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Introduction to the Halogen Software

The Halogen software application is your home for designing, configuring, and controlling your HAL audio system. Halogen's easy-to-use graphical user interface simplifies the design and configuration process so much that your only concern will be deciding how to use the extra time you suddenly have!

While this topic introduces Halogen's basic layout, explaining the details of its functionality and how to use the application is the primary purpose of this entire help system.

Basic Structure

The Halogen software is divided into three main sections: the Application Framework, the Hardware Workspace, and the Processing Workspace.

Following is an explanation of the purpose of each section:

Notice that Halogen separates the hardware view from the processing view of your audio system. A key benefit of this separation is the flexibility it provides when configuring the system's various inputs and outputs. For example, suppose you have a RAD2 in your audio system. You drag the RAD2 device into the Hardware Workspace but then go to the Processing Workspace to configure the RAD2's line input and mic input. This separation of hardware from processing allows you to work with each input and output individually instead of having to work with the hardware device as a single entity. It also allows you to focus on hardware in one place and audio flow and processing in another place—simplifying your job as a result. Brilliant!

Another benefit of separate hardware and software workspaces is that the necessary hardware for an installation can be rapidly specified in the hardware workspace without concern for audio flow and control in the processing workspace. This starting configuration file can then be loaded into the HAL device before shipping the rack to the job site. This enables installers to have the massive infrastructure troubleshooting assistance of HAL. If the installers work faster and more accurately, punch lists are much shorter, jobs go faster and you can finish more jobs per unit time. For insight into what the heck this is trying to tell you, read the blog entry about Halogen’s Get on the Plane indicator. This can save you days of system troubleshooting - and associated cash.

Workspace Layout

As you may have noticed in the images above, the Hardware Workspace and the Processing Workspace have similar layouts. On the right is the actual workspace itself in which you create your system. Associated with each workspace is a palette of objects on the left and a toolbar specific to the workspace. To add an entity to your audio system, you drag one or more objects from the palette to the workspace.

tip: A simple way to think of the Halogen workspaces is that you use the Hardware Workspace to create and connect all of your physical hardware, while you use the Processing Workspace to select, configure, and connect the processing blocks and controls.

You have several options for learning the specifics of the Halogen user interface: