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This skill is recommended for full voice control of Russound systems.  The Russound Control skill supplements the Russound Smart Home skill and provides extended control options for Alexa-enabled Russound products.  The key difference with between the Russound Smart Home skill and the Russound Control skill is that you must add the words “ask Russound” or “tell Russound” at the beginning of each command.   Alexa currently allows you to use either the word “ask” or the word “tell” but you must use the word “Russound” so that Alexa knows that you are trying to use a command that is available in the Russound Control Skill.  This command structure is typical for advanced control skills of most smart home devices.

Some of the commands that are available with the Russound Control Skill are:

  • Alexa, ask Russound to turn on the Master Bedroom
  • Alexa, ask Russound to pause the Den
  • Alexa, ask Russound to turn the Kitchen on
  • Alexa, ask Russound to turn up the volume in the Living Room

 

Commands available for all zones of a Russound system

Function

Voice Command

Turn a Zone On

Alexa, ask Russound to turn the Kitchen on

Turn a Zone Off

Alexa, ask Russound to turn the Kitchen off

Turn all Rooms On

Alexa, ask Russound to turn all rooms on

Turn all Rooms Off

Alexa, ask Russound to turn all rooms off

Select a Source Input

Alexa, ask Russound to switch* to the Media Streamer in the Kitchen

*for multisource systems like the MCA-Series

Audio Adjustment Settings

Turn the Bass up

Alexa, ask Russound to turn up the Bass in the Living Room

Turn the Bass down

Alexa, ask Russound to turn down the Bass in the Living Room

Turn the Treble up

Alexa, ask Russound to turn up the Treble in the Living Room

Turn the Treble down

Alexa, ask Russound to turn down the Treble in the Living Room

Turn Loudness On

Alexa, ask Russound to set Loudness to On in the Den

Turn Loudness Off

Alexa, ask Russound to set Loudness to Off in the Den

Additional Available Commands for controlling a Russound Media Streamer

(XSource, XZone4, XZone70V, MCA-88X Streamer)

Function

Voice Command

Play a Favorite

Alexa, ask Russound to play the favorite “Rolling Stones” in the Kitchen

Find Out What Song is Playing

Alexa, ask Russound what song is playing on the Patio

Turn Shuffle On

Alexa, ask Russound to turn shuffle on in the Den

Turn Shuffle Off

Alexa, ask Russound to turn shuffle off in Billy’s room

Turn Repeat On

Alexa, ask Russound to turn Repeat on in the Office

Turn Repeat Off

Alexa, ask Russound to turn repeat off Upstairs

Next Track/Song/Station (depending on the service)

Alexa, ask Russound to play the next song in the Kitchen

Previous Track/Song/Station (depending on the service)

Alexa, ask Russound to play the previous song in the Master Bath

               

Note: Once you have selected a room and are using the Russound Control skill, Alexa will remember the room and use that as the default until you ask Alexa to control a different room.  Once Alexa knows you’re controlling the Living Room, you can now just say “Alexa, ask Russound to turn up the volume” without having to say “Alexa, ask Russound to turn up the volume in the Living Room” each time.

Additional Links

Russound Smart Home Skill

Frequently Asked Questions 

Voice Control Tips and Tricks

 

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