DB MANAGER FEATURES Setup Guide
Important Notice
Before operating this unit, please verify that you have the latest firmware version available from our website http://www.cortex-pro.com. New versions of the CORTEX PLAYER firmware will include additional features,
bug fixes, and enhanced compatibility to guarantee optimum performance of your unit. There are even Spanish, French and German language versions, to make operating the CORTEX PLAYER easier than ever!
Additionally, please also download our FREE Cortex Database Creation Software, which allows you to
create searchable databases of your entire music collection within minutes, as well as create playlists for use
on your unit! This indispensable utility is designed to save you time when preparing large storage devices to
use with the CORTEX PLAYER.
To find out what version of CORTEX PLAYER firmware you are running:
1. Power on the CORTEX PLAYER with NO DEVICES CONNECTED.
2. At the prompt that says ‘Insert Devices,’ press the INFO button.
3. The screen will display the version number of the currently installed CORTEX PLAYER
firmware.
To upgrade your firmware to the newest version:
1. Using your PC, download the firmware update to the root directory of your USB storage
device (X:\ where X is the letter of the drive). We recommend Internet Explorer.
2. Connect the USB storage device to the CORTEX PLAYER.
3. Power on the CORTEX PLAYER, and select the aforementioned device.
4. The unit will display the date/version of the new update, and will ask if you want to update. Select ‘YES,’ and press enter.
5. The unit will go through a 8-step update procedure, after which the power will automatically shut down. When the unit is powered on again, you will be running the latest firmware.
Warning: If the power is interrupted or the USB device is removed during this process, it can damage the operating system of the unit. As well, it is advisable that the unit is not moved during the
update process to make sure that the process is uninterrupted.
Setup Guide
Table of Contents
Setting up your Cortex and iTunes®............................................................2 - 3
DB MANAGER..................................................................................................4 - 6
Setting up your Mass Storage Device.........................................................7 - 8
Error Messages.......................................................................................................9
Setup guide
Using iTunes® to optimize your sound files
IN ORDER FOR YOUR CORTEX PLAYER TO FUNCTION PROPERLY YOU
MUST FIRST MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE MUSIC IN YOUR HARD DRIVE/
iPOD®/ FLASH DRIVE IS OF THE PROPER FILE TYPE. AND IF YOU ARE
USING AN iPOD® THERE ARE ALSO A COUPLE OF STEPS THAT NEED
TO BE TAKEN SO IT CAN WORK WITH YOUR CORTEX PLAYER. THE
NEXT FEW PAGES GO OVER THE ESSENTIAL THINGS YOU NEED TO
KNOW BEFORE YOU CAN ENJOY HOURS OF MUSIC WITH YOUR
CORTEX PLAYER. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE AN IPOD TO BENEFIT
FROM ITUNES. WE CHOSE ITUNES TO EXPLAIN THESE SETTING EVEN
THOUGH YOU CAN APPLY THESE SETTINGS TO ANY MUSIC RIPPING
OR CONVERSION PROGRAM.
Enabling your iPod® by manually managing your music.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS AS THEY ARE CRUCIAL TO THE OPERATION OF YOUR
CORTEX PLAYER!
ENABLE YOUR iPOD® FOR DISK USE
First and most important is setting up your iPod® so your Cortex player
can read it. Plug in your iPod® to your computer and wait for iTunes® to
identify it. When you see a representation of your iPod® on your main
screen, scroll down to options and un-click the “manually manage music”
box and make sure that the “Enable for disk use” box is checked. Then
you can re-check “the manually manage music box depending on whether
you do or do not want iTunes® to manage your music.
Choosing the preferences menu
iTunes® SETUP FOR MAC OR PC (PC SHOWN)
The following are the preferred settings you will want, to optimize
iTunes® and ensure all your music files are supported and will play
on your CORTEX PLAYER.
On your Mac or PC open iTunes®, then under the “EDIT” pull down menu
(iTunes® menu for MAC) go to preferences, when the preferences box
opens choose the “ADVANCED” pane, and in the “ADVANCED” pane
choose the Importing button First where it says “On CD insert” choose
“Ask to import CD” option, which will set iTunes® to prompt you when a
disc is inserted, so iTunes® will not automatically start ripping a cd when
inserted.Then, next to the “Import Using” you can choose one of two
formats.
Choosing “Ask to Import cd”
NO COMPRESSION(WAV)
If you wish to keep your music files Full quality (No compression) you may
set the Import Using button to WAV encoder, and set the “Setting” menu
to automatic, The rest of the setting should stay as they were.
