Configure relative mix volumes for multi-room music
When two or more echos are joined into a multi-room music setting the volume affects all devices. But I prefer to set the bedroom device to be 2, the kitchen to be 5, and the one connected to the stereo via the cable to be 10. When music is playing on this multi-room group and the volume is changed, all devices receive the same volume, e.g. volume 5, which disrupts the relative devices volume levels I prefer. The bedroom is way too loud, the stereo too quiet, and overall is frustrating.
Create a relative mix volume associated with each device in a multi-room group. I would like to choose the relative volume level of each echo(device) in the group via the Alexa app when I set up the group. Voice commands to change the volume (while playing on a multi-room group) would affect the global volume of the music playing, but each device in that group would instead receive an effective volume proportional to that device's relative mix volume. This would preserve the relative volumes of the devices in the group while still allowing a global increase/decrease in volume of the group as a whole.
This could manifest itself in the UI of the Alexa app as a relative volume level slider on each device in the multi-room group. This would likely be infrequently edited (set it and forget it), so the voice command skill to alter volume would remain unchanged and continue to set the group's global volume level. The device mix could be defaulted to 100% for all devices to retain current normal functionality. The volume level on each devices led display should reflect the global volume level of the group, not that devices relative mix volume, this would provide consistent feedback to the user regardless of which device they are currently using.
None - Issuing volume commands to any echo participating in that group while actively playing music would control the global group's volume (but not disrupt the relative volume mix of the group). Editing the relative volume level of each device would only be available via the Alexa App, so no changes would need to be necessary to the volume skill.
Users could create several different multi-room groups specifically for the purpose of using a preconfigured mix, such as Party, Ambiance, Movie, or Mom/Dad.
Additionally, the ability to adjust each device's individual mix volume enables the ability to adjust the sonic "center" of a room with 3+ devices.
This single feature may provide incentives to increase the number of echo devices per household.
Thank you for considering this amazing feature!
William Mangum commented
Honestly, I think this is how it USED TO work (the way you’re requesting). I would set one device at a 2, another (with strong bass in the other room) at a 5 individually in the Alexa app. Then, when I would have Spotify playing on my “All the Echoes” group.
When I would increase the Spotify volume on my phone, it would maintain relative levels (2->3 and 5->6) so I was getting the right combined mix from two combined rooms each at their own respective level.
However, lately, it seems that the opposite is true, and it is working as you described (the problem). When I decrease the volume in the room I’m in, it sets all of them at whatever level that one is at. (2 will change to 1, and 5 will change to 1 in the other room to “match”.)
I also request this feature.
Ian verar commented
Would be really great if alexa could automatically set a specific volume to multi-music group. I am having a hard time telling alexa a goodnight routine where it plays calming sound and then have to say another command to set the volume to 3, then in the morning it would also be great if after the alarm is dismissed, it automatically plays a a routine and changes the multi-music volume to 5.
Currently users can also set volume to just one device, very inconvenient if you set up multiple echo devices in your bedroom. Thank you.
Phillip A Bart commented
I would also like this ability. Being able to "lock" the relative volume of several echo devices (and or speakers) would enable the user to maintain a true surround sound effect when multiple devices are physically placed at disparate distances from the desired "sonic center."
Right now, I can command alexa to change the volume on each of my four devices in order to achieve the desired balance, I would love to have the ability to give a single command and retain the desired relative volume - instead of as is right now, when I command the group "surround sound volume five" and all echo devices set to five.
Patra S commented
Any updates on this? i also want this on my multi-room echo setup.
Proposed: say my multi-room setup is named Monkey Box
if i say Alexa volume 5 on Monkey Box - should set Volume 5 on all devices
If i say Alexa Relative Volume 4 on Monkey Box - should +4 relatively on all devices
If i say Alexa Relative Volume -3 on Monkey Box - should -3 relatively on all devices