Configuring a new location for music packs and voices
- September 5, 2019
- 8. Advanced Configuration options
VMX allows you to configure a location for your Music Packs & Voice Expansions, this means you do not have to keep your packs in the default Windows Music folder ‘VMX_Packs’ location. Using the new interactive Configuration Options you may configure a new location whether it be on a different partition or different drive altogether. N.B – A new location for user music (playlists, audio files, youtube stream cache etc) can also be configured using the same Configuration Options system, this is discussed in the next help article.
So, let’s get started with setting a new location for music packs and voices:
Step 1) Open Windows’ File Explorer to the folder location you’d like to store ‘VMX_Packs’, so let’s say I wanted to store my packs in D:/VMX_Packs I would open File Explorer simply to D:/ there is no need to create a folder called ‘VMX_Packs‘, VMX will create this for you.
Now right click over the location address (where in the example it shows ‘This PC > Games(D:)’ and select ‘Copy address as text’. This copies the location to the Windows clipboard ready for VMX to use.
Step 2) Say “enable configuration options”. Unity will then ask you which you wish to configure, music pack & voice location (VMX_Packs) or user playlists (contained by default in the Windows music folder). Say “1” when when asked, to configure location for music packs and voice. This will open a GUI dialogue box in which you can paste your desired location from the Windows clipboard (use CTRL V or Right click ‘Paste’ to paste). The dialogue will look like this:
Again, a reminder, do not manually add ‘VMX_Packs’ to the path address! VMX will auto create this folder and configure it to be ready for you!
Click ‘OK’ when done. The ‘VMX_Packs’ folder should appear in your desired location, you will need to restart VMX for the changes to take effect, but you may add packs immediately if you wish, VMX just won’t see them or be able to use them until after a restart.
Resetting Pack locations back to default:
Very straightforward. This time say “disable configuration options” if you wish to revert music packs and voice expansions (VMX_Packs) back to VoiceAttack/Sounds/VMX_Packs location, again, choose option 1 by saying “1” when prompted. You may also say “2” to return playlists back to the default Windows music folder or even “both” to revert both playlists and music packs/voice expansions back to default.
Additional info & troubleshooting:
A few brief notes on this feature. VMX will perform some basic checks to ensure that your desired location is valid. It’s important to be aware that not every location in Windows is writable, even if the path is valid. Areas within Program files (x86) for example may not give write access, or you may be using encryption or security software of some type which will restrict access. In these cases you will receive an error from VMX telling you there was an error trying to write to the location. In most cases this will simply be because you’ve entered an invalid location (which is why I recommend the copy/paste method from a file explorer window to minimise the chance of this happening). You may also need to start VoiceAttack in Administrator mode in order to create a new location for packs, this is not necessarily required, it depends upon where you’re going to place your packs. If in any doubt, just start VoiceAttack in Admin mode.
If you change your mind mid process, you can of course click ‘Cancel’ in the GUI dialogue box, you may also say “Exit” to dismiss the dialogue box and end the interactive process.