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Controls. It is a compact package of hardware and software that enables home desktop and laptop PC's to act both as sources and controllers in a NuVo Grand Concerto or Essentia E6G or future NuVoNet capable multi-room audio systems. Music Port consists of the NV-MP, a small hardware device which can be installed on-wall, in- rack, or otherwise hidden from view, and PC software.
I. Getting Started The Media Control Server (MCS) is designed to run on a computer that is equipped with Windows XP Home Service Pack 2 or Vista Service Pack 1. It should have 1 GB RAM and at least a 1 GHz x86 based processor. It is recommended that you dedicate a computer or server to get the best performance as a NuVoNet audio source.
Figure 1- Audio Connections Making the Connections to the Music Port Hardware (Fig. 2) To install the Music Port hardware, connect the DB9 serial port output on the host PC (this may require the installation of a serial card in the host) using a standard nine pin serial cable.
Source menu. Create a three-character abbreviation for each of the Music Port sources in the “Short Name” window. Scroll to NuVo as a manufacturer and select NV-MP and double click. Repeat these steps for each of the Music Port sources being established.
Figure 3 – Establishing Music Port in the I8G and E6G Congifurator Software IV. Installing the Media Control Server on the Host PC Installing the Media Control Server (Fig. 4) To begin, insert the included CD and make sure you have an Internet connection. The Media Control Server installation wizard will allow you to register and install the Music Port Configuration tool on the host computer.
Server (MCS) provides access to the music library on the PC and manages its audio outputs. The NuVo Bridge is used to make the MCS accessible to the NuVo distributed audio system. The installer has the ability to disable one or both of the applications.
V. Configuring the Media Control Server on the Host PC Once the Media Control Server (MCS) is installed, it can be accessed by going to Start- >All Programs->Autonomic Controls->Media Control Server->MCS Configuration. Control Server Tab (Fig. 9) The Control Server tab displays the status of the MCS. The Media Control Server status in the upper right hand side of the tab should indicate that the MCS is running.
Media Sources Tab (Fig. 10) Media Sources define the music files available to the user and the configuration of the audio outputs from the host PC. Windows Media Player is the resident music archiving software and is included with XP, Vista, or Window's XP Media Center operating systems.
The sources defined in the previous “Media Sources” tab are now selectable with the NuVo Bridge. At the top of the tab is a “Serial Connection” drop-down that defaults to “Automatic”. This drop-down is used to select which of the PC's COM ports is to be used for communication with the Music Port Hardware.
NuVoNet Communication (Fig. 15) When NuVoNet communication has been established, the NuVo Control Pads will display the menu search capability. Scrolling through the music menu is done with the up and down arrows. The OK button selects the highlighted choice. All of the artist, album and genre information is supplied by NuVoNet and is automatically displayed on the Control Pads.
Serial control is also used when a third party automation device is used to control the Grand Concerto or Essentia E6G. For more information on this see the white paper, “Using Third Party Automation Device with the Music Port” located on the NuVo Website Prozone.
Web Server Port This setting should only be changed if absolutely necessary. The installation utility will open the default port (5005) on the Windows Firewall during installation. If you change this setting, you must manually re-configure the Windows Firewall to allow communication on this port.
VII. Recommended Music Port Host PC Settings Properly configuring the Host PC will greatly enhance the user’s experience with the Music Port. This section outlines the best recommended settings. Making the following settings on the Host PC will require a connected monitor, keyboard and mouse. Microsoft Windows AutoPlay Settings The Host PC can be easily setup to automatically rip audio CD’s to the host hard drive.
XP Operating System (Fig. 17) Within XP, double click on the My Computer icon on the desktop. Right Click on the CD drive and select Properties. Within the Properties window, select the “AutoPlay” and select Music CD from the drop-down menu. Choose “rip music from CD using Windows Media Player”, or “Import Songs using iTunes”.
