The Rane Story

Rane Owners in 1987

Since 1981 musicians, DJs, contractors and integrators have chosen Rane Corporation (rane.com) as an established innovator in problem-solving pro audio tools, affordably priced with unequalled reliability and customer service. Rane’s primary marketplaces are DJ (performance, club, mobile & recording) and Commercial (room-combining, paging and associated systems) featuring innovative analog and digital audio products for each category. Based in Mukilteo, WA, all products are designed and manufactured exclusively in the United States with worldwide product distribution.

Rane Corporation History & Philosophy

Rane Corporation, founded and incorporated in 1981 in Washington State, is a privately held company. The owners all previously worked together in middle management positions at Phase Linear Corporation, a high-end consumer electronics company. With this background, they pooled over 40 years of combined audio experience to create Rane Corporation. Owners became separate department heads based upon their expertise. This organization created an unusually strong structure, since all department heads had a unique owner's perspective in making it succeed.

The company name was selected from an anagram created from the common letters of the first and last names of the original founders. This particular anagram was selected because it was short, easy-to-say and remember, and they liked the double-entendre possibilities implying wet-links to the Northwest.

The essential ingredients in Rane's successful philosophy are knowledge, integrity, pride and common sense. At Rane, people learn to treat people the way they would want to be treated, to design & build products the way they would want theirs designed & built, and that when something goes wrong, you react quickly and decisively to correct it. It is an old fashioned, common sense way to run a business, based on mutual trust and respect.

Rane started out with four products aimed at small bands, designed to make their live performances better. At the forefront was a unique 12-input, 6-output matrix mixer (MM 12) used to create six different monitor mixes for driving stage monitor speakers. The idea was to help performers hear themselves better. Up to that time, either the small group had no monitors at all, or they were all driven by the same mix. What Rane provided was new, compactly designed, affordable tools to help solve the many problems of on-stage monitoring. Complementing the matrix mixer was the industry's first 6-channel power amplifier (MA 6), and a companion 6-channel headphone amplifier for rehearsal (HC 6). The fourth initial product was a unique combo unit, consisting of a 1/3-octave graphic equalizer and a simple realtime analyzer (RE 27), aimed at giving the performing musician a handy, easy-to-use tool for improving their sound in all venues. In doing all this, Rane established a new price-point for performance, quality and reliability. Rane products were priced well below the top high-end equipment yet outperformed and outlasted them, but were still priced significantly above the low-end products -- thus creating a new middle ground.

A noteworthy testament to Rane's design significance and reliability reputation, is that in their first two years of production, Rane designed and shipped eight new products -- four of which are still in production today.

Rane Corporation today is an established innovator in providing problem-solving professional audio tools, affordably priced, with unequalled reliability.

Rane Corporate Milestones

1981: Incorporated in Washington State, USA
1982: 1st Constant-Q EQ & 1st EQ/RTA combo unit - the RE 27
1983: AES paper: 4th-order state-variable Linkwitz-Riley crossovers
1984: 1st Linkwitz-Riley crossovers: AC 22 & AC 23
1986: AES Journal publishes Rane's landmark Constant-Q Graphic EQ paper
1986: 1st Interpolating Constant-Q Equalizer - the GE 30
1987: Rane's 1st digital audio product: AD 13 Audio Delay
1988: Publish PI 14 Pseudoacoustic Infector data sheet
1989: 1st 8th-order L-R Crossover
1989: 1st MIDI-Programmable EQs
1989: Develop Accelerated-SlopeTM EQ
1990: Patent: Constant-Q Topology
1991: Patent: Accelerated-Slope EQ
1991: 1st THX Home Cinema EQ - the THX 44
1993: 1st Dolby Time-LinkTM  pro audio delay
1994: Home Cinema Products launched
1995: PAQRAT® Digital Audio Recording System
1995: 1st RW 232 software product - the RPE 228 Equalizer
1995: Launched website & Pro Audio Reference
1996: Mojo Series introduced
1997: Rane 1st DSP digital audio product - the RPM 26 Multiprocessor
1997: Rane 1st teleconferencing product: ECS
1998: Patent: teleconferencing product
1998: New standard in DJ performing mixer: TTM 54
1999: Rane 1st Ethernet product: Via 10
2000: Rane 1st CobraNet products: NM 84 & NM 48
2001: First magnetic fader DJ performing mixer: TTM 56
2002: Drag Net 100% drag and drop DSP product family
2003: 1st true graphic equalizer: the DEQ 60
2003: Live sound product line debuts
2004: Patent: Magnetic Fader
2004: Patent: Acoustic Echo Canceller
2004: Serato Scratch Live digital audio USB interface (renamed the SL1)
2005: Serato MP 4 digital audio USB mixer
2005: Digital Amplifier: MA 4
2006: 1st DJ mixer with Serato Scratch Live controls: TTM 57SL
2006: Patent: 4th-order tone Controls
2006: Patent: Perfect-Q Technology
2008: Mongoose remote audio system launched
2009: RAD products for Mongoose (and later HAL) expanded
2010: 1st DJ Mixer with two USB Ports for two DJs with laptops: Sixty-Eight Mixer
2010: Patent: Improved Digital Filter method
2010: Auto Mic Mixers added to RAD products: AM1 and AM2
2011: Thirty-Year Anniversary
2011: Patent: Microphone Mute Technology
2011: HAL System with Halogen software debuts
2012: Patents: Feedback Detection Technology (2 patents)
2012: HAL1x Expansion Bus + Halogen software updated
2012: Sixty-One and Sixty-Two DJ Mixers Introduced
2013: Patent: Gain-Sharing Automixers
2013: Unique Acoustic Echo Cancelling added to HAL
2013: HAL4 and other HAL hardware expanded with Halogen software web controls
2013: 4-Channel 2-USB Mixer for Serato DJ launched: Sixty-Four
2014: HAL Hardware Expanded + Halogen software updated