Get Started

First, you will need to prepare an SD card with music in an appropriate format for Tangara. Any kind of SD card should work fine, so long as it is formatted with a FAT filesystem (e.g. FAT32, or exFAT). See Music Library for more information on the audio codecs Tangara supports, as well as general advice for how to keep your music organised.

Once you have a prepared your SD card, insert it into the device, and turn the device on by moving the lock switch to the top position. You should see the Tangara logo appear as a splash screen, shortly followed by a menu.

After turning on, Tangara will automatically scan your SD card to add new tracks to your music database.


Tangara's default control scheme uses the capacitive touch control as a wheel. Move a finger or thumb around the circle clockwise to scroll down, or anticlockwise to scroll up. A tap in the centre of the wheel is used to activate the currently selected item.

Shortcuts may also be activated by long-pressing one of the cardinal (up/down/left/right) directions on the wheel. By default, long-pressing on the left of the wheel will take you back to the previous screen. Further shortcuts can be configured in your device's settings.

To adjust the volume of your device, use the two buttons located on the left side.

Alternative Controls

Alternative control styles are available in the Settings menu, under 'Input Method'. The alternatives are:

  • D-Pad mode: instead of using the touchwheel as a wheel, press and hold the top or bottom of the wheel to scroll up or down respectively. If you're a fan of this mode, then you may want to partially disassemble your device and flip the touchwheel cover over (the reverse side has each cardinal direction marked with a small arrow).
  • Buttons only: this mode disables the touchwheel entirely. Short pressing the side buttons on your device will scroll up or down, whilst long-pressing will select the current item (vol up) or return to the previous screen (vol down). (FIXME: we need a setting or key combo to change volume)