Loxone Music Server

Getting started with the Loxone Music Server

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The Loxone Music Server

The new Loxone Music Server is the first ever multiroom audio system that’s completely in tune with your Loxone Smart Home and has been developed from the ground up with full integraton in mind:

  • Enjoy music in every room, from a variety of sources
  • Full integration with the Loxone Smart Home
  • Use it for a variety of functions including a smart doorbell, alarm clock and burglar alarm sounder
  • Compatible with Spotify, Google Play Music and TuneIn
  • Extendable wirelessly using network streaming (UPnP)
  • Playback of pre-recorded audio sinppets on request
  • Text-to-speech announcements 
  • Storage for up to 250,000 songs (1TB) built in or stream from your phone using Apple AirPlay

Music Server Setup

After the Loxone Music Server is connected to the network and turned on, it can be set up in via Loxone Config.

To do this open Loxone Config and connect to your Miniserver. Load the current configuration and click on "Peripherals Search".

 

This will open the search dialog box. In the "Network" tab (1) all Loxone devices on the network will now be listed. Select the Music Server (2) and click "Configure" (3). Here you can select the gneral settings, such as location, once done change to the "Network" tab (4) to set the desired IP address (5) and click on "Save" (6).

Music Server Setup in Loxone Config Step 1

It is also possible to set the IP address of the Music Server via a browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, ...).

Yo do so type the current IP address of your Music Server in the address bar of your browser to go to the web interface.

Apart from the IP settings you can also reboot the Music Server through this web interface.

Manual Update Updates usally get installed automatically (update-check daily at 3:00 am). If the Music Server is regularly switched off at that time you can start the update manually by clicking this button.
Reset to DHCP Resets the network configuration. The Music server will get a dynamic IP address generated by the DHCP Server.
Restart Music Server Services Restarts the Music Server Services: necessary if there are any connection issues between Music Server and app or Miniserver.
Reboot Music Server Reboots the Music Server.

Adding Rooms/Zones

When the Music Server is added to your configuration outputs for each zone are created automatically. Which can then be dragged into your configuration. 

The only mandatory setting that has to be made in the properties of the function block is to set a room name, which will be used for the user interface and apps. 

 

>>> You can find a full description of the Music Server Zone function block here. <<<

For time zone changes or IP address changing the Music server will restart and will be unreachable for the duration.

 

add UPnP devices

To add UPnP devices right-click on the Music Server in the periphery tree and then click on "Automatic Configuration".

Your network will be scanned for UPnP devices. Afterwards the found devices are automatically added to the program.

maximum number of zones

The maximum number of zones is the number of hardware zones (Music Server outputs) multiplied by 1.5.

That means the LOXONE MUSIC SERVER 8 ZONES can have a maximum of 12 Zones. (8 Music Server outputs + 4 UPnP zones).

It is also possible to not use a Music Server hardware zone and use an additional UPnP zone instead. Theoretically, it is possible to connect 12 UPnP zones to the LOXONE MUSIC SERVER 8 ZONES and leave all 8 hardware outputs blank.

 

network commands

There are predefined commands for the Loxone Music Server in the Loxone Config Software available. To add them simply highlight "Virtual outputs" in the periphery tree, then you will find the drop-down menu "Predefined devices" on the upper right side. In this drop-down menu you can find the Loxone Music Server.

 

Now the following message will pop up:

Highlight "Loxone Music Server" in the virtual output section in the periphery tree and adjust your IP address. Take care, you must not change the port ":7091". 

Features

Multiroom Audio

Multiroom audio means that music can be played in any room individually or in every room at the same time. The Music Server and multiroom audio forms the foundation for mant functions in your Loxone Smart Home, including the likes of a siren for the burglar alarm, alarm clock and doorbell sound!

 

Burglar Alarm Siren

The Loxone Music Server allows you to implement an alarm siren function that is sure to send any intruder running. If an alarm is triggered in your Loxone Smart Home, the Music Server will play the alarm sound at full volume across all the zones.

 

Gentle Alarm Clock

Time’s up for your annoying, shrill alarm clock. In your Loxone Smart Home you will be woken up gently as the blinds are gradually opened to let the light in. The Music Server then helps you to get out of bed by playing your favourite tunes.

 

Doorbell Function

Old-fashioned doorbell? Ring the changes and let the Loxone Music Server take over. If someone rings your doorbell, you will hear your chosen doorbell chime in the rooms you like. If the kids are asleep, their room will be muted - Simple!

 

Text to Speech

Your Loxone Smart Home can keep up with your busy lifestyle by giving you reminders – for example if the garage door or bathroom window are still open after sunset. The Loxone Music Server text-to-speech function generates your pre-defined text online and plays it back to you in the relevant zone as a speech output. The speech output reminders are perfect for those occasions when you want to be informed quickly when things are amiss. 

