WiseSchematics
TEMPLE HiFi
Audio Player

User Guide
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Welcome
Thank you for choosing TEMPLE!
In order to get the most out of this product, please take the time to read through this manual.
We also suggest to look at release information of this product which contains upgrade versions and product fixes and is available at TEMPLE Release Notes. For further support and queries, you can also contact us at Shunt Online Support.


Product Overview
Test Image Temple Music PlayerŽ (stylized as "TEMPLE HiFi", "TMP" or simply "TEMPLE") is an offline advanced audio player for Android OS platform developed by WiseSchematics to provide music fanatics and audiophiles with best-in-class unique features and audio technology. Backed by the imposing visuals of cutting edge smart UI and crafted sound engine, TEMPLE is an innovative performer tailored to sound perfection when it comes to process compressed digital formats. Besides that TEMPLE also features numerous options from digital effects to professional studio grade equalizer REEQ which can help users tune the sound to their own taste. TEMPLE doesn't want users to bug with noise and lag, but more performance, looks and quality.
Integrated with Shunt Audio Engine and Shunt Smart Interface, TEMPLE HiFi implements unique algorithms and filters which expand and widen soundstage especially for live instruments such as guitars and drums which can be heard louder and bigger on compressed formats and also provides the users with faster and efficient navigation by combining multiple views in a single view.


Concept
Since digital media has overtaken music market, vast array of music apps are out in the market but those apps developed for Android and other platforms follow the same traditional design over and over again involving less craftmanship which results from more commercial user interfaces and poor audio quality which doesn't live upto audiophiles taste. Music consumption has become the norm in digital age and sound quality being a critical factor, due to excessive use of digital formats which is replacing analogue counterparts at high rate, has become a lagging factor in music. The main concept of TEMPLE is to provide digital environment for audiophiles and music fanatics to hear and feel offline music the way they want while listening to music. For such purpose TEMPLE has been designed from scratch with unique interface and sound engine which will dramatically improve the music listening experience. Music notes triggered with different velocities can be heard with more precision and depth.


Interface
TMP uses Shunt Smart Interface Technology with the concept of utilizing multiple views on a single page for preserving views current state, faster navigation and multitasking.

Main Layout
As shown below, main layout is divided into 6 sections according to component properties. Components that exhibit similar characteristics are arranged in the same section.

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1. Menu Section
Menu is composed of misc controls and components that lead view in other layouts.

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Content button switches main view to music library where offline music data can be accessed. Once pressed all of the visual activity of main view will be stopped such as animations, visualization etc. In main layout, OS back button also functions as this control.
Update refreshes the whole music library instantly. It can be accessed anytime but may halt interface for some seconds if the library is too large. Usually when player is launched, library is automatically updated, therefore it is preffered to use this when player is in pause or stop mode.
AMP turns Off primary default sound filter and opens secondary high-bandpass filter where low-mid and high-mid frequencies are slightly tuned up. AMP is a preferred choice to quickly boost and fatten audio signal without need to use EQ where output signal is too thin and sounds low and hollow. One trade-off for the AMP filter is that AMP cannot process signal with EQ engine and is turned OFF immediately when EQ is launched.
SwitchView button serves as a multi state button used for switching different views in the MultiView Section. For further details, refer to MultiView section below.
Effects launches another view which contains options for applying sound effects such as reverb, balance etc. Once pressed all of the visual activity of main view will be stopped such as animations, visualization etc.
REEQ button launches plugged version of REEQ which can be used for sound equalization. There is a detailed tutorial for using REEQ. Once pressed all of the visual activity of main view will be stopped such as animations, visualization etc.
About contains information about this product including release notes.

2. MultiView Section
This section contains multiViews stacked over the top of each other and can be switched by pressing SwitchView Button in menu section.

