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

HAL Install in Divisible 300 Student Classroom at PNWU

Consultants at Sparling in Seattle designed a HAL1 system into a Pacific Northwest University lecture hall. Delta AV in Gresham, OR, are doing the installation. Two classrooms can be combined. Each room requires 75 push-to-talk mics for students – one at every other desk. The 150 student mics mute locally, and a variety of teachers’ mics and laptop RAD feeds tackle the instructor audio.PNWU Room Combine

Twenty-two AM2 gain-sharing automixers offer the ultimate solution. Continue reading

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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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.

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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

It’s a single HAL1 with 34 RADs in 4 EXP1s. Audio has been running for years, we’ve even been clipping several of the RADs just for yucks. Continue reading

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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