Music Server Zone

INTRODUCTION

The Music server zone block is designed to be used with our Loxone Music Server. You use a block per room or zone of your house.

The blocks can be controlled by physical switches, but are also shown on the user interface so you can control what music is playing in the room, see cover art, control volume and more.

>>> Here is the startup of the Loxone Music Server <<<

BASIC PROGRAMMING

In order to use the block “Music Server Zone “, a Music Server must first be commissioned.

>> Instructions on setting up a Loxone Music Server <<<

Music

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If a zone is renamed, this change for AirPlay and other services will not be visible until the music server is rebooted.

 

EVENTS

All Events begin on the rising edge and will continue until a falling edge is detected.

This applies to:

  • Alarm
  • Fire Alarm
  • Doorbell
  • Alarm Clock

If the event file is shorter than the event cycle the song/sound will be repeated until the event ends (falling edge detected).

If the track is shorter than the parameter Te the file will loop until Te has been reached.

The event sounds you find on Music Server and are using File Manager (Windows Explorer) are found at the following address
\\"<Music Server IP>"\Event_Sounds

If you choose to have a separate event sounds, copy the desired audio file to this folder and rename it. For example, for the doorbell – “1 – doorbell.mp3”.

BASIC SETUP

Before you can use the Music server zone blocks you must first have a Music Server set up and added to your config. You can find out how to do this on the Loxone Music Server Setup page.

OVERVIEW

INPUT

INPUT NAME

DESCRIPTION

Tr Trigger input Toggle the room on and off, a double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
On On input Always turns the room on, a double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Off Off input Always turns the room off, a double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
V+ Increment volume input Increases the volume by a set amount (defined by parameter Sv). Long press will continue increasing volume. A double click will change to the next source.
V- Decrement volume input Decreases the volume by a set amount (defined by parameter Sv). Long press will continue decreasing volume. A double click on the input will turn the source off.
Alv Set the volume (analogue input) You can set the volume using this input, between 0 and 100% volume. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
S+ Increment the source Scroll through the sources with this input. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Als Set the source (analogue input) You can set the source using this input, the number will depend on the Music Server you have it will either be 1-8 or 1-12. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Play Play track input After a pause, the play button will restart a track from the same position, after a stop command the play button will restart the playlist. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Pause Pause track input Will pause the track, the room will still be on and the playlist open. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Stop Stop track input Will stop the track, the room will be on but the playlist will be exited. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Next Next track input Switch to the next track in the source playlist. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Prev Previous track input Switch to the previous track in the source playlist. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Shuffle Shuffle input Toggles the shuffle option on and off. Button is invisible on the user interface when using AirPlay as this feature is not available with AirPlay. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Repeat Set repeat option (analogue input) A value of 0 will play the playlist once and then exit.
A value of 1 will play the playlist continuously.
A value of 2 will play the playlist twice and then exit.
A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
Button is invisible on the user interface when using AirPlay as this feature is not available with AirPlay.
Mv Motion input A pulse will start the music playing, if no presence is detected for time MT parameter, the music server zone will be switched off. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
R Reset input Turns the room off and causes a pulse on RQ. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
T5 Touch 5 Input  For hyper-fast configuration of Loxone Standard. Assumes I2 and I5 are connected to V= and V- repectively.
Dis Disable Can be used as a child lock to stop all inputs working, however the user interface still works. A double and triple click on the input will also turn the room off.
DisMv Disable Motion Sensor Disables the motion sensor from brinign the music on.
A Alarm input Plays back the alarm soundtrack with volume level Va
Be Doorbell input Plays back the doorbell soundtrack with the volume level Vbe
Bu Alarm clock input Plays back the wake up track with volume level Vbu
Sleep Sleep input Zone will be turned off after the sleep delay Ts, unless the signal is turned back to OFF again, in which case the sleep timer will be cancelled.
TTS Text to Speech Text will be played back in the zone (maximum 100 characters)

 

OUTPUT OUTPUT NAME DESCIPTION
Qp Digital output Will return the real state of the Music Server room.
AQv Analogue output Returns the real state of the Music Server room volume.
AQr Analogue output Returns the remaining time of the sleep timer.
RQ Pulse output Will pulse on when a double click is detected (physical inputs only) or the R input is activated.
RaQ Pulse output Will pulse on when a triple click is detected (physical inputs only).

 

PARAMETER PARAMETER NAME DESCRIPTION
Tdc Maximum pulse seperation (s) This parameter defines how close together two pulses have to be in order to count as a double click and not two separate clicks. The smaller this parameter the faster the click has to be.
Sv Volume step size This parameter will effect the Vol+ and Vol- parameters.
Rf First recurrence The amount of time in seconds that an input must be held to repeat a command.
Rr Repeat duration If an input is held down longer than Rf then the command is repeated every Rr seconds.
Ti Motion delay [s] Time delay after a manual off command that the motion sensor will not automatically bring the music on [s]
MT Motion timeout [s] The zone will be turned off after MT seconds of no movement.
TH Duration on [s] With a pulse to input “Mv” the music will start and timeout “TH” is enabled seconds. In “TH” = 0 the zone is activated, but not automatically switched off.
Vm Maximum volume level Maximum volume level for this zone.
Vd Default volume level Default volume at which the zone comes on.
Va Alarm volume level Volume level used for alarm siren.
Vbe Doorbell volume level Volume level used for doorbell.
Vbu Alarm clock volume level Volume level used for alarm clock.
Vt Text to speech volume level Volume level used for text to speech annoucements
Ts Sleep time [s] Sleep timeout in seconds.

SETUP IN THE APP

All further options are available via the Loxone app directly from your phone.

Browse to the zone you want to change the settings off and click the “MORE” option in the bottom right to open the details.

In this view you can see all the functions you would expect to see in any music player.

Here you can now change the settings for the Music Server as a whole or this particular zone.

Below you can find a description for each.

 

ZONE GROUPS Multiple Zones can be grouped together to play the same music in all areas.
ZONE FAVOURITES You can set favourites for each zone. This way your kids can have their own favourites for their rooms whilst you stay in charge of the rest of the house.
FAVOURITES This is a global lists of favourites. Here you can store things like your favourite playlists or radio stations.
LIBRARY This is where you access your personal music library to find all your artists, albums and tracks. Here you can add to your favourite songs even more.
PLAYLISTS Here you can browse and edit your playlists.
MUSIC SERVICES Here you can setup and manage your accounts for Spotify
RADIO STATIONS With the support of TuneIn Radio you can browse a huge number of online radio stations here.
LINE IN Of course you can also play back audio from any other analogue sources via the Line In.
SETTINGS Here settings such as audio delay or maximum zone volume can be adjusted.

Icon Exclamation Mark LoxoneWARNING: The male sound is not transmitted in real-time. It can have delays of up to 3 seconds due to winamp re-forming source sound to the music server.

Error messages in the APP

In the most recent version of the app, it is possible that the Music Server will issue error messages via the app.

Error message Suggested solution
WOL was sent, but Musicserver is not pingable
  • Check if WOL is working on the network
  • Check the power supply from the musicserver
  • BIOS low battery (setting in the BIOS of the Musicserver with Settings in the boot: wakeup on pcie on “enable”
Pingable, but the web interface is not ready
  • boot process
The web interface is ready, but the communication services are not
  • License errors, please contact our support
The communication services are ready, but the music services do not star
  • Restart the Musicserver service