Autonomic 5.3 Offers Richer Integration with Control4, Support for iHeartRadio & RadioRA

Latest Mirage OS firmware and Control4 driver improves user experience for media management and whole-whose music. Also: Autonomic adds iHeartRadio, Radio Ra 2 support. View screen shots of new Control4 UI.


Already known for its rich integration with third-party home automation systems, Autonomic has further improved the integration between its Mirage Media Servers (MMS) and Control4.

With the Mirage OS firmware version 5.3, coupled with the latest Control4 driver (version 4.8X), Autonomic now provides:

  • Single-button access to stored favorites from the Control4 LISTEN menu
  • Stored favorites are added to Control4 FAVORITES menu as well
  • Two-pane browsing on iOS, Android and new Control4 touchpanels
  • Easier access to contextual menus (e.g., PLAY NOW, PLAY NEXT)
  • Intuitive switching between streaming service accounts
  • Additional artwork throughout the interface
  • Ability to configure different bitrates for outputs, when pairing MMS with any third-party amplifier


Screen Shots:
Control4 + Autonomic 5.3

On top of all of this, Autonomic has added support in 5.3 for iHeartRadio, a free streaming music and digital radio service with thousands of live radio stations from across the country. As the user identifies favorite songs with a “thumbs up,” iHeartRadio curates stations just “For You” based on the song choices.

Today, Autonomic supports:

  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio
  • Murfie
  • Napster
  • Pandora
  • SiriusXM
  • Slacker
  • Spotify
  • Tidal
  • Tunein

If you're listening to a song you like on iHeartRadio, you can use it to create a channel on Pandora, thanks to Autonomic's TuneBridge technology. In fact, users can mix and match favorites across all music services to create a master MY STATIONS list.

And, of course, Autonomic makes album art available for it all.

Lutron RadioRA 2 Integration

Also in Autonomic's new 5.3 firmware, the company now enables integration with Lutron's RadioRA 2 wireless lighting control system. The Lutron keypads can be used to control Autonomic functions, such as:

  • Transport (play/pause/skip)
  • Thumbs up/down
  • Station presets — recall existing presets, establish new ones through press-and-hold
  • Power and volume

Integrators can configure the system’s functionality to meet client-specific demands via the Autonomic web-based tool. The Autonomic MMS will automatically discover a RadioRA 2 system and all related keypads on the network. The integrator selects the desired RadioRA 2 device from a dropdown box, which will show all available zones and keypads.

Autonomic announced integration with Lutron HomeWorks last year. Now RadioRA is supported. 

NEXT‘Capture’ an Autonomic Music Scene with Lutron HomeWorks Keypad

About the Author

Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson:

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson


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