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November 29, 2017
All ShockWave 2 sound modules and systems now come with 8GB microSD card.
November 28, 2017
New B29 airplane sound set now available bringing our total airplane sounds to 101!
November 08, 2017
New Fairey Swordfish airplane sound set now available bringing our total airplane sounds to 100!
October 23, 2017
New ViperJet airplane sound set now available bringing our total airplane sounds to 99!
May 29, 2017
New T-45 Goshawk trainer airplane sound set now available bringing our total airplane sounds to 98!
In the Beginning:
Our first product, the SFX4 sound module was conceived in summer 2005. Product development and company creation resulted in the formation of our predecessor company, Model Solutions of Canada Ltd., in October 2007. The corporation is a Canadian Federal Corporation located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's National Capital. The corporation's directors and shareholders are David and Sandra Harrison. The SFX4 was a great start and is still in use in many model boats, but could play only one sound at a time, and was large and heavy as it used all through hole components and was manufactured by hand.
The Growing Years:
In 2008, our second generation SFX5.3 product was a radical departure
from the former SFX4.
It used surface mount technology and was manufactured using automated machines in an assembly plant. It had a powerful 40Watt Class D amplifier on board and was very suitable for model airplanes due to its increased audio output power, small size and light weight. However, despite its two 8 bit micro-controllers, it was still able to achieve only 8 bit sounds at a relatively low sample rate.
The World's First CD Quality R/C Sound Module:
2009 saw the introduction of our third generation product, the SFX6 sound module. This used a powerful 32 bit microcontroller and was able to play multiple sounds at better than CD sound quality using 16 bit samples at 46875 samples/second. It was the ONLY R/C sound module to feature two completely independent throttle controlled engine sounds. The much lower distortion and higher sample rate meant that these R/C sound modules were the finest sounding in the world at the time. They were surpassed only by our latest ShockWave 2 sound module.
Company Name Change:
In December, 2011, the corporation's name was changed to the simpler "Model Sounds Inc.". This change of name better reflected our core competencies and product interests and also made our company name much easier to remember and find on the Internet.
Our Flagship Product:
In January 2012, we announced our next generation SFX7.0 sound
module. This was the first and only R/C
Sound Module to offer stereo outputs enabling different sounds to be played on
right and left output channels. Using a micro-SD Card for sound file storage, it offered
unparalleled duration of recorded sounds and ease of use. The huge storage space
offered by a micro-SD card allows it to use very long sound clips with natural
tone variations to give even more realistic engine sounds. It features
even better sound quality than the SFX6 by using a dedicated low noise DAC
(Digital to Analogue Converter) chip external to the processor chip.
In November 2012, we re-branded the SFX7.0 sound module as the "ShockWave" sound module. The new name evokes thoughts of a high powered sound wave which is exactly what it can give you.
In September 2014 we introduced our current model, the ShockWave 2 which used a different amplifier chip giving the same output power at maximum voltage, but is also able to operate on lower voltages down to 4.5 Volts. This makes the sound system available to modelers operating on a 6 Volt lead battery or a 2S LiPo.
Our CEO and Product Design Engineer is David
Harrison, a professional electronic and software engineer. David has
55 years experience in electronic hardware and
firmware/software design and development, ranging from designing
silicon chips to architecting enterprise level software
applications. David is responsible for all technical product design
and development, parts procurement and interfacing with our assembly
plant located in Ottawa for production batch manufacturing.
Important business decisions are made jointly with Sandra Harrison,
our co-owner and co-director.
Our Executive Assistant is Sandra Harrison, who has many years of office administrative experience in both the high tech and medical fields. Sandra is responsible for all office administrative tasks, invoicing and bookkeeping, order fulfillment and order packaging.