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Sound Device Selection
The TCB is compatible with multiple sound cards, including the Benedini Mini, Benedini Micro, Taigen standalone cards, and the Open Panzer Sound Card. Each card will have different capabilities and options. For details on card-specific features, and instructions for connecting your card to the TCB, please see the respective pages in the Installation section of the Wiki.
Keep in mind, you can also use any sound card that operates with standard RC equipment, bypassing the TCB completely.
General Sound Settings
Enable Turret Sound
Check this option to enable the turret rotation sound, uncheck to disable. Only available for sound cards with a turret sound.
Enable Barrel Sound
Check this option to enable the barrel rotation sound, uncheck to disable. Only available for sound cards with a barrel sound.
Enable Light 1 (Headlight) Sound
Check this option to automatically play the Headlight switch sound whenever any trigger turns on or off the headlight output (L1). Only available for sound cards with a headlight sound.
Enable Light 2 Sound
Check this option to automatically play the Light 2 switch sound whenever any trigger turns on or off the Light 2 output (L2). Only available for sound cards with a light 2 sound.
Squeaks are experimental. The TCB allows up to 6 squeak sounds to be played at various intervals, although not all cards will support these sounds.
When the vehicle is moving, the TCB will trigger each squeak randomly within certain time windows that you can adjust. To understand how the random trigger works, let's take an example. Suppose we set the Minimum time interval for Squeak 2 to 2000 mS (2 seconds) and the Maximum time interval to 5000 mS (5 seconds). The TCB will pick a random length of time that is at least 2 seconds but no more than 5 seconds. It will wait for this random length of time, and when that time is up, it will play the Squeak 2 sound. Then it will select a new random length of time that again can be any value at least 2 seconds long but no longer than 5 seconds. In other words, the Minimum interval is the minimum length of time that will ever pass before a squeak repeats itself while the Maximum interval is the maximum length of time before a squeak will repeat itself; but the actual length of time between those two extremes is selected at random.
This random selection process continues for all enabled squeaks simultaneously so long as the vehicle is moving.
Enabled, Min, Max
Enable or disable each squeak, and set a minimum and maximum interval for it to repeat.
Minimum Speed Before Squeaking
Set the minimum vehicle speed that must be reached before the random squeaking process can begin. It can sound unrealistic if your tank has barely started moving and already it is squeaking.
Individual Maximum Volumes
When paired with the Open Panzer sound card, you are given the option to adjust the maximum volumes of individual sound categories. Completely aside from the settings here you are still able to adjust absolute or master volume, but that will be done either with the physical potentiometer attached to your sound card, or remotely when you have mapped the Set Volume special function to a channel on your radio.
The volume adjustments here allow you to adjust the maximum volumes of individual categories. Note that if the ratios sum more than 100% you may hear distortion when playing multiple sounds at once. For example, if you set maximum Engine volume to 80% and maximum Effects volume to 60%, the combined total would equal 140% when the master volume is set to 100%. This will create distortion if for example you play the machine gun sound (an effect) while the engine is running, unless you operate at less than 100% master volume or modify the ratios.
Sound Bank Auto-Loop
Sound bank files are a collection of sound files that can be played like a musical playlist (available only with the Open Panzer Sound Card). If checked, this setting will cause the playlist to automatically repeat/continue. For example, if you call the play “Next” function for Sound Bank A and the auto-loop option is checked, the next song will start playing and when it is finished the sound card will automatically start the next song after that, and keep going until it gets to the last song and then it will start over at the first. The procedure goes in reverse for the “Previous” function, and if you select “Random” it will continue to play the next random sound from the sound bank. In every case, some file from the sound bank will continue to play until you explicitly call the “Play/Stop” function.
If the auto-loop setting is not checked, then each call to “Next,” “Previous,” or “Random” will only play a single file and then stop automatically when that sound is finished.