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So you have installed VMX Player 2.x and have at least one music pack available, for introduction purposes we’re going to assume you have only the accompanying free Demo.pack.
When first beginning, VMX needs to know a couple of things, those are, which Music Pack you wish to use and which voice you would like to use. We have already decided that for this tutorial we will use the free Demo.pack. So to select it, we simply say “set demo pack”. If you were using Exploration or Trade Pack you would say “set trade pack”, “set exploration pack” etc. This tells VMX which pack you’d like to use as an album (we’ll get to context mode a little later). So, say “set demo pack”. To select a voice, you may say “set voice Obsidian” if you have Obsidian’s Pack, “set voice trump”, “set voice morgan” or if you wish to use Text To Speech (TTS) say “set voice TTS”.
To get started we’re going to explain the ‘Play Music’ command vs individual variant selections, such as ‘play key up’, ‘play original’ etc. So ‘Play Music’ is a great way to just get started so you can hear something, so say “Play Music”. You will now hear track 1 of the Demo Pack in Original Mix mode. From here you can navigate with controls “next track” or “previous track” in order to move to the next track or previous. You may also use “fast forward” and “rewind” to increment 30 seconds forward or decrement 30 seconds back in any given track (you can do this for playlists too). At any time whilst music is playing you may ask VMX about the track, playlist or mode you are in. So whilst music is playing try saying “current track” for information about the current track and mix variant, also “current status” will give you additional information about VMX’s current settings, for example it will tell you whether you have shuffle mode on/off, whether it is set to repeat albums and so forth. These are two very powerful and useful commands, use them!
A little about modes before we discuss mix variants: VMX’s capabilities are divided into ‘modes’. We have created as unified an experience across modes as possible. What is a mode? Very simple, it is the individual feature elements of VMX Player, so for example, Internet Radio is a mode, mix variants (including playing music packs like albums) is a mode, your playlists are a mode and context mode… is clearly a mode too!
Right! So far we’ve set our voice and music pack, we’ve said “play music” and we’ve asked for the current status and current track. So we are now listening to the music pack as an album and we are in mix variant mode. So now during playback we can ask VMX to live remix for us, you may say “play original” (this always takes you back to the original mix variant) “play key up” (raises pitch by 2 semitones) “replace lead instrument” (replaces lead instrument(s)), “remove vocals”, “remove percussion”, “replace percussion”. Let’s say “replace lead instrument”. You will now hear the track morph and the lead instruments magically change. Let’s now say “current track”, you will hear the track name, but this time at the end VMX will tell you it is playing with ‘lead instrument replaced’. This is powerful feedback to keep you in the know at all times of what is happening. Play around with mix variants! When you are finished, say “stop music”.
Top tip: You may set a music pack or playlist to repeat when finished, just say “loop mode on”. Fancy shuffle too? “shuffle mode on/off”.
Want to try your own playlists? Take a look at the article (and video) in the online manual on this topic first, once you have added playlists, simply say “initiate playlists” to see an automatically organised list of playlists in VoiceAttack. To listen to playlist 1, just say “playlist 1”. Again, “next track”, “previous track”, “fast forward”, “current track”, “current status” are all available! Top tip: You can skip to a specific track by saying “go to track <number>” this works for playlists and music packs. Not sure how many tracks are in a playlist? Remember the “current track” and “current status” commands? Try them 🙂
Did you also know if you want to know what’s in a playlist you can query a playlist number. Just say “peek playlist <number>” to hear a brief clip of a track followed by the album name & artist!
Using context mode (Soundtracks): Super simple. Context mode soundtrack lets VMX interface with Elite: Dangerous to provide an immensely powerful soundtrack replacement. This system is mostly automatic, it will pool together all of your available music packs and will simply just use them! Make sure you have EDDI installed first (see relevant article in the online manual). To switch on context mode, simply say “context mode on”, now load up your game. That’s it! Of course you are required to have at least 1 Music Pack to make use of this mode. The Trade & Mission Pack is highly recommended.
Context mode, as you may know also is switchable between “context mode soundtrack” and “context mode playlists”. We have dealt with the former, the latter allows you to assign playlists from your collection (as discussed further up) to events in game, there is a video in the online manual regarding how to use this.
Once you have assigned playlists to in game events, simply say “context mode playlists” and obviously make sure you have said “context mode on” to let VMX know you want to listen out for in game events.
It is an incredibly powerful management system. Finally, a useful command for context mode is “context mode status” which provides a readout of whether context mode is on/off, EDDI connection status, reminder of whether VMX is in “Context mode soundtrack”(Music Pack) or “Context mode playlists” (user playlists assigned to game events) setting.
Note: You do not need to keep switching music packs to make tracks available in this mode! Detection and usage is automatic.
There are MANY MANY more customisation and playback control settings within VMX. We have kept general commands simple and unified. You may do things like switch voices off, change/turn off acknowledgement alerts, control how variants play & even change the remix engine setting. This is a powerful system, but we want to keep general commands as simple as possible. You may opt to look deeper if you wish to learn more through the manual or come join us on Discord and ask the devs questions.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. We hope you find it helpful.