This is the final HAL blog post for 2015 and it is one covering a few things without getting too deep.
Rane has always been about education, not marketing. Twice a year and with no – or at least, not enough – fanfare, Rane owner, Dennis Bohn, updates the Pro Audio Reference on Rane’s website. If you don’t know it, the PAR is an audio dictionary and then some. It’s August first today, so new updates are published. February first is the other release date for new audio items. Here are a few new things:
Inchindown – where the world’s longest reverberant echo is produced. Seventy (yes, 70) to 17 seconds, depending on your soprano sax range.
A game of Chess in Halogen anyone? The first one to guess how to accomplish this in Halogen wins a cupie doll*.
* or some other Rane swag “equivalent.”
December at Rane carries a few traditions. First is the calendar of events throughout the month beginning with the tree decorating in the lunch room. There’s also several “garment” days such as wear red & green day, wear bells day, wear a holiday hat day and, my favorite, wear an ugly holiday sweater day. This year, my entry was aided by the $19.99 Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit.
A trivia game is held 5 or 6 times throughout the month where winners with the correct answer drawn from a hat get a multitude of incoming gifts from various vendors, customers, awards programs and general random acts of kindness. Typical prizes are gift packs galore, iTunes, restaurant, movie and other gift cards, and the center pieces that adorn the lunch room tables.
Owner, Linda and her elves, serve the entire company a couple of breakfasts and lunches at various times during the month. There’s oatmeal one day, scrambled eggs another, chili lunch a third and an exquisitely enhanced chicken noodle soup that’s Linda’s specialty. But it’s the trimmings at every one of these meals that really brings back the memories. It’s the Hostess chocolate cupcakes and Twinkies, the Goldfish, Saltines, and Oreo chocolate and vanilla cookies that remind me of home.
And every year, there’s the Toys for Tots pile. Here’s this year’s 100+ toys from Rane’s employees.
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.
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
Greetings from Rane galactic headquarters in Mukilteo, USA (20 miles north of Seattle). It’s pronounced: Muck-Ill-Tee-Oh. Mukilteo is a local Indian word meaning “good camping ground” or “long goose neck” depending.
Welcome to the Rane blog. Here’s we’ll tackle the installation world of Rane.
And by the way, you rock!
– Rane Staff