Supports the following languages: German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Polish and Russian.

 

Additional Zones Through Network Streaming

Add zones to your multiroom audio system by using UPnP audio devices such as wireless speakers. They allow the Music Server to play your music wirelessly via the speakers on your patio, for example. The Music Server is compatible with all devices that run on the UPnP networking protocol.

 

How To Stream Music Using UPnP

  1. Activate UPnP

2. Activate Zones

3. Play Music

Start Loxone Config and activate UPnP.

Search for UPnP devices and activate them as zones.

The music will start playing. That's how to stream music from your Music Server to wireless devices.



Stream Music Wirelessly via AirPlay

Time to get the party started! Send music from your AirPlay-enabled devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac) straight to the Loxone MusicServer. With AirPlay you also have access to an unlimited number of music services from the AppStore. 

With services such as AirParrot, AirPlay ican also be used on Windows devices.

 

How To Stream Using AirPlay

  1. Activate AirPlay

2. Choose Room

3. Play Music

Activate AirPlay on your mobile device.

Choose a room from your list.

The music will start playing!

 

Energy-Saving Power Management

The Loxone Music Server helps to save energy::

Deep Sleep Mode

Once the music has been stopped in all zones, you can put the Music Server into deep sleep mode. The advantages? Less than 1 watt of energy used, plus a quick reboot time of under 30 seconds

Automatic Power Handling

The Loxone Music Server makes sure that the amplifier is using energy efficiently. If music is no longer being played in any of the rooms or zones, the amplifier is automatically switched off.

 

Set Up Is Easy With Loxone Config

Your Loxone Partner will integrate the Loxone Music Server into your Smart Home, linking up the Music Server to the network. The automatic configuration in Loxone Config automatically creates the music zones. Then all that’s left to do is to open the Loxone app and start playing your music.

 

Complete Control Via The Loxone App

As you will be used to with Loxone functions, you can either control your Music Server using the usual buttons or with the Loxone app. Your smart phone can act as more than just a remote control, it shows you an overview of your audio and allows you to change settings at any time. Letting you communicate with the Music Server, the Loxone app makes your multiroom audio system truly complete..

 

NOTE: In order to use the Loxone Music Server, you’ll need our new Loxone Smart Home App 4 beta.

 

Pure Listening Pleasure

The Loxone app gives you a remote control in your pocket - you can see instantly what's playing in your home and change settings in an instant.



Music Player

Play, volume up, volume down, next song... or use your Loxone app to choose the song you’re in the mood for.

Music Library

In your personal music library, you’ll find all your playlists, albums and songs.

Queueing Tracks

You can queue up the tracks to play next from your music collection or from music subscription services.

 

Fine-Tuning Your Multiroom Audio System

Once you have performed the initial set up in Loxone Config, you can adjust it at any time using the app.

Basic Settings

Use the Loxone app to define the maximum volume, base volume and audio delay for each zone.

Room Groups

Add multiple zones to a room group where you want to play the same music.

Favourite Zones

Define your favourites for each zone e.g. children’s songs in the children’s bedroom, rock music in the kitchen.



Massive Storage

Our Loxone Music Server is kitted out with a 1 terabyte (1024 GB) hard drive. That’s enough room for 250,000 songs that can be played straight from the Music Server.

Copy your existing music collection onto the Music Server and play your favourite songs in all their high-quality glory.

Supported File types:

.mp3
flac
wav
aiff
wma
ogg
alac

 

Music Tagging

It used to take hours to get your music collection into some kind of order but music tagging means that the Loxone Music Server can do the hard work for you. Missing information such as album covers, genre etc. can be automatically added from an online music database to fill in the gaps.

Integration with Spotify, Google play music, TuneIn radio

So services like Spotify can be used, Login details must be entered in to the loxone app.

*Only Spotify premium accounts can be integrated.*

It is possible to create a special app password so main login details are not required in the app.

 

Adding Music To the Music Server

The Music Server can be integrated as a network drive on your local area network so managing the stored music is simple.
 

Windows

To add network on windows open "My Computer", in newer Windows versions also known as "This PC". Now right-click on 'network' option on left hand side, and then click on "Map network drive".

 

Now enter the IP address of the Music Server in the following format:

\\[IP address]\audio

e.g. \\192.168.1.50\audio

Click 'finish'


Now you can copy your music to the network folder. This music will now be availble on the music server.

OSX

If using a Mac the Music Server is also inserted as a network folder.

First open up 'finder', Then click 'go' in the top bar. Finally Select 'connect to server...'

 
Now enter the IP address of the Music Server in the following format :
 
smb://[IP Address]/AUDIO
 
e.g. smb://192.163.1.56/audio
 

Connections

Loxone Music Server Connections