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#1 2013-09-12 18:24:02

n0stradamus
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Penguin sound for house party :)

Hey guys,

we are trying to set up a sound system for a party in several rooms. As
they are directly next to each other, simultaneous playback of sound
inside the two rooms would be really great.
Now I know that Apples AirPlay made it possible to stream sound to several
devices and play it back in sync - but neither of us owns an Apple device.

Before borrowing some Apple stuff, we're of course eager to try it on Linux ;-)
Our setup consists of two machines: a headless device that is supposed
to receive only and my desktop where the music should be chosen.
Both machines are connected to speaker systems of their own and run Arch Linux.
And they are also in the same network. So to sum it up:

  • 2 machines, both Archlinux

  • same network

  • both should play back sound simultaneously

  • sound is streamed from one machine

Now, I have experimented a little with local HTTP-sound streaming a little but
that was more than a little fiddling and always went out of sync after a little while.
Ideally, what I'd love to have, is a system that you could hook on to alsa,
so that everything that is played back on the one device arrives at the other and is also
played back in sync.

Now, is there such a thing?
I have found shairplay, and several RTP experiments but not a single solution
really fits my needs. Am I looking for the wrong thing, or are our requirements simply utopian?
I would be really really great, if someone could help us out! smile

Last edited by n0stradamus (2013-09-12 18:25:41)

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#2 2013-09-12 18:33:25

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Registered: 2013-09-04
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Re: Penguin sound for house party :)

mpd


[ github ]

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#3 2013-09-12 18:51:18

n0stradamus
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Re: Penguin sound for house party :)

mpd?! I use mpd on a daily basis and I was not aware that it made
synchronous network sound playback possible. Could you please explain what you meant?

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#4 2013-09-12 18:58:29

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Re: Penguin sound for house party :)

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=mpd+sync+multiple+pcs

At least the first few links are exactly what you are looking for.


[ github ]

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#5 2013-09-12 19:07:16

n0stradamus
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Re: Penguin sound for house party :)

Hey, that seems to have gotten me into the right direction!
Thank you (except for the lmgtfy-part)!

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