But remember files that were downloaded or ripped to MP3 will not sound
any better by converting them to this format all you will be doing will be increasing their size 300%!
COMPRESSION (Mp3)
Cortex chose to use the Mp3 format because it is the most widely used
format for digital music compression. So when Mp3 Encoder is chosen set
the SETTINGS menu to CUSTOM because although the default setting is
Higher Quality (192 kbps) we recommend (320 Kbps) because its a generous increase in sound quality without sacrificing file size.
Settings for importing as WAV.
Next to Stereo Bit Rate: Choose (320 kbps) and under it make sure that
the “Use Variable Bit Rate Encoding (VBR)” box IS NOT CHECKED! VBR
files are not as reliable as Constant Bit Rate (CBR) files which is the default.
Settings for importing as MP3.
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Using the CORTEX
Using iTunes™ to optimize your sound files (continued)
COMPRESSION (Mp3) (Continued)
The rest of the settings can stay as the default with the exception of the
last box (Filter Frequencies Below 10Hz) should be unchecked because
although it may be fine to filter those frequencies for your laptop that
barely audible low end can go a long way in a big club system.
Once that is done hit OK twice and iTunes® will be ready to rip/convert
all your files to the proper form of WAV and or MP3 used by your CORTEX PLAYER.
CONVERTING AAC and DRM FILES
Most downloaded or ripped music is in the appropriate Mp3 format,
however you may have ripped CD’s on to your drive with the default settings in iTunes® or another ripping program which would have created
files that may not be currently supported. Or you may have purchased
songs from iTunes® and those files may be copy protected and are also
known as DRM files, which must be sorted out of your iTunes® because
they cannot be converted.
MP3 Settings menu.
Here are a few easy steps to quickly identify, sort and/or convert all
other files including AAC and DRM files which are not currently supported
with your CORTEX PLAYER.
First you must identify the different types of files and to do that you must
sort them by file type also known as “KIND”, if you do not have a “KIND”
column displayed in iTunes® you can set iTunes® to display that column
by right clicking on the top of the “NAME” column and adding “Kind” as
one of the sort column’s, once that column is added click on the word
“Kind” and the music will sort by its format, you can then highlight the
ones that are not mpeg (MP3), but before you convert anything you must
highlight the files that say protected and or DRM and copy them to a
separate folder as they are not currently compatible and WILL NOT BE
ABLE TO BE CONVERTED! after you have highlighted and copied those
files to a separate folder you can delete them from iTunes®.
Adding “KIND” Column
Choosing songs to be converted
Then you can highlight all other files that are not WAV or MP3 and from
the “ADVANCED” pull down menu select the “Convert Selection to MP3”
and iTunes® will go to work, this process may take a while depending on
how many songs you are converting.
Once the conversion is done you will see both files in the iTunes™ window,
the old files should still be highlighted, now you may either hit DELETE if
the old files are still highlighted, or just sort by kind again and delete the
old non-MP3 files.
Once completed and your files are ready you may either use them off
your hardrive or SYNC them back to your iPod® or simply add them to
your iPod®.
Converting selection
Remember to use the DBSE software to verify your database
The resulting files will work perfect with your CORTEX PLAYER!
NOTE: MAKE SURE THAT ALL YOUR SONG
FILES ARE AT OR ABOVE 128 KBPS. ALSO
MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO SONG
FILES THAT ARE ABOVE OR BELOW
44.1KHZ SAMPLE RATE AS THEY WILL
CAUSE THE CORTEX PLAYER TO RESET.
Convert or erase bad file types!
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PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PLAYER HAS BEEN UPDATED, AND
THAT YOU HAVE DOWN LOADED THE LATEST VERSION OF THE
CORTEX DATABASE MANAGER BEFORE PROCEEDING!
GO TO WWW.CORTEX-PRO.COM
INSTALLING THE DB MANAGER / MAC OS® USER WARNING
Before you can use your CORTEX you need to
properly set up your MASS STORAGE DEVICE
(HARD DRIVE, FLASH DRIVE, iPOD®). This should
be done using the CORTEX DATABASE MANAGER
which can be downloaded from our website at:
WWW.CORTEX-PRO.COM.
If you do not have access to a computer and need to index your MSD you
can do so using the CORTEX player itself, skip down to SETTING UP THE
MSD USING THE CORTEX PLAYER, but we STRONGLY recommend that
you use the DATABASE MANAGER software exclusively for this function as
it is quicker and more reliable.
