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DRs (Digital Remotes)

The DR (digital remote) models are designed to control the HAL series of multiprocessors in various ways: volume setting, preset recall, source selection, or reset / toggle system states. The DR1, DR2, DR3 and DR6 allow customizing labels for end users, while the DR4 and DR5 offer incorporating custom switches and other devices to control HAL. Status indicators on each HAL or EXP host, and in Halogen software, report wiring status to assist troubleshooting. All are hot-swappable with homerun connections using shielded CAT 5e (or better) cable. DRs get their control functions from the HAL port they are connected to, which eliminates individual addressing. DRs connect to either a DR port (brown) or a RAD port (blue) on the rear of a HAL or EXP.

While the RADs have a 150 meter (500 foot) maximum distance, any DR (except the DR6) can run up to 300 meters (1,000 feet) away from its HAL. It's possible to increase distance by connecting a DR to a EXP1x, EXP3x, or EXP5x Expander, which is another 100 meters (300 feet) from a HAL1x, thereby increasing to 400 meter (1,300 feet) maximum distance from the HAL1x to the DR. Greater distances can be accomplished using Expanders with Gbit Ethernet media converters and fiber optic cable.

CAT5e cable lengths

DR1 Level Remote

The Rane DR1 is a Level Control remote with several features that make it stand out against any other wired remote. The LCD display shows the name of the Zone or Group that it is connected to, customizable in Halogen Software to anything you like. The Level value is also shown, and updated dynamically when it is changed elsewhere, such as in a linked group with multiple Remotes connected. Display screens are dynamic, automatically updating when the available options change through preset activation, room combining, and so on. Therefore, the user always sees the options that are currently available. The display has a backlight for readability that turns on when used, then dims after a short time period.

The DR1 fits in a standard U.S. electrical box and comes with a matching Decora plate cover.

DR1 Side

To mount Rane DR1s in a rack, we recommend Lowell rack panels. Note: Lowell's 8-wide panel accepts only single gang devices and does not accept two-gang devices such as Rane RADs or DR2 or DR3. Use Lowell's 9-wide model which accepts multi-gang Decora products.

DR2 Selection Remote

The DR2 offers both Single Selector and List of Toggles/Commands behaviors. The LCD display has a backlight for readability that turns on when used, then dims after a short time period. The selection names are customizable in Halogen Software to anything you like.

Display screens are dynamic, automatically updating when the available options change through preset activation, room combining, and so on. Therefore, the user always sees the options that are currently available. You can configure a DR2 to behave in one of two ways:

  • Single Selector: The control acts as a selector switch that can select only one item at a time on the display screen. For example, the display might show a list of background music channels. Use the push control to select which channel to activate. This behavior is similar to a radio button in a software application (as displayed in the image).
  • List of Toggles/Commands: The control acts as a switch for enabling or disabling each item on the display screen. For example, the display screen might list presets and the user uses the push control to enable or disable each preset in the list. This behavior is similar to a series of checkbox items in a software application.

The DR2 fits in a standard double-wide U.S. electrical box and comes with a matching Decora plate cover.

Home run shielded CAT 5e connections to the HAL or EXP (up to 300 meters [1000 feet] away) eliminate addressing, external power, and the need to test the cables.

DR2 Side

DR3 Level and Selection Remote

DR3 Digital Remotes

Single Level & List of Toggles / Commands

 

DR3 Digital Remotes

List of Levels

 

DR3 Digital Remotes

Single Level & Selector

The three DR3 behaviors are Single Level & List of Toggles/Commands, List of Levels for either multizone volume control or input source mixing, and Single Level plus Selector. The LCD display has a backlight for readability that turns on when used, then dims after a short time period. The names are customizable in Halogen Software to anything you like.

The DR3 is extremely flexible, as it can control both selection and volume. You can think of the DR3 as two different remotes—a selector and a level. One knob makes a selection, the other knob changes the volume. Display screens are dynamic, automatically updating when the available options change through preset activation, room combining, and so on. Therefore, the user always sees the options that are currently available.

Halogen software lets you configure a DR3 in one of three ways:

  • Single Level & List of Toggles/Commands: This option allows you to control a single level and multiple other items. For example, you could use a DR3 to control the volume in a room as well as activate/deactivate one or more listed presets that change the audio and control parameters for the room.
  • List of Levels: Choose and adjust multiple levels. For example, you could use a DR3 to control the volume in multiple rooms or zones from a single DR located at a hostess station or in a manager's office.
  • Single Level & Selector: Control level and selection from the same remote. For example, you could use a DR3 to select the background music source and control the volume in a room.

The DR3 fits in a standard double-wide U.S. electrical box and comes with a matching Decora plate cover.

Home run shielded CAT 5e connections to the HAL or EXP (up to 300 meters [1000 feet] away) eliminate addressing, external power, and the need to test the cables.

DR3 Side

DR4 Logic I/O Expander

DR4 Logic I/O Remote

  • 8 Logic Inputs, Internal 5V pull-up
  • 8 Logic Outputs for relay drive, LED or logic level output
  • 8 Analog Control ADC inputs for potentiometers
  • 6 IR ports for IR2 wall sensors

DR4 rear

The DR4 Digital Remote adds additional logic input and output ports to any HAL, enabling simple analog level and logic I/O controls plus IR2 remotes for wall sensing, enabling automatic sound routing when moveable walls open and close. The DR4 offers eight logic ins and outs, six IR2 ports and eight analog control input ports for pot-on-a-wall level control. Multiple DR4's can connect to Digital Remote Ports on any HAL, up to 300 meters (1000 feet) away.

Logic Inputs

DR4 Open SwitchThese inputs on the DR4 are similar to the Logic In ports on a HAL. You can configure each of the eight input ports in one of three ways: toggle, command, or selector.

The Toggle configuration allows a Toggle command with an on/off switch. You can configure each port type to be either Momentary or Latching.

DR4 Multiposition SwitchThe Command configuration allows triggering a Command control from an on/off switch, which can link to one or more Command controls such as a Command preset or a linkable button in a processing block property dialog.

 

DR4 Binary SwitchThe Selector configuration uses either a multi-position switch or a binary switch. You can connect a physical device to any or all of the Logic In ports and configure the ports in Halogen so that they make the desired selection according to the state of the physical device. Wiring details are in the Halogen Software Help.

Logic Outputs

DR4 Logic OutYou can configure each of the 8 output ports in one of 2 ways:

  • Toggle: When a toggle control in the Halogen Control palette is unchecked, HAL sets the corresponding DR4 Logic Out port to logic high (5 V), and when the toggle is checked, it sets the port to logic low (0 V).
  • Selector: When a selector control in the Halogen Control palette is set to the first selection, HAL sets the corresponding DR4 Logic Out port to logic high (5 V). Conversely, when the selector control is in the second position, HAL sets the port to logic low (0 V).

Analog Control Inputs

DR4 Analog InputsEach port allows an analog voltage source to control the value of a Level control in the Halogen Control palette. The input range for the port is from 0 V to 5 V, where 0 V corresponds to 0% on the associated Level control and 5 V corresponds to 100%. Connect a physical 20k ohm linear-taper potentiometer; the Vc wiper provides the control voltage to the DR4. As you adjust the pot the voltage changes, which in turn changes any linked Level control in Halogen.

IR Remote Inputs

The IR ports are ideal for linking to the wall toggle controls in a Room Combine block, allowing automatic room configuration changes to occur as moveable walls change positions in a physical room. These ports are read-only, intended for the Rane IR2 (see its data sheet). When the IR Remote is sensing infrared the wall is considered ‘open’ and the associated toggle control in the Hardware Controls palette is checked.

DR5 Switch Controller

DR5 Switch Controller Remote

The DR5 Digital Remote offers additional logic input and output ports, enabling the use of simple analog switch controls in any HAL system. Lighted switch panels for room combine applications are easily integrated using the eight switch inputs and eight LEDs outputs on the DR5. Unlike the HAL and DR4 Logic I/O, the DR5 Logic Out is intended to drive the LED indicator on a room combine panel, and is a writable parameter. The DR5 is designed to fit in a standard US dual-gang electrical box, or mount directly near a room combine panel, up to 300 meters (1000 feet) away from a HAL or EXP.

Switch Inputs

These inputs on the DR5 are similar to the HAL’s Logic In ports. You can configure each of the 8 input ports in one of 2 ways:

  • Toggle: This configuration allows you to control the state of a toggle control in the Hardware Controls palette of the Processing Workspace. You can configure each port type to be either Momentary or Latching, which tells HAL how to process the port’s input signal. A complete description of Momentary and Latching toggle inputs is in the Halogen Help file.
  • Command: This option allows the Switch Input port to trigger a Command control in the Hardware Controls palette of the Processing Workspace, which you can link to one or more Command controls such as a Command preset or a linkable button in a processing block property dialog.

When nothing is connected to a Switch Input port, the hardware internally pulls the port to logic high (5 V). To trigger the command, a hardware device connected to the Switch Input port must pull the port voltage lower than the logic low threshold. One way to do this is to connect a physical normally open momentary push button switch to the port. When the end user pushes the button, the switch contacts close, pulling the Switch Input port low, which causes the Command to trigger. When the user releases the button, the port signal returns high and the port is ready for the next command.

In addition, you can configure port 8 to serve as a ‘lock’ input, allowing the user to selectively enable or disable all seven input ports with a physical switch attached between Switch Input port 8 and ground (G). When configured as a lock, the DR5 disables Switch Input ports 1 - 7 when the switch is closed and enables the ports when the switch open.
Note: To use the lock port, you must configure Switch Input 8 as a Toggle type of input. Once you have enabled the ‘lock’ port, you cannot move Switch Input port 8 or change its type to Command.

LED Outputs

The DR5 provides eight LED output ports that are coupled to the state of the corresponding DR5 switch input controls. You can connect an LED to each port to have a visual indicator of the DR5 operations. The operation of an LED Output port is governed by the Switch Input port configuration:

  • Toggle: If the corresponding Switch Input port is configured as a toggle, the LED Output port follows the state of the Toggle control in the Hardware Controls palette of the Processing Workspace. When the Toggle control is checked, the LED Output is high, turning the connected LED on. When the Toggle control is unchecked, the connected LED is off.
  • Command: When the corresponding Switch Input port is configured as a Command, the LED Output port follows the state of the Switch Input signal. When the switch is closed, the LED Output is high, turning the connected LED on. When the switch is open the connected LED is off.

DR5 Wiring

DR6 Touchscreen Remote

The DR6 is a fully customizable touchscreen remote for the HAL family. It supports multiple pages or tabs and any set of levels, toggles, selectors and/or commands. Drag, drop and resize controls any way that’s desired. Use custom background images and logos in full-color on the 7-inch LCD display.

Screw the included wall-mount bracket over U.S. or international electrical boxes, or flush mount the 3/4" thick DR6 with a 2-inch (5 cm) square hole in the wall to accommodate the cable. The optional DS1 desk stand accessory (shown) allows the DR6 to rest or mount on a horizontal surface. The optional RB1 rack bracket securely installs a DR6 into a 19" equipment rack.

The included midspan power injector (not PoE) connects shielded CAT 5e (or better) cables between any HAL and the DR6 to deliver communications and the extra power needed for the display.

Optional, on-screen User Access logins secure management pages from public or staff use, and a programmable ambient light sensor automatically dims the backlight.

The Control Page Designer in Halogen 5.0 allows you to create one set of pages and use them in a web control design, DR6 display or both.

Dimensions from wall surface (cm): 12.5 h x 19.5 w x 2.5 d
Dimensions from wall surface (inches): 5 h x 7.7 w x .76 d
Weight: 166 g / 5.9 oz

DR6 Touchscreen Remote

Shown with the optional DS1 Desk Stand (not included).

DR6 Wiring with Remote Power Injector

The RPI Remote Power Injector is included with a DR6. [This is not a Power-over-Ethernet injector]. IEC power cable included. 5.2˝H x 19˝W x .4˝D [13.2 x 48.3 x 1 cm]

A wall mount plate is included with the DR6 Remote

This assembled rear view shows the CAT 5 cable connection.

DR6 back side of wall plate

  • Includes (2) Torx T10 screws to mount the DR6 to the Wall Plate or the DS1 Desk Stand.
  • Includes (4) #6-32x7/8" screws to attach the wall plate to a 1-, 2- or 3-gang US electrical box, or to the RB1 Rack Bracket.
  • Includes (4) #6-20x1-1/4" drywall screws with anchors to mount the wall plate directly on a wall. (1.55" square hole required).
DR6 Wall Plate Dimensions
DR6 wall bracket
DR6 on black

DS1 Desk Stand Accessory for the DR6 Remote

  • All steel, painted white.
  • Rubber bottom protects the desktop.
  • Kensington security hole.
  • Holes in the bottom to fasten to a desktop.
  • Larger hole in bottom to thread CAT 5 cable through the desktop.

DS1 Desk Stand for the DR6 Remote

DS1 Desk Stand for the DR6 Dimensions
DS1 desk stand front
DR6 on DS1 desk stand front
DS1 side
DR6 with DS1 side

RB2 Rack Bracket Accessory

RB1 rack bracket for DR6

  • The DR6 (or RAD26) and a round 4˝ speaker can mount in a 19˝ rack with this 3U black-painted steel panel.
  • 3U rack height panel: 5.2˝H x 19˝W x .4˝D [13.2 x 48.3 x 1 cm]
  • Mount the Wall Plate to the RB2 using the #6-32x7/8" screws, then mount the DR6 using the Torx T10 screws.

RB1 rack bracket for DR6

The RB2 was designed with the EIA 4˝ loudspeaker “standard” in mind, with a mounting bolt circle diameter of 120 mm, or 4.7˝ ±0.05˝. Here are a few mechanically compatible speakers, according to their data sheets.


RAD26 One Room RAD

The RAD26: what's a RAD doing here?

The new RAD26 starts with the functions of a DR3, but adds color to the LCD, adds audio in and out, adds logic in and out, adds a small stereo amplifier, adds a 3.5 mm input, adds a 3.5 mm headphone output, and more control options in Halogen. See all the details here.