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Deck View
Deck view is a default view when application is loaded for the first time and is for visual purposes for making interface more interesting. Deck View is a 3D animation of vinyl record player and is custom designed and illustrated. In this animation, vinyl disk rotates in real time when music is playing. It also works as Play/Pause control. Tapping on it will play/pause the song. Due to running nature, frame rate of animation has been reduced to reduce workload and impact on OS and maintain smooth performance. Slide view serves as background for deck. Users can slide pictures to their taste by swiping left or right on the view. Currently TMP only supports builtin pictures for background. This view is sensitive to touch and can be tapped, swipped for playback control.
Dynamic List View
This view shows a list of track items currently selected for playback. By default list view is loaded with Tracks List when application is started. Its dynamic and adopts the content that is choosen from Library.
Queue Tracks
Queue list is displayed on the top of dynamic list. Tracks to the queue list can be added from library. For delete, sharing and reviewing details of tracks in the queue list, long press on any item to release a popup menu and select the desired task to perform. To hide queue list view, press SwitchView button in the menu section. Unlike Playlist, tracks stored in Queue list are temporary and list is cleared once application is closed.
Album Art
This view shows Artwork associated with current track playing. This view is also sensitive to touch and can be tapped, swipped for playback control.

3. Control Section
Control Section has music playback controls.

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Timer displays current progress and total length of a current track selected for playback.
Info button displays the complete meta information such as bitrate etc of a current track selected for playback. Info preview duration is limited.
Playback Controls are five controls for play previous track, replay current track, play/pause current track, stop current track and play next track. Replay button has 3 states, single tap will result in track replay while long press will result in rewinding of track in steps.
Repeat/Shuffle controls change the behaviour and order of playback. Repeat button has three states (repeat current track, repeat whole list, cancel repeat mode).

4. Track Info Section

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Track info section displays limited information about track such as track album art etc. There is also preview about next track in the list that is ready for playback after current track finishes. This view is also sensitive to touch and can be tapped, swipped for playback control.

5. Progress Section

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This section contains semi-transparent progress bar. Progress bar changes its position according to track current progress and can be tracked to any position by user.

6. Visualizer Section

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This section of main layout consists of music visualizer effect that is used for graphical representation of audio in Frequency Fourier Transform. The peak mode of visualizer view is normalized. The visualizr view along with deck animation only work when player is visible in main layout and music is playing. View can be tapped to turn ON/OFF the visualizer effect.

Content Layout
This layout is based on Smart Interface technology and is located adjacent to main layout. Content Layout is classified into group of sections with almost similar properties with some of them containig sub-sections. Each section contains header and main view. Content layout is scrollable and can be scrolled up and down to access desired view.

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1. Tracks Section

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Tracks section is composed of header and list view. To the right of header are List Sort (w.r.t. Tracks, Artists, Albums), List Shuffle, Search controls, tracks counter display and minimize button. To hide/show main view, press minimize button. Searching filters the main view items that will change the state of main view. To clear search results, press Cancel in the header during search.
List View contains rows of track items which can be selected for music playback. Each row contains tag information about track including album art. Holding long press on list items reveals popup menu which contains different tasks such as sharing, multi-sharing, adding track to queue or playlist etc. Multi-sharing can be performed in the tracks list by selecting multiple tracks at a time and then pressing "Share" control in the header.

1. Albums Section

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Albums section is similar to tracks section with additional one sub-view.
Header displays Search controls and albums counter display for the main view and album tag info, Grid Sort (w.r.t. Albums, Artists), List Shuffle, Search controls and tracks counter display for the sub-view. There is also a minimize button for both views. Searching filters the main view items that will change the state of main view. To clear search results, press Cancel in the header during search.
Main View contains of grid of album items which can be scrolled left or right. Each Grid item consists of Album Art, Album and Artist tag. Selecting grid item switches main view to sub-view that contains album art, album information, album controls and list of tracks that belong to selected album. Holding long press on list items reveals popup menu which contains different tasks such as sharing, multi-sharing, adding track to queue or playlist etc. Multi-sharing can be performed in the tracks list by selecting multiple tracks at a time and then pressing "Share" control in the header.
To return to main view from sub-view, either press Album Art Icon in the header or press back button on the device. On returning to main view, scrolling state and search results remain unchanged for better navigation.

