Hosting a Smaart Class

We are always on the lookout for venues to host Smaart Training Classes. 

Overall, training facilities for Rational Acoustics classes need to provide a comfortable and well lit environment with reasonable/clearly defined attendee access. Further, during the class hours facilities usage must be dedicated to the session purposes (not shared) and free of unreasonable noise limitations. (Note: Rational Acoustics training classes are not noisy events in general, however sound system measurements using pink noise and/or music may reach upwards or 100 dBSPL (A weight/slow) in the training area for brief periods of time.)

Classroom Session facilities:

Classroom sessions can be conducted in any size room capable of comfortably holding the class seating and instruction set up.

Classroom session facilities must provide:

• A seat and table space for each student with ample room for laptop computers
• A separate table and seat for the instructor at the front of the class
• Ample AC power distribution for instructor rig, class laptops and class sound system
• An area for setting up an measuring a small sound system
• An area for catering items and /or lunch seating

Practicum Session facilities:

Practicum sessions require larger spaces with enough room for a more complex sound system than their Classroom session counterparts. Often, these sessions are hosted in actual performance venues. Due to the fact that student computers are not used in the Practicum session, no student seating and table space is required.

Practicum session facilities must provide:

• A seat and table for the instructor measurement rig
• Ample AC power distribution for instructor rig and class sound system
• Ample space for the Practicum class sound system
• An area for catering items and /or lunch seating

Training Session Equipment Requirements:

ALL Rational Acoustics training sessions require the following equipment:

• XGA projector and screen (or suitable video monitor(s)), and a 20’ video cable to connect laptop to projector
• Whiteboard and dry erase markers (or equivalent)
• Session sound system (see details below)
• A mic stand
• Ample AC power distribution for instructor, student and session gear

Additionally, for larger class sizes or facilities a vocal sound reinforcement system and headset microphone (preferably wireless) for the instructor may be required.

Training Session Sound System Requirements

(These systems are used for the measurement demonstration portions of the sessions and should be separate from any instructor vocal reinforcement systems being used.)

Classroom Sessions:

The following is the minimum sound system requirements for the live measurement sections of the class:

• A small mixing console
• A system processor – 2in x 4out minimum
• A bi- or tri-amplified loudspeaker with appropriate amps
• A small self-powered loudspeaker (for delay demonstrations)
• All necessary interconnect cables and spare XLR mic cables

Practicum Sessions:

The following is the minimum sound system requirements for the live measurement sections of the class:

• A small mixing console
• A system processor – 3 in x 6 out minimum
• Two (2) medium format arrayable loudspeakers with separate amps for each
• A medium format self-powered loudspeaker for use as a delay system
• Two (2) subwoofers with separate amplification for each
• All necessary interconnect cables and spare XLR mic cables (4 x 25’ minimum)

Rational Acoustics will supply the following for all training classes

• Instructor measurement rig including
– -Laptop with appropriate Smaart versions installed
– -Measurement preamps w/cables for connection to system
– -Measurement microphones & microphone SPL calibrator
• Stereo signal distribution system capable of supplying 16-24 measurement signal feeds to student laptops.
• Appropriate adaptors and connection cables

In exchange for providing the venue and required A/V & session equipment, Rational Acoustics will give each class host up to four (4) free spots in the class for any venue staff who wish to attend as well as a free license of Smaart v.8 if desired (a $3,295 retail value).  Rational will also take care of all class registrations & logistics as well as arranging for all class catering.  So apart from providing the space and gear, there is no financial impact for a class host.

Each Smaart Training Class is 3 days long and goes from 9-5 each day.  We try to hold the classes on Tuesday – Thursday in order to give everyone a travel day on Monday and get folks home in time for weekend gigs.  We cap each class at 20 attendees maximum.

All classes are booked according to instructor availability, attendee interest and geographic desirability of the venue.  If you are interested in hosting a Smaart Training Class at your venue, please contact us at training@rationalacoustics.com and send us info about your venue (pix are always good).