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SoundPlay: Keyboard control

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

SoundPlay can be controlled from your keyboard in several ways. Keys in the lower left keyboard row correspond one-to-one with the transport control buttons in the SoundPlay UI. By default (without the FF/FR buttons showing), the mapping is:

Z X C V B

With the FF/FR buttons showing (see Preferences | Window), the mapping is:

Z X C V B N M

Since the most common use of this is probably to start and stop SoundPlay when the phone rings, just remember that C stops and V starts (default) or that V stops and B starts (when FF/FR buttons are showing).

Of course, SoundPlay must have current focus for these keys to work. Therefore, Marco adds:

An even better way is to use the ‘spctrl’ application (included in the Extras/RemoteControl folder) together with SpicyKeys. By binding functionkeys to ‘spctrl stop’, ‘spctrl play’, ‘spctrl next’, etc, you get instant access to the most used functions, without the SoundPlay window having to be active.

For additional information on controlling SP remotely, see the IRMan add-on in the Extras/RemoteControl folder, or download Stephen von Egmond’s SoundPlay Scripting tutorial.

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