Once you have downloaded and installed the DATABASE MANAGER
there will be an icon on your desktop of a white box with blue bars, double click on it to open the manager. If this is the first time you are using
the cortex manager there should NOT be anything present in the title box
(1). If there is a MSD present in the box you must close the DATABASE
MANAGER and locate the drive on your computer by
“clicking” START then MY COMPUTER. Locate the drive and click on it to
open it. You will see a folder that says (.db), you must delete this folder
FIRST (making sure you empty the recycle bin). MAC users can download
a program called Wizard, which will allow you to see hidden files. Once
you have erased the old (.db) folder you can re-open the DATABASE
MANAGER and with a clear title box showing you can create a new
database (See Indexing Below)
DATABASE MANAGER MAIN WINDOW
Click on the white box with the
BLUE BARS to open the CORTEX
DATABASE MANAGER.
The screen shots shown are from a PC but MAC users have the same
functions. (eg... In PC its options on a MAC its preferences)
MAC OS® USERS WARNING!
DS_Store/Resource fork (._) files
Macs using the OSX platform by default create hidden files that are metadata
files. Basicaly these files are used for backwards compatibility and also are
created when you copy files from one volume to another. This feature must be
turned off or the Cortex will see these files as actual music files! causing the unit to
reset when you try to play these files (because they are not actual music
files). CORTEX user need not fear! There is an application called BLUE HARVEST
which quickly and easily gets rid of these files
BLUE HARVEST helps MAC users keep
their drives free of useless files
BlueHarvest
BlueHarvest allows you to keep your disks and servers free of Mac "trails" by:
Automatically removing DS_Store files. Automatically removing resource forks
("dot underscore" files). Automatically removing hidden folders such as ".Trashes"
from removable disks. Providing simple Control-Click Finder based cleaning of
disks, folders and Zip archives.
What is a DS_Store/Resource fork (._) file?
DS_Store files are created by the Finder to store information about directories and
files including viewing options and icon positions. Resource fork (._XXXXX) files,
(correctly called AppleDouble files) are created by the MacOS when an application adds a resource fork to a file on a volume whose format doesn't natively support resource forks. Such as SMB, UFS and NTFS. A file's resource fork may contain
information which is important, redundant or both.
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DB MANAGER FEATURES
THE DATABASE MANAGER
The DATABASE MANAGER PROGRAM is the single most
important tool you can use with your CORTEX PLAYER, it will assist you in properly setting up your MSD so you can use it with
your player. Here is a quick look ot all its functions.
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DATABASE
MANAGER
FEATURES
OVERVIEW
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1. TITLE BOX
This box shows which MASS STORAGE DEVICES have been
indexed as well as VIRTUAL DRIVES and PLAYLISTS you can
choose and edit all available from this box.
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2. CREATE DB
Choose this function to CREATE A DATABASE (INDEX) your
MSD. You will use this the first time you use the
DB MANAGER but it is always recommended to CREATE
a fresh new DB every now and then as .db folders
can become corrupt and cause you CORTEX player to fail.
3. MENU CHOICES
Click FILE to EXIT the DB manager,
Click VIEW to choose which of the DB manager windows you
wish to be displayed in the MAIN WINDOW,
Click DISK to choose any of the (5) DISK options
Click “ABOUT” to display the current version of the DBM.
4. OPTIONS MENU
By clicking “OPTIONS” you open the “OPTIONS MENU”
which allows you to change the different features available
in the DB MANAGER, these features are:
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Options Menu
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Menu Choices
Additional functions
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A. ENCODE ENGINE QUALITY:
Which sets the quality at which the built in AAC converter will
convert AAC files default is “standard”, setting it on “low”
will convert files faster but will give you less sound quality in
the converted files. Setting it on “high” will take longer to convert but the sound quality will be better.
B. BITRATE:
The second setting is bitrate, bitrate is also a quality setting
and determines the size of the file produced by the converter
so in turn the higher the bitrate the larger the file but also the
better the quality, and of course the lower the bitrate the
lower the quality and subsequently the smaller the file size.
C. DON’T CONVERT M4A TO MP3
Don’t convert m4a to MP3 allows you to choose weather or
not the DB MANAGER will automatically convert your AAC
files to MP3, its set to off by default and you would have to
uncheck this box in order to convert your AAC files to MP3.
Please make sure you set your convert settings first before
disengaging this box.
