Test Crestron & AMX code without the HAL DSP on your bench

This years-old blog article talked about testing your 3rd-party control system code using only the Halogen software. Here’s a video that steps through how to set up and use PuTTY software to monitor your PC’s IP Address, not the DSP. This lets you send and monitor Ethernet control messages to and from Halogen software – no hardware required.

Rane RAD26 – The 1-cable drop RAD

If you need a break from reading, just watch this video introduction to the RAD26:

Rane’s new RAD26, a member of Rane’s HAL System provides enough audio and control I/O to support one room in a HAL audio system.

 Applications include:

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Halogen 5.0’s FIR Filter Import DSP Block

FIR chainHalogen 5.0’s FIR Import DSP block is available to all four current HAL models.*  The FIR block permits importing finite impulse response (FIR) filter coefficients. To obtain the FIR coefficient’s file, either:

1) Download the applicable FIR file for the loudspeaker from the manufacture’s website – e.g., Fulcrum Acoustics, or

2) Generate the FIR coefficients from measured loudspeaker response data using the software packages that create FIR filters manually:

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DR6 touch screen & Web Controls programming in Halogen 5.0

Halogen 5.0 uses the same Control Page Designer interface so you can create control pages, then assign them to Web Controls (smart phones, tablets or PC web browsers) or to one or more DR6 remotes, or to both. This tutorial video details all the steps to create pages, link controls, create user logins and assign both users and/or DR6 remotes to the suite of pages you create.

DR6 and RPI CAT 5e distance

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Rane EXP2x Dante Programming Intro

EXP2x Dante Expander for the HAL1x

Setting up Rane’s EXP2x requires a different workflow in Halogen than all other HAL devices. In Halogen 5.0 there are only three things to do with the EXP2x. All other set up, routing, naming and troubleshooting steps require Audinate’s Dante Controller software. All parameter settings in the live Dante devices and network are pushed from Dante Controller to the EXP2x. Thus, Halogen software receives real-time updates from the network.

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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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HAL’s Multi-client Crestron & AMX Control Server

I knew it. You’re only reading this because the word “multi-client” in the title excites you.

Halogen Coffee

Rane’s HAL products are often used in Crestron, AMX and other Ethernet control systems as the corporate system audio device that adjusts volumes, selects presets or a source, and turns things on and off. One cool, previously impossible example is using the RAD27 USB Audio sound card to automatically detect that a presenter’s computer has been plugged in. Then, automatically, the control system can turn on the projector, lowers the screen, dims the lights and starts the espresso maker. Continue reading

HAL Install in Divisible 300 Student Classroom at PNWU

Consultants at Sparling in Seattle designed a HAL1 system into a Pacific Northwest University lecture hall. Delta AV in Gresham, OR, are doing the installation. Two classrooms can be combined. Each room requires 75 push-to-talk mics for students – one at every other desk. The 150 student mics mute locally, and a variety of teachers’ mics and laptop RAD feeds tackle the instructor audio.PNWU Room Combine

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Georgia HAL Install – Moving the DR & RAD Locations Around

Or Hadash SanctuaryAri Newman at Shade Tree AV in Atlanta, Georgia, installed a HAL System in the Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, GA. Architectural firm BLDGS brought Shade Tree AV into the project to design a system that complemented the venue’s contemporary design.
The client wanted an audio system that could accommodate many different use scenarios, and the preset capabilities in HAL were the perfect choice. Continue reading