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Using SOX with POI loader

 

OK. I installed SOX into my poi loader. Exactly how do I use it to load a voice file for Red Light Cameras and Speed Cameras.
I downloaded sample alerts. They are mp3. I can convert to wav. So for example if I take Karen's red light alert, convert it to a wav and rename it to RLC.wav.
How do I install it using SOX?
Thanks.

If you installed the sox.exe

If you installed the sox.exe correctly by clicking program files,Garmin and clicked the poiloader folder and put the sox.exe inside that folder the hard part is done.This is based on you having the latest poiloader program 2.7.0 .Now just name the files correctly.See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25730

My Pois=Main Folder
Redlight cameras.csv
Redlight cameras.wav

Make sure you use the sox.exe in the link I posted.

The biggest problems with the alerts and icons not working are the files not being named the same except for extensions and having double extensions. Double-check each of them. The best way to prevent double extensions is to go to your folder options in the control panel and click view then find hide extensions for known file types and remove the check mark. Click ok.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Thanks for your reply but

I still do not see anything different after adding SOX when I bring up POI loader. Does SOX just work in the background and grab the .wav file when I say "add the following POI .CSV files" ?
I do not see any wav files on my 255 in any of the directories. I am just trying to replace the RLC "DING" with a voice saying RLC camera ahead.

Almost there

GeoC320 wrote:

I still do not see anything different after adding SOX when I bring up POI loader. Does SOX just work in the background and grab the .wav file when I say "add the following POI .CSV files" ?
I do not see any wav files on my 255 in any of the directories. I am just trying to replace the RLC "DING" with a voice saying RLC camera ahead.

SOX works in the background.

You will not see any wav files on the 255 because the "sound/voice" has been incorporated into a .gpi file that will be created in the [nuvi]:/Garmin/POI folder.

You need to make sure "alerts" are turned on by
Tools >Settings > Proximity Points > Proximity Alerts

Be careful with the Poi loader version 2.7.0

Be careful with the Poi loader version 2.7.0. It is doing some funky things by naming the poi file incorrectly. Depending on whether you send it to the device or SD card (I can't remember which). It is naming it xxx.poi instead of xxx.gpi

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Nuvi 650 and 1350.

Naming wav files

OK, the Speed csv file uses R/Speed on each line.
Windows will not allow using a "/" in a file name.
So what do I name the Speed.wav file? or change all the lines in the csv list?
OH
I must rename it speed-cameras.wav
GEEZE !

And

GeoC320 wrote:

OK, the Speed csv file uses R/Speed on each line.
Windows will not allow using a "/" in a file name.
So what do I name the Speed.wav file? or change all the lines in the csv list?
OH
I must rename it speed-cameras.wav
GEEZE !

The light comes on!smile

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"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

Thank everyone for their help.

I got it working. I feel the initial instructions, especially about SOX leave a tad to be desired.
Now I am wondering how long will it take me to feel the alert is annoying! I like that I don't have to stare at the unit as the voice will tell me what I an coming up on.
Thanks again.

@ GeoC320

GeoC320 wrote:

I got it working. I feel the initial instructions, especially about SOX leave a tad to be desired.
Now I am wondering how long will it take me to feel the alert is annoying! I like that I don't have to stare at the unit as the voice will tell me what I an coming up on.
Thanks again.

Thanks for the report. Glad you got it working.

Now we would appreciate your help. Can you specify the places where the instructions were not complete or understandable?

Perhaps, with your help, we can improve (maybe we need to add some steps) the FAQs. I know that, when I first started, there was knowledge that everyone else had already assimilated that I had not acquired. Once those pieces of information were clear, I was good to go. Please give us those points that were not clear to you.

Thanks

here's something else to consider

GeoC320 wrote:

OK, the Speed csv file uses R/Speed on each line.
Windows will not allow using a "/" in a file name.
So what do I name the Speed.wav file? or change all the lines in the csv list?
OH
I must rename it speed-cameras.wav

Certain words have default proximity alerts. The camera files are 2 that default to a 400 meter or 1/4 mile alert distance. Unless you run POILoader in manual, the alerts normally come much too early. I rename the files to RLC for the red light cameras and set a distance of 500 feet or 152 meters. That's around a city block.

For speed cameras I rename the file to EnCams which insures the speed following the @ is used. Changing file names means you have to change the icon and sound files as well.

--
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

More info please

Box Car wrote:

For speed cameras I rename the file to EnCams which insures the speed following the @ is used. Changing file names means you have to change the icon and sound files as well.

Is "EnCams" a special keyword to POILoader?

Here are two suggestions

How do I get voice alerts using wav files for units without mp3 capability?

