Audio product specifications always seem contentious. But they should be more like Cheerios – they are what they are. The trouble with audio specs is that not all companies follow standards on measuring and especially publishing specifications with the detail required to make them useful. To make valid comparisons between different products, or implement them in systems effectively, the details are imperative. It’s still mostly a free-for-all – especially with the exaggerated “marketing” numbers often seen. Continue reading
Halogen software allows you to use character codes from 0 to 255 in your names and other text fields (including those that appear on DR LCD displays). The character encoding is code page 1252 (CP1252) and the following table shows the supported character set.
To enter any of these Unicode characters in any Halogen field from the keyboard:
- Press and hold down the Alt key.
- On the numeric keypad type 0 (zero) and then the decimal character code below.
- Release the Alt key.
Rane has always been about education, not marketing. Twice a year and with no – or at least, not enough – fanfare, Rane owner, Dennis Bohn, updates the Pro Audio Reference on Rane’s website. If you don’t know it, the PAR is an audio dictionary and then some. It’s August first today, so new updates are published. February first is the other release date for new audio items. Here are a few new things:
Inchindown – where the world’s longest reverberant echo is produced. Seventy (yes, 70) to 17 seconds, depending on your soprano sax range.
We’ve had a few customer calls where attempting to install Halogen was halted by Microsoft Windows installer error 2343.
Officially it is Error 2343: Specified path is empty during installation.
In simple terms, this means a location where files must be written to and read from is not available. Either the destination is protected, or just does not exist. Maybe an external or network drive is unavailable.
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.
Here’s an informal video slide deck of three new products.
Here’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…
A game of Chess in Halogen anyone? The first one to guess how to accomplish this in Halogen wins a cupie doll*.
* or some other Rane swag “equivalent.”
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