Customizing Windows Medial Player and iTunes Within Media Player and iTunes, there are several file format and compression choices. Media Player’s default format is WMA (Windows Media Audio) and iTunes uses AAC (Advance Audio Coding). The problem with these formats is that neither will play in both software applications.
iTunes (Fig. 19) With iTunes open, select the “Edit” tab, then click on Preferences. In the new window that appears, select the “Advanced” tab and from that screen, the “Importing” tab (note that iTunes uses the term “Import” where Windows Media Player refers to this function as “Rip”).
VIII. Transferring Files from Another Computer to the Host PC. The previous sections dealt with ripping audio CD content directly to the Host PC’s hard drive. Music can also be shared with the Host PC from other computer’s across the home’s network.
Set the Host PC for Automatic Login (Fig. 21) Click on the “Start” button and select Run. This will bring up a small window with a text box. Type “control userpasswords2” in the text box and click “OK”. Highlight the user name and deselect “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
Setup the Music Folder for File Sharing in Vista (Fig. 22) Click on the Start button of the Host PC and right click on Music. Select Share. In the drop-down menu, select Everyone and then select Add. Under “Permissions Level” there is another drop-down menu.
Figure 23– Shared Link Setup the Music Folder for File Sharing in XP (Fig. 24) Click on the Start Button of the Host PC and right click on My Music. Select Sharing and Security. The “My Music Properties” window will appear. Within that, switch the selection to “Share this folder”.
Creating a Music Link on a Remote Computer Once the Host PC is setup, creating a desktop link on the desktop of any client computer is an easy process. On the client computer, right click on any part of the desktop where there is not a shortcut.
Installing the Music Port Client An important feature of the Music Port is a computer application called the Music Port Client. This opens a control interface on any computer on the home's wired or wireless LAN. From the Client, the user has full browsing access to the host PC music library, as well as zone and source selection capability.
“Documents” and then select “NuVo”. Within the NuVo folder you will see a NuVo icon labeled “Music Port Client Setup”, (Fig. 29). Double- click on the Music Port Client Setup and follow the prompts. This will install the Client software on the Client PC.
When the Client is installed on a Client PC, the application is designed to recognize the Host PC through the home’s router connection. Open the Client either by going to Start and selecting Programs, then select NuVo, Music Port Client. When the Client is opened, a connection window will appear as communication is established. Once connected, the “Now Playing”...
Figure 32 - Manually Connecting to the Music Port Navigating the Music Library When the Client is opened, it will default to the “Now Playing” window, Fig. 33. This window features the album art (if availalbe) for the selected album along with the artist, album and track information.
The “Zones” tab allows access to the NuVo System zones through the “RS232” port on the Music Port box and the DB9 input on the NuVo System. These correspond to the zone addresses assigned to each Control Pad. This is best accomplished through the I8G and E6G Configurator software.
Figure 36 - Music Port Client Zones Tab Sources (Fig. 37) The same RS232 connection used for Zones communication also applies to the NuVo System’s configured sources. The “Sources” tab will contain a list of the sources in the order in which they are configured for the system. Clicking on the source name will change the selected zones listening choice.
Figure 37- Music Port Client Sources Tab The Client Setup Screen (Fig. 38) If you click and hold the NuVo logo in the upper left-hand corner of the Client, a setup screen will appear. The Host PC name should appear next to “Server”. The Select button allows you to choose any of the configured Music Port sources.
Figure 38- Client Setup Screen XI. Music Port Control from the NuVo Control Pad The Music Port is fully controllable from either the Essentia E6G or Grand Concerto Control Pads, or from the new Wireless Control Pad. The Control Pad Main Play Mode (Fig. 39) When a music selection is made, the artist, track, and album information appear on the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display.
Figure 39- NuVo Control Pad Main Play Mode Manage Queue from the NuVo Control Pad (Fig. 40) One of the Menu choices on the Control Pad for the Music Port is Manage Queue. When that is selected, three sub choices appear. “Edit Queue” allows you to open the current queue list and by highlighting a selection and touching the OK button, you can select “Play Now”...
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