importing music


Sometimes a duel is only as good as the background music, and if you have a Neo CFX or Neo Proffie Saber you can score your own clashes right from your saber. This section covers how to import and properly format music.

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Importing Music - Neo CFX Saber

The soundboard of your Neo CFX Saber can only play audio with the following codec:

Format: .wav

Sample Rate: 44100 Hz

Sample Format: 16-bits, mono

Your Neo CFX Saber has two ways of handling tracks; through the iSaber Music Player or played directly from a sound font.

iSaber is essentially a media visualize mode that flickers the blade in time with the music. The blade color, profile and sound effects all follow whichever sound font you had selected prior to entering iSaber.

Tracks inside individual sound fonts act more like background music for your duels, allowing you to play a track without the flickering visualizer effect.

Loading Tracks Into iSaber

Step 1

Connect the saber’s microSD card to a computer.

View 'The microSD Card' to learn more

From the root directory, open the tracks folder.

Step 2

Place your properly formatted .WAV file into the tracks folder.

See accordion below for how to properly format your .WAV files.

Rename the file so it follows the order/naming structure of the other audio files.

For example: If this is the 7th track, it should be named track7.

Playing Tracks With iSaber

Reinsert the microSD card and chassis, turn on your Neo CFX Saber, and navigate to the Soundbank Selection menu.

To do that, cycle through all sound fonts until you hear the iconic cantina jingle followed by someone saying “Audio Player”. Hold the Auxiliary Switch to select it.

You can also view how to navigate there on the 'Saber Operation' page under the Neo CFX Saber operation flowchart

View 'Saber Operation' to learn more

The saber will randomly select an audio file from its tracks folder and immediately start playing it.

A quick double-press of the Activation Switch will play/pause the track.

When the blade is off, press & hold the Activation Switch to shuffle to the next track.

Adding Tracks to a Sound Font

Step 1

Via the microSD card, navigate into the folder of the sound font of your choice.

Inside every sound font there should be a tracks folder. If there isn’t, create one.

Step 2

Place your .WAV audio file(s) into the tracks folder.

The track file names should follow the same naming convention as the primary tracks folder in the root directly.
Step 3

Safely eject the SD card and re-insert it into your saber.

Playing Tracks from a Sound Font

While using a sound font that has been loaded with an audio file, a quick double-press of the Activation Switch will play/pause a track.

If there are multiple audio files in a Sound Font’s tracks folder, the saber will select one at random. You can shuffle to another track by holding down the Activation Switch while the blade is off.

Formatting Audio

We will be using Audacity in this guide, but so long as the file is formatted/exported in the same codec any sound/music editor will work.

Download Audacity

Step 1

Import your audio file into Audacity.

One way to do this is by navigating to the toolbar, open the File menu, then the Import submenu and select Audio. Select your audio file then click Open to import it.

Step 2

If your track is in stereo (two parallel channels), convert it to mono. With the track selected, navigate to the Tracks menu in the toolbar, then the Mix submenu and select Mix Stereo Down to Mono.

Connecting a Power Core configuration saber to a stereo speaker system via an aux chip will not allow you to play stereo tracks.
Step 3

Open the Audio Setup menu and click Audio Settings.

Under Quality, ensure that the Project Sample Rate is set to 44100 Hz and the Default Sample Format is 16-bit. You do not need to change any other settings in this menu.

Step 4

Double-check that Save as type is set to WAV (Microsoft) and that Encoding is set to Sign 16-bit PCM.

We recommend creating a local folder specifically for storing audio files formatted for your saber.
Step 5

You can fill in whatever information you want/need in the Edit Metadata Tags menu, this will not affect or be read by the saber.

Click OK to finish.

Checking an Audio File's Format

Step 1

Open/play your file with VLC Media Player.

Download VLC Media Player

You should be able to check an audio file's formatting with almost any media player, but navigating the user interface will vary.

In the toolbar, click on View, then Playlist.

Step 2

Right-click on the file and click Information.

Step 3

In the Media Information menu that opens, navigate to the Codec tab.

If the displayed sample rate is 44100 Hz and the bits per sample is 16, the .WAV file will work with all Sabertrio Saber configurations.