Friday, January 19, 2018

Raspberry Pi - The Audio Engine - Part 2 - piCorePlayer settings

In Part 2 of this series I'd like to cover general settings for piCorePlayer that I'd recommend to look at.

Just to remind you. All settings assume a RPI3(+) as a base.

The main assumption still is that the PI runs as playback engine only. Meaning.
there's a separate LMS server out there.

And it is also assumed the PI is configured via Ethernet cable only. (See my networking proposal) - Update Nov.16-2018: With the introduction of RPI 3B+ I switched to 
onboard WLAN

Hint. Don't forget to push the "save" buttons - there are many of them ;) - as soon as you've done your changes.
Squeezelite and PcP restarts and reboot several times during the process.
I know it's a bit annoying. I talked to the pCP folks about this already.

Let's start with the Main Window.

We switch to Beta at the bottom to be able to access all options.

I forgot. How do we get to the pCP main menu ??

You "just" enter the IP address into your web browser of choice on whatever client (PC/iOS/Android) once you've powered the RPI up with the SD card inserted. 

Got you. How do we find out that IP address? Your best bet is a login to your router. Look for a menu that shows connected clients in the network. 
There are also tools for OSX, Linux and Windows that would do the job. I'll skip that for now.

The best approach though is to login to your router. If you've found your device, the smartest thing would be to select "reserve IP address" for your RPI. 
This way you'll get the same IP address assigned to your RPI once and forever!

Once this is done you can connect via browser and bookmark that pCP link! 

We continue from here with our initial setup

Actually there's nothing to be done on the  main screen.
Squeezelite settings are covered in Part 3 of this series. We can skip that for now.

Next comes the Wifi settings.

We'll turn all Wifi and Bluetooth off.

Next comes the Tweak section. Not much to be done there. 
I turn off squeezelite and LMS controls.
Then we turn off HDMI, which will save as about 20mA current consumption.
The Alsa output we leave at "Custom". This will basically save our Alsamixer settings, which are relevant when using HW volume control for DACs like Allo Piano2.1 or Boss.

That'll be it for the time being.
The LMS menu can be left alone.

Next comes the squeezelite and audio interfaces setup.

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