Submitted by charlesd45 on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 12:44am.
A. Download and install the latest PoiLoader file from http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/

B. Download Sox Exe
sox-14-0-1.zip

C. After un-zipping Sox.Exe file, place it in your Garmin program folder where the PoiLoader exe file is located on the computer. This is a one-time installation.

**SOX runs in the background and installs the sound files along with the CSV or GPX files. It does not make any visible changes to the operation or appearance of the PoiLoader.**

D. The wav file for alerts must be renamed the same as the CSV or GPX file except for the extensions.

**Example : for the Speed-Cameras.csv file, you must name the sound file Speed-Cameras.wav.**

E. You will need to select manual mode on POI Loader to set speed or distance for alert.

=== MAKING YOUR OWN WAV FILES ===
You can make your own wav files by going to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and typing in what you want it to say. There are several voices to pick from.
=== CONVERTING MP3 TO WAV ===
For those who want to convert their favorite MP3’s to wav files, download a audio editing program. Many available by Google search. I listed two:
GoldWave
http://downloads.phpnuke.org/en/download-item-view-x-b-b-a-m...
Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
When using the conversion it must be saved as PCM, 44.100 kHZ., 16 bit, Mono.
=== USING GOLDWAVE ===
Using GoldWave for my instructions and Windows XP.
A. Open up GoldWave.
B. Select file then open .
C. Go to the correct folder on the computer with the mp3 and select it.
D. Select file then save as.
1) For the name put in the same as your custom poi file name.
2) Save as type, select Wave(.wav) from the pull down window.
3) Under attributes select, PCM signed 16 bit,mono.
You now have your wav filed saved and ready to add to your folder with the custom poi it goes with.
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 for setting up your custom poi's.
Other pages
· Alert Sounds Library
· FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

It's not listed

jgermann wrote:

More info please

Box Car wrote:

For speed cameras I rename the file to EnCams which insures the speed following the @ is used. Changing file names means you have to change the icon and sound files as well.

Is "EnCams" a special keyword to POILoader?

See http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/creating_custom_po...

--
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

Agreed, and thanks

Box Car wrote:

It's not listed

I also went and looked - that is why I asked.

Changes

GeoC320 wrote:

How do I get voice alerts using wav files for units without mp3 capability?

Submitted by charlesd45 on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 12:44am.
A. Download and install the latest PoiLoader file from http://www8.garmin.com/products/poiloader/

B. Download Sox Exe
sox-14-0-1.zip

C. After un-zipping Sox.Exe file, place it in your Garmin program folder where the PoiLoader exe file is located on the computer. This is a one-time tinstallation.

**SOX runs in the background and installs the sound files along with the CSV or GPX files. It does not make any visible changes to the operation or appearance of the PoiLoader.**

D. The wav file for alerts must be renamed the same as the CSV or GPX file except for the extensions.

**Example : for the Speed-Cameras.csv file, you must name the sound file Speed-Cameras.wav.**

E. You will need to select manual mode on POI Loader to set speed or distance for alert.

=== MAKING YOUR OWN WAV FILES ===
You can make your own wav files by going to http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php and typing in what you want it to say. There are several voices to pick from.
=== CONVERTING MP3 TO WAV ===
For those who want to convert their favorite MP3’s to wav files, download a audio editing program. Many available by Google search. I listed two:
GoldWave
http://downloads.phpnuke.org/en/download-item-view-x-b-b-a-m...
Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
When using the conversion it must be saved as PCM, 44.100 kHZ., 16 bit, Mono.
=== USING GOLDWAVE ===
Using GoldWave for my instructions and Windows XP.
A. Open up GoldWave.
B. Select file then open .
C. Go to the correct folder on the computer with the mp3 and select it.
D. Select file then save as.
1) For the name put in the same as your custom poi file name.
2) Save as type, select Wave(.wav) from the pull down window.
3) Under attributes select, PCM signed 16 bit,mono.
You now have your wav filed saved and ready to add to your folder with the custom poi it goes with.
See http://www.poi-factory.com/node/25721 for setting up your custom poi's.
Other pages
· Alert Sounds Library
· FAQ: Garmin Nav Systems

I sent the changes you suggested to PoiFactory. Once they are approved they should appear on the FAQ.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Well done. Thanks

charlesd45 wrote:

I sent the changes you suggested to PoiFactory. Once they are approved they should appear on the FAQ.

Well done. Thanks

update

CraigW wrote:
charlesd45 wrote:

I sent the changes you suggested to PoiFactory. Once they are approved they should appear on the FAQ.

Well done. Thanks

I just saw it. Looks good !!
Thanks again !

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