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.

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 usersĀ 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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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.

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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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