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About Halogen Configuration Files

For the HAL System to properly operate your audio system, you must, of course, configure it first—specifying your system's hardware components, inputs and outputs, processing blocks, control links, audio flow, and so on. You have two options for configuring your system—one option that absolutely requires saving the configuration to a file, and the other option where saving to a file is highly recommended:

note: Halogen configuration files have an extension of .hal and, by default, are stored in C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Halogen Configs.

note: A Halogen configuration file includes a single HAL device (HAL1x, HAL1, HAL2, HAL3, HAL3s, or HAL4) that you choose when creating the file. Once you have created a configuration it is not possible to change the HAL model.

note: HAL automatically mutes its outputs whenever a new configuration is loaded or applied.

The HAL Configuration Viewer

The Halogen software installer includes a small application that allows you to view basic information about HAL configuration files without requiring you to open them from within Halogen. This application displays the filename, its location, the HAL Model and the Halogen Version for the configuration file.

To run the HAL Configuration Viewer, first open the Halogen Configs folder:

Windows 7

Open the Documents window by clicking on Start Menu, then Documents. Next, view the HAL configuration files by double-clicking on Halogen Configs.

Windows 8 or greater

In Windows 8 or greater, right-click on the Windows logo icon in the lower left corner of the screen and select File Explorer from the menu. Next, in the window that opens, double-click on the Documents folder, then double-click on the Halogen Configs folder.

Now, view the information for any configuration file (.hal extension) by right-clicking on it and selecting View HAL Information from the context menu that appears:

The HAL Configuration Viewer will run and display a window with information about the configuration file:

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