Comments for HifiZine The enthusiast's audio webzine Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:31:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How to Network your Mac music system with the Raspberry Pi and HiFiBerry – Part 3 by WILLIAM Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:31:11 +0000 John,
Please let me know with I might be doing wrong. I am trying to use Lumin as my control app, it works (connect to both music sever and renderer, browses the library and plays music) but the Lumin app only allow control of volume. The timing ring, other controls in now playing section of the app are blank or not operable. I can select music and add it to the playlist and it plays in the correct order but the playlist display area and controls remain empty.
Any ideas what I am doing wrong are appreciated.
Lumin App 6.1.17 iOS
Volumio 2.806 Raspberry Pi 4 w/ HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro


Comment on MOTU Microbook II by Rob Aries Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:42:31 +0000 I guess you can’t edit a post here; I wanted to fix a typo in my message above! But I also wanted to add a PS that this page (which is over seven years old as I type) is quite possibly the single clearest and most concise explanation of the MBIIc’s capabilities I’ve seen anywhere on the net. Kudos to John Reekie for putting it together – the block diagram by itself is gold! MOTU’s manual (actually *two* manuals) do a decent job, but there are several UI quirks in the CueMix FX app that can be confusing, especially with the myriad of mixing & routing options.

I’m a musician and originally used this interface with my midi keyboard and laptop music rig, playing virtual instruments. I set up a separate mix for the headphone output for my in-ear monitors; as John said, this box is unusal in that the headphone output is a separate stream, making this probably the only compact interface I could use. I got a mix from the monitor board through the XLR input and plugged a stereo electret condenser mic into the “line in 3-4” minijack – this for an ambience or “stage” mic. I then programmed my music software (Plogue Bidule) with the OSC commands to control the CueMix FX mixer, and linked those controls to knobs on my midi keyboard. This allowed me to control my in-ears mix as I played. I was so proud of myself for finally getting this to work; it was quite a bear getting OSC communication working! Then the MBIIc disconnects from my laptop in the middle of a show! Now I use my MacBook Pro’s stock headphone output and a standalone box (Rolls PM55P) to work my in-ears.

Anyway, sorry for this long post. I have to say that in August of 2020 I am not aware of any audio interface this compact that offers this many inputs & outputs, along with a built-in DSP mixer with EQ and dynamics. Maybe I’m wrong but I think this little guy is still one-of-a-kind. I hope my issues were just related to my OS version and I can go back to using it!

Comment on MOTU Microbook II by Rob Aries Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:08:55 +0000 Vale, I haven’t visited this thread since my 2016 comment above! Just happened to come back to this page to refresh my understanding of the MBIIc’s routing scheme. I have not used it in several years due to it disconnecting in the middle of a gig (I’m a musician). Disconnection issues continued to happen as I tested it at home.

To answer your question, sorry to say but I have no new info regarding using the MBIIc standalone. My guess is the answer is still no. The latest driver I see for Mac is dated July 2017.

I’m cautiously testing my MBIIc to see if my issues were software-related or just a bum unit. I’m not sure I’ve tried using the inteface since I updated my MacOS from 10.11 (El Capitan) directly to 10.14 (Mojave).

If you can’t use the MBIIc standalone, maybe connecting it to an old iPod or iPhone would make a workable setup for you, since it’s class-compliant. You’d probably need to find an app that will patch the input through to an output.

Comment on Spatial Audio M3 Triode Master + interview with designer Clayton Shaw by Rich M Sun, 16 Aug 2020 03:44:28 +0000 I, too, own the Spatial M3 Triode Masters and after owning nearly 40 speakers over 40 years, these
are my favorites. I agree with the review above, that the sound is so clear and coherent that it
just allows the music to come thru. Low is bass is noticeably deficient compared to subwoofer
systems I have had in the past but the quality of bass is the best I have ever had.
I was surprised to hear that this model was not tested using flea powered amplifiers, but I can
state that my 15 watt EL84 integrated works just fine. I have a higher power tube integrated and I
suspect that these speakers can absorb a lot of current if needed. No need to hesitate with solid
state amps. Highly recommended.

Comment on MOTU Microbook II by Vale Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:41:20 +0000 Hi Rob…
thanx for your caveat! I’ve got the same wish…would like to use it also as a standalone ADC to connect 2 external analog pres to another audio interface via spdif.
Any news? Is it possible now thanx to new drivers or yet impossible?
Thanx in advance,

Comment on How to stream Qobuz to almost anything by Thunder240 Sun, 28 Jun 2020 22:05:58 +0000 I experienced the error message in Linn Kazoo which you mentioned when I used the default OpenHome proxy “room” and “name” variable values, which happened to be the same value. When I changed the “room” variable to be a unique value, I stopped getting this error.

Note that the hifizine instructions actually say to do this — “In the “Room” field, type in a different name.” — but it’s easy not to appreciate what they are telling you to do, I didn’t at first!)

Anyhow, try changing one of them (in EVERY OpenHome proxy you create) and see if that solves the problem.


Great article, this method works beautifully. Thank you for publishing it. It’s so nice to be able to stream Qobuz to my each of my stereo rigs alongside of my own music from my UPnP music server!

Qobuz, if you read this, please continue to offer a route to stream your music via DNLA/UPnP/OpenHome (eg BubbleUPnP). I want to use open source software, and I resent services that lock me into proprietary streaming solutions like Roon or Heos. Frankly, that’s the reason I opted for Qobuz over Amazon HD! I suspect there are lots of others like me who have no interest in running proprietary software or being forced to buy specific ‘approved’ hardware.

Comment on How to stream Qobuz to almost anything by Mike C Fri, 29 May 2020 14:35:27 +0000 Update: Everything working when using BubbleUPnP server installed on my Windows 10 computer. Lumin has the Qobuz icon and I am able to access my Qobuz account. As noted by doom above, I am unable to view Qobuz icon in Lumin when using BubbleUPnP server installed on my Volumio/Raspberry Pi 4. Still happy to be up and running!

Thanks a bunch John!!!

Comment on How to stream Qobuz to almost anything by Mike C Fri, 29 May 2020 14:22:15 +0000 Similar story here- no Qobuz option in Lumin when using the BubbleUPnP Server from the Raspberry; however, when using the BubbleUPnP Server installed on my Windows 10 computer the Volumio/Raspberry shows up as a renderer and Qobuz works using Lumin (iOS) as the controller.

Comment on How to stream Qobuz to almost anything by Mike C Tue, 26 May 2020 16:02:18 +0000 Using Volumio as OS for Raspberry Pi 4. Installed BubbleUPnP server on Windows 10 computer and able to see the Raspberry in the Renderer section WHILE connected to the router thru ethernet connection. Able to stream QOBuz, though a little wonky as LUMIN sometimes shows the QObuz s=ettings and some times does not. However, I want to use the Raspberry wirelessly. When I connect wirelessly to the network, I lose the Raspberry from the Renderer/Client tab in BubbleUPnP. What am I missing?

Comment on How to stream Qobuz to almost anything by doom Thu, 21 May 2020 16:57:51 +0000 HI. Thanks for the guide!
I suceeded to install Bubble server on top of Volumio thanks to this plugin
Unfortunatly, Qobuz seems not working anymore :/