D. CONVERT DUPLICATES
The convert duplicates box when not checked allows you to add songs with the
same name to your database and it will not automatically convert them or if there
are existing duplicate files it will also not convert them. Checking this box will
turn the auto converter on and may inadvertently convert files that you do not wish
to be converted!
E. COPY FILES TO TEMPORARY
Copy file to temporary will use the computers RAM to create a temporary files
greatly improving the speed at which the DB MANAGER creates waveforms and
other functions.The default is ON.
F. OVERWRITE EXISTING WAVEFORMS
When overwrite existing waveforms In the off or UNCHECKED position the
DB MANAGER will only create waveforms for those files that have not been
created, if the box is checked every time you you press the create all
waveforms button the DBM will create waveforms for all the files even if you had
done so before keeping this button unchecked (its default position) will greatly improve the speed at which the DBM creates waveforms.
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DB Manager Main Window
5. VIRTUAL DRIVE
Use VIRTUAL DRIVE to create CD-Rs and DVD’s with DATABASES already embedded in them to be used by the CORTEX PLAYERS in an external CD or DVD
ROM drives.
6. DELETE (DB)
Use DELETE to erase an existing .db file on your MSD. to create a fresh one this
will erase any PLAYLISTS you have made, so make sure you save and back up
your playlist files before using this function. Another way to DELETE a DTABASE
FILE is to manually opening your MSD and right click DELETEING th .db folder on
the ROOT level of your MSD. this method is preferred as it assures that you have
properly erased the .db folder and does not erase the .pl folder which contains
your playlists.
7. VERIFY DB
Will rescan the chosen MSD and adjust the DATABASE FILE according to any
changes that were made since the last DATABASE CREATION and or VERIFICATION. Use this function if you have made ANY changes to the MSD for example
ADDED or REMOVED music changed iD3 tags or even created a new PLAYLIST.
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DB MANAGER FEATURES (continued)
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8. MAKE ISO
Use this function to create a HARD DRIVE image file that can
be used by the CORTEX player for temporary or back up
purposes.
9. SELECTABLE WAVEFORM
The selectable waveform button give you the option to choose
which waveforms you which to convert. For instance, if you
just added 20 songs to your music database and only wish to
create a waveform for those song, just highlight those songs
in the main window and press the selectable waveform button and the DBSE will only create waveform for those selected files. The files that have waveforms will be displayed
in blue allowing you to easily see which files have already
been created.
10. CREATE ALL WAVEFORMS
The “create all waveforms” button, when pressed, will automatically create a waveform for each song in your entire
database at once, letting you create all the wave forms in
one shot, this feature is best used the first time you create
your waveforms as (depending on the size of your drive) will
take a long time.
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OVERVIEW
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Options Menu
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Menu Choices
Additional functions
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NOTE: ANYTIME YOU CREATE WAVEFORM OR EDIT AN iD3 TAG
OR MANAGE YOUR DATABASE YOU MUST RE-VERIFY YOUR DB
OR THE CHANGES WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT
11. FIND
Clicking the FIND icon will pop up a SEARCH window, so you
can enter a keyword SEARCH the DB MANAGER will then instantly display the results in the SONG WINDOW.
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12. SONG SELECTION WINDOW
The Find function allows you to search your database for
songs by typing keywords quickly allowing you to find any
track you wish to convert or add to a playlist. Clicking the
FIND icon will pop up a SEARCH window, so you can enter a
keyword SEARCH the DB MANAGER will then instantly display the results in the SONG WINDOW.
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13. MSD CONTROL WINDOW
Once a MSD is INDEXED you can use this window to drag and
drop songs from one music collection to another.
14. MUSIC PLAYER
To listen to a song, simply double click on its title in the SONG
SELECTION WINDOW. It will then be loaded into the built in
music player and start playing automatically.
15. ID3 TAG EDIT
By right clicking on a song’s information you will be given a
choice to edit its iD3 tag. By choosing that option a box will
pop up with the specified tracks information allowing you to
change it. After you have made the necessary adjustments
press ok and the information will be changed.
NOTE: YOU MUST RE-VERIFY THE DB IN ORDER FOR THE
CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT.
NOTE: ON THE PC VERSION THERE IS AN ADDED
FEATURE, WHEN YOU RIGHT CLICK YOUR DRIVE
IN THE TITLE BOX YOU CAN CHOOSE TO “CORRECT FILE NAMES” THIS WILL FIX ANY FILE NAMES
THAT MAY STILL NOT BE VISIBLE AFTER VERIFICATION. THIS FEATURE IS NOT NECESSARY IN THE
MAC VERSION, BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE
MAC OPERATING SYSTEM.
