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The miniDSP SHD Series processors are certified Roon Ready players. This means that they are certified by Roon Labs to work seamlessly with the Roon software running on your PC, Mac, or Linux-based server! You can also use the Roon Remote for Android or iPhone/iPad for full remote control of your music playback with the miniDSP SHD Series.

Note: To use Roon, you will need to have a paid account with Roon Labs. Your miniDSP SHD Series includes a free two-month trial.

What is Roon? [Top]

Roon is an incredibly rich and engaging way to browse and organize your music. It runs on most Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs, or on other products which include Roon Core.

Being Roon Ready means that miniDSP network players transparently discover and connect to Roon without any configuration, and bit-perfect audio is delivered from Roon to your network player.

Together, Roon and miniDSP deliver the power, flexibility, and performance of networked audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.

Learn more about Roon partner programs.

miniDSP SHD Series is Roon Ready

1. Enable Roon on the SHD Series processor [Top]

Open the Volumio web interface for your SHD Series processor. Navigate to Settings, then to My Music, and scroll down. Confirm that Roon Ready is turned on. If not, press the button to enable it.

Activate Roon Ready on miniDSP SHD Series

2. Install Roon [Top]

You will need to install Roon on your Mac or PC. Download the software for your platform from the Roon Labs download page, then install and run it.

The first time you install Roon, you will need to proceed through a setup wizard. Note that you will need a Roon account to proceed. If you do not have one, use the coupon code included with your SHD to get a two-month free trial.*1

The setup wizard will provide several options for providing your music to you. Tell Roon where your music files are located by clicking on "Add Folder...":

Set up music in Roon

If you have a Qobuz or Tidal subscription, you can enter your login details in the wizard, or later on if you wish.

*1 The coupon code is included in the box with all SHD Series processors starting from January 2022. If you purchased your SHD Series prior to this date, you can still obtain the 2-month trial by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "REQUEST ROON TRIAL." Be sure to include your SHD Series serial number in the email.

3. Enable your SHD Series processor [Top]

Each audio device needs to be enabled in Roon. Go to the Settings -> Audio page in Roon and locate your SHD Series processor in the Roon Ready category:

Locate the SHD in Roon

Click on its Enable button. The display will change to show the default name:

Enable the SHD in Roon

Return to the main screen in Roon. Click on "Select an audio zone" and select the your SHD Series processor:

Select the SHD in Roon

The SHD Series icon and name will appear at the bottom right of the window, together with the current volume setting. The icon may vary depending on your SHD Series model:

SHD icon in Roon

Go to the Browse section in the Roon UI, navigate to an album, and click on "Play now":

Play Now button in Roon

For additional resources on how to use Roon, refer to the Roon Labs Knowledge Base and the Roon Community Forum.

Wrapping up [Top]

That's it for this app note! Have fun, and please share your experiences with Roon in our community forum.


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This app note shows you how to stream multichannel audio over the network to a multichannel miniDSP processor or interface, such as the Flex HT or U-DIO8. We will be using a Raspberry Pi 4 as the streaming endpoint to interface the miniDSP unit to the network, and Roon as the network audio software.

Notes:

  1. In this app note we will assume that you are already set up with Roon. Roon is a paid subscription service, but there is a free trial if you want to see how the experience works for you. Or if you prefer, check out this app note that uses only free software: Multichannel streaming with miniDSP, UPnP/DLNA and Raspberry Pi.

  2. You will of course need multichannel audio content. We will assume that you have these files already in your Roon library. There is a small amount of multichannel content on the streaming service Qobuz, which we will describe in an appendix.

  3. If you don't want to use a Raspberry Pi, you can use a Windows mini PC instead. See the app note Multichannel streaming with miniDSP, Roon and Windows.

  4. The setup described in this app note works with stereo audio too. If you only need stereo audio, you can instead use a stereo processor such as a miniDSP 2x4 HD, DDRC-24 or Flex. In that case, however, be sure to check out our all-in-one SHD Series streamers.

  5. miniDSP doesn't provide support for hardware and software that aren't miniDSP products. This application note demonstrates the use of miniDSP products together with other products.

Contents

What you'll need [Top]

For this app note we will be using the Raspberry Pi Model 4 running the RoPieee software. If you already have an older Raspberry Pi 3, give it a shot, as use as an endpoint doesn't require much compute power or memory.

