Hi there! Thanks for trying out balenaSound!
It looks like your device was not running balenaSound yet but just the OS. Showing up on the balenaCoud dashboard means it’s running balenaOS. The device might have been downloading a release for balenaSound, or it might be that you did not add one. Depending on the method you used to deploy this is done automatically or manually, were you following a guide, readme on github?
Regardless of the method, there are a couple ways to verify the device it’s running a balenaSound release. On your dashboard, go the application page, to the left you’ll se the
Releases page where all releases for that particular application are listed. If there are none then it means you need to manually add one (let us know and we can walk you through it). You can also check on your device details page, on the device card it should state what the
Current release and the
Target release are. For further verification, also on the device page you should see several services listed on the bottom section of your screen (
Regarding your other questions, USB DAC’s are definitely supported. They should be picked up automatically and prioritised over on board audio jack if there is one. After we confirm your device is running balenaSound we can look into this if it’s not detected. A quick way of telling is by looking at the logs for the
audio service (again you can access them via the device page), logs look something like this:
17.03.21 21:52:27 (+0200) <audio> --- Audio ---
17.03.21 21:52:27 (+0200) <audio> Starting audio service with settings:
17.03.21 21:52:37 (+0200) <audio> - Pulse log level: NOTICE
17.03.21 21:52:37 (+0200) <audio>
17.03.21 21:52:37 (+0200) <audio> Detected audio cards:
17.03.21 21:52:37 (+0200) <audio> 0 bcm2835-alsa bcm2835_alsa-bcm2835ALSA
17.03.21 21:52:37 (+0200) <audio> 1 dac RPi-simple-snd_rpi_hifiberry_dac
In your case you should see an entry for
usb listed instead of
Lastly, casting audio using google chromecast/audio protocols is not supported at the moment. There has been some interest but we haven’t been able to pick it up just yet (here is a relevant GH issue requesting this: possible to add Google Cast-ability audio? · Issue #102 · balenalabs/balena-sound · GitHub).