DB Manager Main Window
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
ENHANCED VBR SUPPORT:
Although all CORTEX players can play VBR (Variable Bit Rate) MP3 type files, because of the nature
of the VBR encoding process, some VBR’s can not always be accurately played by the CORTEX
player. We have enhanced VBR compatibility by adding a VBR indexing feature to the Database Manager. Indexing a VBR means the DB manager will pre-scan the audio files that are VBR MP3’s and create indexing files, which are saved to your MSD next to the song files. This process will happen only once
when you create your DATABASE or RE-CREATE your DATABASE. If you had already created one previously, depending on the number of VBR files you have and the size of your MSD, this process may take
a while, so please be patient. Once indexed these files will not have to be re-indexed unless you remove their index file.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY TO MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF VBR FILES THAT YOU USE AND TRY TO EVENTUALLY
CONVERT THE ONES YOU HAVE TO CBR (CONSTANT BIT RATE ) MP3 FILES
FOREIGN CHARACTER AND ENHANCED GENRE SUPPORT:
The compatibility with foreign characters has been fully resolved, The DATABASE MANAGER
along with any of the CORTEX PLAYERS will now be able to search and display foreign characters like
Ó,Ê,Ë,Ň and Ő. Also the display of Genre types as well as greatly improved id3tag file type
compatibility, which in turn gives the CORTEX players greatly improved search capabilities.
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Setting up your Mass Storage Device
SETTING UP YOUR M.S.D.(HARD DRIVE, FLASH DRIVE, IPOD®)
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INDEXING: Prior to using each USB device with the Cortex unit, it will be
necessary to use the DB Manager to create the database information on
each USB device. Creating a database (or indexing, as it will be referred to in this document), is required in order to allow your Cortex unit
to execute searches based on a chosen criteria. Remember that your Cortex unit is optimized specifically for streaming audio manipulation and
varies greatly from the capabilities of a personal computer.
The first step, is to create a database for each of your storage devices.
This allows you to easily see the tracks stored on all drives, so that they
can quickly be dragged-and-dropped to the devices that you plan to use
with your Cortex unit. It is only necessary to index the drives that have
media files (MP3, WAV) on them. Before starting the procedure, it will be
necessary to connect the external USB storage devices that you plan on
using with the Cortex unit to your PC. Note that read-only devices (such
as CD and DVD-ROM drives) cannot be written to in
this manner.
Create or Verify the database
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Step 1: Click on the icon labeled ‘Create DB’ (2) Note-If you are
connecting a drive that you have added music to, click on ‘Verify DB’ (7)
to update your unit. This is further explained on the next page.
Step 2: Select the drive letter that you wish to index. If your media files
are stored only in a certain directory (for instance, ‘My Music,’) then open
the directory tree by clicking on the + symbol, and select only the desired
directory.
Step 3: Click ‘OK’ to begin the process. It may take a few minutes depending on the size of your music collection*.
Step 4: Repeat this procedure for each storage device that either has
media files on it or will be used with your Cortex unit. From this point on,
if you want to add more songs to a device, simply select your target device you wish to drag from on the right hand side of the screen (13), and
simply drag and drop songs from the device to your Cortex database
storage device.
* Be aware that if you have a lot of VBR mp3’s or AAC files this process can take hours!
Using the file browser to import music
(SEE SETTING UP ITUNES BELOW WITH YOUR CORTEX TO IDENTIFY THESE FILES)
VERIFICATION:
Sometimes, there may be instances where you don’t have access to the
Cortex DB Manager, but yet you still need to copy files to your storage
device. For instance, say you are visiting with a friend. and he gives you a
collection of music he has written, which you want to play the next time
you have a gig. Since the database hasn’t been updated, your Cortex
unit will not be able to search to find the new titles you have loaded onto
your storage device. This is a prime example of when to use the Verification Function of the DB Manager. once you again have access to the DB
Manager. Using the Verification Function in this manner can also allow
users to manage their music collection using whatever software applications they wish. Users choosing to manage their collections using other
software must remember to load the DB Manager and click ‘Verify’ when
there have been any changes made to their external USB storage device(s), this includes changing playlists or editing iD3 tags.
Step 1: Single click on the name of the device you wish to verify in the
TITLE BOX (1) making sure that the check box next to it has a (+) in it. It
will then become
highlighted.
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Choose a drive to verified in the “Title Box”
Step 2: Click on ‘Verify DB.’ The software will examine the databases and
automatically update anything that needs to be indexed.