Raspberry Pi with miniDSP Flex HT

In addition to the Raspberry Pi, you will need a suitable power supply, a micro SD card, and a case. We used the Argon ONE case shown in the photo, which is a very sleek option, but there are plenty of other choices. If you haven't used a Raspberry Pi before, you may prefer to buy a kit containing these extras together with the board.

(If you're having trouble finding a Raspberry Pi, check out rpilocator.com. You could also consider one of the other boards listed on the RoPieee download page, such as the ODroid C4. Or a Windows mini PC.)

You will of course need a multichannel miniDSP processor that accepts audio over USB, such as the miniDSP Flex HT. You can also use our multichannel digital interface solution U-DIO8 if you don't need onboard DSP. (In this app note we will assume the Flex HT is being used.)

1. Getting set up [Top]

  1. Download and install RoPieee on your Pi. We recommend that you simply read and follow the excellent documentation.

  2. Connect a USB cable from one of the Pi's USB ports to the Flex HT's USB input.

  3. On the Flex HT, select the USB audio input using the front panel control or remote control.

  4. Open the RoPieee configuration page (see the RoPieee docs) in your browser. On the Audio tab, configure it to use USB audio as output:

    Enable USB audio for miniDSP Flex HT from RoPieee

    On the System tab, give it a unique name to help you identify it. We used "flex-ht-pi" for ours:

    Set name of miniDSP Flex HT in RoPieee

    (Note that if you rename the Pi, you will need to load the RoPieee configuration page at a different address. For example, in our case this is http://flex-ht-pi.local.)

2. Enable and configure in Roon[Top]

Go to Roon's Settings page and then to Audio. You should see your Flex HT appear in the list, like this:

miniDSP Flex HT in Roon audio settings

Click on Enable and give it a useful name:

miniDSP Flex HT enabled in Roon audio settings

Click on the gear icon to open the device setup for the Flex HT. If you want to be able to control the volume from Roon, select DSP volume (the "DSP" in this case refers to the digital signal processing that Roon executes, not the miniDSP.) If you want to control the volume from the Flex HT only, select Fixed Volume.

miniDSP Flex HT setup in Roon

Click on "Show advanced" to show more options. Scroll down to Channel Layout and select 5.1. (If you have a stereo processor, then this option will not appear.) Click on Save. We left all the other options at their defaults.

miniDSP Flex HT advanced setup in Roon

3. Play![Top]

In Roon, locate a multichannel file or album and play it. You can check what's happening in the Roon Signal Path (click the little icon to the left of the playback control buttons). Here is how ours looks when playing a multichannel FLAC file:

Roon signal path with multichannel FLAC

And here is how it looks when playing a multichannel DSD file:

Roon signal path with multichannel DSD

Note that, since the Raspberry Pi is using the USB port of the Flex HT, you can't use miniDSP Device Console at the same time to monitor or configure the Flex HT. This is an advantage of using a Windows mini PC instead of a Raspberry Pi.

Wrapping up [Top]

And that's it! Have fun, and please feel free to share your experiences with multichannel streaming in our community forum.

Bonus: playing multichannel music from Qobuz [Top]

If you have a Qobuz subscription, there is a small amount of mostly-classical multichannel music you can access there. Accessing it is unfortunately not as easy as it could be.... This is how we did it:

  1. Run the Qobuz app.

  2. Enter "#multichannel" in the search box. (Note the hash # symbol at the start.)

  3. Scroll down to Releases and click "See all releases". You will see your search results as a list of albums:

    Searching for multichannel albums in the Qobuz app

  4. Click on one. Confirm that it is multichannel, then click on the heart icon to add it to your Qobuz favorites:

    Viewing a multichannel album in the Qobuz app

  5. Quit and restart Roon. In the Roon app, click on Qobuz in the left menu then on My Qobuz. Scroll down to Favorite Albums and click "MORE". There they are!

    Multichannel Qobuz albums in Roon

  6. Click on one and press Play Now. You will then be able to confirm in the Roon Signal Path:

    Roon signal path with multichannel Qobuz

Thanks to Kal Rubinson for the heads up!


 

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This app note shows you how to stream multichannel audio over the network to a multichannel miniDSP processor or interface, such as the Flex HT or U-DIO8. We will be using a Raspberry Pi 4 as the streaming endpoint to interface the miniDSP unit to the network, and UPnP/DLNA as the network audio software.

Notes:

  1. You will of course need multichannel audio content. We will provide a few options below.

  2. The setup described in this app note works with stereo audio too. If you only need stereo audio, you can instead use a stereo processor such as a miniDSP 2x4 HD, DDRC-24 or Flex. In that case, however, be sure to check out our all-in-one SHD Series streamers.

