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

HAL1x Latency Details

Ah, the classic “Latency” question. How much time does it take audio signals to travel from a given input to a given output? Keep in mind that, generally, latency only really matters when a reinforced acoustic source also exits a nearby loudspeaker. This got quite long. But it’s complete…

 

HAL4 latency is 2.2 milliseconds. See the HAL System Data All Specifications, page 50.
HAL3s is 2.39 milliseconds – analog input to analog output, see page 49.
HAL2 is 2.39 milliseconds – analog input to analog output, see page 46.

 

The rest of this discussion is about Latency in the HAL1x and its various Expansion (EXP) and RAD devices:

 

In the HAL System Data, page 6 there is a Latency drawing (below) that shows the different latencies depending on the physical path the audio takes, input to output (almost always through the DSP Core in the HAL1x).
HAL1x, EXP & RAD Transport and Conversion Latency

HAL1x, EXP & RAD Transport, and Conversion Latency

Example #1:  HAL1x analog input (through the DSP Core) out to the HAL1x analog output is one path:

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.

Vakko A.Ş. installation in Istanbul, Turkey

One of the most prominent haute couture and high-end clothing brands in Turkey, the name Vakko associates with the utmost quality and status alongside Louis Vuitton and Armani.

Rane DR3 in Vakko, Istanbul

Rane DR3 in Vakko, Istanbul

The chairman, Mr. Cem Hakko, personally oversaw and inspected the installation and were personally very knowledgeable about everything audio. He is the founder of the first national private radio station and currently owns several TV/radio stations and production companies.

Location
Vakko’s largest store is designed to be their flagship. Situated within one of Europe’s most prestigious integrated construction projects, Zorlu Center includes residences, office buildings, hotels, a huge performance arts center and a giant high-end shopping mall. The store itself is a two-story space, around 2.700 square meters and has 27 independent rooms/halls.

Request
Provide “hi-fi” sound quality, sound pressure uniformity and full frequency spectrum delivery throughout the facility. Four zones with independent source/level control. Local auxiliary inputs for occasional events such as parties and DJ performances. Integrate with Zorlu Center’s main emergency PA system.

Equipment
1 Rane HAL1x
1 Rane HAL EXP3x
4 Rane DR3 Remotes
1 Rane RAD3
1 Rane RAD17
16 Powersoft M28Q Four Channel Power Amps
96 Polk Audio VS90RT
10 JBL Control 47 H/C In-Ceiling Loudspeakers
22 Cornered Audio C4 Specialty Satellite Loudspeaker
6 Cornered Audio C12PNC 12″ Passive Pro Subwoofers
Supra Cabling throughout
Sources are propriety WAN audio stream clients provided by the client

Personnel
Client’s Supervisor: Mr. Semsettin Kutukluoglu (Technical Manager, Power Group)
Design and Programming: Mr. Tevfik Bingel (Technical Manager, Can ProAV)
Installation: Can ProAV Team, supervised by chief tech Mr. Naim Kaya

Rane’s Turkish distributor is Radikal Ltd. in Istanbul.

Rane HAL1x and PowerSoft amps

Rane HAL1x and PowerSoft amps

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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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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HAL Digital Audio Upgrade at the Ramada in Leipzig

Leipzig’s 4-Star Ramada hotel has completed a digital audio upgrade to the latest technology using Rane’s HAL System. The 1,000 square meter (10,800 sq. ft.), 15 meeting room conference center offers soundproof walls, modern presentation technology, and high-speed wi-fi. Every room opens to a landscaped park-like space for peaceful breaks from meetings.

Ramada Leipzig Main Entrance

Ramada Leipzig Main Entrance

The HAL System’s RAD devices deliver digital audio via shielded CAT 5 cables all the way to each rooms’ wall jack. Continue reading

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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Video Introduction to the 512×512 Expansion Bus for the HAL1x

HAL1x Expansion Bus - daisy-chain up to 32 EXP devices, in any combination.

HAL1x Expansion Bus – daisy-chain up to 32 EXP devices, in any combination.

I know, you were sad that you missed my PowerPoint presentation at Rane’s InfoComm Booth in Orlando a few weeks ago because you had to golf. Or was it Disney World, or drinks with your industry pals? Or was it because your boss sent those other co-workers from the Sydney office?

Either way, don’t fret. I recorded the PowerPoint presentation without the convention center background noise. Continue reading