FSX or X-Plane must first be
running before starting the BFF Shaker software. To run the BFF
Shaker software double click the .exe in your Shaker
The software will start and will
for a configuration containing the vibration settings to use. When
the configuration file has been opened the software will proceed to
check comms with your flight simulator (via FSUIPC or WideFS for LAN
operation), open the comms with the BFF
SHKR-1 or BSH-DRV-1 card and await further user instructions.
The name of the configuration file
can be added as a command line parameter if preferred. This allows
the file selection step to be bypassed when the software is used
with the same configuration file all the time. The easiest way to
use this feature is to create a shortcut to the Shaker software .exe
and then to add the configuration file name to the end of the Target field contents in the
shortcut's properties (under the Shortcut tab). (Note that
the filename should be added after the existing final inverted comma
in the Target field eg
.....BFF_Shaker_Beta22" myfilename.cfg ).
The software should then be started by clicking the shortcut.
The Vibration Amp and Freq
display area shows the live vibration output for each of the three
vibration "channels" available. These are the amplitude (range 0 -
255) and frequency (CPS) levels for channels Engine, Runway and
The Engine channel carries solely
engine steady running vibration effects and is active when the
aircraft is both in the air or on the ground.
The Runway channel carries steady
runway noise effects and is mainly active when the aircraft is on
the ground. This channel also carries landing gear transition noise
effects and gear motion stop shudders when the aircraft is airborne.
The Turbulence (Flaps/Stall)
channel carries air turbulence vibration effects when the aircraft
is in the air. These are stall, flaps, spoiler and extended landing
gear turbulence noise effects. When the aircraft is on the
runway this channel carries the random runway bump effects and
engine start/stop shudders.
Buttons & Controls -
– Toggle the vibration demand output on/off - vibration demand will ramp up to the
active level when switched on. The progress bar next to the ON_OFF
button shows the on/off level.
NOTE - a flight must be ACTIVE for
vibration to be generated. If a flight is not active then the Shaker software will automatically release the
vibration demand. Conditions that will cause auto-release are -
selecting a menu item in FS, crashing or entering slew mode. Loading
will also release when the settings are saved using the Update
– release the vibration and close the application.
Master Gain (Slider) – Slider to adjust the overall level of
the vibration output.
The adjustment range is from 0 to 200%. This can be useful if you
wish to change the vibration output level without changing the
relative levels of the individual vibration components.
Although the adjustment will be seen in the vibration output
straightaway, changes will not be saved until the Update
button in the settings area is clicked.
To change the individual component strengths click the Settings
button and adjust the individual settings as required.
– Toggle the display of the detailed settings area of the window.
V Supply and Demand
bars show the status of the voltage supply and output demand of the
connected BSH-DRV-1 card.
Program status log files are held
in the /logs subfolder – these are re-written each program session.