Is the Sound Pack missing something, or is it just me?

Firstly, congrats to the FlyInside team for making this helicopter. The Bell 47 is my favourite helicopter of all time, and it’s great to see any helicopter in MSFS well before Asobo got around to providing them. To top it off, you went with one of the contenders in a two-horse race for the most iconic helicopter in history to date (the other being the UH-1 Iroquois).

While most of the things in my wishlist are already noted by other sim pilots, in progress (floats?), or slated for work later on (paint kit), there’s one thing that just seems to be missing something, to me at least.

Now don’t get me wrong, the sounds are fantastic, as others have mentioned, the sounds of startup and shutdown, and the bite of the rotor as the aircraft turns are fantastic. There’s just one thing to my ear that seems to be missing - the whine of the engine, that wonderful midrange droning that you recognise as a Bell 47 approaches you in real life, the one that was captured so well in the TV shows of long ago, like MASH*, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, and Whirlybirds, and basically went on to become the stock standard helicopter sound for a lot of TV (I can remember watching shows where they used it with footage of a JetRanger… guh).

Maybe it’s just my hearing isn’t what it used to be, but I don’t hear it in any position inside of the helicopter nor outside (sometimes I wonder if I’m hearing a JetRanger engine given the old Lycoming piston engine whine is that absent).

I put the question to those of you who’ve flown in the aircraft or been around the real thing, is that something that you only hear from a fixed point as the aircraft moves around you, or am I actually onto something?

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Hi mate, you just maybe onto something, I’ll look (listen) into this and see what i can come up with then if something seems to be missing i’ll speak to Dan.

Tony

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Thanks Tony. I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen, and to be honest I know how hard it would be to source genuine 47 sounds, and to that end it only makes what you’ve produced all the more impressive. Will be keen to see what you come up with.

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I had to have a good laugh about Jetstrangers sounding very wrong - you occasionally still get that surprise effect with modern low budget movies.

As for that “whine” - are you perhaps thinking turbochargers? Because I too was thinking there was something slightly different about the sound in this Bell. I put it down to my hearing initially - after around 17 years as an army aircraft tech and teaching small arms as well, my hearing has “blind spots” around the Lycoming turbo whine, SA 341 Gazelle Turbomeca squeal and Lynx RR Gem whinge, I have lost some of my hearing skills. Then again, perhaps the lack of turbocharger and the slightly lower powered engines of the G2.

I will follow this eagerly - it may mean a visit to Boots for a hearing test…

It’s not as profound as TV or movie sounds, but that whine is still there. Granted, this is a G4.

Not sure if G4s had turbochargers, or if this example had one fitted where there otherwise wouldn’t have been, but that droning sound is still there. A bit overshadowed by the sound of the piston engine, but it’s there.

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Have a listen to a G2 =

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I think its a hard working piston engine you are hearing ???

Tony

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