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Rane RPE 228 User Guide
The RPE 228 provides significant features,
advantages and benefits that are desirable and
necessary for the successful use of a broadband
equalizer by a designer or installer. While
being a superb equalizer, the real secret to its
success is the unmatched user friendly aspect of
the software.
More than two years of careful field-testing has gone
into the RPE 228, to ensure that reliability and
critical performance criteria are met or exceeded in
real world applications. The unit is tamper-proof,
meaning that when it is installed and configured, it
will not allow unauthorized personnel to alter or
manipulate its settings or functions unless such
access is intended. This level of security is provided
through a combination of hardware and software
features. The first section of this guide, Hardware,
outlines significant advantages of the basic unit itself.
The second section, Software, features functions
under computer control, including step-by-step
software installation and operation.
• The RPE 228 is a standard one rackspace (1U) high, full 19-inch wide unit.
• The unit is tamper-proof, and does not reuqire a computer for daily operation.
• The front panel provides critical information that is most helpful to a technician or end-user. While
Rane subscribes to the concept that tamper-proof programmable equalizers are important, Rane
believes that technicians can greatly benefit from status indicators. So, our front panel includes:
Power On Indicator: Hey, the juice is on!
Communications: (When “talking” to the unit) “I’m listening and will do as I’m told.”
Bypass (Each Channel): What an expensive patch cord!
Signal Presence (Each Channel): Incoming, Incoming!
Clip (Each Channel): Okay, enough already; turn it down!
Tamper-proof doesn’t have to mean dead-front.
So... how about our hindquarters? Well, since this product was conceived, intended, planned
and determined for unqualified success in the fixed-installation markets, Rane made the ins and outs
“just right” for those applications.
Signal Input and Output are easy to wire and detachable Euroblock connectors (also known as
Phoenix™ connectors).
Remote Switch External Memory Selection (Contact Closure Switch Terminals) are detachable Euroblock connectors. A single pole switch, several single pole switches in different
locations, or up to an eight pole switch may be used depending on the number of presets
required. A third-party touch screen with a contact closure interface would also work well.
RS 232 Control DB9 Connectors; The INPUT connector receives direction from a PC
via a standard serial port, or is a loop-through from another RPE 228. The OUTPUT
connector extends the communications loop to the next unit — we even supply the 18”
interconnect cable.
Device Address dipswitches allow the unit to be identified as one of the
potentially 250 devices on-line in a system. This way, one computer can talk to
and program each unit separately.
In addition to the above connectors, the low voltage AC outboard power
supply (not a wall wart!!) not only powers the RPE 228, but enables the
unit to be UL exempt... and quiet, to boot!
In summary, the front panel is tamper-proof, so that no one can alter settings. And it
includes important information to help verify proper or improper function. The back panel
features switches, inputs and outputs, and control points that are easy to use and require no
additional connectors.
It goes without mentioning—but we do it anyway—that the chassis is robust and coldrolled steel for all kinds of strength and protection, from butterfingers to RFI.
So, that’s the product. And we are proud of it! But remember—the real secret of the
RPE 228 is the software.
Step by Step Installation. If you have the
RaneWare 3.5" floppy disk, insert it in your
drive. In Windows 3.1 Program Manager, under
File, select Run. On the command line, type
A:\install. Click OK. This starts installation. In
Windows 95, use Add/Remove Programs in
the Control Panel.
We worked diligently for quite awhile to
make RaneWare as effective and intuitive as we
could. Our goal was (and is) to provide you with
software that is easy to use, doesn’t cost you an
“arm and a leg” (how about no charge), and
makes our product so natural for you that you
just can’t wait to use it again and again!
• RaneWare 232 works under Windows 3.1 or
Windows 95®, on a PC or laptop. It also
succesfully tested with a Power Macintosh®
running SoftWindows™ version 2.0.
• RaneWare 232 needs a fully wired DB9 cable
less than 50' long, connecting from the serial port
of a computer to the RPE 228 communications
input port. No interface boxes are required; just a
cable and your computer.
If you downloaded RaneWare from the web,
decompress the file first. Create a new directory
named RANEWARE, and move the
RW232***.EXE file to this new directory. Now
run this file, and all the separate files will decompress. Locate INSTALL.EXE, click OK.
Installation now proceeds, as this screen verifies
file locations.
• RaneWare 232 can be fully demonstrated and
used without an actual RPE 228 attached.
• A RaneWare 3½" floppy comes with each unit.
Installation is simple, with instructions on the
disk label. The latest version is downloadable 24
hours a day from Rane’s Internet web site,
• A generous Help screen is included online with
the RaneWare 232 software; mucho pages of
text, but oh, so easy to navigate.
• The software is so easy to use, so intuitive,
you’ll wonder why someone else didn’t do it
Starting RaneWare. A RaneWare program
group is now created. When the software is first
installed, the Help screen appears. Here any
questions can get answered. Subsequent activation does not bring up the Help screen until you
ask for it. But let’s get on with the program.
Close the Help file, and welcome to RaneWare!
This screen stays up for a few seconds, then
Polling begins the first time you run the program. This process checks if any RPEs are
connected to the serial port. If a Device is found,
you are in control! (If not, with an RPE connected, read the Help file [Reference, Troubleshooting Hints]). If you don’t have an RPE
connected, you can still use RaneWare offline.
After Polling, the Graph screen appears.
Changing curves. Go ahead,
grab any slider with the mouse
cursor. An accurate representation
of the full audio frequency response is portrayed in the graph.
Once a filter band is selected,
clicking above or below the slider can make fine
half decibel adjustments. The up/down cursor
keys can also make these adjustments, while the
left/right keys move from one band to the next.
Clicking the Select key changes the audio
channel being controlled. Channel 1 appears in
red. Channel 2 appears in yellow. Checking the
Both box under Graph Display shows both
channels at the same time, but only the active
channel’s sliders can be operated.
Go ahead, play! You'll find Low and High
Cut filters, Input and Output level controls, Mute
and Bypass switches, just like our other high end
equalizers. Only now you can instantly see the
equalizer response! If you have an equalizer
connected, changes are instantly heard.
The Device menu contains a few handy
tools. Flatten does just that, and gives you a
clean slate on either or both channels. Copy lets
you transfer a curves between channels.
The Views menu lets you switch between
viewing a single channel with graph and sliders,
or both sets of sliders on one screen, or both
graphs on one screen. This is useful for comparing channels and stereo equalization.
Memories. The red local memory number
flashes to indicate that current memory settings
have changed. If you wish to save these settings
in one of the 16 memories, simply click Store,
and the memory number key. It's that easy! Go
ahead and store different curves in different
memories. After storing a few, clicking any
memory number instantly recalls that memory.
Store your favorites in memories 1 through 8,
since these can be recalled via the rear panel
Remote Switch contact closures when the computer is removed.
To change a curve without affecting the
audio in the RPE, simply select Local Edit
before making any changes, make them, and reclick Local Edit. You will be asked: Accept the
Edited Curve? Answering Yes sends that curve
to the RPE. While Local Edit is selected, clicking on any of the memory buttons displays the
preview curve without sending it to the RPE.
Device brings up a selection menu of up to
15 RPE units connected to the computer. Simply
select the device you wish to control.
Devices and channels can also be given
custom names, tailored to your installation.
Simply choose Device, Name Device, and the
following screen appears.
Security. The RPE can be operated on a
daily basis either through the computer, or
through the contact closures. To preserve preset
security with a computer operator, the software
can be locked (under Device), and a system
password can be assigned (under System,
Change Password). The default password is
With the device locked, and a user tries to
change a curve, this friendly screen appears.
If your installation changes by adding more
RPE units, choose Device, Select, and the
POLL button to make the computer recognize
currently connected units in the system.
When multiple units are connected, assign
each unit a unique Device Address number. Rane
provides a special calculator to assist in setting
the dip switches on the back of each unit. AltTab to the Windows Program Manager, and in
the RaneWare program group, launch the
RaneWare 232 Address Calculator. This
binary calculator converts decimal numbers into
corresponding dipswitch settings.
