MTH DCS Overview & Videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What exactly is DCS?

DCS is the integrated sound and control system used by train manufacturer MTH and is installed in all factory MTH engines.  Not to be confused with DCC, DCS stands for Digital Control System and is not related to DCC although it has a similar high level function... it allows a constant voltage to the track and the trains are run via a wireless remote control.  DCS can operate on standard DC or AC power supplies. (DCC uses a specialized type of modified AC power) 

To get started, all you need is a DCS remote and TIU (Track Interface Unit).  The DCS remote is a wireless handheld remote that you use to control your trains.  The TIU is a box that goes between the power supply and the track and takes commands from the DCS remote and converts them to a digital signal to the power going to the track.  (Remote and TIU cost ~$250)

 

REMOTE AND TIU:

 

Why consider DCS?

 

 

 

 

Some key items and features to note:

 

 

These are just a just a few key items, see the overview video series below for a more detail review.

 

 

 

*** One note for non-MTH engines:  To obtain this level of optical control precision, the system does require a flywheel installed somewhere on the drive-train.  It is required in order to function and not all non-MTH engines come with a flywheel already on the drive train requiring some additional install effort.  ***

 

 

 

 

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Overview Videos: (Under software release v4.10)     

 

**Updated 11/26/2010**

 

Per a number of requests I've created the following complete overview of the MTH DCS system. 

 

(If you have trouble reading the text on the remote, download a higher bit rate version. I recommend you right click on the link and save the file to your system first before running.)


Part 1
DCS Overview - (Part 1 of 5) - 7000kbs 1080p HD - 7247mb - 13:45 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 1 of 5) - Youtube - 13:45 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 1 of 5) - Youtube HD 1080p - 13:45 mins

 



Part 2
DCS Overview - (Part 2 of 5) - 7000kbs 1080p HD - 574mb - 11:10 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 2 of 5) - Youtube - 11:10 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 2 of 5) - Youtube HD 1080p - 11:10 mins



 

Part 3
DCS Overview - (Part 3 of 5) - 7000kbs 1080p HD - 696mb - 13:32 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 3 of 5) - Youtube - 13:32 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 3 of 5) - Youtube HD 1080p - 13:32 mins

 


 


Part 4
DCS Overview - (Part 4 of 5) - 7000kbs 1080p HD - 805mb - 15:17 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 4 of 5) - Youtube - 15:17 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 4 of 5) - Youtube HD 1080p - 15:17 mins




Part 5
DCS Overview - (Part 5 of 5) - 7000kbs 1080p HD - 815mb - 15:29 mins
DCS Overview - (Part 5 of 5) -- (1of2) - Youtube - 9:58 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 5 of 5) -- (2of2) - Youtube - 5:30 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 5 of 5) -- (1of2) - Youtube HD 1080p - 9:58 mins

DCS Overview - (Part 5 of 5) -- (2of2) - Youtube HD 1080p - 5:30 mins


 




 


 

PFA (Passenger/Freight Announcements):  (This is an added sound sequence feature not shown in the overview video series above.)

MTH_DCS_PFA_Video1_of_3_2100kbs.wmv - 74mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video1_of_3_1000kbs.wmv - 36mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video1_of_3_150kbs.wmv - 5mb

MTH_DCS_PFA_Video2_of_3_2100kbs.wmv - 82mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video2_of_3_1000kbs.wmv - 40mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video2_of_3_150kbs.wmv - 6mb

MTH_DCS_PFA_Video3_of_3_2100kbs.wmv - 77mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video3_of_3_1000kbs.wmv - 37mb
MTH_DCS_PFA_Video3_of_3_150kbs.wmv
- 5mb
 

 

 

 

Protocast feature:  This allows you to connect a CD or MP3 player into the TIU and play music through your engine's speaker.  (great for Christmas or Halloween trains)

MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_1_2100kbs.wmv - 41mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_1_1000kbs.wmv - 20mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_1_150kbs.wmv - 3mb

MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_2_2100kbs.wmv - 18mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_2_1000kbs.wmv - 9mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_2_150kbs.wmv - 1mb

MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_3_2100kbs.wmv - 50mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_3_1000kbs.wmv - 24mb
MTH_DCS_Protocast_Video_3_150kbs.wmv - 4mb

 

To playback music/audio with the Protocast feature, insert a 3.5mm stereo male audio cable end into the Protocast port on the TIU.  Plug the other end into the audio output of your favorite audio source.  Select the engine you want to play the sound an press the Protocast button (also the number 8) on the remote.

