Streaming Vinyl Audio around the house (and beyond) with Raspberry Pi and Icecast + Darkice

I recently acquired a new turntable with built in USB audio interface and although the inclusion of USB was not the main reason I bought it it did get me thinking about hooking it up to some sort of streaming server so the audio would be available anywhere… I have a few Google chromecast (audio) devices along with Volumio & Sonos players around the house so I started looking for a solution that would support them all.

Streaming a “Record Store Day 2021” release ;-D

I had always intended to install a Raspberry Pi as a permanent companion to the turntable and started looking for existing projects that might have done similar. (the same Pi also handles remote-control duties for my Technics RS-B665 tape deck)

I found some good info in this medium post by Guy Dupont. This introduced me to Icecast and Darkice to handle the audio stream and HTTP encapsulation. I installed the stock versions as Darkice seems to support mp3 anyway (one of the sub-references Guy Dupont’s piece includes a custom build of “Darkice+MP3” but I didn’t use that). I didn’t need an external USB i/f as my turntable already had one built in and I didn’t need another app to control streaming to chromecast etc. – the excellent VLC can do just about anything, including streaming to chromecast. I also use Volumio and Sonos in other rooms: Volumio can handle “web radio” which is effectively what the Icecast/Darkice combo is creating and Sonos can do the same via TuneIn Radio’s “My Radio Stations/Add new radio station” option:

“Add Webradio” option on the My Web Radios menu
Add your icecast address in the Url box like http://icecast.server.address:8000/mountpoint.mp3
From the menu in “My Radio Stations” in the TuneIn section of the Sonos app
Add your icecast address in the “Streaming URL” box like http://icecast.server.address:8000/mountpoint.mp3

Of course if you have a VPN connection back to your home network, you can listen to your home audio from anywhere whilst you’re out and about – I listened to one of my old LPs via the VPN on my phone/car audio on the way to do the school pick-up 😀

Turntable analogue audio –> A/D –> USB –> Pi –> Darkice/Icecast –> network –> VPN –> Internet –> 4G –> phone –> Bluetooth –> in-car Audio

Of course this method isn’t limited to audio from the turntable. I’ve since added another external audio/USB interface to the Pi and hooked up the cassette & minidisc decks too. The same Pi is handling all the audio and also performing remote control functions for the old cassette deck.

Published by zedstarr

Chilled out human being, doing techy stuff.

5 thoughts on “Streaming Vinyl Audio around the house (and beyond) with Raspberry Pi and Icecast + Darkice

  1. I need similar tool for wireless loudspeakers, do you have any DIY project for it? I’m not a technician, just a DIY and I appreciate your tutorials! Thanks for share your knowledge!

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