Application Practicum: Multi-Channel Measurement

Overview:
The Multi-Channel Measurement practicum is specifically constructed to provide attendees with hands-on practice setting up and controlling multi-channel Smaart measurement configurations. Depending upon venue and available equipment, this practicum will utilize multiple, diverse measurement examples and, as possible, recreate many of the same measurement tasks that are detailed in the Smaart System Alignment practicum for attendees to perform on their own rigs.

Topics Covered:

Configuring Multi-Channel Measurement Set-Ups

  • Minimizing brain-drain and confusion – Making intuitive configurations
  • Use Global control settings or not?  What are the benefits of varying control parameters within a measurement Group
  • Room – EQ – Resultant: A classic configuration case

Managing Simultaneous Multi-Mic Measurements

  • Tips for organizing and controlling multi-mic set-ups
  • Using live averaging measurement engines
  • Multi-mic placement strategies
  • Calibrating multiple mics for equal sensitivity
  • Reading/verifying measurement timing in multiplesimultaneous measurements

Combining Systems – Measuring the Interaction of Multi-Channel Systems

  • Stepping through the classic LTC (Level-Time-Combine) process
  • Examining “Lobe Studies”

Multi-channel Measurement Practice

  • Pre-recorded multi-track measurement examples for student practice

Prerequisites:
Smaart Application Practicum requires the prior attendance of a Smaart Operator Fundamentals course. Attendance of the Smaart System Alignment Practicum is helpful, but not required. Students who wish to attend the Practicum course but do not meet this pre-requisite must obtain Instructor/session Host approval prior to registration. This session does not require prior measurement / system alignment experience, however it does assume a working knowledge of professional sound system engineering practices and basic audio fundamentals. If you have any questions concerning course prerequisites, please do not hesitate to contact Rational Acoustics prior to registration.

Required Equipment:
The measurement signals for this session will be distributed using a Dante audio network. Consequently, all attendees must bring their own computers with both the latest version of Smaart and Dante Virtual Sound Card (VSC) installed. Dante VSC can be obtained from the Audinate (Dante VSC’s manufacturer) web site at www.audinate.com either by purchase or via a temporary trail installation.