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The product Roomskills Musiccontrol Sonos

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You probably have just installed the Alexa Skill Roomskills Musiccontrol or found us on the Internet. Here is the right place to find out, how to use Alexa voice control to control your Sonos players via Alexa in an alternative way.

In oder to control the players via Alexa you first have to set up the players in Roomskills and activate the Alexa Skill "Roomskills Musiccontrol". Below you find a description how this is done.

Have fun setting it up.

  • Musiccontrol Sonos setup overview

  • The 4 steps to setup Musiccontrol Sonos

    The setup of Musiccontrol Sonos is done in 4 easy steps.

    • Registration in Roomskills
    • Activation of the right Roomskills Service 'Musiccontrol Sonos'
    • Setup of the players
    • Activation of the Alexa skill 'Roomskills Musiccontrol'
  • Musiccontrol Sonos Setup

  • Roomskills Registration

    With the installation and connection of any of our Alexa skills a user is automatically registered in Roomskills. If you have not activated a Roomskills skill there are 2 ways to register with the Roomskills service. If you register directly and not through an Alexa skill it is important, that the email address used in the registration in Roomskills is the same email address, that will be used in Alexa later, because the identification in Roomskills is done via the email adress.

    • The easiest way to register and log into Roomskills is by using the 'Amazon Login' button on the login page (to the login page).
    • An alternative way to register and log into Roomsskills is by registering your email address and define a password to login. First you use our registration page (to the registration form). After the registration you have to confirm your given email address by clicking on a link send to you from us by email. After the link has been clicked you can log into Roomskills using the email address and password defined in the registration process.
  • Activate the Roomskills service 'Musiccontrol Sonos'
    • First go to 'Services' in the menu on the left and then select the service type 'Musiccontrol Sonos' in the drop down menu and click on the '+' button next to the drop down menu. Then give the service a name and click on connect, to give the service the right to control your Sonos devioces.
    • Then you are forward to the Sonos website wher you can confirm to give Roomskills acces to control your players.
    • After this is done you can setup your players in Roomskills.
  • Setup of the music players

    Now we can setup the different players in the according rooms in Roomskills. All players are setup centrally in the configuration menu of the Musiccontrol Sonos service. For each player the following parameters have to be defined

    • The name of the player
    • The room for the player.
    • The percentage value by which the player volume is increased or decresed with on volume up or volume down command.

    In addition alternative names can be defined for each favorite to improve the recognition of the Alexa system for the favorites.

    If the service Musiccontrol LMS is activated as well you can use voice commands to play music from your musci library on the the Logitech Media Server. In this case you should use the Logitech Media Server plugin UPNP/DLNA bridge to connect your Sonos speakers to the Logitech Media Server and then you can select the player in the LMS server as well.

    That's it. We are done setting up the system and we can test it using the 'Control' area by clicking on 'Control' in the menu on the left.

    If everything works we can continue by activating the Alexa skill as decribed in the next section.

  • Setup of the Alexa skill

  • Activating the Alexa skill 'Roomskills Musiccontrol'

    As a last step, we have to activate the Alexa skill 'Roomskills Musiccontrol' in the Alexa App. First we have to find the skill in the Alexa App by using the search function under 'Skills and Games'. By clicking on 'Activate to use' we activate the skill.

    Next you have to link the skill to your Roomskills service. This is done entering the Amazon account data. It is important to use the Amazon Account with the same email address as used in Roomskills.

    After the account linking process is done, you can start using the voice commands described in the next section to control your players.

    Have fun.

  • Using voice commands to control your players

    Define a standard room and control other rooms

    Each Alexa device can be configured to control a defined room. If there is no standard room defined the skill asks you to give the standard room by just saying the name of the standard room.

    If you want to change the standard romm this can be done by saying the following voice sommand:

    Alexa, tell music control the standard room is <room name>

    After this command has been activated the standard room has changed to the new room.

    With the command

    Alexa, tell music control delete the standard room

    the standard room can be deleted as well.

    If you want to control a device in another room stan the standard room you can do so by adding a reference to the room to the voice command. With the command

    Alexa, tell music control play music in the living room

    music starts playing in the living room. You can use the following references to address devices in the respective rooms

    • ... in the office
    • ... in the living room
    • ... in the kitchen
    • ... in the family room
    • ... in the bed room
    • ... on the balcony
    • ... in the bathroom
    • ... in the extension
    • ... in the garage
    • ... in the hobby room
    • ... in the library
    • ... in my home
    • ... in the nursery
    • ... on the patio

    Turn the music on and off

    The possible commands to turn the music on or off are

    Alexa, tell music control start music

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control play music
    • Alexa, tell music control play
    • Alexa, tell music control music
    • Alexa, tell music control start

    The possible commands to turn the music off are

    Alexa, tell music control stop music

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control end the music
    • Alexa, tell music control stop
    • Alexa, tell music control music stop

    Set the volume

    The possible commands to raise the volume are

    Alexa, tell music control volume up

    an alternative command is

    • Alexa, tell music control turn the volume up

    The possible commands to reduce the volume are

    Alexa, tell music control volume down

    an alternative command is

    • Alexa, tell music control turn the volume down

    The possible commands to set the volume to a certain value are

    Alexa, tell music control set the volume to <value>

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control set the volume level to <value> ein
    • Alexa, tell music control volume level to <value>
    • Alexa, tell music control volume level <value>
    • Alexa, tell music control volume <value>

    The volume can be raised multiple times by using one voice command. the possible commands are

    Alexa, tell music control volume <amount> times up

    an alternative command is

    • Alexa, tell music control turn the volume <amount> times up

    or reducing the volume multiple times is possible as well, of course

    Alexa, tell music control volume <amount> times down

    a alternative command is

    • Alexa, tell music control turn the volume <amount> times down

    Control your play list

    The possible commands to jump to the next title in your playlist are

    Alexa, tell music control next

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control next title
    • Alexa, tell music control Lied next song
    • Alexa, tell music control forward

    The possible commands to jump to the previous title in your playlist are

    Alexa, tell music control previous

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control previous title
    • Alexa, tell music control previous song
    • Alexa, tell music control backward

    Play favorites

    The possible commands to play a favorite are

    Alexa, tell music control play <favorite name>

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control play the favorite <favorite name>
    • Alexa, tell music control favorite <favorite name>

    Group the players to play together

    The possible commands to group players of diofferent rooms are

    Alexa, tell music control play music from <room name>

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control follow <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control play music from <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control play the music from the <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control play <room name>

    to end the grouping of the players use the commands

    Alexa, tell music control end music synchronisation

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control do not follow
    • Alexa, tell music control sync off
    • Alexa, tell music control synchronisation off
    • Alexa, tell music control music synchronisation off

    Transfer music between rooms

    To transfer the current playlist and playing position from one room to another use the following commands

    Alexa, tell music control transfer the music from <room name>

    alternative commands are

    • Alexa, tell music control transfer the music from the <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control transfer <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control catch <room name>
    • Alexa, tell music control catch music from <room name>
  • Additional functions

  • Stream music from the Logitech Media Server music library on the Sonos player

    If the Music Control LMS service is activated and the Sonos player is connected to the LMS as LMS player you can select the LMS player in the Sonos service configuration page. Once the LMS player is selected you can use the music control voice commands like 'play the album Abbey Road from the group Betles' to play music from the LMS music library on the Sonos players.

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