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Quick & Easy Background Sounds To Add Realism To Your Layout

Quick & Easy Background Sounds To Add Realism To Your Layout

Club member Tony has found a unique way to make use of an old mobile phone on his layout, using the built in MP3 player as a background sound module… Read on to find out how it’s done!

I have finally found a use for my old mobile phones! I have mine hidden away on my layout playing background sounds of the countryside etc.  All sorts of sounds can be found on YouTube.

  1. Open YouTube page on your computer in one tab. In a new tab, open a YouTube to MP3 converter, in my case I used
  2. Go back to YouTube and pick a sound, in my case “Relaxing …countryside sounds…”
  3. As shown in Picture 1. Click on the page and select “copy video URL”
  4. From Picture 2. Go to the video converter
  5. Picture 3 and paste the link (in “more settings” the quality can be selected)
  6. Picture 4. When the conversion is finished, download it to your music files for example.
  7. Picture 5. To make the sound last for a long time use a sound program such as Audacity and copy and paste the sound file for as many times as required to make an hour long file, or whatever is required,
  8. Pics 6,7. Save the file, Pic 8 then transfer it to the mobile phone or MP3 player.

Article submitted by Club Member Tony Mercer

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Favourite Scale: OO / 1:76 Likes: Making small stuff on the laser cutter Dislikes: Counting rivets Other info: Starting to dabble with the world of 3D printing a bit to enhance the products we create on the laser. Layout: Whitwick Grove


  1. ClaytonCanuk

    Great advice and tip, really good use of old cell phones.
    I will try this for sure.

    • Iain

      One i’ve seen used before & well worth doing.

  2. wicky0570

    Terrific idea! Will be giving this a try.

  3. Mick Ransley

    Great idea, my daughter is always getting a new phone so I think I will encourage her to change again.

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