Decoder features you shouldn’t do without.
Functions? We’ve got 28. Our 28 functions deliver more control/adjustments over more sounds than most other decoders. In addition to the prime mover with all its associated, random sounds, we’ve a long list of “on-the-fly” sounds that you can call up or change without stopping to access CVs. Simply use the function buttons. These on-the-fly sounds include exhaust chuff, air pump, multiple coupling and uncoupling sounds, bells, cylinder cocks, steam, air and brakes, cooling fans, blower, air release, poppet valves, dynamic braking, reverse throttle, blower injector and more.
Special steam sounds. The sounds of the firebox door opening and closing, and the shoveling of coal are available. Some of our decoders even reproduce the unmistakable sounds of a spinning auger delivering coal to the firebox.
You’ll hear the difference. While others still use 8 bit sound, MRC has new 16 bit sound decoders which improve overall sound
Noise Abatement. Like other decoders, ours utilize Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to control the speed of your loco. Occasionally, at low frequencies, PWM causes “noises” like humming or buzzing from loco motors. Our decoders are designed to automatically eliminate the “noise” in just about all locos
Volume Control. For precise volume control, many of our recently introduced decoders feature up to 16 separate volume steps, allowing you to alter the level of most sounds separately.
Leading the way in whistles and horns. Multiple whistles and horns have become a standard feature in many decoders. MRC pioneered this capability and today offers up to 34 different ones so you can select the sound that best fits your loco.
Adjustable speed curves. Our decoders allow you to set your loco to react differently at every speed step. This ability lets you fine tune your loco to your specific parameters.
MRC decoders deliver real digital sounds from real prime movers…At MRC, our sound engineers go trackside and record each loco at its various speed notches. If the loco has eight notches, which most do, we record the eight notches in sequence as theRPMs are actually increasing. Our decoders allow you to hear a diesel motor actually change pitch relative to engine speed and load. When we say the sound is an actual SD45-2 with turbocharger or a specific GE or Alco loco, you can rest assured it’s for real.
More memory, more sounds, a difference you can hear… at this writing, our memory chips have four times more capacity than the nearest competitor. This lets us put up to 34 different horns and 14 different bell sounds on a single chip, plus multiple prime movers, so you can pick the one that’s right for you. Our cutting edge decoder technology means we can do more. More memory means we don’t have to skimp on realism. If it’s in the real world, we’ll capture it for your real-life layout.
Tiny drop-in sound decoders with matched speakers… MRC’s engineers and tech experts are model railroaders. They understand that while building a railroad is a labor of love, it takes enormous time and effort. That’s why every decoder and system we make is designed to make life easier for you. It explains why no one has more convenient, easy to install, drop in sound decoders than MRC. These include our unique and incredibly small, one-piece, dual mode N Scale on-board decoders, complete with mounted speakers.