So you're new to the HAL System and wondering where to start? The answer depends on what it is you're trying to do as well as what experience you have with audio design and with other Rane Corporation products. For example, if you have used Rane's Mongoose product, you are already familiar with Remote Audio Devices (RADs) and the many advantages they offer ... and are one step ahead in learning about the HAL System. If you are coming from Rane's Drag Net product, you are used to doing things the Drag Net way and will need to learn what has changed with the HAL System.
To help you get started, we've organized this topic by the different phases typically found in an audio design project in hopes that you can quickly find the information you need for what it is you are currently trying to do. Within each section are tips and links to topics that will be most useful given your background and your current goal.
Take a look at Understanding the HAL System. This section provides a broad overview of the system as well as detailed descriptions of the hardware components and the Halogen software. For a quick review of the system's components, you can also review the system data sheet on Rane's website.
note: If you're familiar with Rane's Mongoose product, you can skip the section on RADs (unless you need a refresher).
Also included is an overview of the recommended work flow for creating a HAL System from start to finish. Reviewing this work flow will give you a solid idea of what's involved when building a HAL audio system from scratch.
You're new to HAL and need to quickly put together a bid? Here are tips on how to get started:
For those bidders who need to provide a list of required hardware but do not plan to work with the system design or with the Halogen software, you can simply review the hardware and manually create your required hardware list. You'll need to calculate how many EXP devices are needed, if any (when using Halogen, it determines EXP usage for you).
note: In the past, you likely spent a good deal of time in this phase figuring out the conduit needed for your system. Using HAL's RAD and DR technology, you can now kiss those days goodbye. All that conduit? No longer needed! Time saved? Hours, if not days (when including installation time)!! Therefore, if it is at all possible to use RADs and DRs in your system, you should do so.
tip: Do you have any needs for portable RADs? For example, perhaps your system has varying needs for automixers, or the site needs a portable A/V cart that can be rolled from room to room as needed. Review Using RADs as a Portable Device for more details on what hardware is needed and how to design for this functionality.
tip: The quickest way to add hardware devices is to double-click the device in the Hardware palette. Halogen adds the device to the next available RAD or DR port (depending on the selected device). When all HAL RAD or DR ports are used, Halogen automatically adds an EXP device and begins connecting devices to its ports. Therefore, when you are finished adding hardware, the software basically tells you how many EXP devices you need (if any).
note: If you want to connect a device to a specific port, you should drag and drop it onto that port.
When you have finished adding your hardware components, you can save your work to a file—which becomes your hardware list that you can hand off to the designer—simple as that.
You won the bid! Congratulations! Now it's time for your first HAL System design and you're wondering where to start. You don't want to read pages and pages of documentation (although that would undoubtedly help) but you know you have lots to learn. We'll do our best to point you to specific, targeted information that'll have you designing in no time.
tip: You can find all the information you need in this Help System. If, however, you prefer reading a book, take a look at the HAL System Design Guide. It contains much (but not all) of the same introductory information you'll find here. The Design Guide is included on your product DVD. You can also download it from the Rane website.
Now, let's get started! Following are the recommended steps for learning what you need to know to begin your audio design:
You're tasked with installing a HAL System and have never seen one before? You're wondering how to go about it in the most efficient manner? All the information you need is in this Help System, but it is also available in the HAL System Installation Guide that was shipped with your HAL device. If you have misplaced the printed copy, you can find a PDF version on the Rane website. Listed below are a few tips and references to help you get started with the installation:
Once your HAL System configuration is completed successfully, we're confident that very little maintenance will be needed. But the system was designed and built (and installed) by humans—and we all know that we humans are far from perfect. So, in the rare event that a problem arises, we have provided as much troubleshooting information as we could. Refer to Troubleshooting in this Help System for details. Much of this information is also included in the HAL System Installation Guide, which was shipped with the product and can also be found on the Rane website. In general, troubleshooting the HAL System is much simpler than any other audio system you've likely experienced—one glance at the Halogen software or the front panel of the HAL device will inform you if there's a problem.
Other maintenance issues might include the addition of new hardware to your system and/or the replacement of an existing device. The plug-and-play nature of the HAL System makes these tasks simple. You can find the details here.
If at any time you have questions or issues that you cannot resolve, Rane's dynamite tech support team is waiting to talk with you.