Class Formats

Rational Acoustics’ Class Formats

Rational Acoustics offers training sessions that cover the fundamentals of dual and multi-channel sound system measurement, Smaart software operation, as well as the practical application of the analyzer in pro-audio work.

Smaart Classes are always taught on the most up-to-date version of Smaart. If you do not own Smaart at the time of the training, you may use the free 30 day demo for the duration of the class. While the focus will be on v.8, the theories and processes discussed are applicable to other versions of Smaart both past and present.

Discounts on Smaart licenses (both new and upgrades) are available for class attendees.  Please see the 2016 Class Pricing Schedule for an overview of all class pricing & license discounts.

The 2-day  Smaart Basics class covers the basics of configuring & running Smaart v.8 for Real-Time RTA, Spectrograph and Transfer Function Measurements.

The 3-day Smaart Operator Fundamentals class is geared towards providing attendees a full functional knowledge of how Smaart operates as a tool and the application of Smaart to real-world system engineering and alignment.  This class covers all functionality within the program (RTA, Spectrograph, Transfer Function and Impulse Response).

Although all classes follow a set curriculum, given the wide variety of measurement applications within professional sound engineering and the broad spectrum of experience levels and skill sets of class attendees, every course session will be unique depending on the specific interests and user level of the class.

Smaart Basics:NJ_Class_final1
Length of Class: 2 Days (8 hrs/day)
Smaart Platform: Smaart v.8 & Smaart v.7 Di
Cost: $500

At the completion of a Smaart Basic’s class, attendees will have been guided through configuring and running Smaart v.8 for Real-Time RTA, Spectrograph, and Transfer Function measurements.  It also includes a basic overview of Impulse Response mode. This class, while primarily lecture format, is supplemented by hands-on practical applications using both Smaart v.8 and Smaart v.7 Di. For a full description of the Smaart Basics class curriculum click HERE.

Prerequisites:  Course is open to all interested persons – no prior measurement / system alignment experience required. This course does assume a working knowledge of professional sound system engineering practices and basic audio fundamentals.

Smaart Operator Fundamentals:
Length of Class: 3 Days (8 hrs/day)
Smaart Platform: Smaart v.8
Cost: $750

Rational Acoustics’ Smaart Operator Fundamentals class comprises the material you need to know to use a Smaart rig effectively – it is the both starting point for learning to use Smaart, as well as the material that you will need to return to on an ongoing basis and master to become an advanced user. The first 2 days are presented in lecture format, with the 3rd day consisting of a hands-on application practicum day.  For a full curriculum of the Operator Fundamentals class, click HERE.

Prerequisites:  Course is open to all interested persons. Prior measurement / system alignment experience is not required, but is helpful.  This course does assume a working knowledge of professional sound system engineering practices and basic audio fundamentals.

InfoComm RU CertThe Smaart Operator Fundamentals Class is CTS Certified for 6.5 renewal units (RU’s) in either the CTS General or CTS-I (installation) programs.

Smaart Application Practicums:
Length of Class: 1 Day
Smaart Platform: Smaart v.8
Cost: Varies

Rational Acoustics’ Smaart Application Practicums focus on the use of the Smaart measurement platform in “real world” professional audio engineer work. They examine the implementation of the information presented in the Smaart Basics or Operator Fundamentals classes – the various measurement capabilities, control parameters, data reading and measurement rig configuration skills – in using Smaart as tool for professional sound system engineering tasks.

Multi-Channel Measurement Practicum: This practicum is a more advanced practicum focusing on the complexities of multi-channel measurement configurations and is offered as an optional 4th day at selected Smaart training sessions throughout the year. This practicum is designed to be very hands-on and requires all attendees to have computers outfitted with both Smaart v.8 and Dante Virtual Sound Card. For a full curriculum of the Multi-Channel Measurement Practicum, click HERE.

All Smaart Application Practicum sessions provide:

  • An overview of the Practicum’s example application(s) including  both the application goals and standard processes for employing Smaart in that task.
  • A review of the Smaart measurement rig being used and an in-depth process for evaluating its functionality (i.e. – setting up and checking your Smaart rig).
  • Hands-on demonstrations and/or practice sessions of the Smaart application with an in-depth discussion of real-world data interpretation.

Prerequisites:  The Smaart Application Practicums assume prior attendance at a Smaart Operator Fundamentals course. Students who wish to attend a Practicum course but do not meet this pre-requisite must obtain Instructor/session Host approval prior to registration.

Note about personal Computers:
All class attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their laptop computers with the lastest version of Smaart measurement software installed (fully featured demo versions are available online) and either Dante VSC or a stereo line level input, either via a built-in sound card or an external preamp unit (requirement differs per class, please specific class information at time of registration). Bringing complete measurement rigs (including mixers, mics, etc.) is not necessary.