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Welcome Rasmus as Scandinavian Smaart Instructor

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Rasmus (left) and Thomas @Monitor Expo Copenhagen

Denmark based Rasmus Rosenberg, is a very experienced freelance system tech. He is house technician at the Vega concert hall in Copenhagen and system tech for Victory Tour production, DPA Soundco, Volbeat, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, DAD, Safri Duo – just to name a few.

He uses Smaart since 2002 and is beta tester since 2006. Definitely a person to ask should you want to integrate lake processing with Smaart. On top of all this he is very nice chap and students just love him.

Rasmus will support the Scandinavian Smaart Partner Program with conducting workshops.

You can reach him via email on mail@rasmusrosenberg.dk

Elizabeth Paglione

Elizabeth PaglioneLicensing Lass 

Phone: +1 860-928-7828

Liz joined the Rational Acoustics team just in time for the release of Smaart v8. Although she is new to the audio industry, Liz’s background in computer technology makes her a perfect fit. CompTIA certified and a veteran to the sneaky Windows 10 Automatic Upgrades, Liz has the toolset to help form the bridge between the audio world and the real world, getting past all that crazy computer stuff. Riding along as the Technical Support Crush Apprentice, Liz accumulated a wide variety of skills to help make sure Smaart is behaving whenever you start it up. With “Error 523” as her middle name, if you run into any trouble with licensing your Smaart software, Liz will be the person that gets you up and running again.

She is also highly capable with a soldering iron, and her knack for repairing electronic components has saved quite a few pieces of equipment around the office from the waste bin.

Thomas Züllich – Scandinavian distributor for Rational Acoustics

Thomas Züllich PortraitThomas is the Scandinavian distributor for Rational Acoustics products and has been an active Smaart user and supporter for over 10 years.

Thomas will oversee all aspects of the Scandinavian Smaart Partner Program  and help partner companies by driving business towards them, keeping them and our customers up to date on the latest news and product information for Smaart. He´ll by conducting Smaart workshops at partner & user facilities throughout the territory.

Thomas will also be managing a Smaart Scandinavia website and Facebook page & group and Smaart Partner companies will be promoted through all of those channels.

For further details please feel free to contact Thomas at zullich@me.com or via phone +47 97123033

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaszullich

Tim Lalor Lord of the Code

Tim Lalor

TimLalorLord of the Code

Phone: +1 860-928-7828

Tim joined Rational Acoustics in January 2015 as our Principal Software Developer. Tim wrangles all the bits and bytes and is entirely responsible for developing Smaart (no pressure Tim).

Tim is a Vermonter to the core, and enjoys running every day as long as the snow isn’t too deep. He holds a BA in Physics from Binghampton University and will be exercising his degree heavily in the coming years.

Chris Tsanjoures

Chris Tsanjoures

ChrisTsanjouresSingaporePRProduct & Applications Manager, Smaart Instructor

Phone: +1 860-928-7828

After a brief internship followed by a part-time position, Chris officially joined Rational Acoustics as a full time employee in March 2012 as our Smaart Applications Support Specialist (we’ll leave the acronym for you to figure out). His current roles also include Product Management and Smaart Instructor.

A lifelong audio guy, Chris holds a BA in Music Production & Technology from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.  He also works as a freelance sound engineer throughout New England, spending most summer weekends working the stages at regional fairs and music festivals. Before settling down and deciding to get a day-job, Chris spent his post-college years touring throughout the US and Canada as the lead guitar player for the Portland, OR based melodic hardcore band, It Prevails.  He’s a phenomenal guitarist… and we don’t just say that ’cause he works with us.  We’d go see him even if we didn’t have to.

Chris would like the world to know that RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers are the best films by Paul Verheoven, and possibly ever.

The Honorable John Aldrich

Boy Wonder

Phone: +1 860-928-7828

John joined the Rational Acoustics clan in January 2011 to take on the task of managing all things support-related. This means he’s one of the guys on the other end of the phone or e-mail when you contact us to say that Smaart is suddenly no longer playing nice with your i-o device or that you got the dreaded error code 543 and are now freaking out. He’s also the guy who runs Smaart development projects and gets to shake out new software release candidates and try to break them.  And in his copious spare time he also manages the bug reporting & beta tester program.

