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John Reekie

My interest in audio and hi-fi goes back a fair way. In my high-school years, my Dad showed me how to solder an op-amp and a few diodes and resistors onto a breadboard, to create a "fuzz box." With a cheap electric guitar plugged into one end and a cheap guitar amplifier on the other, it made an absolutely horrendous noise, and I absolutely loved it! It was glorious and I was hooked. I shortly thereafter learnt enough to build a pair of two-way loudspeakers and an "ETI-3000" integrated amplifier - a kit design published by an Australian magazine. All this was, of course, somewhat of a distraction from more serious pursuits, like classical piano practice and studying for exams. I subsequently undertook two degrees in Electrical Engineering as a result, with an emphasis on musical sound synthesis. Since then I have pursued my interest in audio and hi-fi in various ways, jumping around between commercial equipment, explorations into vintage gear, and the occasional bout of DIY fanaticism.

RME ADI-2 Pro : a Technical Overview

“I recently found myself intrigued by an interface from the pro-sound world, the RME ADI-2 Pro,” writes John Reekie. This line-level convertor and audio interface is billed as RME’s “reference” A/D and D/A convertor, but also has a solid complement of onboard processing, two powerful headphone amps, and technical performance good enough for use as a measurement front end.

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Droidisk – Playing music

John Reekie wraps up his articles on inexpensive SBC-based music servers, with instructions on how to install music-related services on the ODroid HC1. This time, he’s also using an Android tablet as the renderer.

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Droidisk – An inexpensive compact music server

John Reekie revisits his Raspberry Pi based music server with a new offering: the ODroid HC1 (“home compute server”). “The HC1 has the distinguishing feature of a SATA port, so that it connects to a hard drive without going through USB. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port and a much faster processor than the Pi.” Get ready to sharpen your command line skills!

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PiDisk – syncing the music library

More command-line fu, this time mostly on your Mac instead of the Raspberry Pi. The purpose? To create a robust solution for synchronizing your music library (or libraries) on your Mac over to the PiDIsk. John Reekie walks you through it step by step and concludes the series: “All in all, I’m very pleased with this playback ‘ecosystem’… you don’t have to spend much to get started.”

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PiDisk – adding the music services

Files are one thing, but music is another. To make the PiDisk music-aware, John Reekie adds two services to it. MinimServer gives UPnP clients a “music aware” view of the files, while BubbleUPnP turns the player into an “OpenHome renderer.” Meaning? TIDAL too.

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PiDisk – an inexpensive Raspberry Pi music server

John Reekie continues his journey into the Land of Pi by setting up a second Pi dedicated as a music server. Pi, case, power supply and a portable hard drive. He goes “command line” on this one, but provides step by step instructions all the way. This article, the first in a series of three, provides the foundation by setting up the Pi as a file share.

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How to stream TIDAL to the Raspberry Pi

In the fourth part of his three-part series on how to put together and set up an inexpensive music streamer using a Raspberry Pi and a HifiBerry digital output card, John Reekie explains how to stream TIDAL directly to the Raspberry Pi. He also picks his favorite controllers on three different platforms. He concludes by promising to add a second Raspberry Pi to act as a music server.

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How to Network your Mac music system with the Raspberry Pi and HiFiBerry – Part 3

John Reekie wraps up his three-part series on an inexpensive music streamer built from a Raspberry Pi and a HifiBerry DIGI+ interface card. This instalment covers a range of topics that didn’t fit in the first two instalments: more controller apps, Wi-Fi, Airplay, use with an Android tablet, and various questions and thoughts about power supplies and DACs. As a bonus, he briefly covers how to use the PiStreamer with JRiver Media Center.

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How to Network your Mac music system with the Raspberry Pi and HiFiBerry – Part 2

“Networked music playback can be a bit… confusing,” writes John Reekie as he begins the second article in his series on the “PiStreamer.” He decides to use a simple (ish) architecture with a music server running on a Mac and a controller app running on an iPad, and shows how to set up the various components.

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How to Network your Mac music system with the Raspberry Pi and HiFiBerry – Part 1

“In this article, I’m going to take a bit of a right turn…” writes John Reekie, as he prepares to sort out a streaming music solution based on a $35 credit-card sized computer. Add a digital interface board, a case, a power supply, a Wifi card… OK for a bit over a hundred dollars, “there’s no reason every Mac user shouldn’t just get one to play with.”

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