Class Formats

Smaart Training 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. Discounts on Smaart licenses (both new and upgrades) are available for class attendees.  Please see the Class Pricing page for details. 

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.


ONLINE CLASSES

Smaart Operator: Fundamentals Online
Length of Class: 
N/A
Cost:
FREE

In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a free online series of 12 webinars covering the essential elements of the Smaart Operator: Fundamentals training class.  These webinars are available for anyone to view, for free, via the Rational Acoustics YouTube Channel or via the Support Section of rationalacoustics.com.

No in-person instruction is included with the free video webinar series, and no software discounts are available.  The free video webinar series is not approved for any Avixa CTS renewal units.

Smaart Operator: Fundamentals Live Online
Length of Class: 
5 Zoom sessions over 3 weeks
Smaart Platform: 
Smaart v8
Class Level:  1
Cost: $300

The Smaart Operator Fundamentals Live Online class offers an alternative, remote-learning approach to covering the Smaart Operator Fundamentals course curriculum.  Part self-paced learning, part guided instruction, this course is designed to supplement and enhance the information provided in the free Smaart Operator Fundamentals Online webinar series.

Over the course of 3 weeks, students will review assigned videos from the Smaart Operator Fundamentals Online webinar series. A 1-hour introductory session is held the first Monday of the course, followed by 2-hour in-person live instruction sessions every Friday for the 3-week run of the course, as well as an additional Thursday session on the last week of the course. Each live session includes instruction covering select content from the webinar videos and the Smaart v8 User Guide, as well as supplemental demonstrations, in-depth discussion and the opportunity for students to ask questions. A companion study guide is provided with the course containing key points, exercises, and quizzes pertaining to each session.

A 15% discount on Smaart software is available to online class attendees. Also included with the course is a coupon for 1 free attempt at the Smaart Operator Level 1 Certification Exam upon completion of the class.

To view the latest Fundamentals Live Online class schedule, 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.

The Smaart Operator: Fundamentals Live Online class is CTS Certified for 4 renewal units (RU’s) in either the CTS General, CTS-I (installation) or CTS-D (design) programs.


IN-PERSON CLASSES

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, IN-PERSON SMAART TRAINING CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Smaart Basics:
Length of Class:
2 Days (8 hrs/day)
Smaart Platform: Smaart v8
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. 

Breakfast and Lunch are included on all class days. Certificates of Attendance are provided electronically upon completion of the class.

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 v8
Cost:
$750

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

The first 2 days of class are presented in a classroom lecture and lab format, relying heavily on in-class measurements by students utilizing a signal distribution system that distributes the instructor’s measurement signals to the entire class.

The 3rd day of the class is presented as a practicum and focuses on the ”real-world” implementation of Smaart measurement rigs, the gear involved, and of course, the practical application of the information presented in the first 2 days.

Breakfast and Lunch are included on all class days, and each attendee receives a Smaart Training Class t-shirt and hard copy of the Smaart v8 User Guide.  Certificates of Attendance are provided electronically upon completion of the class.

For a full Smaart Operator Fundamentals Course Outline, 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.

The Smaart Operator Fundamentals Class is CTS Certified for 9.5 renewal units (RU’s) in either the CTS General, CTS-I (installation) or CTS-D (design) programs.

Smaart Operator: Advanced
Length of Class: 2 Days (8 hrs/day)
Smaart Platform: Smaart v.8
Cost: $600

The 2-day Smaart Operator: Advanced class picks up where Smaart Operator: Fundamentals leaves off, taking a deep dive into various topics which fall beyond the Fundamentals course. This class is divided between morning lecture and afternoon lab practice. Attendees can expect an immersive hands-on experience using Smaart through various laboratory exercises designed to mimic real-world alignment and optimization tasks. Lab exercises 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 (day 3 of Operator: Fundamentals) for attendees to perform using Rational Acoustics equipment and their own personal Smaart rigs.

Attendance is limited to 8 people per class to ensure maximum time and attention from the instructors and ample lab equipment availability.

Breakfast and Lunch are included on all class days, and each attendee receives a Smaart Advanced Training Class t-shirt. Certificates of Attendance are provided electronically upon completion of the class.

The Smaart Operator: Advanced class is currently only offered at the Smaart Training Center at Rational Acoustics HQ in Woodstock, CT.

For the full Smaart Operator: Advanced Course Outline, click HERE

Prerequisites:  This class requires prior attendance at a Smaart Operator: Fundamentals course. Students who wish to attend the course but do not meet this prerequisite must obtain Instructor approval prior to registration. This session assumes a working knowledge of professional sound system engineering practices and basic audio fundamentals.

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