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What are some ATC add-ons/alternatives to the monotone MS ATC in FSX?I know of VATSIM which is real-time ATC with VATSIM controllers, but what else is available to enhance the FSX experience?Thanks!!

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What are some ATC add-ons/alternatives to the monotone MS ATC in FSX?I know of VATSIM which is real-time ATC with VATSIM controllers, but what else is available to enhance the FSX experience?Thanks!!
Radar Contacthttp://www.jdtllc.com/products.htm

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For what it's worth, I have Pro Flight Emulator, VOX ATC and Radar Contact on my system, and have used all three.PFE is very good for having regional accents appropriate to where you are in the world. However it's a new front-end bolted onto an older FS2004 package, so installation, updates, and generation of flight plans all gets a bit clunky and cumbersome. I've also found that it gives me dodgy vectors onto the localiser intercept.VOX ATC is good for having voice input and response, but it's very eccentric in some areas. For example, do you ever get an ATC clearance "Climb and maintain 11,300"? It also generates its own AI traffic, a problem if you prefer your own MyTraffic or Ultimate Traffic or whatever.I always come back to Radar Contact. It's solid, dependable and realistic. There are of course things that RC users would like to see changed or added, but there's a good dialogue with the developer about what's going into the next version.

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Thanks for your replies everyone, I'll check out Radar Contact and take it from there!

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Is there a demo for Radar Contact? I'd like to try it but not spend 44 bucks right away... I'm a RW controller so I want to know if this will meet my needs.

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Is there a demo for Radar Contact? I'd like to try it but not spend 44 bucks right away... I'm a RW controller so I want to know if this will meet my needs.
There's no demo, but you can find the complete documentation at http://www.jdtllc.com/documentation.htmThe Version 4 manual explains what the controller does at each stage of flight, so you'll be able to compare it with the RW.

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You might want to try out Multi Crew Experience, it adds a co-pilot you can talk to, plus ground personnel and cabin crew, who you can talk to as well. The co-pilot can work the controls for you via your voice commands and can also handle ATC for you. It will let you talk to ATC yourself if you prefer to do it personally rather than have the co-pilot do it for you. You can also control the FS interface with it via voice (works in both FSX and FS9) - free demo here: http://www.multicrewxp.com/Al

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You might want to try out Multi Crew Experience, it adds a co-pilot you can talk to, plus ground personnel and cabin crew, who you can talk to as well. The co-pilot can work the controls for you via your voice commands and can also handle ATC for you. It will let you talk to ATC yourself if you prefer to do it personally rather than have the co-pilot do it for you. You can also control the FS interface with it via voice (works in both FSX and FS9) - free demo here: http://www.multicrewxp.com/Al
Alan, the OP was asking for an alternative to the default ATCMulti Crew Experience is not an alternative ATC addon, it just uses the unrealistic default ATC engine

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For what it's worth, I have Pro Flight Emulator, VOX ATC and Radar Contact on my system, and have used all three.PFE is very good for having regional accents appropriate to where you are in the world. However it's a new front-end bolted onto an older FS2004 package, so installation, updates, and generation of flight plans all gets a bit clunky and cumbersome. I've also found that it gives me dodgy vectors onto the localiser intercept.VOX ATC is good for having voice input and response, but it's very eccentric in some areas. For example, do you ever get an ATC clearance "Climb and maintain 11,300"? It also generates its own AI traffic, a problem if you prefer your own MyTraffic or Ultimate Traffic or whatever.I always come back to Radar Contact. It's solid, dependable and realistic. There are of course things that RC users would like to see changed or added, but there's a good dialogue with the developer about what's going into the next version.
HiNot affiliated with PFE in any way but...Saying that PFE is just a new front-end bolted onto an old package does not really do the package justice. The only stage where you see the old proflight 2000 interface is in the initial flight plan creation screen, where the flight plan is compiled into a form that PFE understands. Besides, I don't know when you last tried the program, but it has been tremendously updated during the past year.It does pretty much the same things, and more, that RC does. Some of the things that just can't be replaced are regional accents, VFR support and oceanic procedures - PFE does all of those.In addition, what I particularily like is that has updates, feature additions and fixes coming up almost monthly based on user feedback, contra RC which has a development cycle of years between versions.Did I mention PFE also has a full refund policy?

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What are some ATC add-ons/alternatives to the monotone MS ATC in FSX?
If the monotone voices are your main problem, I'd stay away from ATC-addons. Those addons will give you more realistic ATC in terms of how they handle approaches and so on, but what I have HEARD so far from for instance Radar Contact sounds far from realistic: you are clearly listening to joined samples... It really does NOT sound like someone is really talking to you. It sounds very computerized. I find the default ATC a LOT more realistic and enjoyable when it comes to the audio part.However, when it comes to the instructions and possibilities, that's a complete other story

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Alan, the OP was asking for an alternative to the default ATCMulti Crew Experience is not an alternative ATC addon, it just uses the unrealistic default ATC engine
The original poster asked for 'add-ons/alternatives' (note the: / in their question) i.e they were asking for ATC add-ons and/or alternatives.Al

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Saying that PFE is just a new front-end bolted onto an old package does not really do the package justice. The only stage where you see the old proflight 2000 interface is in the initial flight plan creation screen, where the flight plan is compiled into a form that PFE understands. Besides, I don't know when you last tried the program, but it has been tremendously updated during the past year.
I didn't use the word 'just', but do acknowledge that it is updated more frequently than Radar Contact. With RC the new stuff comes infrequently but all at once, whereas with PFE it's a more continuous process.What I didn't mention about PFE, and which is nice, is the taxi guidance - better than the FSX default, and RC doesn't have it at all in the current version.

