't decided yet but I think you'd all be a little shocked at the findings.

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2021, 12:16:20 AM »
Yes, the file sizes aren't big.  But transfer is very slow....I'm assuming because how the programming is written.  Radio transfer should be near instantaneous, so it's not a limitation of the signal but rather a limitation of the software.

Comparatively speaking the Heavy Steam ULT is larger than most (or all) other files.

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2021, 07:32:39 AM »
Your assumption would most likely be correct. The only thing that is not known is how fast can the PIC and flash memory in an LM be written to, that would set the maximum transfer rate as I wouldn't think an LM includes RAM to put a buffer in.

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Comparatively speaking the Heavy Steam ULT is larger than most (or all) other files.

Almost, many of the diesel ULT prime movers are bigger.

- Tim

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2021, 09:01:39 AM »
Quick Intro. My name is Tom I jumped on the RP wagon last year.
I will give a better into in the proper section later.

Just wanted to comment on the new Heavy Steam. WOW.
I do Large Scale and was waiting on this for my Hudson. I put it all on the bench last night and finished it this morning. I have a 4 Ohm 2.5" speaker hooked up to it. Let's just say I am in the dog house.
I cranked that baby up and woke up the wife!!!!! The neighbors are going to love this.

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2021, 09:05:06 AM »
 ;D  Welcome, Tom. You'd better figure out what you're making your wife for dinner tonight.  ;)
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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2021, 11:15:55 AM »
I fooled around with the new file a bit more today. It does sound really good. I have noticed that the chuff rate still can not be adjusted properly. Also, if you slow down too quickly it messes up the chuffs so don't hit the brakes too hard.
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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2021, 02:17:47 PM »
I have two Bachmann Fn3 C-19 locomotives. I upgraded one with the the new Heavy Steam ULT sound then ran them together to compare.  I agree with all the WOW comments.  I recorded a video of the comparison...


We still need the chuff trigger input for good timing, especially at very slow speeds, but this is a huge improvement.  Thanks Tim!!!
« Last Edit: February 07, 2021, 02:22:21 PM by JRad »

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2021, 03:18:39 PM »
Has it been confirmed that the Heavy Steam ULT file works with a chuff cam?

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Re: Heavy Steam ULT
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2021, 03:48:08 PM »
As far as I know, chuff cam has not been implemented yet.  The hardware is there, software is not.

-Kevin