Released in 2006, Flight Simulator X (FSX) is the 12th and final installment in Microsoft’s popular Flight Simulator gaming series. While the scenery and flight simulation in FSX is extremely realistic, the air traffic control (ATC) voices often sound robotic. To add realism to ATC voices, use a third-party application such as EditVoicepack, ProFlight Emulator Deluxe or FDC Live Cockpit 2011.
Download and install EditVoicepack X 4.0 from Editvoicepack.com. The freeware application includes an “Acceleration” feature that allows you to speed up the default ATC voice set in FSX. EditVoicepack also includes thousands of editable WAV files, which can be used to change the default ATC phraseology. After you accelerate the voice set and edit the phraseology, the air traffic controllers in FSX will sound more realistic.
Download and install ProFlight Emulator Deluxe at Aerosoft.com/cgi-local/us/iboshop.cgi?showd,6054548370,10544_1. The software provides a variety of realistic ATC voice sets, as well as regional voices, to enhance your simulation experience in FSX. For example, if you’re flying over France, the air traffic controller will have a French accent. The company also offers the Voice Set Expansion Pack, which includes 59 additional voices. However, you must install ProFlight Emulator Deluxe before you can use the expansion pack. As of February 2012, ProFlight Emulator Deluxe costs approximately $41.
Download and install FDC Live Cockpit 2011 Aerosoft.com/cgi-local/us/iboshop.cgi?showdsearchfdc+live+cockpit:010010!0,5944621460,11814_. The FSX add-on includes 15 different flight deck voice sets, as well as an option to record a personalized voice set for a specific crew member in FSX. FDC Live Cockpit 2011 also provides a realistic background experience with its ATC chatter feature. As of February 2012, the software costs approximately $41.