  3. miniDSP doesn't provide support for hardware and software that aren't miniDSP products. This application note demonstrates the use of miniDSP products together with other products.

Contents

What you'll need [Top]

For this app note we will be using the Raspberry Pi Model 4 running the RoPieee software. If you already have an older Raspberry Pi 3, give it a shot, as use as an endpoint doesn't require much compute power or memory.

Raspberry Pi with miniDSP Flex HT

In addition to the Raspberry Pi, you will need a suitable power supply, a micro SD card, and a case. We used the Argon ONE case shown in the photo, which is a very sleek option, but there are plenty of other choices. If you haven't used a Raspberry Pi before, you may prefer to buy a kit containing these extras together with the board.

(If you're having trouble finding a Raspberry Pi, check out rpilocator.com. You could also consider one of the other boards listed on the RoPieee download page, such as the ODroid C4.)

You will of course need a multichannel miniDSP processor that accepts audio over USB, such as the miniDSP Flex HT. You can also use our multichannel digital interface solution U-DIO8 if you don't need onboard DSP. (In this app note we will assume the Flex HT is being used.)

1. Getting set up [Top]

  1. Download and install RoPieee on your Pi. We recommend that you simply read and follow the excellent documentation.

  2. Connect a USB cable from one of the Pi's USB ports to the Flex HT's USB input.

  3. On the Flex HT, select the USB audio input using the front panel control or remote control.

  4. Open the RoPieee configuration page (see the RoPieee docs) in your browser. On the Audio tab, configure it to use USB audio as output:

    Enable USB audio for miniDSP Flex HT from RoPieee

    On the Services tab, click on the UPnP/DLNA subitem and check that it is set like this:

    UPnP settings for miniDSP Flex HT from RoPieee

    On the System tab, give it a unique name to help you identify it. We used "flex-ht-pi" for ours:

    Set name of miniDSP Flex HT in RoPieee

    (Note that if you rename the Pi, you will need to load the RoPieee configuration page at a different address. For example, in our case this is http://flex-ht-pi.local.)

2. Set up Kazoo[Top]

Download and install Linn Kazoo from the Linn Software & Apps page. It runs on Windows or Mac.

Start Kazoo. Click on the title bar to select the Pi connected to the Flex HT:

Select the miniDSP Flex HT from Kazoo

And... that's it! The next sections describe how to select music to play.

3. Play from UPnP server[Top]

If you already have a UPnP server with music files on your network, add it to Kazoo as follows.

  1. Click on the hamburger icon (top left) and then go to Settings (lower right).

  2. Select the Media Servers tab. You should see your server here. Select it with the checkbox and click Close.

    Enable UPnP music server in Kazoo

  3. Click on the hamburger icon again. Your server should appear here. Click to select it.

    Select the UPnP music server in Kazoo

  4. Your library will appear as a listing of albums. Click on one and then click the Play button.

    List of multichannel albums in Kazoo

4. Play local files[Top]

To play local files (files on your computer), you can install a local UPnP server and access them from Kazoo that way.

  1. Download and install the Linn Kazoo Server from the Linn Software & Apps page. It runs on Windows or Mac.

  2. After installing, there will be a new icon in the menubar (Mac) or taskbar (Windows). Click on it and select Configure Kazoo Server. To add the folder containing your multichannel music files, go to the Library options and click the "+" button:

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    Add file location to Kazoo Server

  3. Now you have a UPnP server! In the Kazoo app, select the Kazoo media server and play files as described in the Play from UPnP server section above.

Wrapping up [Top]

And that's it! Have fun, and please feel free to share your experiences with multichannel streaming in our community forum.

Appendix: playing Qobuz multichannel [Top]

It is possible to play multichannel music from the Qobuz streaming service to the Pi over UPnP/DLNA. However, it requires extra steps that may not be so simple, so we decided not to include it as part of this app note. For anyone that might want to try, here is the gist of it:

  1. In the Qobuz app, search for multichannel albums and add them to your favorites. See the Roon app note for more information.

  2. Install BubbleUPnPServer somewhere on your network.

  3. In the BubbleUPnPServer configuration page, turn on OpenHome for the Pi.

  4. In Kazoo, select the OpenHome version of the Pi and log into Qobuz (from the hamburger icon).

You will now be able to access your Qobuz favorites from within Kazoo and play them to the Flex HT via the Raspberry Pi.


