Mac Mini as a Music Server

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Post by Cressy Snr » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:43 pm

Hi David,

As you say there are one or two issues with Bitperfect. I have had the static issue and for some reason, after a while, the time counter in the iPad remote app stops working. I don't use Bitperfect anymore unless I want to play one of my few hi-rez recordings.

Re the use of asynchronous USB, my Musical Fidelity M1 DAC will only work up to 48k and I am not sure it is even asynchronous, could be only adaptive, so I am stuck for the time being with optical.

Audirvana sounds an interesting option.
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Post by Cressy Snr » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:21 pm

Downloaded the 15day trial of Audirvana and I must say, it is very good.
I reckon I'll be buying a license for it.

Thanks for the tip David.
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Post by David » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:18 pm

Glad you like Audirvana. I trialled all the main ones available and it was best equal for sound quality, best for features /I Tunes integration and realistically priced compared to some at $200 or os!

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Re: Mac Mini as a Music Server

Post by cressy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:39 pm

finally after hours of fighting with itunes, i now have a working mac mini media server. my old man had reset it to factory settings so it was essentially as if it was a new machine to set up.
much swearing ensued.
i hadnt used a mac in probably 10 years, the last one i had was a flowery imac g3 with the first iteration of osx on it. much has changed.
however, i puzzled it out and got it all running.
onto the anger inducing, baffling, stupid program that is itunes............
much much swearing ensued trying to get the library off the laptop and onto the mac.
i discounted using the house network to transfer it as it would have taken days, so borrowed an external hard drive to copy the library onto. the laptop wouldnt see the drive so i couldnt format it. swearing ensued. plugged it into the mac, that could see it so could format it. formatted to fat32 so both the mac and the laptop could see it.
i then followed apples guide to moving the library onto a new computer by copying and pasting the itunes media folder onto the drive..........
a few hours later i had it on the drive.
plugged into the mac and copied the folder to the desktop so i could then put it where i wanted it.
removed the itunes media folder that itunes had created and replaced it with the copied one.
no joy.
so i rechecked the file path in the advanced tab on itunes preferences and it saw the library, told me it could see it, told me it had added the files, then wouldnt show them.
much swearing ensued.
i then held alt down as i started itunes and told it where the library was in a different way.
still no joy
so much swearing and stomping around cursing and looking for a hammer ensued.
there followed a babbling rambling perplexed call to my old man who knows about these things. he couldnt figure it out either.

after regaining some composure and finishing my temper tantrum, i decided to delete all the folders in the file path back to music so there were no itunes files of any kind. it didnt like this and told me there was no library, which was met with ranting at the inanimate object as if it could hear me, telling it that i knew there f######g wasnt because id removed it all.
i reformatted the hard drive to wipe the copied library, the copied the entire itunes folder instead of the itunes media subfolder.

a few hours later, i had another copy on the hard drive. by this time i had buggered about with the finder preferences so that i could see the user and internal hd and also see the external drive on the desktop. rather than copying to the desktop and them moving it to where i wanted it, i put it directly into the music folder so that it formed the same file path as the default one in the itunes preferences.

when it had finished, i fired itunes up and it was all there. much air punching, shouting at it that i'd beaten it and fist shaking ensued.

after activating the optical output which is not an optical output, but is buried inside the headphone jack and requires an adapter, i plugged in gregs very kindly donated beresford dac and played some tunes.

i am now exhausted, but happy that it finally works.

thank f##k for that you stupid bloody thing

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Re: Mac Mini as a Music Server

Post by Paul Barker » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:45 pm

I would have given up.
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