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In this video we are building a background sound system for Strebel Springs Pond logging railroad. While the locomotives will have their own sound systems, we are adding background sounds to the entire railroad as well as foreground sounds for several structures including the coating tower and turntable at the locomotive shops.

Adding background sounds and structure sounds really brings a layout to life!

We use Pro Tools to edit our sound tracks. It’s somewhat expensive so you may want to use Garageband or some other freeware. OR just go outside with your cell phone and record 30 seconds or so of the sounds you want.

The sound files must be in either WAV or OGG format but you can be convert them online from Mp3 or other files. Warning: NEVER DOWNLOAD A CONVERTER!! Most of these downloads are fake and/or malware.