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These settings all relate to how Amulet recognizes spoken commands.

Speaker’s Profile

Shows the currently active speech profile. You can cycle through all available speech profiles here.

Default: Default Speech Profile

Spoken Command Prefix

If you find Amulet is constantly interpreting background noise as valid commands, you can configure a special command word to be used at the start of every spoken command. This helps to reduce false matches, though is usually not needed.

Default: empty (no command prefix)

Learn Speaker’s Voice

As you use Amulet, it gradually adjusts its recognition to better match the sound of your voice. This usually works well, but if you are using Amulet in a crowded venue, where many different speakers will be trying it out, you may wish to turn learning off.

Default: On

Show Speech Commands

Controls whether speech commands are shown on the Amulet screens as they are recognized. If you prefer not to have commands displayed, turn this option off.

Default: On

Spoken Commands Confidence Level

Amulet assigns a confidence level from 30%‐100% for each recognized command. The confidence level is shown above the microphone meter in the lower left corner of the screen when you are viewing Amulet pages. If the confidence level is below the value set here, then Amulet will ignore the command rather than risk misinterpreting it.

Default: 70%

Music Commands Confidence Level

Music artists, albums and song names can be more esoteric than normal spoken English, so Amulet uses a separate confidence level when determining whether a PLAY ARTIST, PLAY ALBUM or PLAY SONG command is valid.

Default: 60%

Profile Commands Confidence Level

When you use the command THIS IS {PROFILE NAME} to switch to a different profile, your own preferred profile is not yet active. Amulet uses a more relaxed confidence level for this command to improve the chance of successfully recognizing it even when speakers have very different voices.

Default: 30%

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Movie Commands

Storing video and movie files in the root level of a drive letter causes the media to index correctly but playback incorrectly (symptom is "can't play movie" error when selecting a movie by voice).

The easy fix is to move all such files into a sub-folder under the drive letter (Y:Movies, etc.).

Alternatively, a more complicated fix is to edit Amulet.ini to explicitly list folders to index, and add an extra backslash after any drive letters on their own (Y:\ instead of Y:), which then works fine. But it's also necessary to disable Scanxxx settings to stop Scanner automatically including the media center and shell folders.

Known issue in software version 2.17.50

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These settings control how Amulet responds to you with spoken replies.

Voice Style

Selects which of your installed synthetic voices Amulet should use to talk to you. The standard Amulet voice is called Paul, but if you have a third‐party voice, you can select it here.

Default: Paul

Extra Vocalisation

When enabled, Amulet reads out additional information about program entries when you browse the Amulet movie, TV and video pages.

Default: Off

Stay Quiet From … Until

Tells Amulet the hours to avoid disturbing you with information messages. For example, if Media Center restarts during the night, Amulet avoids speaking its usual Welcome message so that you are not woken up if your sound system is still turned on.

Default: From 2 am to 6 am

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Voice Remote

Your Amulet Voice Remote includes all of the standard Microsoft buttons used to control Windows Media Center. Below is a quick reminder of what they do.

Navigation Controls

The navigation controls form the main interaction point with the user interface.

Numeric keypad

The numeric keypad is used to enter numbers in Windows Media Center.

Audio / Video Controls

Use these controls to adjust the volume, mute sound and change channels. The green button takes you to the Media Center start page.

Sleep Mode

This button puts your Media Center to sleep, to conserve power, or wakes it up again.

Transport Controls

The transport controls are used to control playback of your digital music and video media files.

TV Power

You can program this button to turn on and off your TV. For more info, see the next chapter.

Shortcut buttons

These go to an experience— such as live or recorded TV, the TV guide, or a DVD—by pressing a single button.

Interactive TV buttons

These buttons are used with TV experiences such as Teletext or Broadcast Markup Language (BML).

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Music Commands


Calls out a selection of up to five playlists from your collection, to remind you of what is available.

Say the command again to hear the next five, until you have heard them all.


Shows or hides a list of the available playlists on your system. You can use the navigation keys to move through the list and select a playlist, or use the PLAY PLAYLIST command described below.


Plays or shows music from the selected playlist.


The name of a playlist in your music library.


The number of a playlist in your music library, using the numbers shown by the command SHOW PLAYLISTS.

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