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You might want to try out Multi Crew Experience, it adds a co-pilot you can talk to, plus ground personnel and cabin crew, who you can talk to as well. The co-pilot can work the controls for you via your voice commands and can also handle ATC for you. It will let you talk to ATC yourself if you prefer to do it personally rather than have the co-pilot do it for you. You can also control the FS interface with it via voice (works in both FSX and FS9) - free demo here: http://www.multicrewxp.com/Al
Hi Alan!I really liked the premise of MCE concerning ATC. That is why I downloaded the demo but no matter how much training I did, I could not get it to work.Even after training it used very strange call signs )Or at least the pronunciation was WAYYY of!I put in RAP777 and got Gold foot foot as call sign!Interesting enough though when I got the copilot to handle Radio call the answered back correctly TO HIM??I hope they can sort out their teething problems as I would really like to use it. The voices from FSX are a lot more natural sounding than Vox ATC but at the moment I will stick with VOXATC quirky sometimes? for sure but overall it works really well , even with my (Austrian accent) remember Arnie Schwarzenegger????Kind regardsAlfred

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Hi Alan!I really liked the premise of MCE concerning ATC. That is why I downloaded the demo but no matter how much training I did, I could not get it to work.Even after training it used very strange call signs )Or at least the pronunciation was WAYYY of!I put in RAP777 and got Gold foot foot as call sign!Interesting enough though when I got the copilot to handle Radio call the answered back correctly TO HIM??I hope they can sort out their teething problems as I would really like to use it. The voices from FSX are a lot more natural sounding than Vox ATC but at the moment I will stick with VOXATC quirky sometimes? for sure but overall it works really well , even with my (Austrian accent) remember Arnie Schwarzenegger????Kind regardsAlfred
Hi fellow Austrian :-),do you know a way to get VOXATC working with a german VISTA Home basic? I tried to use vistalizator in order to change to the english speech recognition, but it just won't work...Bernhard

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If the monotone voices are your main problem, I'd stay away from ATC-addons. Those addons will give you more realistic ATC in terms of how they handle approaches and so on, but what I have HEARD so far from for instance Radar Contact sounds far from realistic: you are clearly listening to joined samples... It really does NOT sound like someone is really talking to you. It sounds very computerized. I find the default ATC a LOT more realistic and enjoyable when it comes to the audio part.However, when it comes to the instructions and possibilities, that's a complete other story
After watching a few YouTube videos of the add-ons listed here I COMPLETELY agree with you. They all sound just awful. FSX default ATC sounds much, much, much better. Did I mention that they sound awful? :( I can't imagine why people use these add-ons because even if they add "realism" that's completetly killed by the Microsoft Voices working to combine files together to give you mid-80s HAL-type voices!Off to VATSIM and the default ATC...Thanks everyone...

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It also depends on what you want the ATC sound for. If it for realistic IFR then Radar Contact is the go. But some just want to add realism to their flights by having a background of radio calls, without actually having to interact with ATC. Radar Contact does this too, but their are simpler alternatives out there as well that let you play random pre-recorded ATC chatter as a background, such as FS Chatter.Cheers,Noel.

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Hi fellow Austrian :-),do you know a way to get VOXATC working with a german VISTA Home basic? I tried to use vistalizator in order to change to the english speech recognition, but it just won't work...Bernhard
Hi Bernhard!I am Austrian BUT I do live in Australia so I use the english version of Vista 64 Home edition!Sorry I am not of much help to you . Maybe some German speaking fellow can jump in here (who runs a German version of Vista as well as VoxAtc).Just as a long shot though, , have you got the "US English speech recognition engine " ? If so you must enable it in speech advanced set up.Regards and God blessAlfredP.S: Ich planne im August nach Wien zu kommen.....falls Du mich treffen moechtest lass mich wissen!Falls Du auf skype bist . mein skype name ist rapture777

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Hi fellow Austrian :-),do you know a way to get VOXATC working with a german VISTA Home basic? I tried to use vistalizator in order to change to the english speech recognition, but it just won't work...Bernhard
I think the only possibility is to have an english version or Ultimate with English GUI enabled. But maybe there are some external (non Microsoft) tuning soft like vistalizator mentioned by You (I do not know them).

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After watching a few YouTube videos of the add-ons listed here I COMPLETELY agree with you. They all sound just awful. FSX default ATC sounds much, much, much better.
Glad I am not alone on this one. :(

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