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2 hours ago, eggzlot said:

Possible to save a doorbell sound as a favorite and play a favorite off a doorbell ring?

This is about the only way.  It USED to be quite easy, and with Alan's advanced announcement driver, was pretty powerful.  This was how my announcements fired in various rooms.  This was before the "endorsed" sonos driver crept in however.  

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You could take an audio out from a C4 processor into an audio in on a Sonos unit (Connect, Connect Amp or Play 5), then set the Sonos to autoplay the line-in in the rooms you would like the announcement to play. The big issue with this method is that the Sonos will not remember what it was doing before the announcement plays, so once the announcement has finished you will need to start the Sonos playing again manually.

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On 9/8/2018 at 10:27 PM, WhyPhy said:

The Sonos API now supports announcements. I'm assuming C4 will be able to utilize this feature in the not-too-distant future.

 

Has anyone tried Announcements with the new Sonos Amp and API? Is the feature in the Sonos Driver for C4 yet?

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1 hour ago, WhyPhy said:

Has anyone tried Announcements with the new Sonos Amp and API? Is the feature in the Sonos Driver for C4 yet?

dont believe the driver has been updated. I did use the old sonos driver announcement feature last Halloween with no issue.

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From version 95 of the Sonos (Endorsed) driver. As you can see will only work with newer devices that support this feature.

Announcements

Starting with driver version 94, the Sonos Network driver exposes a new programming feature “Play Audio Clip”.  This can be used to play either a default chime or a custom URL on supported Sonos players.  As of version 94, this list is:

Sonos One, Amp, Port, Play:5 (gen 2), Beam, One SL, Move, SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi and SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speakers.

The audio clip will only be played on the selected player, and the current audio playing (if any) will be ducked while the clip is playing back.

If more than one player should play back the audio clip, a command should be created for each of those players in programming.

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3 hours ago, Crustyloafer said:

From version 95 of the Sonos (Endorsed) driver. As you can see will only work with newer devices that support this feature.

Announcements

Starting with driver version 94, the Sonos Network driver exposes a new programming feature “Play Audio Clip”.  This can be used to play either a default chime or a custom URL on supported Sonos players.  As of version 94, this list is:

Sonos One, Amp, Port, Play:5 (gen 2), Beam, One SL, Move, SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi and SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speakers.

The audio clip will only be played on the selected player, and the current audio playing (if any) will be ducked while the clip is playing back.

If more than one player should play back the audio clip, a command should be created for each of those players in programming.

Havent had a chance to see how it works if any one wants to post a screen shot of the programming

 

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15 hours ago, tinkerjim said:

I'm trying to figure out how to do the same thing. I want Control4 to play announcements over my Sonos speakers. Is this possible yet? If so, can someone walk me through it?

Yes on newer Hardware from Sonos - You go into the Sonos Network Driver - Select Room and clip to play 

Its at the Bottom of Commands 

Saying all that I`m struggling to get this to work !!

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Hi @Gary Leeds UK :

I managed to get the new announcements code working after some wrestling.  Here were my steps:

1. Upload an mp3 file of the announcements to the Controller.  I first created a new (dummy) item in the C4 announcements agent, and then clicked "add" to add the mp3 file.  The new file then showed up as an option in the announcements agent.

2. In the Sonos Network driver, choose "Play Audio Clip" and then the Sonos Room.  You can then put in whatever dummy name you like in the name field.  Finally, I inserted a URL to the filename on the controller.  This is of the form, http://[Controller IP address]/announcements/[File name].  So, for instance, if your C4 controller is at 192.168.0.20, and the file name is Gary's awesome announcement.mp3, you would enter the following URL, http://192.168.0.20/announcements/Gary's awesome announcement.mp3.  (I am not sure if the file name is case-sensitive, but I was careful to match the case showing up in the file name list within the announcements agent in case it matters.)

Finally, my queue will no longer be junked up every time I call an announcement from the favorites list.  I am so happy! 

Let me know if this helps you.

 

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1 hour ago, DLite said:

Hi @Gary Leeds UK :

I managed to get the new announcements code working after some wrestling.  Here were my steps:

1. Upload an mp3 file of the announcements to the Controller.  I first created a new (dummy) item in the C4 announcements agent, and then clicked "add" to add the mp3 file.  The new file then showed up as an option in the announcements agent.

2. In the Sonos Network driver, choose "Play Audio Clip" and then the Sonos Room.  You can then put in whatever dummy name you like in the name field.  Finally, I inserted a URL to the filename on the controller.  This is of the form, http://[Controller IP address]/announcements/[File name].  So, for instance, if your C4 controller is at 192.168.0.20, and the file name is Gary's awesome announcement.mp3, you would enter the following URL, http://192.168.0.20/announcements/Gary's awesome announcement.mp3.  (I am not sure if the file name is case-sensitive, but I was careful to match the case showing up in the file name list within the announcements agent in case it matters.)

Finally, my queue will no longer be junked up every time I call an announcement from the favorites list.  I am so happy! 

Let me know if this helps you.

 

As expected its fairly similar how it was done before with the Extra Vegetables driver. Assuming it works the same its a great announcement feature and worked flawlessly for me.

 

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So far, it is working well for me. I like how it handles announcements made while music is already playing -- it ducks the volume of what's playing, plays the announcement file at normal volume (rather than the ducked volume), and then resumes the volume of the music that was playing. I suppose you could still pause before the announcement and unpause after, if you wanted to match the old Extra Vegetables functionality, but I kind of like the volume ducking approach.

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21 hours ago, DLite said:

Hi @Gary Leeds UK :

I managed to get the new announcements code working after some wrestling.  Here were my steps:

1. Upload an mp3 file of the announcements to the Controller.  I first created a new (dummy) item in the C4 announcements agent, and then clicked "add" to add the mp3 file.  The new file then showed up as an option in the announcements agent.

2. In the Sonos Network driver, choose "Play Audio Clip" and then the Sonos Room.  You can then put in whatever dummy name you like in the name field.  Finally, I inserted a URL to the filename on the controller.  This is of the form, http://[Controller IP address]/announcements/[File name].  So, for instance, if your C4 controller is at 192.168.0.20, and the file name is Gary's awesome announcement.mp3, you would enter the following URL, http://192.168.0.20/announcements/Gary's awesome announcement.mp3.  (I am not sure if the file name is case-sensitive, but I was careful to match the case showing up in the file name list within the announcements agent in case it matters.)

Finally, my queue will no longer be junked up every time I call an announcement from the favorites list.  I am so happy! 

Let me know if this helps you.

 

I so Love You - All sorted works like a dream 

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