 

 

 

 

 

Proto-Dispatch feature:  This allows you to connect a separate microphone (wired handheld or wireless headset) and talk through your train's speaker with your own voice when you select MENU -> SOUND -> EXTERNAL MIC.  Just plug your microphone (3.5 mm plug) into the Proto-Dispatch port on your TIU.  (You can also use the built in Microphone in the remote and press the MIC button.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      Photo Overview of Remote menus:

              (Under software release 4.02a)

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

(NOTE:  This will be expanded as time allows to show additional menu item layers)

 

 

(NOTE:  This will be expanded as time allows to show additional menu item layers)

Power up info screen:

 

Engine Select menu: (Press green button)  This allow you to select an engine.  Active engines (on the track are listed first), Inactive below the Inactive line

Engine Select Menu

w/ Engine Selected

 

 

Main Menu: (Press the Menu button - SOUND, CONTROL, SYSTEM, ADVANCED)

Main Menu: (Sound, Control, System, Advanced)

 

SOUND items:

Sound options #1

Sound options #2

Sound options #3

Sound options #4

Sound options #5

SOUND item detail:

  • Bell Volume (Adjust Bell Sound volume in 10% increments from 0 - 100%)
  • Horn Volume (Adjust Horn/Whistle Sound volume in 10% increments from 0 - 100%)
  • Engine Sounds Volume (Adjust Engine Sound volume in 10% increments from 0 - 100%)
  • Accent Volume (Adjust Recorded Voices Volume in 10% increments from 0 - 100%)
  • Chuff Rate (Change Chuff rate from 1 chuff per revolution up to 16)
  • Proto Chuff (Auto Labor Chuff and Drift Chuff - Auto/Off)
  • Cab Chatter (Recorded Voices Sounds Off/Auto)
  • Brakes (Auto break sounds when stopping Off/Auto)
  • Clickity Clack (Auto Clickety Clack sounds - activates above ~25 SMPH after a short period of time = Off/Auto)
  • Custom Sounds (Playback of custom sounds that you record)
  • Doppler Loop
  • External Mic (Activate the external microphone plugged into the TIU)
  • Auto Coupler (Activate the Coupler Slack sound that plays any time the engine goes from stopped to moving = Off/Auto)

 

 

CONTROL items:

Control options #1

Control options #2

Control options #3

CONTROL item detail:

  • Smoke Volume (Adjust smoke thickness MIN/MED/MAX)
  • Ditch Lights (Turn Ditch lights/Firebox lights ON/OFF/AUTO(Firebox flicker)/FLASH)
  • Max Speed (Set the Maximum Speed of the engine up to 120 SMPH)
  • Acc Rate (Set the Acceleration rate in increments of 1 SMPH from 1 to 25)
  • Dec Rate (Set the Deceleration rate in increments of 1 SMPH from 1 to 25)
  • Dir Control (Set the engine direction control to allow Forward/Reverse or Forward only or Reverse only)
  • Labored Smoke (Increase Smoke thickness when "Proto Chuff" is ON and Labor Chuff sound activates)
  • Brake/Boost

 

 

SYSTEM items:

System options #1

System options #2

System options #3

SYSTEM item detail:

  • Engine Setup
    • Add Engine
      • Add MTH Engine
      • Add TMCC Engine
    • Edit Engine
      • Edit Name
      • Edit Address
    • Delete Engine
    • Recover Engine
  • Track Setup
    • Add Track
      • Add TIU Track
      • Add Z4K Track
    • Edit Track
    • Delete Track
  • Switch Setup
    • Add Switch
    • Edit Switch
    • Delete Switch
  • Accessory Setup
    • Add Accessory
    • Edit Accessory
    • Delete Accessory
  • Remote Setup
    • Edit Remote Address (0-15)
    • Reset Remote
    • Remote Messages (on/off)
    • Remote Power down (auto off 1-60mins)
    • Remote Backup (upload/download from remote)
    • Operating Mode (Speed/Normal)
    • Quickset Speed (on/off)
  • TIU Setup
    • Edit TIU Address
    • Add TIU
    • Delete TIU
    • Super TIU
    • Reset TIU
    • TIU Version (software ver)
  • LCD Contrast
  • Track Signal
  • DCS Setup (TIU port setup)
    • Variable 1
    • Fixed 1
    • Fixed 2
    • Variable 2

 

 

ADVANCED items:

Advanced items #1

Advanced items #2

Advanced items #3

 

 

ADVANCED item detail:

  • Create Lash-up (Consisting multiple engines)

  • Route Setup

    • Create Route

    • Delete Route

    • Edit Route

  • Scene Setup

    • Create Scene

    • Delete Scene

    • Edit Scene

  • Record/Playback (operating session recording)

    • Record

    • Stop

    • Save

    • Play

    • Loop

  • Reset Engine

    • Feature Reset

    • Factory Reset

  • Info (Displays: distance & time run, battery status)

  • AC Input

 

 

 

Soft-key options: (S1 thru S5 + More option)

Softkeys #1

Softkeys #2

Softkeys #3

 

 

Soft-keys allow quick access to commonly used control features:  "Lxx" Lights, "Sxx" Sound, "Dxx" DCS/engine info 

 

Examples:

"LIN"=Light Interior Cab

"LMK"=Light Marker Lights

"LFB"=Light Firebox

"LNB"=Light Number Board

 

"SFS"=Sound Forward Whistle/Horn

"SRS"=Sound Reverse Whistle/Horn

"SSU"=Sound Start-up Sequence

"SSD"=Sound Shutdown Sequence

"STW"=Sound Train Wreck

"S01"=Sound Sequence #1

"S02"=Sound Sequence #2

 

"DOD"=DCS Info Odometer (Scale miles traveled since last start-up)

"DCH"=DCS Info Chronometer (Minutes since last start-up)

 

 

 

"More" soft-key items:  (Items 1 thru 40)

Press MORE button

More items #1

More items #2

More items #3

More items #4

More items #5

More items #6

More items #7

More items #8

More items #9

More items #10

More items #11

More items #12

More items #13

More items #14

 

 

 

Soft-key "More" options:

  • Coupler Slack (Auto/Off)

  • Engine Sounds #1

  • Interior Light

  • Idle Sounds #1

  • Forward Signal Sound (Two short whistle/horn retorts)

  • Reverse Signal Sound (Three short whistle/horn retorts)

  • Marker Light (On/Off)

  • Engine Sounds #2

  • Ext Start up (Full start-up sound sequence)

  • Ext Shut Down (Full shut-down sound sequence)

  • Train Wreck sound sequence

  • Firebox glow (Firebox lights On/Off)

  • Odometer (Total lifetime distance engine has run in Scale Miles)

  • Chronometer (Total lifetime Hours and Mins engine has been started up/run)

  • Engine Sounds #3

  • Idle Sounds #2

  • Click Clack (Clickity Clack sound Auto/Off)

  • Number Board (Lights On/Off)

  • Direction Lock (Keeps engine going forward or reverse)

  • Track Signal (Check track signal levels)

  • Engine Sound #4

  • Engine Sound #5

  • Trip Odometer - Scale miles run since last start-up

  • Idle Sounds #3

  • Coupler Close (Sound)

  • Engine Sound #6

  • Engine Sound #7

  • Idle Sounds #4

  • Cab Chat I/O (Cab Chatter On/Off)

  • Conventional Mode

  • Track Voltage (Check track voltage the engine is getting)

  • Measure Route (Measure distance start / end in Scale miles)

  • Legacy Mode

  • Engine Sound #8

  • Engine Sound #9

  • Engine Sound #10

  • Idle Sounds #5

  • Idle Sounds #6

  • Idle Sounds #7

  • Maintenance (Check how many miles left before maintenance required on engine / reset maintenance counter)

 

 

 

 

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Operating PS3 (Protosound 3) Equipped Engines Under DCC:

 

Getting Started:

As with operating any PS2 or PS3 engine under DCS in with the remote and TIU (aka Command Mode), when you first apply DCC power to the engine, it will stay in one place with no sound or lights activated. 