 

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This app note shows you how to stream multichannel audio over the network to a multichannel miniDSP processor or interface, such as the Flex HT or U-DIO8. We will be using a Window mini PC as the streaming endpoint to interface the miniDSP unit to the network, and Roon as the network audio software.

  1. In this app note we will assume that you are already set up with Roon. Roon is a paid subscription service, but there is a free trial if you want to see how the experience works for you.

  2. You will of course need multichannel audio content. We will assume that you have these files already in your Roon library. For multichannel content on the streaming service Qobuz, see the appendix of the companion app note.

  3. You could instead use a Raspberry Pi for this task. See the app note Multichannel streaming with miniDSP, Roon and Raspberry Pi. However, an advantage of using a Windows mini PC is that you can monitor and configure the Flex HT with Device Console while playing music.

  4. The setup described in this app note works with stereo audio too. If you only need stereo audio, you can instead use a stereo processor such as a miniDSP 2x4 HD, DDRC-24 or Flex. In that case, however, be sure to check out our all-in-one SHD Series streamers.

  5. miniDSP doesn't provide support for hardware and software that aren't miniDSP products. This application note demonstrates the use of miniDSP products together with other products.

What you'll need [Top]

For this app note we will be using a Windows PC as the streaming endpoint. You may already have a small PC you can use for this. However, if you are going to leave it turned on all the time, consider the power consumption figures. There are lots of low power mini PCs available now with RAM, storage, and Windows 11 Pro already installed. Some are barely any larger than a Raspberry Pi (by the time it's in a case). Look into the lower-powered CPUs (for example, as of mid-2023, the Intel N95 or the slightly older N5105 are good choices) and at manufacturers such as Mele and Beelink.

Note: to use Microsoft Remote Desktop to access the mini PC, you will need Windows 11 Pro.

You will of course need a multichannel miniDSP processor that accepts audio over USB, such as the miniDSP Flex HT. You can also use our multichannel digital interface solution U-DIO8 if you don't need onboard DSP. (In this app note we will assume the Flex HT is being used.)

Getting set up [Top]

The initial setup will need to be done with a screen, keyboard and mouse connected to the mini PC. Once everything is done, you will be able to use Microsoft Remote Desktop to access the mini PC.

  1. Install the miniDSP Device Console and the USB Audio Driver. If you're not familiar with how to do this, refer to our documentation.

  2. Open the Windows Settings and search for "remote desktop." Enable remote desktop access:

    Enable remote desktop in Windows 11 Pro

  3. In the Windows Settings, search for "name." Rename the PC to something that is easier to remember. We used "flex-ht-minipc":

    Rename Windows 11 PC

    You will need to restart the PC for the name change to take effect.

  4. Download and install the Roon Bridge. The reason we install the Roon Bridge instead of the full Roon User Interface is that Roon Bridge starts automatically when Windows starts, so you don't have to log in. (We're assuming this is a dedicated mini PC for audio purposes.)

  5. Connect a USB cable from one of the mini PC's USB ports to the Flex HT's USB input.

  6. On the Flex HT, select the USB audio input using the front panel control or remote control.

  7. Open the Windows Control Panel and navigate to Manage Audio Devices. You will see the Flex HT in the list of output devices:

    miniDSP Flex HT in Windows Control Panel

    Select it and click the Configure button (lower left). Select 5.1 Surround as the output format:

    miniDSP Flex HT sound output format in Windows Control Panel

    Click through the rest of the screens. Leave all speakers set as "full-range." (If you need to set up bass management, do this in the Flex HT using miniDSP Device Console.)

  8. Restart the PC. You can disconnect the screen at this time.

Enable and configure in Roon[Top]

Go to Roon's Settings page and then to Audio. You should see your mini PC appear in the list with several audio devices, like this:

miniDSP Flex HT in Roon audio settings

We want to use the ASIO driver, so click on Enable next to miniDSP ASIO Driver. Then click the pencil icon and give it a useful name:

miniDSP Flex HT enabled in Roon audio settings

Click on the gear icon to open the device setup for the Flex HT. If you want to be able to control the volume from Roon, select DSP volume (the "DSP" in this case refers to the digital signal processing that Roon executes, not the miniDSP.) If you want to control the volume from the Flex HT only, select Fixed Volume.

miniDSP Flex HT setup in Roon

Click on "Show advanced" to show more options. Scroll down to Channel Layout and select 5.1. (If you have a stereo processor, then this option will not appear.) Click on Save. We left all the other options at their defaults.

