Smaart Fundamentals

Standard Session Length: 8 hrs.

Course Description: 


This course covers the fundamentals of setting up a Smaart measurement rig and using Smaart to make basic RTA, Spectrograph, Transfer Function and Impulse Response measurements. Special attention is paid throughout the course to the subject of how to make valid and useful measurements, as opposed to simply making cool squiggly lines appear on the screen.

Topics Covered:

Fundamental Measurement Concepts

  • Single channel vs. dual-channel measurements
  • Time domain vs. frequency domain analysis
  • What the heck is an FFT?

Smaart software overview

  • Software install / update / upgrade
  • Features overview / interface navigation

Anatomy of a measurement rig

  • Basic hardware requirements
  • Basic troubleshooting

RTA and Spectrograph Measurements

  • Averaging and Banding
  • Feedback identification (and other cool things to do with Spectrograph)
  • Calibration for SPL

Impulse response measurements

  • Setting the internal delay for Transfer Function measurements
  • Measuring delay times for speaker system time alignment
  • Tips for improving measurement quality

Transfer Function Measurements

  • Magnitude, Phase & Coherence
  • Data Thesholding Functions & Improving measurement quality
  • Data Storage and Trace Averaging


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. If you have any questions concerning course prerequisites, please do not hesitate to contact Rational Acoustics prior to registration.