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
PLACEMENT/INSTALLATION OF MUSIC SERVER
We recommend placing the Music Server and Amps on a server rack that has good ventilation so the heat generated by the devices can be dispersed effectively without heating up the server rack it is on or heating up anything else nearby. The recommended ambient temperature for the music server to be in is 30 ° C before ventilation should be considered.
As above, the Music Server is designed, for ventilation reasons; to be placed on a shelf within a server rack. We suggest saving 3U’s to make enough space for the Music Server in the rack as the Server is a little over 2U with the feet and the shelf.
As for the Amplifier, this will require 2U’s of rack space and will be supplied with mounting brackets.
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).
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.
The most crucial part here is the network settings, these must be correct for proper operation please check that these are correct, to change them simply click on the small spanner icon.
Apart from the IP settings you can also reboot the Music Server through this web interface, simply go to Actions – then there is a list of options.
Check for Updates 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
Reset Zones stops all zones and resets their names
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.
Music sertver zone -l
For time zone changes or IP address changing the Music server will restart and will be unreachable for the duration.
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
ADD UPNP DEVICES
To add UPnP devices select the music server in the periphery tree and in the top ribbon, a button “Configure Loxone Music Server” will appear. Upon clicking that button a window will appear with 3 tabs (General, Network, Zomes) and in the “Zones” tab, you will be able to see all your music server zones.
Once the window is open, your network will be scanned to find any UPnP devices and they will be automatically added to the Music server.
Do note that some zones are disabled. This is because they are not in use by the current Config program (some spare ones for example).
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)
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
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
1021 Raumfeld II (2016 series)
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”.
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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 into the Loxone app.
*Only Spotify premium accounts can be integrated.*
Up to 6 accounts can be added to a Musicserver using Spotify Family User Accounts. The accounts are visible to all in the app and you can decide which account you want to use in which zone, whereby an account can only be used in 1 zone at a time. If an account is used in two zones, you will be prompted by the app with an appropriate message.
Please note that it is not possible to have 1 Spotify stream grouped to more than 10 music zones. This means that you can’t have 1 Spotify account playing in 10 zones at the same time.
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.
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:
Now you can copy your music to the network folder. This music will now be available on the music server.
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 :
ADDING CUSTOM EVENT SOUNDS
In order to add custom event sounds the process is similar to the above but with some differences. Rather than mounting the “audio” folder on the music server instead mount the “event_sounds” folder. An example of this would be: \\192.168.1.253\event_sounds and you will be greeted by a window that will have a list of all the event sounds. These names are crucial as the music server plays the sound based on a lookup of the name of the file it is after.
In order to add your own event sound (will be using 4-firealarm) you have to add your own audio file into this folder and rename it to be exactly the same as what you want it to replace. In the example’s instance, the new file has been added, the original 4-firealarm was renamed to 4-firealarm-OLD (it is good practice to rename them to something else rather than delete them so you still have them there) and the file that was added (firealarm sound) was renamed to 4-firealarm.
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:
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.
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
audio / grouped / tts / 1 ~ 45,2 ~ 40,3 ~ 55,4 ~ 50,5 ~ 60,6 ~ 30,7 ~ 50,8 ~ 44 / windows open in the bathroom
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).
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.