miniDSP Flex HT advanced setup in Roon

Play![Top]

In Roon, locate a multichannel file or album and play it. You can check what's happening in the Roon Signal Path (click the little icon to the left of the playback control buttons). Here is how ours looks when playing a multichannel FLAC file:

Roon signal path with multichannel FLAC

And here is how it looks when playing a multichannel DSD file:

Roon signal path with multichannel DSD

If you have a screen connected or are accessing the desktop of the mini PC with Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can run miniDSP Device Console to monitor the signal levels:

Signal levels in the miniDSP Flex HT with Device Console

Wrapping up [Top]

You can also stream multichannel content to the Flex HT from the streaming service Qobuz. To see how, read the Appendix to the multichannel Raspberry Pi app note.

And that's it! Have fun, and please feel free to share your experiences with multichannel streaming in our community forum.


 

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The miniDSP SHD Series support a range of network streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz. Even so, many of us still have a collection of music files that we want to play through an SHD Series processor. In a networked computer music system, a network attached storage (NAS) may be used for music file storage.

While there are many manufacturers of NAS units, in this app note we will use a Synology as an example, as they are a popular and widely-available brand. If you use a different brand of NAS, the general techniques in this app note should still work. However, you will need to figure out the specific settings for your brand of NAS.

To NAS or not to NAS? [Top]

What is a NAS? Essentially, it's a computer that is optimized for storage rather than running desktop apps. Compared to a typical desktop computer, it has a less powerful processor, no graphics capability, and much more storage. The software running on the NAS is typically a customized version of Linux that is optimized for managing hard drives and delivering files over the network.

NAS units often have multiple hard drives, 4 being a popular number for home and small office situations, and larger arrays of 8 up to 30 hard drives being used in enterprises. The drives are usually set up in a configuration called "RAID" (redundant array of inexpensive disks) to increase reliability. However, single and dual drive NAS units are also available.

Why use a NAS? Reasons vary. Perhaps you need a NAS for other reasons — video, surveillance, or backups, say — so storing your music files there is an obvious thing to do. Or, your music library has outgrown the storage that is in your computer. Or, you want to share the music files with everyone in the house. Or maybe you just want the files to always be available without having to have a computer switched on.

Do I have to use a NAS? No, not at all. It's an extra cost and complication, so if you're happy storing your music files on your computer, then that's fine. If you decide to add a NAS at a later time, you can come back to this app note then.

Preliminaries[Top]

We'll assume that you have already set up your NAS and figured out how to load music files onto it. When you set up a Synology, it creates a shared folder named "music" by default, so put some music files in there first. We'll also assume that you're able to log into the web-based user interface, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

In the rest of this app note, we'll present three methods of using a NAS with the miniDSP SHD. Pick the one that best fits your situation. In some cases, the size of the library determines which method works best, but this will be system dependent so you may need to experiment for yourself. We recommend picking one of the three methods and not mixing them up together.

Note: In our examples, the name of the NAS is "minidsp-NAS" and the username used to access it is "minidsp-user". You will need to substitute the NAS name and username that you used to set up your own NAS.

Method A: Mount the NAS from Volumio[Top]

In this method, Volumio is given the location of the NAS and fetches files directly from the NAS. You control playback using the Volumio web interface.

Use this method if you like to use the Volumio web interface and just want a simple way to access music files on the NAS.

Don't use this method if you have a large library.

Procedure:

  1. The recommended protocol for accessing files directly from Volumio is NFS. So turn on NFS sharing on your NAS and enable it for the music folder. For Synology, follow this tutorial: How to access files on Synology NAS within the local network (NFS). Here is how we configured the permissions page:

    Synology NFS settings to mount from miniDSP SHD
  2. In the Volumio web interface, go to the My Music page and click on "Add New Drive." The settings we used are shown here:

    Volumio settings to mount NAS

    Note that initially the group of settings at the bottom are not shown. You need to click on a button labeled "Show Advanced Settings" so that you can select nfs as the file share type. Leave the Username and Password fields blank.

  3. Click on Next and then OK. You will see the count of albums and tracks increase as Volumio scans the music files on the NAS:

    Files scanned on miniDSP SHD mounted NAS
  4. When scanning completes, go to the Browse pane. Clicking on the Music Library icon will enable you to browse by folder. However, clicking on Artists, Albums, or Genres will immediately show you the NAS contents in a friendlier style.