1. Artists Section

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Artists section is similar to albums section with additional two sub-views.
Header displays Search controls and artists counter display for the main view and artist tag info and albums counter for the 1st sub-view and albums tag info, List Shuffle, Search controls and tracks counter display for the 2nd sub-view. There is also a minimize button for all views for controlling their visbility. Searching filters the main view items that will change the state of main view. To clear search results, press Cancel in the header during search.
Main View contains of grid of album items which can be scrolled left or right. Each Grid item consists of Album Art that is picked from one of the album that belongs to the artist and Artist tag. Selecting grid item switches main view to sub-view that contains grid of albums of that artist and selecting any of the artist album switches current view to 2nd sub-view that contains album art, album information, album controls and horizontal grid of tracks that belong to selected album. Holding long press on list items reveals popup menu which contains different tasks such as sharing, multi-sharing, adding track to queue or playlist etc. Multi-sharing can be performed in list by selecting multiple tracks at a time and then pressing "Share" control in the header.
To return to main view from 1st or 2nd sub-view, either press Album Art Icon in the header or press back button on the device. In Artists section, returning to main view has two states. From 2nd Sub-view to 1st Sub-view and then to main sub-view. On returning to main view, scrolling state and search results remain unchanged for better navigation.

4. Recently Added/Played Sections

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These two sections have same almost same properties. Both sections have single row of main view and can display total of 9 items in main view. Recently Added Section holds the data that has been added to device storage for last 24 hours. Recently Played Section adds the last track to the row that has been played before the current track and so on. Recently Played section holds the data only for one session. Once appliction is closed, it clears up Recently Played data.

5. Playlist Section

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Playlist section contains main view for playlist and sub-view for playlist items.
Users can create unlimited number of custom playlists. To create new playlist, simply press on "Create New Playlist" button in the header view, rename it and then press add to create multiple playlists as many times as possible. Once done, press OK. You can hold long press on playlist to reveal tasks such as Delete, Rename etc.
Once playlist is created, there are two ways to add items to playlist.
  • Select desired Playlist. Then press "Add Tracks" in the header. Then select one or multiple tracks in the list and then press "Add" in the header. Note: Selecting one item twice will remove it from selection and will not be added.
  • From any of the above sections, in Tracks List, long press on track item to reveal popup menu and choose "Add To Playlist" option and then select desired Playlist. Then press "Add" in the header to add selected track to the playlist.


  • Miscellaneous
    1. Music Effect and Experience
    TEMPLE is primarily designed for music listened through analogue headphones and earphones but can be equally used for hi-fi purposes. If you experience glitches and artifacts in sound, make sure that no other sound or application with audio output is running in background that causes interferance. Using wireless devices such as bluetooth etc may also result in such issues. TMP doesn't recommend using extension cables which can degrade signal quality. WARNING: Always listen to sound or music with moderate volume levels. Listening with high volume gain can damage hearing sensitivity and result in permanent hear loss!

    1. Interface and Performance
    During design phase, interface of Resound Methods was iterated several times to achieve better multitasking, performance and user integrity. If you still experience lagging issues, try to hide DECK ANIMATION VIEW by switching it with album art view or dynamic list view using multi-switch button. Doing so will not only stop animation but also clear resources. You can also switch OFF visualizer by tapping on it to further improve performance. NOTE: By DEFAULT, all visual activity such as animations, visualization and seekbar progress in MAIN LAYOUT automatically stops when application is in CONTENT LAYOUT view or running in background to save resource and device battery level.

    1. Saving Data
    Saving data includes Equalizer settings, FX settings, current View in multi-switch views, visualizer ON/OFF status and visibilty status in Content Layout. These setting will be saved on exiting application and retrieved on relaunching it. NOTE: If you clear application cache or data in OS, all setting will reset to the default values.




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