 

 

F3 - Start up / Shut down:

 

    - Select engine address 3 (which is the factory default)

    - Press F3 (Start Up/Shutdown) to startup the engine (This will activate Sound, Lights and Smoke during operation)

    - When you are ready to shutdown your engine just press F3 again.

  

 

Speed Steps:

 

    - Protosound 3 engines are compatible with 14, 28 and 128 speed steps.  128 is recommended as each step = 1 SMPH, so w you will get more precise and smoother operation.

  

 

Sounds:

 

    - F1 = Bell  (Toggles bell sound on/off)

    - F2 = Whistle (Activates whistle for as long as the button is pressed)

    - F4 = PFA (Passenger/Freight Announcements) - See this link for more info and video: Passenger/Freight Announcements

    - F6 = Engine Sounds (Toggles engine sounds on/off)

                - Note:  Even with engine sounds off you can still trigger the whistle and bell

    - F7 = Master Volume (Controls overall volume for all sounds up and down in increments)

    - F9 = Forward whistle/horn sound (plays 2 short whistle/horn retorts)

    - F10 = Reverse whistle/horn sound (plays 3 short whistle/horn retorts)

    - F11 = Coupler Slack sound (toggles coupler slack sound on/off - plays slack when engine moves from a dead stop)

    - F12 = Grade Crossing whistle sound (plays 2 long, 1 short and 1 long whistle/horn sequence)

    - F13 = Extended Startup sound sequence

    - F14 = Extended Shutdown sound sequence

    - F15 = Labor Chuff (plays heavy chuffing sounds to simulate a heavy load)

                - Note:  With the DCS remote this option also increases the diesel engine sound steps

    - F16 = Drift Chuff (plays softer chuffing sounds to simulate a light load)

                - Note:  With the DCS remote this option also decreases the diesel engine sound steps

    - F16 = Drift Chuff (plays softer chuffing sounds to simulate a light load)

    - F18 = Whistle Toot (Short whistle/horn retort)

    - F19 = Coupler Close (plays coupler close sound)

    - F21 = Idle engine sounds #1

    - F22 = Idle engine sounds #2

    - F23 = Idle engine sounds #3

    - F24 = Idle engine sounds #4

    - F25 = Brake sounds (Toggles auto brake sounds on/off)

    - F26 = Cab Chatter (Toggles auto crew voice sound sequences on/off - ON by default)

    - F27 = Clickety Clack (Toggles clickety clack track sounds on/off)

                - Note:  This sound effect activates automatically when you maintain a steady speed of ~30 SMPH for more than 30 seconds.

    - F28 = Train Wreck (Plays train wreck sound sequence.  (Must press startup afterwards to clear this sound effect)

    - F20 = Feature Reset (Resets all engine features [lights, sound, smoke] back to factory default)

 

 

Smoke:

 

    - F8 = Smoke (on/off)

                - Note: Make sure you have the smoke switch on the engine/tender set to ON in order to turn smoke on under DCC.

    - F17 = Smoke Volume (Cycles smoke thickness settings MIN, MED, MAX)

    - F20 = Feature Reset (Resets all engine features [lights, sound smoke] back to factory default)

 

 

Lighting:

 

    - F0 = Headlight (on/off)

    - F5 = Cab interior light (on/off)

    - F20 = Feature Reset (Resets all engine features [lights, sound smoke] back to factory default)

 

 

 

 

DCC "F" Function List:

 

 

 

 

 

DCC CV Value Descriptions:

 

 

 

 

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