    Browse files on NAS from miniDSP SHD

Method B: Mount the NAS from your computer[Top]

In this method, you run a music player program on your computer. The music player program fetches audio files from the NAS and sends them to the SHD. You control playback using the user interface of the player program.

Use this method if you want to use a computer-based player like JRiver Media Center or Audirvana Plus.

Don't use this method if you don't want to have a computer turned on every time you play music.

Procedure:

  1. Install a suitable player app on your computer that can stream audio to the SHD Series. We have app notes here on our site for:

  2. If you haven't already, mount the NAS on your computer. In the case of Synology, there are tutorials on their website for:

    Note: While the tutorials linked above use the IP address of the NAS, we found that using the name of the NAS worked fine e.g. "minidsp-nas" or "minidsp-nas.local".

    On the Mac, the recommended file sharing protocol is AFP. If you are not using Synology, check that AFP is enabled on your NAS. If it cannot be enabled, try SMB, but we found in our tests that AFP was faster. Here is the screen to connect to the server:

    Mount Synology NAS on Mac

    (Enter "smb://minidsp-nas" if you cannot enable AFP on your NAS.)

    On Windows, you will need to first mount the NAS as a drive letter. We used "M", like this:

    Mount Synology NAS on Windows
  3. In the music player program, set the folder of the music library to the mounted NAS folder. For example, in Audirvana Plus on Mac it looks like this:

    Mount Synology NAS with Audirvana PLus

    In JRiver Media Center on Windows, it looks like this:

    Mount Synology NAS with JRiver
  4. Note: If you want to index local files as well as files on the NAS, both of these programs allow you to add additional folders to the library.

  5. The music player program will start indexing the music files on the NAS. This may take a while if the library is large.

Method C: Install a UPnP music server on the NAS[Top]

In this method, you install a music server directly onto your NAS. You control playback using a control app running on your computer, phone or tablet. For large libraries, this is generally more efficient than the above two methods, as the music server is running on the same processor that is attached to the hard drives.

Use this method if you have a large or very large library or if you have multiple people that will need to play music.

Don't use this method if you don't want to deal with installing and learning more bits of software.

Synology provides a UPnP server named Media Server for its NAS units, which serves music, photos and videos. However, we recommend that you install the third-party MinimServer instead, which is just as easy to install. MinimServer serves music only and is more optimized for that purpose. In our testing, we found that MinimServer scans a large music library much more quickly.

Note: if you have a different brand of NAS, you may still be able to install MinimServer. Check the list of supported NAS units on the MinimServer installation page.

Procedure:

  1. Open the web-based user interface of your Synology NAS. Open the Package Manager and search for "MinimServer". Click Install.

    Locate MinimServer package on Synology NAS
  2. Once installed, click on Open. You will need to agree to the terms of use and will then see a basic control page. Enter "/volume1/music" for the content directory (*) and click Update. Then click Rescan.

    MinimServer status page on Synology NAS

    (*) "/volume1/music" is the default folder set up by the Synology NAS for shared music storage. If you have configured your NAS differently, use the path to the folder that you have set up.

  3. Install a control app on your computer, phone or tablet. The specifics of each app are different, but generally speaking you will want to use the settings in the app to select "minimserver[minidsp-NAS]" as the music server and "minidsp-shd" as the player (also known as "renderer" or "room"). Here are some control apps you can try:

  4. To monitor the status of MinimServer, install the utility program MinimWatch. MinimWatch also allows you set multiple music directories and to configure more advanced features of MinimServer if you wish to do so. The instructions are at these links:

Note: you will find that you can browse MinimServer from within the Volumio web interface by clicking Browser and then Media Servers. However, this does not work as well as using a control app running on a computer, phone or tablet. To avoid confusion, we suggest that you go to the My Music page in the Volumio web interface and disable the option "DLNA Browser."

Disable DLNA browser in Volumio web interface

A note on JRiver Media Center[Top]

JRiver Media Center was used in Method B as a computer-based player for the library on your NAS. However, it can also be used as a control app for Method C by following these steps:

    1. Enable Media Network.

    2. Click on "Now Playing" in the left sidebar.

    3. Click on the library MinimServer[miniDSP-NAS].

    4. Click on the "Load Library" button on the right.

      Load MinimServer when using JRiver as controller

 

  • Click on Minidsp shd in the sidebar and select an album to play. The library and audio destination will be highlighted in green while playing:

 

Playing from MinimServer to miniDSP SHD with JRiver  as controller