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   Rane Corporation

10802 47th Ave. W.
Mukilteo, WA 98275 USA
Phone: 425-355-6000
Web: http://www.rane.com/
Email: info@rane.com


Following links to biographical information (not email).
George Sheppard
- CEO
Dennis Bohn - Director of Research
Dean Standing - Director of Sales
Greg Duckett - Director of Research & Development Engineering
Rick Jeffs - Senior Analog Engineer
Terry Pennington - Director of Corporate IT
Steve Macatee - Director of New Product Development & Training

Founders and Currently Active Board Members

Linda Arink
Rick Bernard
Dennis Bohn
Steve Brakken
Larry Winter

Rane Corporation History, Philosophy & Milestones

   The same five people who started it privately hold Rane Corporation, founded and incorporated in 1981 in Washington State. 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.

   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.

   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 five, with their original department responsibilities, are Linda Arink - finance & personnel, Rick Bernard - manufacturing. & operations, Dennis Bohn - research & development, Steve Brakken – engineering, and Larry Winter - sales & marketing. Today all are active board members.

   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 designed to make small band 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 the same mix drove them all. 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 real-time 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 – five 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.

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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 Jour. publishes Rane’s landmark Constant-Q Graphic EQ paper

1986: 1st Interpolating Constant-Q EQ

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-SlopeÔ EQ

1990: Patent: Constant-Q Topology

1991: Patent: Accelerated-Slope EQ

1991: 1st THXâ Home Cinema EQ: THX 44

1993: 1st Dolby Time LinkÔ Pro Audio Delay

1994: Home Cinema Products Launched

1995: PAQRATâ Digital Audio Recording System

1995: 1st RW 232 Software Product: RPE 228 EQ

1995: Launch website & Pro Audio Reference

1996: Mojo Series Introduced

1997: Rane 1st DSP Digital Audio Product: RPM 26

1997: Rane 1st Teleconferencing Product: ECS

1998: Patent: Teleconferencing Product

1998: New Std in DJ Performing Mixer: TTM 54

1999: Rane 1st Ethernet Product: Via 10

2000: Rane 1st CobraNetÔ Products: NM 84 & NM 48

2001: Twenty-Year Anniversary

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Patents:

U.S. Patent No. 4,882,664 , 11/21/1989 (App. 06/08/1988) Synchronous modulation circuit Pennington, Terris L. (assignee Rane Corporation) [abstract] [DjVu137KB]

U.S. Patent No. 4,891,841 , 01/02/1990 (app. 02/22/1988) Reciprocal, subtractive, audio spectrum equalizer Bohn, Dennis A. (assignee Rane Corporation) [abstract] [DjVu146KB]

U.S. Patent No. 5,046,105 , 09/03/1991 (app. 04/30/1990) Audio signal equalizer having accelerated slope phase shift compensated filters Bohn, Dennis A. (assignee Rane Corporation) [abstract] [DjVu196KB]

U.S. Patent No. 5,291,558 , 03/01/1994 (app. 04/09/1992) Automatic level control of multiple audio signal sources Ross, Montgomery F. (assignee Rane Corporation) [abstract] [DjVu217KB]

U.S. Patent No. 5,848,146 , 12/08/1998 (app. 05/10/1996) Audio system for conferencing/presentation room Slattery, Ernest Michael (assignee Rane Corporation) [abstract] [DjVu416KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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