Loxone Music Server

THE LOXONE MUSIC SERVER

The 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 integration 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

Contents

Music Server setup
Adding Rooms/Zones
Equalizer
Adding UPnP devices
Features
Adding Music
Text-To-Speech
Connections
Offline updates

 

 

 

Please note, in order to use the Loxone Music server; a Miniserver will also be required for control. 

 

Please note: If you are looking for wiring guides look to the audio cabling page.

 

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 “Network Device Search” when the Network Devices option is selected in the Periphery.

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 general settings, such as location, once done change to the “Network” tab (4) to set the desired IP address (5) and click on “Save” (6).

Loxone config Configure Network Device

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

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

Music Server Web Interface

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

Music Server Web Interface Actions

Update Updates usually 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.
Restart Services Restarts the Music Server Services: necessary if there are any connection issues between Music Server and app or Miniserver.
Restart Music Server Restarts 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.

Music Server Popout Window

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.

Music Server Zone Properties

>>> 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.

EQUALIZER

In the respective zone settings of your wired zones you will find the settings for the 10-band equalizer.
Adjust your audio zone with the respective frequency ranges for your desired sound picture / room behavior.
The displayed frequency bands are displayed in the order of depth, mid-range and altitude:
– Bass: 31 Hz to 250 Hz
– Centers: 250 Hz to 4 kHz
– Treble: 4 kHz to 16 kHz

loxone mobile app music server equalizer

ADD UPNP DEVICES

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

Music Server Auto Configuration

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

Music Server Periphery

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.

RECCOMENDED UPNP MODES

When setting up a UPNP zone, there are some additional parameters to consider:

  • The UPNP mode is 0 by default.
  • This is the automatic mode. The music server will automatically search for the appropriate settings sent by the UPNP device.
  • On certain devices the music server can not automatically make the correct settings.
    • For this purpose, we have created prefabricated UPNP modes for known devices:

1000 Vast electronics WiFi-HiFi
1001 Sonos Play:3, ZP100, Play:1 (1)
1002 Raumfeld
1003 Pioneer (generic e.g. N30)
1004 Pioneer (XW-SMA Series)
1005 Marantz generic
1006 Marantz CR-Series
1007 Marantz NR-Series
1008 Roku Players
1009 IcyBox
1010 Revo Axis generic
1011 Revo Axis Stream series
1012 Musical Fidelity M1
1013 Sony X-xx Series
1014 Lenco Playlink Series Devices
1015 Denon CEOL Series
1016 Sonos Playbar
1017 Sonos Play:5
1018 Sonos Play:1 (2)
1019 Denon generic devices
1020 WHD
1021 Raumfeld II (2016 series)

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.

Music Server VO

Now the following message will pop up:

Virtual Outputs Popout

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”.

Music Server VO Properties

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 many 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 UPnP2. Activate Zones3. 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.

Please note that, for technical reasons, UPnP / DLNA network zones can not be played synchronously in a group with wired zones.
This is due to differences in runtime in the network, time behavior and lack of synchronization feedback of the UPnP devices and is therefore not permitted as an operating function in the app.

The UPNP function has to be switched on explicitly in some network routers for the correct detection and operation of UPnP / DLNA players.

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 can also be used on Windows devices.

How To Stream Using AirPlay

1. Activate AirPlay2. Choose Room3. 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 ModeAutomatic Power Handling
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 secondsThe 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 Loxone Smart Home not Loxone Classic.

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 PlayerMusic LibraryQueueing Tracks
Play, volume up, volume down, next song… or use your Loxone app to choose the song you’re in the mood for.In your personal music library, you’ll find all your playlists, albums and songs.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 SettingsRoom GroupsFavourite Zones
Use the Loxone app to define the maximum volume, base volume and audio delay for each zone.Add multiple zones to a room group where you want to play the same music.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
Some 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.

A special Google App password must be created. It can not be your usual password or used the master password. (Although If the master password used works of LogIn at the beginning but you will be automatically logged in Google after a few days). Find out more here.

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”.

Adding Music To Music Server

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 available on the music server.

Adding Music To 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…’

Adding Music To Music 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

Adding Music To Music Server

TEXT-TO-SPEECH

The Text-to-Speech function of the Loxone Music Server generates your predefined text online and plays it in the respective zone. The voice output is perfect for all events where you want to be informed quickly. The language set in Loxone Config is automatically used.

The following languages are supported:

LanguageLanguage Shortcut
Germande
Englishen
Spanishes
Finnishfi
Frenchfr
Italianit
Dutchnl
Polishpl
Russianru

The following languages are not supported, so playback is automatically done in English:

LanguageLanguage Shortcut
Czechen
Hungarianen
Turkishen
Portugeseen

TTS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

If you want to create a voice output in a language other than that specified in Loxone Config, you can do this using a virtual output connector.

The command looks as follows:

Http: // “IP of the Music Server”: 7091 / audio / “Zones ID” / tts / “Language Shortcut” | “desired text” / “desired volume”

In this example, “Good morning” is played in Zone 3 of the Music Server with IP address 192.168.1.50 with volume 30 in English:

Http://192.168.1.50:7091/audio/3/tts/en|Good morning / 30

Note that there is no slash between the country slash and the text, but a pipe character (|), that is, a vertical stroke.

Grouped TTS

This command allows you to send a TTS message to different zones at different volumes.

Audio / grouped / tts / ZONE1 ~ VOLUME_Z1, ZONE2 ~ VOLUME_Z2, n / My TTS text

BSP .:
audio / grouped / tts / 1 ~ 45,2 ~ 40,3 ~ 55,4 ~ 50,5 ~ 60,6 ~ 30,7 ~ 50,8 ~ 44 / windows open in the bathroom

Event File

Plays its own mp3 from the music server Share “Event_Sounds” and then goes back to the previous state:
/ audio / ZoneID / playeventfile / Event_Sounds / filename / Volume

Eventplaylist: plays a saved Playlist and then returns to the previous state:
/ audio / ZoneID / playeventplaylist / Playlistname / Volume

Interrupting events: if you want to interrupt an event by a virtual command, you can send a pause to the corresponding zone:
/ audio / ZoneID / pause

ATTENTION! When an event is triggered, existing zone groups are canceled so that undesired side effects do not occur
(example alarm clock throughout the house after a party, instead of only in one room).

CONNECTIONS

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UPDATING THE SERVER OFFLINE

If you need to update the Music Server but don’t have an internet connection for the server, you can update the server using an offline updater. Input your Music server IP into the address bar in a web browser and it will give you an interface for the Music Server.
Under the actions tab you will find “Update”.

Before clicking “Update”, go to the Loxone Download page and download the Loxone Music Server Updater (version number).
After the download has completed, in the Music server interface, click the update button and navigate to where the file has been downloaded to (normally a downloads folder) and select the file there.

For more assistance on cabling or wiring the Music server please follow here.