Operation

There are three main views, Now Playing, Playlist, and Library.

To change to a different view tap the desired view in the menu bar.

On any of the three main views it is possible to bring up a context menu by pressing and holding on the touch screen. From the context menu it is possible to access extra options, (which are specific to the view you are on), as well as the room/source selection screen, the advanced options screen and exit the application.

Selecting a Room and Source

You can acess the room/source selection screen from any of the main views via the context menu.

Tap the room selection box at the top of the screen will expand the box to show a list of available rooms. Select the room you wish to control, by tap on the room name. Selecting the room automatically brings the room out of standby.

If a room has been selected the source list will show a list of available sources in the room. To select a source, double tap on the source; the currently selected source indicator will move to the newly selected source.

Volume Control

If the currently select room has a preamp that is able to be controlled by KinskyPda, then the volume up, volume down buttons and current volume will be visible on the Now Playing and Playlist screens.

To control the volume tap the volume up and down buttons. The current volume text will update to indicate the new volume. The default volume step size can be changed in the options page. The default value is 3.

To mute your preamp you will need to bring up the context menu whilst in either the Now Playing or the Playlist screen.

Playback Control

Use the playback controls to perform playback tasks on the currently selected source, such as play/pause, previous track, and next track.

To stop the current track you will need to bring up the context menu whilst in either the Now Playing or the Playlist screen.

Playing music from your library

A Linn DS can play music from any computer or Network Addressed Storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have a UPnP media server running. A UPnP media server indexes your digital music collection and provides a mechanism for KinskyPda to browse your music collection. As you add new tracks to the indexed music folders, the media server will update the list of available tracks.

If you are browsing the media server during an update, KinskyPda will move your current browsing location to the top level.

When you make music selections, they are added to the list of tracks on the currently selected DS, this list of tracks is known as the playlist. In the Playlist screen a play indicator, (to the left of the track), indicates the currently playing track. When you add music selections to the playlist you can add them to the end of the playlist (Insert) or add them to the end of the playlist and start playing (Insert and play).

Making a music selection

To browse your library, first select the Library screen (via the menu bar). Double tap containers to show their contents (tap the back button to go back up a level).

To make a music selection from your library, highlight the item (if it is a valid item to add to the playlist the 'Insert' and 'Insert and play' buttons will enable), then tap the desired action to add the highlighted item to the playlist. Items are always added to the end of the playlist.

To the left of each item is an icon depicting the type of item it represents.

Playlist management

Deleting the playlist

From either the Now Playing or the Playlist views, click and hold to bring up the context menu.

From the context menu select the 'Delete All' action.

Deleting a track

From the Playlist view, click and hold, on the track to be deleted, to bring up the context menu.

From the context menu select the 'Delete Track' action.

Putting a room into standby

To put a room into standby, first select the room and then tap the standby button. When the room selection box shows 'No room selected' the room has been put into standby.

Operation in a multi-room environment

KinskyPda can be run in three modes of operation, configurable through the advanced options dialog. The advanced options dialog is accessable through the context menu on any of the three main views.

Single DS Mode

This is the default mode of operation.

In this mode of operation KinskyPda automatically connects to the first preamp, source and library that it discovers on the home network.

Multi DS Mode

There are two use cases for KinskyPda in a multi DS environment,

  1. There is a PDA in each room requiring control
  2. The PDA roams across multiple rooms

The first use case is configured by selecting 'Single room' and selecting the room the PDA should automatically subscribe to, leaving source and library as 'Default'. In this mode KinskyPda will automatically connect to named room and the first library discovered on the home network.

The second use case is configured by selecting 'Multi room', leaving library as 'Default'. In this mode KinskyPda will only automatically connect to the first library discovered on the home network, leaving the room selection to be manually selected by the user.

Multiple Libraries

If you set the library then KinskyPda will automatically select the named library.