"ZIMO Advanced Standard" for Sound Projects
ZIMO introduced with the first sound projects a standard configuration, which was primarily focused on steam and diesel locomotives. In the meantime, the decoder can do much more, the newer software versions take into account, inter alia, and electric locomotives, but the old standard could not use the new possibilities.
Therefore, there has been a rather loose organization of sound projects from the various sources: ZIMO internally, ZIMO on behalf of or in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and ZIMO external sound designer. The following discussions between ZIMO employees, external sound designers and users were performed for current sound projects, how it would be possible to configure them in a meaningful and consistent manner. The two main trends are:
Both views are probably justified. According to the general ZIMO philosophy, to provide the widest variety of solutions available (see, for example, the range of large scale decoders and loco adapter boards) in the future sound projects to one of the following three standards (or even after two of them):
The new "ZIMO Advanced Standard" (some details are still to be developed) will initially be used for all European sound projects of these two sound designers for normal delivery. These are projects for DR, HSB, SBB and RhB. It is hoped that further sound designers will adopt the standard
This unification is also helpful for the ZIMO service - and thus for all users seeking advice.
In the U.S, everything is a little different: while European modellers love to see the role of the Dispatcher, the American is more concerned with the train drivers cap and accompanying his train through the system. Hence the usual mapping across the Atlantic has developed differently. A well-known manufacturer of DCC equipment has several function keys labelled with sound effects, but which are used in Europe for lighting effects.
Therefore, there is a separate "ZIMO U.S. standard". The first of the sound projects by Heinz Däppen will be made and presented to the audience at the NMRA Train Show in Atlanta (by the way along with the new "American" ZIMO large scale sound decoder MX697).
|ZIMO Advanced Standard|
|Fu / Ta||Steam||Diesel hydraulic||Diesel Electric||Electric||FA / AUX|
|0 / X||Main Light||FA0 f / r|
|1||Loco specific light effects||Tail lights||FA 1/2|
|2||Loco specific light effects, e.g. Shunting or Undercarriage Lighting||FA 7/8|
|3||Whistle 1 / Horn 1|
|4||Whistle 2 / Horn 2 / Guard or Conductor 1|
|5||Bell 3/ Whistle 3 / Guard or Conductor 2|
|6||Smoke generator or Airpump or compressor||Compressor or Auxiliary Fan||FA5 Fan / FA6 Heating|
|7||Drain cocks||Coasting||Vakuum pump / pzb testing|
|8||Sound on/off||Diesel start/stopp||Raise/Lower Panto|
|9||Curve squeal / Check rail squeal|
|10||Coal shovel||Hand brake||Dynamic brake off||Panto 1 Selection|
|11||Blower||Fan||Fan||Panto 2 Selection||FA4 on steam locos as firebox|
|12||Uncouple||FA3 / 4 Coupling dance|
|14||Boiler safety valve||Turn up headlights|
|15||Project Switching / Drive Loco / Loco specific|
|16||Muting / Tunnel fader inverted|
|19||Freely available / User Configuration|
|20||Freely available / User Configuration|
|21||Freely available / User Configuration|
|22||Freely available / User Configuration|
|23||Freely available / User Configuration|
|24||Freely available / User Configuration|
|25||Freely available / User Configuration|
|26||Freely available / User Configuration|
|27||Freely available / User Configuration|
|28||Freely available / User Configuration|
Die FAs 1 bis 6 sind in CVs 127 bis 132 mit Eigenschaften versehen!
Die FAs 7 und 8 sind in DVs 159 und 160 mit Eigenschaften versehen!
Dieselmechanische Projekte werden wie Dieselhydraulische behandelt. Allerdings ist der Wert in CV3 direkt verantwortlich wie oft geschaltet wird!
|Zum Vergleich - der „ZIMO Basic Standard“:|
|F2||Guard whistle or announcement|
|F3||Whistle or Horn|
|F5||Coal shovel or Panto|
|F6||Injectors / Other|
|F7||Bell / Whistle 2, Horn 2|