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

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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Why Rane’s HAL System RADs & DRs Require Shielded CAT 5e Cables

Shielded CAT5e or better cable for all RAD and DR devices is required solely to satisfy the high-frequency emissions and susceptibility requirements of government (FCC) and commission-based (CE) regulatory agencies. If you use unshielded cable at an installation, you are improperly installing these products, and violating the approved use restrictions in the US and CE countries. Shielded RJ-45 connector

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Halogen Tutorial Video: Programming DR Remotes: Selecting Sources and Adjusting Volume in Many Independent Zones

Rane’s DR3 remote and its siblings, the DR2 & DR1, are consistently praised by contractors and consultants as the most intuitive and easy-to-understand control devices – especially when you have end users who need something simple.

Rane DR3, DR2 & DR1 remotes

At their cost-effective price point, these Digital Remotes, or “DRs,” are the perfect solution to augment one of the four HAL audio DSP brains.
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Rane’s Acoustic Echo Canceling for HAL1x and Customizable Web Control for Any HAL

Here’s a preview of Halogen 4.0’s products announced at InfoComm in Orlando, Florida, June 2013.

  1. Drag and drop Acoustic Echo Canceling for the HAL1x in the new EXP7x Expander.
  2. Completely customizable Web Control of any HAL using almost any device with a web browser – no Apps required – just a smart phone, tablet and/or PC
  3. The new HAL4 with 2-channel drag-and-drop DSP.

Halogen 4.0-generated custom Web Control GUI

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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.
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Halogen 3.0 Software and the HAL1x Expansion Bus

New Halogen 3.0 supports 5 new HAL System devices and includes the new 512 x 512 audio channel Expansion Bus.

The new Expansion Bus surpasses any and all Ethernet-based control and audio transport solutions (e.g., CobraNet, Dante, and yes, even Ethernet AVB) since it  allows HAL to do things none of these do – see this post for details. For Expansion Bus details, click here.

Meeting Talk

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