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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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.

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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.

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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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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