Giving The Perfect Musaic Demo Part 2 – Doing an Audio Demo Equipment Required (Demo Kit)



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Giving The Perfect Musaic Demo

Part 2 – Doing an Audio Demo
Equipment Required (Demo Kit):


  • Apple iPad (Generation 2 onwards) with some music on it

  • The latest Musaic Control App

  • 802.11n Wi-Fi/Ethernet Router (used in Access point mode) – Apple Airport Extreme strongly recommended.

  • Laptop with UPnP/DLNA server installed (Asset recommended) with downloaded music on it. The laptop is optional, but showing playback from DLNA/UPnP is normally a good demo to do

  • 1 x Musaic MP5, matching PSU and mains lead

  • 1 x Musaic MP10, matching PSU and mains lead

  • Premium Spotify Account (if you are doing demo in a country where Spotify is available)

  • Access to an Ethernet socket at the demo location that provides Internet Access

  • 1 x Ethernet lead (RJ45-RJ45)

  • A mains extension lead with 4 sockets on it also makes the connections easy

  • Optional: Apple TV (for mirroring iPad to a TV if desired)


Background
The Musaic demo will be to show playback from the following sources:

  • Internet Radio

  • Music that has been synced to your iPad (Music on iPad)

  • Your laptop - with UPnP/DLNA server installed (Music Libraries)

  • Spotify (Streaming)

At Musaic, we do not normally demo Bluetooth as most people know how this works. Instead we concentrate on the Wi-Fi enabled features. There is however a separate document with some guidance on Bluetooth if you do want to include it in the demo.


Setup of the day of the demo


  1. Plug your Musaic MP5 Music Player and MP10 Music Player into the mains.

  2. Plug your laptop, already set up with the Asset DLNA server (see Part One for instructions), into the mains.

  3. Plug your pre-configured Apple Airport Extreme into the mains.

  4. Plug your Ethernet lead into the WAN port of your Apple Airport Extreme (see picture) and to the network of the customer/dealer/demo location.


Apple Airport Extreme


Turn on your MP5 and MP10 - they will connect to the Airport Extreme automatically (if you have pre-configured everything - see Part One for instructions). Check that you have internet access (i.e. Internet Radio works) and make sure that the Musaic Control App and the Spotify App are open on your iPad (Spotify starts much quicker from the Musaic Control App if it is already running on the iPad.

  1. Make sure that the laptop’s DLNA server can be selected in Music Libraries. If not, go to the Asset UPnP Configuration programme on your laptop and press ‘Restart Asset’.






WAN Port


Tip for larger presentations
If you have a larger audience and want everyone to be able to see the App in action, you can mirror the iPads screen to an Apple TV connected to a suitable TV/Projector. The Musaic App will then be seen on the TV whilst controlling audio playback on the Musaic system. The Apple TV should be connected via Ethernet to your Airport Express, then tap the Airplay button on the iPad, select the Apple TV and turn ‘Mirroring’ On.
The demo
Select the MP5 for playback:

  • Select the Players menu and select the MP5 for playback

  • Explain that we can select one or more Players to play music through - we’ll show multiple Player selection later.


Show playback from Music on iPad:

  • Select the Music on iPad menu.

  • Select an Album that you know sounds good

  • Select some individual tracks and press Play Now

  • Explain that we can select tracks to ‘play now’ (adds to the queue as the current track to play immediately) or ‘play next’ (adds to queue to start playing after the current track) or ‘add to queue’ (adds to the bottom of queue).

  • Open the queue.

  • Show that you can drag tracks around or delete them.

  • Close the queue.


Show Internet Radio playback

  • Select the Internet Radio menu.

  • Press the Countries button and show that many countries are available.

  • Explain that the App uses the customers IP address to put their country as the first choice.

  • Select a country and show some stations.

  • Select a station to play (preferably one you have tried before so you know it definitely works).

  • Go back and select the Genres menu.

  • Show the Genres (you don’t need to go into the menu, just show it briefly).

  • Go back and select the Local menu.

  • Explain that the App uses the customers IP address to find stations that are near.

  • Go back and select the Charts menu.

  • Select US Top 40.

  • Explain that the App can show the current top 40 tracks in the USA which is great for music discovery.

  • Select the Number 1 track.

  • Explain that the App finds stations that are playing that track right now, so you can listen to the song.


Show playback from Spotify

  • Select the Streaming menu.

  • Explain that Musaic works natively with many leading streaming Apps, which allows the customer to use the original App (familiar user interface with access to all playlists, friend connections etc.) from that service.

  • Tap Spotify.

  • The Spotify App will open.

  • Select some music to play (it is good to have a demo playlist setup - we can help with song selection).

  • Press Stop in Spotify to stop playback.

  • Tap the iPads home button and the re-select the Musaic App.


Show playback from Music Libraries

  • Press the Music Libraries button.

  • Press the Server selection button.




  • Explain that the customer can select any UPnP/DNLA server such as one running on a NAS driver or a laptop or Mac or PC.

  • Press the Albums button.

  • Your Albums should appear.

  • Explain that with all sources you can of course play to more than one thing at once.

  • Press the Players button.

  • Group the MP5 with the MP10.

  • Now go into an album and select a couple of tracks to play.

  • The music will play from both units.

  • Tap the volume control and adjust the volume.

  • At this point the demonstration of audio features is finished.

  • Explain that with all sources you can of course play to more than one thing at once.

  • Press the Players button.

  • Group the MP5 with the MP10.

  • Now go into an album and select a couple of tracks to play.

  • The music will play from both units.

  • Tap the volume control and adjust the volume.


At this point the demonstration of audio features is finished.

Further support
Please make sure that you have read the first part of this document: Giving The Perfect Musaic Demo - Part 2: Setting Up.
Contact a member of the Musaic team if you would like further support on giving Musaic demos.
Thank you!


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