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Setting up your Mass Storage Device (Continued)
CREATING A PLAYLIST & MUSIC PLAYBACK:
Now that you have created a database, you are ready to sort your music
into playlists. This will allow you to be able to browse through your music
more quickly, as well as prepare “sets” for the night. Think of the playlists
as virtual record crates, containing the music that you wish to have at
hand for a gig. To create a Playlist and add songs, please perform the
following steps:
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Step 1: Select the “Playlist” (1) option on your target device by pressing
the (+) symbol next to the drive and clicking on “Playlist”.
Step 2: Right Click on the “Playlist” option and select the option “Create
Playlist”. This will create an unnamed playlist. To rename this playlist, select it and right click to select the option “Rename Playlist”.
Step 3: Select the songs you wish to copy (12) by clicking and dragging
them over to the Playlist you have created. You may hold the Shift key
while clicking on the left mouse key to select any number of contiguous
files; you may alternatively hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple files
that are not contiguous. You can also use the “FIND” feature (11) to type
in a an artist’s name or song title and the song information window (12)
will display your results.
Making a “Playlist”
-Note- You may click on any one of the ID3 tag fields above the field you wish to sort by
(Artist, Title, etc) to sort your songs out in a way that makes finding song titles easier.
Step 4: If you wish to audition files before you load them into a playlist,
select the song with the left mouse key and click on the play button (14),
located on the bottom left hand of the screen.
Step 5: Repeat the procedure until you have copied all desired file(s) and
folder(s).
Step 6: Make sure to VERIFY (7) once you are done to make sure the
changes have taken affect.
CREATING A DATABASE FOR CD/DVD DRIVES:
A useful feature of the Cortex DB Manager software is the ability to create CD/DVD compilations that can be used by your Cortex unit
(in conjunction with a compatible USB CD/DVD-ROM drive). The purpose
of using the DB Manager to accomplish this task is simply to create the
databases required to search through these compilations via your Cortex
unit. If a compilation is not assembled in this fashion illustrated below, the
user will have the option to use the Cortex unit to create a temporary
database (will not be saved when the power is shut down), but due to the
extremely slow access time of optical drives, it might take an excessively
long period of time. Using the DB Manager allows the database information to be written to the target CD or DVD, where it can be loaded into
the Cortex unit within seconds.
Using the internal music player
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Step 1: Click the “Virtual Drive” (5) icon on the top of the window. Notice
that this will create a folder called “New Virtual” in the TITLE BOX (1).
Step 2: Click on the ‘+’ box next to “New Virtual”.
Step 3: Find the songs or files on your other storage devices that you wish
to add to the complication. You may drag the files from
either the All Songs option, or from the Files box (found on the lower portion of the screen).
Creating a “Virtual Drive”
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ONCE YOUR PLAYER IS UPDATED AND YOUR MSD HAS
BEEN PROPERLY SET UP, YOU CAN CONNECT THE MSD
TO ANY AVAILABLE USB PORT ON THE CORTEX PLAYER,
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Error Messages
Error Messages
If you experience an error message while navigating the unit, here are a
few explanations of those errors and how they can be corrected. For a
more complete troubleshooting guide, consult our website at
http://www.cortex-pro.com.
“Can’t access device” will be displayed because of one of the following
problems with the storage device:
- Device is write protected
In the case of a USB flash drive, some units have a switch to enable writeaccess.
- Device has already been ejected using the eject procedure.
Remove the USB device and plug it back in.
- Device is using an unsupported file system
The file systems supported are FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, CDFS, and UDFS.
- Device is not able to run without a proprietary hardware driver
Some devices require proprietary hardware device drivers. Although with
the introduction of USB, this is less common, it still sometimes presents an
issue. These devices are not compatible with the CORTEX PLAYER.
- Device has been removed while before using the eject procedure
If the device is removed from the USB port without using the proper ejection procedure, it is possible that the unit will not detect the absence of a
USB storage device, and will try to access the port anyway.
- If the device is powered by an external power supply, make sure that the
unit is receiving power.
- If the device has just been plugged in, and it was immediately selected,
the drive might not be ready to be accessed. Wait 10 seconds and try
again.
“Error creating DB” may be displayed if there is not a sufficient amount of
space left on your storage device to create the necessary database files required to search through your music library.
- If you are out of space, try to delete some files and try the database
process again.
- Check the USB cable that is being used to connect the storage device to
the CORTEX PLAYER.
- If the device is powered by an external power supply, make sure that the
unit is receiving power.
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