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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2018

    Announcements/Doorbell plugin?

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a plugin that can play announcements etc. without modifying existing playlists etc.
    The idea is to playback/overlay the doorbell on my squeezebox devices and afterwards return to the state they were before.

    Do you know of such a plugin? Is it basically possible to overlay an announcement on squeezebox devices?

    Thanks and kind regards,

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    This would be great! Certainly easier than handling playlist resume logic externally

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    ISTR HomeAssistant (aka HASS) having something like this.
    Might have been for spoken announcements - like "come down for dinner!".
    Paul Webster
    Author Radio France (FIP etc) plugin

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017

    I have a php script that will do this

    It's quite involved, but I could try to generalise and share it; it's not a plugin, unfortunately - you need a webserver to run it on.

    Quick summary:
    • Uses Amazon's Polly text to speech service to convert any string to a spoken mp3
    • Inserts the mp3 at the end of the current playlist
    • Records the current playlist position (track number and time within track)
    • Skips to the end of the playlist to play the announcement
    • Skips back to the original track/time within track in the playlist
    • Deletes the announcement mp3 from the playlist

    It's a bit convoluted but it works really well. I used it to announce transport/commute information while I'm listening to internet radio in the morning.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Paris, France
    A while ago I posted this
    It uses multicast and socat and hence works when LMS is down. Only works with software players where you can adapt alsa.conf to create a new output device. Works fine with a simple payload and local sounds, not tested sending an actual audio payload. Doesn't sync since it lives besides LMS.
    3 SB 3 • Libratone Loop, Zipp Mini • iPeng (iPhone + iPad) • LMS 7.9 (linux) with plugins: CD Player, WaveInput, Triode's BBC iPlayer by bpa • IRBlaster by Gwendesign (Felix) • Server Power Control by Gordon Harris • Smart Mix, Music Walk With Me, What Was That Tune? by Michael Herger • PowerSave by Jason Holtzapple • Song Info, Song Lyrics by Erland Isaksson • AirPlay Bridge by philippe_44 • WeatherTime by Martin Rehfeld • Auto Dim Display, SaverSwitcher, ContextMenu by Peter Watkins.

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