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Using the Revolabs HD™ System Software & Firmware

A detailed description of how to use this tool is described below.

NOTE:  Before installing HD Control Panel onto your PC, establish a connection to the charging tray with a USB to USB-Mini cable.

  1. Download the Revolabs HD System Software & Firmware and install onto a PC.
  2. Connect the PC to the same network as the Base Station via either a Ethernet Crossover Cable, or network switch.
  3. If no DHCP server is present, set the fixed IP on the PC to the same subnet as the IP address displayed on the Receiver front panel display.
  4. When connecting directly to the Receiver, ensure DHCP is disabled on the front panel display.
  5. Launch the Revolabs HD Control Panel program.
  6. Select ‘Scan Network’ from the ‘Box’ menu or hit the F5 key, and the HD Control Panel will automatically find and display any Revolabs Executive HD base stations visible on the network (the program cannot see through firewalls, etc.).
  7. Select the devices needing to be configured and click ‘OK’

Revolabs HD Gold Control Panel

Each Revolabs Executive HD Base Station comes standard with the HD Control Panel which includes a limited group of controls and features. The Revolabs HD Gold Control Panel requires a 16 digit ‘unlock code’ to access the additional features and functionality for each Executive HD Base Station. The HD System MAC ad dress shown on the front LED panel of the Base Station is required to receive the unlock code.  Each unlock code is tied directly to a specific MAC address and therefore, a specific system.  The HD Gold Control Panel unlock code is available by purchasing a Revolabs Service Plan at the time of the system purchase, or may be purchased separately for each system.  The Revolabs HD Control Panel can operate with either a locked or unlocked Executive HD Base Station. When the HD Control panel is connected to an unlocked Executive HD Base Station, the Gold features will then appear on the screen and be controllable by the user. All features mentioned below with a ‘*’ after them are only part of the HD Gold Control Panel.

Configuration Settings

The Revolabs HD Control Panel controls all of the Executive HD Base Station configuration settings. Some, but not all, of the configuration settings can also be controlled from the Base Station front panel display. All configuration settings are located either in the ‘Config’ tab of the device window or on the HD Control Panel menus.

File – Record Events:

The ‘Record Events’ option of the ‘File’ menu will record the activity of the Base Station and microphone chipsets. This file can only be read by Revolabs technical support. This feature should not be used without the recommendation and support of a Revolabs engineer. 

System - Scan Network:

The ‘Scan Network’ option of the ‘System’ menu will search the connected Ethernet network for all connected HD Base Stations. A pop-up ‘Equipment List’ will show all discovered devices and allow the connection to the selected Base Station(s). Once connected to a Base Station, the HD Control Panel will open a device tab for each Base Station.

Note:  If the ‘Equipment List’ does not appear after a network scan has been performed, no devices or network connections were found or the connection is not configured correctly.

System - Set Box Name:

A Box Name may be assigned as a Network ID for each device. This name will be displayed both on the front screen of the Base Station along with the IP address and on the device tab in the HD Control Panel Software. The Box Name can be set by selecting ‘Set Name’ from the ‘System’ menu. The corresponding pop-up will show the current box name which can be changed. The default box name is the device IP address.

System - Set Telnet Password:

A Telnet Password may be assigned for logging into a Base Station. Once a Telnet Password is assigned, it must be entered to communicate with the Base Station over Ethernet via the HD Control Panel Software. The Telnet Password can be set by selecting ‘Set Password’ from the ‘System’ menu. The corresponding pop-up will show if a password has been set and will allow the password to be changed. There is no default password set in systems with original firmware versions prior to 3.4, if a telnet password is set by default it is 'revolabs'.

System - Set IP Configuration:

If the Executive HD Base Station is set to DHCP mode and no DHCP server is found, the Base Station will auto-populate its own IP address and display it on the front panel display. This automatic IP address will change every time the Base Station is rebooted for as long as DHCP is enabled.

If no DHCP server is available, or if a fixed IP is desired, the DHCP option can be switched off and a fixed IP can be assigned to the Base Station. The IP Configuration can be set by selecting ‘Set IP Config’ from the ‘System’ menu. The corresponding pop-up will show the current IP configuration and allow the configuration to be changed.

Note:  Changes to the IP Configuration will take place once the Base Station’s power is cycled.

System – Enable Gold:

Each Executive HD Base Station has two sets of features. There are the standard features that are included with the system and the Gold features that require a 16 digit unlock code to enable the addition Gold features. You can use the unlock code to enable the Gold features by select ‘Enable Gold’ from the ‘System’ menu.

Note:  An unlock code can be requested by providing the system MAC address shown on the front LED panel and the necessary purchase information. Click Here

Firmware - Update Firmware:

Executive HD Systems are field upgradable for the firmware portion of the Base Station and Microphones. The firmware must be sent to the Base station and Microphones separately using the HD Control Panel program. (See Updating the Revolabs HD Firmware for more information)

Tools – Express Pair:

The “Express Pair” tool allows all of the HD microphones, in an Executive HD System, to be paired simultaneously via the HD Control Panel. Selecting “Express Pair”, while connected to an Executive HD Base Station via Ethernet, and an Executive HD Charger Base via USB, will pair the microphones in the connected Charger Base to the selected Base Station. A notification will appear at the end of the process to confirm pairing success.