Presets can be customized with names,
through System, Site Control Panel Setup.
Here each memory can have a logical name.
To get back to edit mode, Right-Click the
mouse on the Device Control Panel title bar. This
will open the menu allowing you to return to
Device Edit mode or exit the program altogether.
As usual, a password is required for either
This Site Control Panel is all an operator
needs to see to recall memories. If only a few
presets are required, blanking an entry in the Site
Control Panel Setup removes the button from
this screen, simplifying operation. A password is
not required to operate the RPE from this screen.
If more than 16 memories are needed, they
can be saved to disk and recalled later. For
mobile sound trucks, presets for a particular
venue can be saved to disk and loaded when
returning to that venue. Printouts of device data,
graphs, and curves are available for those who
still like to file paper. These can be kept in the
project file.
Hints for Windows 95 Users
If you find yourself squeezed for room at
the bottom of the screen, you can modify the
Task Bar so it only appears when you move the
mouse pointer below the bottom of the screen.
To do this,
Right-Click on a blank spot on the task bar.
Select Properties
Enable Auto Hide
Press OK.
While operating the Device Control Panel
in Windows 95, there is no button-box for the
system menu on the title bar. There is, however, a
Close-Window button-box.
As expected, the Close-Window button-box
does exit the Device Control Panel, but unfortunately, it also quits RW-232.
Accurate, simple, complete specifications
and an operator’s manual are supplied to inform
the designer and technician about the RPE 228.
These are downloadable from Rane's web site as
well. The operator’s manual features a “Quick
Start” section that gets the installer up and
running in seconds. But even easier to use than
the manual is the complete Windows Help file.
Here, many operational questions are answered.
Third-Party Support. AMX has complete
information on the Rane RPE 228 so that they
can easily incorporate the unit into any special
applications with their equipment.
In conclusion, the real key to your success
with the RPE 228 and RaneWare 232 is a little
practice (remember, the software can be used
without an actual unit attached to the PC). You
have to reach a comfort level and some enthusiasm for the power and simplicity of this great
approach to providing solutions. Reaching that
comfort level is easy and it will make you an
expert in front of your client.
Rane has accurately assessed the needs of
the installer and client, we are proud to provide a
superior solution that is unmatched in ease of use
and security.
20 FAB Reasons to Own an RPE 228
1) 1U Rackspace
Takes less space
2) Rackmountable
Ready to install
No adaptors required
3) Tamper-proof
No unauthorized access
No compromise of settings
4) Front Panel Indicators
Tells status of operation
Instant troubleshooting
5) No Front Panel Controls
No security cover with special screws
6) Detachable Euroblocks
Quick hookup
Fast installation/service, no extra cost
7) 232 serial port
Standard protocol
No extra “black boxes”
8) Rane Power Supply
Safety agency exempt
Meets safety requirements
9) Dipswitch Selectable ID
Easy to set and change
Access, flexibility, expandability
10) Steel Chassis
Resists physical and electrical abuse
11) RaneWare 232
Unmatched ease of use
Intuitive, fast and easy to use.
12) RaneWare 232
No cost
Extra profit / Instant upgrades
13) RaneWare 232
Superior performance
Confidence in use
14) RaneWare 232
Backup, verification
“Insurance”, proven performance
15) RaneWare 232
Standard PC gear
No special hardware costs
16) RaneWare 232
Complete on-screen help
Immediate easy answers
17) Data Sheet
Clear, concise, honest info
Accurate, easy to learn
18) Operator’s Manual
Clear, complete
Easy to use, full documentation
19) http://www.rane.com
Instant info and upgrades
24 hours a day
20) RANE
U.S. designed/made
Customer support.
©Rane Corporation 10802 47th Ave. W., Mukilteo WA 98275-5098 TEL (206)-355-6000 FAX (206)-347-7757 WEB http://www.rane.com
All features & specifications subject to change without notice. 520-437 FEB96
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