Perhaps you could have ESU make a non-select version of the Cab Forward. If you want someone else to join you in making the request, let me know. My MTH PS-1 equipped RailKing Cab Forward is in my queue for DCC conversion and I was concerned that they only had the sounds for Select decoders.
If you look at the following link at the ESU website, you will find project 74409, which links to an "HO" version of the Cab Forward sound file 74409-LSV4.0-Steam-Cab_Forward-R1.esux. I have not examined this file yet, but I doubt is has ESU smoke activated, but since it's a V4.0 sound file, it can be edited to add ESU smoke. Editing this file is possible because the link specifically states:
ANY LokSound V4.0 Sound file can be written to ANY LokSound V4.0 decoder. This means you can write a Micro(N Scale) 748xx file to an 8 pin or 21MTC V4.0, and alternately a 744xx(HO Scale) file to a Micro or V4.0 Direct decoder. The ESU LokProgrammer software will recognize the difference and ask you to proceed. By Accepting you are giving the permission needed for the LokProgrammer to automatically make the conversion needed.
Maybe after I/you/we edit it, it can be submitted it back to ESU.
I will ask ESU to make an "L/LX" version of the V4.0 sound file with ESU smoke added. I have five KTM/Sunset cab forwards to convert...
My MTH PS-1 equipped RailKing Cab Forward is in my queue for DCC conversion and I was concerned that they only had the sounds for Select decoders.
Maybe you already know that if you convert your PS-1 to PS-3, you can set the DCS/DCC pin on the PS-3 board to "DCC," and you get DCC control. I used this recently on a Sunset 3rd Rail Allegheny that I converted to PS-3 so that I could then connect the PS-3 board to an Airwire CONVRTR-60 that provides DCC to the PS-3 via an Airwire T5000 wireless throttle. Here is a specific link to Ray's Electric Trainworks where I got my PS-3 board since the Allegheny as originally received was PS-2, which is harness-compatible with PS-3 (saving me some work because all I had to do was remove the PS-2 board and replace it with the PS-3 board with NO wiring harness mods). Ray is a great guy.
The MTH instructions for PS-1 to PS-2/3 conversion are very highly detailed and seem to be well-done. The PS-3 has pretty good sound, but I did not check the smoke (yet)...