Note: A 4-channel Charger must be used with a 4-channel Base Station and an 8-channel Charger must be used with a 8-channel Base Station for an express pair to be successful.

Config - Serial Control Processor:

The Serial Control Processor allows the use of third party control system or DSP to monitor and/or control the Executive HD Base Station and Microphones. (See Using the Serial Control Processor)

Config - Audio Mode:

There are two audio modes to choose from when using an Executive HD System. ‘High Definition’ mode (default) which provides 50Hz-20KHz audio, and ‘Max Density’ mode which provides 50Hz-12KHz audio. While ‘High Definition’ mode provides the highest audio bandwidth, ‘Max Density’ mode provides the ability to use more mics in a given area.

Note: A change to the Base Station Audio Mode will result in an automatic system reboot.

Config - Low Pass Filter:

Each Executive HD Audio Mode is set by default to use a predetermined Low Pass Filter (LPF) to optimize the microphone performance. This LPF can be deactivated in each mode to allow the maximum available audio bandwidth to pass. In ‘High Definition’ mode the LPF is set to 15KHz and in ‘Max Density’ mode the LPF is set to 8KHz.

Config – Mic Pop-Ups:*

The user can choose to have Pop-Up notifications inform them of when a microphone is out of range.

Config – Mics Unmuted at Startup:*

By default the mics go into a muted state when they are removed from the charger. This is done to prevent handling noise as the microphone is placed into position. By selecting ‘Mics Unmuted at Startup’, the mics will go into a unmuted state when removed from the charger.

Config - Table Top Master Mute:

The Executive HD System provides two options for microphone mute performance. The default option allows each microphone to have its own individual mute capabilities as well as a Master Mute function that will lock all mics into a muted state until the function is disabled. The Master Mute can only be triggered by a control system via RS-232 or Ethernet.

The second option allows all tabletop microphones to act as a Master Mute, leaving only the Wearable microphones and XLR adapters with individual mute capabilities. Muting any table top style microphone will cause all microphones in the system to mute until another tabletop microphone mute button is pressed. Un-muting a tabletop microphone will cause all tabletop microphones to un-mute and will return all Wearable microphones and XLR adapters to their previous state of individual mute capability. The ‘Tabletop Master Mute’ mode can be activated by selecting the option in the ‘config’ tab of the device window.

Note: When a Master mute is enabled either through the control system or by using Tabletop Master Mute mode, all Base Stations connected with a bus cable will be affected. You can eliminate the Master Mute communication between Base Stations by not terminating pin 2 on the bus connector.

Config - Transmit Power:

The Transmit Power of the Base Station can be adjusted to help reduce the operational radius of a Executive HD System in order to prevent interference from other Revolabs products, or from other devices operating in the same frequency. The options for transmit power are ‘0-7’ with ‘0’ representing the lowest power and ‘7’ representing the highest power. This configuration setting can also be controlled using the Base Station front panel display. The default Transmit Power is 4.

Config - Box Address:

Each Executive HD Base Station must be assigned a unique Box Address when Master Mute or Tabletop Master Mute is being used, and multiple Base Stations are connected with a BUS cable. The options for Box Address are ‘0-7’ with ‘0’ being the default.

Note: The Master Mute function will not propagate to the entire HD System if each connected Base Station does not have its own Box Address.

Config - Lock Front Panel Display:

The Front Panel display can be locked to keep the front panel controls from changing any configuration settings. The ‘Lock Front Panel’ mode can be activated by selecting the option in the ‘config’ tab of the device window.

Config - Base Station Operation Mode:

This displays the current state of DIP switch #1 located on the rear panel of the Base Station. It will display either ‘Primary’ or ‘Secondary’ mode.

Status Monitoring

The Revolabs HD Control Panel monitors the Executive HD Base Station and Microphones. All status monitoring is located in the ‘Monitor’ tab of the device window.

Monitor – Microphone Lock:*
Each microphone has individual lock capabilities. By turning on the lock for a specific microphone, the microphone mute button will deactivate leaving the user without the ability to individually control the microphones mute status at the microphone. However, the HD Control Panel Software, as well as any connected Serial Control Processor, will still have the ability to control and monitor all locked microphones.

Note:  A microphone lock is stored in the Base Station. If a new microphone is paired to a locked channel, that microphone will then be locked as well. The same goes for a locked microphone that is paired to an unlocked channel, that microphone will then be unlocked.

Monitor – Microphone Mute:*
Each microphone has individual mute capabilities. The HD Control Panel Software provides the user the ability to mute and unmute a microphone from their PC. These mute controls will always remain synchronized to the actual state of the microphone. If the microphone state is changed through another method, the mute controls will display that change. 

Monitor – Microphone Gain:*
Each microphone has an individual gain fader. This fader provides +/- 10dB of gain in 5dB increments. The microphone gains are stored in the Base Station and will be applied to any microphone paired to that channel.

Monitor - Microphone Status:*
This provides the current status for the microphone paired to each channel. The status can read any of the following states: