Adding your own user music for use with VMX Pulsar: Audio files, Playlists & Youtube music, vimeo etc

VMX Pulsar now allows you to add in a variety of music types for use in VMX, whether that be for simply calling the audio, playlist, youtube music to play by voice command or for later assigning your music to trigger with in game events, doesn’t matter. The method with which you may add user music is always the same.

So the following audio types and sources are support by VMX 2.3 Pulsar, note that for video sources, only the audio is captured:

Playlists: .m3u, .plst, .audpl Audio files: .mp3, .ogg, .mp4, .flac, .wav, .aac Video Sites: YouTube, Vimeo, LBRY, Odyssee, Facebook.

How and where to add Audio files and Playlists:

First of all, make sure you have VMX Pulsar already installed. VMX Pulsar stores user music in a different location to all prior versions of VMX. User music location can be configured to wherever you wish, for more info on how to do this read https://darknebula.cloud/2019/09/04/configuring-a-new-location-for-your-music/). For this article we will assume you are using the default location. VMX Pulsar stores all user music in the default Windows ‘Music’ folder as in previous VMX versions, however, the folder within Windows Music folder is now called ‘VMXPlaylistsAndTracks’. It no longer made sense to call the folder ‘VMXPlaylists’ because everything from audio files to video’s audio tracks can now be stored there, not just playlists. VMX Pulsar will ignore your old VMXPlaylists folder.

Adding Playlists and Audio Files:

To add your own playlist or audio file just drag and drop in your file(s) into the ‘VMXPlaylistsAndTracks’ folder. A total of 99 playlists and audio files may be stored there.

Adding YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook audio (VMX 2.3.1+):

Video tutorial showing how to grab audio from video

Adding music from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Odyssee, LBRY is very much the same as adding an internet radio station. That is, navigate to the video you wish to add to VMX with your web browser and then highlight the video’s URL (as if you were going to copy/paste it). Now just say “add video to user music” and wait a moment. You should hear confirmation that VMX is downloading the video stream. Bear in mind that factors such as the video’s length, your broadband speed and the performance of the video network you are downloading from all matter in terms of download and conversion speed. A 5 minute video tends to download and convert quickly from all networks. You may grab videos of 1 or even 2 hour length, this may take anywhere from 1 minute to 5 minutes on better performing networks like YouTube. On smaller networks like Vimeo and Odysee you may find that 1hour long videos can take quite a while to grab. 10 minutes isn’t uncommon. Please wait for VMX to say “done” before you try to access the grabbed audio. Once complete VMX Pulsar will show you a list of your available user music in the VoiceAttack log, including of course, the new audio you just grabbed from video. You may now call for the audio to play using “music slot <number>” i.e “music slot 4” or wherever the newly added audio has been placed for you. The grabbed audio can also be assigned to in game events just like you would with playlists, so it can be assigned to ‘combat, exploration, docking’ events and so forth.

Also, please use this feature responsibly, capture audio you either have permission to use or is copyright free material, especially if you intend to use it for a live stream.

Listing your available music in VMX Pulsar:

Use the “list all user music” command to see what music you have available in VMX. A detailed look at user music commands and a video showing the system in action is in the next article “accessing user music in VMX Pulsar”.

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