New HAL System Products for InfoComm 2014

How did we improve a product by 750 times? That’s 57.5 dB better. And don’t worry, the accounting department checked and double checked our math here, so you know it’s gotta be good.Math

Here’s an informal video slide deck of three new products.

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Does your DSP troubleshoot the cable installation?

Close up of electrician holding cable spoolHere’s a video showing how the Hardware Workspace in Rane’s Halogen software shows you exactly where bad cables are located. Both the HAL hardware and the Halogen software point you toward the exact problem. And you thought software couldn’t fix two cables that were swapped by the folks who pulled the cable for you…

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Managing Device IP Addresses with Halogen’s Web Controls

HAL-controlled Lemonade Stand

HAL-controlled Lemonade Stand

If you’re wondering how to effectively set up control devices and the HAL’s IP Addresses when using Halogen’s Web Controls, start here.

The controls devices such as tablets, iPads, smart phones, desktop or laptop computers are the easy part. Log them on to the WiFi (or wired) network, and be sure they are set to receive a DHCP-served IP Address (obtained automatically). This is typically the default in many gadgets these days.

HAL can use static (specified), dynamic (DHCP/obtained automatically) and/or a link-local IP address to serve the custom web pages you can create in Halogen software to the above devices.

Which IP Address to use in the HAL is often a function of the DHCP server’s capability or often the ability of the IT gal setting up the DHCP server. Continue reading

HAL1x Latency Details

Ah, the classic “Latency” question. How much time does it take audio signals to travel from a given input to a given output? Keep in mind that, generally, latency only really matters when a reinforced acoustic source also exits a nearby loudspeaker. This got quite long. But it’s complete…

 

HAL4 latency is 2.2 milliseconds. See the HAL System Data All Specifications, page 50.
HAL3s is 2.39 milliseconds – analog input to analog output, see page 49.
HAL2 is 2.39 milliseconds – analog input to analog output, see page 46.

 

The rest of this discussion is about Latency in the HAL1x and its various Expansion (EXP) and RAD devices:

 

In the HAL System Data, page 6 there is a Latency drawing (below) that shows the different latencies depending on the physical path the audio takes, input to output (almost always through the DSP Core in the HAL1x).
HAL1x, EXP & RAD Transport and Conversion Latency

HAL1x, EXP & RAD Transport, and Conversion Latency

Example #1:  HAL1x analog input (through the DSP Core) out to the HAL1x analog output is one path:

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December at Rane carries a few traditions. First is the calendar of events throughout the month beginning with the tree decorating in the lunch room. There’s also several “garment” days such as wear red & green day, wear bells day, wear a holiday hat day and, my favorite, wear an ugly holiday sweater day. This year, my entry was aided by the $19.99 Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit.

Ugly Sweater Kit

A trivia game is held 5 or 6 times throughout the month where winners with the correct answer drawn from a hat get a multitude of incoming gifts from various vendors, customers, awards programs and general random acts of kindness. Typical prizes are gift packs galore, iTunes, restaurant, movie and other gift cards, and the center pieces that adorn the lunch room tables.

Owner, Linda and her elves, serve the entire company a couple of breakfasts and lunches at various times during the month. There’s oatmeal one day, scrambled eggs another, chili lunch a third and an exquisitely enhanced chicken noodle soup that’s Linda’s specialty. But it’s the trimmings at every one of these meals that really brings back the memories. It’s the Hostess chocolate cupcakes and Twinkies, the Goldfish, Saltines, and Oreo chocolate and vanilla cookies that remind me of home.All the fixin's

And every year, there’s the Toys for Tots pile. Here’s this year’s 100+ toys from Rane’s employees.

Rane's Toys for Tots 2013 motherlode

Rane’s Toys for Tots 2013 motherlode

Auto Select Audio in the Priority Selector in Halogen’s Zone Processor

Here is how to program Halogen’s Priority Selector – found in the Zone Processor block – to automatically override a background music (or any other audio) simply by hitting play on another audio source. In this example, we use an iTunes song as background music, then we’ll hit “play” on an iPod music source to automatically override the iTunes source.

Check it out. What else do you want to learn how to do in Halogen? Post it in the Comments, below.

Vakko A.Ş. installation in Istanbul, Turkey

One of the most prominent haute couture and high-end clothing brands in Turkey, the name Vakko associates with the utmost quality and status alongside Louis Vuitton and Armani.

Rane DR3 in Vakko, Istanbul

Rane DR3 in Vakko, Istanbul

The chairman, Mr. Cem Hakko, personally oversaw and inspected the installation and were personally very knowledgeable about everything audio. He is the founder of the first national private radio station and currently owns several TV/radio stations and production companies.

Location
Vakko’s largest store is designed to be their flagship. Situated within one of Europe’s most prestigious integrated construction projects, Zorlu Center includes residences, office buildings, hotels, a huge performance arts center and a giant high-end shopping mall. The store itself is a two-story space, around 2.700 square meters and has 27 independent rooms/halls.

Request
Provide “hi-fi” sound quality, sound pressure uniformity and full frequency spectrum delivery throughout the facility. Four zones with independent source/level control. Local auxiliary inputs for occasional events such as parties and DJ performances. Integrate with Zorlu Center’s main emergency PA system.

Equipment
1 Rane HAL1x
1 Rane HAL EXP3x
4 Rane DR3 Remotes
1 Rane RAD3
1 Rane RAD17
16 Powersoft M28Q Four Channel Power Amps
96 Polk Audio VS90RT
10 JBL Control 47 H/C In-Ceiling Loudspeakers
22 Cornered Audio C4 Specialty Satellite Loudspeaker
6 Cornered Audio C12PNC 12″ Passive Pro Subwoofers
Supra Cabling throughout
Sources are propriety WAN audio stream clients provided by the client

Personnel
Client’s Supervisor: Mr. Semsettin Kutukluoglu (Technical Manager, Power Group)
Design and Programming: Mr. Tevfik Bingel (Technical Manager, Can ProAV)
Installation: Can ProAV Team, supervised by chief tech Mr. Naim Kaya

Rane’s Turkish distributor is Radikal Ltd. in Istanbul.

Rane HAL1x and PowerSoft amps

Rane HAL1x and PowerSoft amps

Rane ships new Halogen 4.0, EXP7x & HAL4 on HALloween

HAL4, EXP7x & Halogen 4.0 ship on HALoween

HAL4, EXP7x & Halogen 4.0 ship on HALoween

He not someone dressed as a UPS driver for Halloween. It’s Rane’s first HAL4 and EXP7x products shipping. Included in the box, and on Rane’s website is Halogen 4.0 software that adds support for the Web Controls feature in any HAL ever shipped. A firmware update to existing HAL devices allows customizable web page creation within Halogen. Run the custom page(s) on any smartphone, tablet or computer’s web browser (yellow stickies optional).

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (… because you can)

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (because you can)

Here’s a Halogen tutorial video explaining how to setup a HAL4 with custom Web Controls:

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (because you can)

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Halogen Tutorial Video: Selecting Stereo Sources in a HAL3 Using a DR3 Remote

You can use a DR3 Remote to select one of several stereo inputs. Here’s a video showing how to set up Halogen to do this for two stereo input sources.

This Halogen tutorial video shows how to link pairs of stereo zones together. Specifically, it does the stereo linking of Selectors and Levels within the Zone Processor DSP block in Halogen. This allows one DR3 Remote to select one (of two) stereo zones. It also shows how to link the left and right output volume controls together for stereo volume control.

Here’s a second video tutorial, shows how to mix two stereo input sources in a single DR3 Remote.

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