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#73100 Loksound Select Direct Micro DCC Sound Decoder

Retail Version for N scale Locos produced before 2016 (See our store for #73199 for newer/ESU DC upgrades)

Please let us know which sound (file number) you want your decoder programmed to. 

See photos for this listing of sound files available or check ESU website as they add new files quite often

If you already own a LokProgrammer, please note the order "no programming needed"

Interested in programming your own LokSound decoders? - We offer the #53452 ESU LokProgrammer in our store.


ESU LLC is working with numerous OEM customers to help pioneer Full DCC and Sound in Narrow Bodied Diesels in N Scale! Due to this challenging work they have developed not just 1 but 2 Brand New DCC and Sound decoders for their Select Product line. Due to overwhelming demand they’ve decided to make these decoders available to the retail market for aftermarket installation!

BIG OPTIONS - little decoders

Both of these awesome new decoders come with 6 lighting outputs to give you many options even in such a tiny locomotive. As they are both LokSound Select decoders they also come with all the abilities of normal Select Micros. While one decoder is made for retro fitting sound and DCC in earlier(prior to 2016) N Scale locos (73100), the other(73199) is meant to add sound to a DC (non-sound) version of ESU factory installed locos. Like all Selects any Select sound le may be added to either version by using the LokProgrammer. 


Operational modes

The LokSound Select can be used on conventional “analog” layouts and controlled with a DC power pack, but to benefit from all its features, we highly recommend DCC operation.

The LokSound Select follows all NMRA DCC standards and recommended practices. It can be used with 14, 28 or 128 speed steps, supports two digit (7 bit addresses) as well as “4-digit” addressing. Up to 29 function keys are supported! The LokSound Select can change between DC and DCC operation at any time “on the fly”.

Of course, the LokSound Select supports all DCC-programming modes including Programming on the Main Track (“POM”). Because of its unique low-power design, the LokSound Select can be programmed on the programming track of all popular DCC systems. No programming track boosters or other circuitry will be needed.


The LokSound Select comes with a 32 MBit memory chip. The sounds stored therein are our own recordings which were made by using the latest recording equipment and have been digitally re-mastered for the best audio possible. The sounds are transferred to a class “D” audio amplifier via eight polyphonic sound channels. LokSound Select Direct decoders offer the following unique features:

Multiple horns: Each LokSound Select offers many horns. By just changing one CV, you can select your favorite one. This allows an easier adjustment to your model.

Playable horns: The LokSound Select supports a very fast responding whistle function. By just pressing your throttle‘s button, you can really blow the horn like the real engineer.

8 channel sound: The LokSound Select can playback up to 8 sounds at the same time. This will result in the most realistic experience available today.

Synchronized brake squeal: The LokSound Select will synchronize the brake squeal sound with the real movement of the locomotive. No longer will stopped trains have the brake sound still on!

Manual notching: The diesel speed steps can be either manually controlled by function keys or automatically based on the speed.

Individual volume control: The volume of all sound effects can be adjusted individually.

Diesel decoders can produce over 20 sound effects, including the engine start-up and shutdown, prime mover sounds through all eight notches, bell, air horn, air compressor, dynamic brakes, fans, brake squeals, coupling and uncoupling, detector sounds, rail clank and many more.

Customize your sounds

Unlike all other manufacturers, LokSound Select offers you two options to customize your engine. The most simple is by using one (!) CV. You can select the prime mover sound, the desired whistle or horn and the bell. Each LokSound Select offers various options on that (see table below).

However, if you are still unsatisfied with the result, you may at any time use the famous LokSound Programmer to download new sounds into the LokSound Select. We offer numerous “ready-made” sound packages for easy downloading.

Superior motor control

ESU offers load compensation (using B-EMF) since 1999. While other manufacturers seem only to focus on the sound options, the LokSound Select offers the 5th generation of motor control resulting in a smooth and precise locomotive operation. We at ESU believe that good motor control is mandatory for model trains: Even the best sound is worthless if the locomotive running is not smooth!

Regardless if you are using coreless or conventional DC motors, the LokSound Select’s unique auto-detection function can measure the characteristics and adjust the internal settings. There is no need to fiddle around with many CVs to adjust to the engine. Due to Dynamic Drive Control (DDC) you can limit the influence of the load control and operate really smoothly around the yard and over turnouts.

Shining lighting effects

Each LokSound Select include 6 (!) outputs with 0.25A current each that can be allocated individually to a light effect, which simulates the light patterns of many popular warning beacons. Besides D312 Rotary beacon, strobe and alternate flashing, there is a firebox flicker, smart flicker, Mars light, Gyralight, Ditch lights (two types), Oscillating Headlights, Stratolight and many more.

The Rule 17 dimmable headlight can be either controlled automatically or by function button. An LED brightness correction feature now also allows using LEDs for lighting effects! This is an important feature since LEDs do behave different than bulbs.

You NOW have a CHOICE!

Having trouble with “Factory Installed DCC”? You now have a choice! The LokSound Select Direct was designed to fit the light board mounts of many major manufacturers including Athearn Genesis, Atlas, Bowser-Stewart, and Intermountain.

With its unique design, the LokSound Select Direct can easily replace boards that provide poor motor control, low volume, or generally inferior sound.The decoder work fine with most factory installed speakers. You pay a lot of money for your favorite trains! Give them a chance to run and sound as good as they look!



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