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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Know HAL #2: Plug it in, it works! (Remember analog audio?)

Remember when you could plug in a live audio cable and immediately you’d hear sound? This was before you needed an IP Address, software, a mouse or (gasp!) the correct firmware in all your devices before you could hear music. We do.

HAL's DR & RAD devices - just like analog. Yet unlike any digital audio device you know.

HAL’s DR & RAD devices – just like analog. Unlike any digital audio device you know.

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Rack Mounting Rane DR and RAD Devices

Often, Rane’s Decora Remote controls for HAL (e.g., DR1, DR2 or DR3 remotes and many RAD models) need to be placed in the rack room.

To mount them, get a hold of Lowell’s 19″ Punched Rack Panels – specifically, get the D9P-ID-3 model. This is a 3U panel that has nine holes for Decora devices.

NOTE: the D8P-ID-3 model does not work for any of Rane’s two-gang (or more) models. The spacing between the eight holes is not correct. Get the nine-position model.

The 9 position version offers the proper spacing for 2-gang or more DRs and RADs.

The nine- position version provides the proper spacing for 2-gang or more DRs and RADs.

To fill in the empty and unused holes, Lowell offers the DBB-4 pack of four blanks.

Blanks cover unused panel holes

Lowell’s DBB-4 blanks cover unused panel holes

For those craftsmen building custom Decora panels, here’s a drawing with dimensions:

Decora plate dimensions

Decora plate dimensions

Know HAL #1: HAL’s “Get on the Plane” Indicator

DeparturePlane.jpgDoes your formerly favorite audio DSP tell you all 7 of the following things with a single, live device software indicator?

All hardware devices in your original Halogen design file are:

(1) physically present in the building and connected,

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HAL is Evolving (2013)

The significantly enhanced HAL1x Expansion Bus ships in the new EXP1x, EXP3x & EXP5x in April 2013. The new Bus supports daisy-chaining any combination of up to 32 EXPs, allows 512 x 512 audio channels, permits EXPs to be 100 meters (328 feet) apart, and supports unmanaged gigabit media converters (fiber) if EXPs need to be miles apart. This allows spreading HAL system audio and control I/O between distant equipment rooms in conference centers, campuses, classrooms, hotels, malls, arenas, sports centers, water parks, among others.

EXP5x Input & DSP Expander for HAL1x

EXP5x Input & DSP Expander for HAL1x

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Tip: Running Multiple Versions of Halogen on One Computer

Don’t you wish your installers could run any and every version of the DSP control software needed, at any job site they encounter, new or old? And do so without uninstalling and reinstalling anything? We did too. This is why Halogen allows running any and every version – one at a time – on the same computer. HAL knows.Halogen Logo

To install the newest Halogen software, yet still allow a previous version of Halogen to run on the same computer, follow these instructions:

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Installation at Radisson Blu Hotel, Minnesota

Rane’s HAL is running the audio at new the Radisson Blu Hotel next to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. With over 26,000 square feet of meeting and event space, HAL does considerably more that just open the pod bay doors.

Radisson image Artist Rendering

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Random Entropy – Factory Testing HAL

Here’s a HAL test rig. It’s been running 24/7 for 2.5 years now. Every 10 minutes or so, it changes a room combine wall and physically adjusts a DR3 remote using a stepper motor.

24/7 for 2.5+ years

24/7 for 2.5+ years

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Tech Topic – Rane DR3 LCD Screen Editing

The end user interface provided by Rane’s DR1, DR2 & DR3 remotes is what solves customer problems for sound contractors.

The Halogen software allows advanced customization to ease end user cognitive friction. Here’s how to use Halogen software to change what appears on the LCD screen.

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Rane HAL2 Installation – JJ Mahoney’s Restaurant

Private Dining Room

Private Dining Room

JJ Mahoney’s Classic Irish Pub in Redmond, Washington wrapped up a remodel in November 2012. They’ve been open through it all, so the Guinness has not stopped flowing. The new hub of the audio system is Rane’s HAL2, used for independent source selection and volume control in the eight zones.

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