Playing your favorite music on the DDDAC with your iPad!
Great DAC with USB Input, but where to put the PC? That is one of those little problems, we always make compromises for.
I had my notebook standing on top of my turntable and walking back and forward between there and the couch....
not a very nice solution. So I bought long USB cables, so I could put the notebook on my lap. It is called laptop after all, doesn't it?
Still not 100%, very warm and still not very convenient.... Why not with my iPad? I asked myself, I use this so comfortably with my other equipment (as remote control)
Eureka! Suddenly the pieces of the puzzle fall in place... I stumbled over the "APP" from Jump desktop. A full screen remote PC control APP based on VNC protocol...
With this APP, you can control the PC through your iPad through the network (or even Internet).
Now I got really sped up; why not use the old FitPC2 I had still lying around as
dedicated Foobar 2000 server. Well, that was done quickly.... I installed Windows 7,
Foobar, WASAPI drivers and of course the USB Drivers for the WaveIO board.
I had an account set up which installed all I needed (including VNC software).
All EXTREMELY simple. It can be done from their WEB Site:
Please see below some pictures on how it works...
The headless, fan less PC
This is just an example; every PC will work of course. A small fan less PC does has its charm I must say... But one thing is important,
the PC must be able to work as a so called headless PC; meaning it will work without a mouse, keyboard and monitor connected to it...
A small PC without keyboard and monitor, could be placed in close proximity of the DAC in the audio rack for example
This is the actual APP which allows connection to the remote PC. You can download it in the Apple store
When you open it, you see a list of all PC's which are set up for remote control. You see my PC, my Notebook and the DAC PC listed...
A few seconds after selection the DAC PC, I have a full screen, as if I am working at the monitor of this PC :-)
Here is the Foobar 2000 screen
You can see the small circle, which is basically the finger gesture controlled mouse on the iPad
Just a few more screenshots how it looks
I like it very much and it really works nicely from the couch :-)