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What SleepFade does

Slimserver's normal Sleep mechanism plays music at the current volume up until the last minute. In the last minute, Slimserver decreases the volume of the Squeezebox to "fade out" the music. SleepFade allows you to configure each Squeezebox to fade the music out more gradually when you use the Sleep timer.


Sleep volume fading mode
There are four different fade/volume curves you can choose (in addition to leaving a Squeezebox with the default Slimserver default behavior), depending on how quickly you want the volume to fade to silence.
Volume level restoration
You can connfigure SleepFade to restore your Squeezebox volume after it has gone to sleep, so that you don't have to manually increase the volume after turning the Squeezebox back on. Or you can have SleepFade leave your player silent after it goes to sleep so that the next song you play won't jar you with its loudness.

Fade curves

This graph illustrates the different "volume fading mode" curves offered by SleepFade, and the standard Slimserver behavior. This is based on an initial volume of 50 and a 15 minute sleep time. The SleepFade "More at start" curve hits a volume level of 0 around 13 and a half minutes; the other SleepFade curves hit 0 around 14 minutes (before the Slimserver standard reduction would kick in). The Slimserver standard reduction hits a volume of 0 around 14 and a half minutes.
Fade curves

SleepFade and the "last minute"

If SleepFade is configured to fade the volume level during a player's sleep timers, it will effectively shorten each timer by one minute -- the player will be silent after 14 minutes if you choose a 15 minute timer, etc. This is so SleepFade can control the volume level all the way to 0. If you use something like StatusFirst or the CLI interface to check the sleep status, it will report 15 minutes.

SleepFade and "end of this song" sleep timers

Because of Slimserver's built-in "last minute" fade-out code, SleepFade is configured not to fade the volume when an "end of this song" timer is in use.

SleepFade and VolumeLock

If you set SleepFade to use a fading mode other than "Do not change the volume level" on a player whose output is locked with VolumeLock (or similar plugins), SleepFade will quickly see that it cannot change the volume and will give up for the duration of that sleep timer.


revision 1.2
date: 2007/05/23
fix end calculation, esp. to work better with Auto Display dimming
revision 1.1
date: 2007/02/16
Initial revision

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