John is a computer suuuper-geenius. Don’t let him tell you differently. He’s got no less than 5 Mac Pro’s at his house that he does unspeakable modifications to,  just for fun.

Little known fact about John…even though his name is spelled j-o-h-n, it’s pronounced Karl.

Dr. Barbara Mattson

Sales and Logistics Superwoman

Phone: 860-928-7828

Known to Smaart users worldwide as “Barb”, Barbara was minding her own business in the service department of EAW when Jamie came along in 1999 and convinced her to work in the new SIA Software division handling Smaart sales logistics. And just when she had almost forgiven him he did it again in 2009, convincing her to come work for Rational Acoustics.

Over the past 13 years Barb has looked up more licenses, issued more PIC codes and shipped more Smaart packages than anyone on the planet. This makes her invaluable to all of us here at Rational as well as to every Smaart user who’s ever had their computer fried by an errant beer at a gig or washed that little piece of paper in their pants pocket where they had written down their license code.

Little known fact about Barb…. don’t piss her off.

His Excellence Jamie Anderson

Instructor Guy and SysTweak

Phone: +1 (860) 928-7828
Founding member of Rational Acoustics 

The short story:
Jamie has been teaching and working in the field of sound system engineering, measurement and alignment since the early 90´s. During his career, he has worked as a technical support manager and SIM instructor for Meyer Sound Laboratories, as a system engineer on tour for A-1 Audio (kd Lang) and UltraSound (Dave Matthews Band), and most recently, as a product manager and instructor for SIA and EAW.

In the course of his professional career, Jamie has taught more than 350 SIM and Smaart classes, for over 5000 students (!), in over 20 countries on 6 continents. He has been the house system engineer for 4 Montreux Jazz Festivals and 6 Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, has worked with The Grateful Dead, Anita Baker and Louis Miguel Tours, and has been involved in hundreds of system alignments across a vast and diverse range of venues (studio to stadium) and applications (theatre, church, clubs, rock and roll tours, conventions, etc .)

What he has learned from his career so far is that art and practice of system alignment is as varied and expanding as the people, equipment and applications that encompass the field, that training classes are always a two-way street, and that anyone that understands their tools can create new and effective ways to use them.

The long story:
Jamie was going to be a lighting designer – that’s where the journey began. Throughout most of his early life, he was heavily involved in theatre production and particularly, lighting. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to study EE and optical physics – always with an eye towards getting involved the world of entertainment lighting technology. While attending WPI, he occasionally worked as a stage hand at the Worcester Centrum to pick up extra cash (=beer) and ogle the cool lighting gear the touring guys had. During a load-in for the Grateful Dead, a close friend and fellow geek convinced the sound engineers, (Dr.) Don Pearson and Dan Healy, to give them a tour of their system. What really struck him was that they were using B&K dual-channel FFT analyzers for tuning their system – it was an incidental occurrence that eventually changed the course of his career.

After graduating WPI with his BS, Jamie followed his love of theatre and attended the Yale School of Drama (YSD) to get his MFA in Technical Design and Production. While he began his time at YSD believing he would become a lighting designer, it was there that he made his transition to the dark (and noisy) side and moved his focus over to sound design. Along with that transition came his first experiences of system frustration – why does my system sound different everywhere, and nowhere does it sound like it did in the studio, and what’s that noise??? When it came time to choose his thesis topic, that day in the Centrum with Dr. Don and his B&K came back to him, and he chose “Equalization for Sound System Response Optimization” (a real page-turner.) If that day in the Centrum changed the course of his career, the choosing of two system alignment professionals for his thesis advisors cemented it – Alexander Yullil Thornton III (Thorny) and 6o6 McCarthy. The former introduced him to the world of professional sound system alignment and acted as guidance councilor in his chosen field. The latter, would become a mentor who taught him to be professional system engineer, to measure and align sound systems and eventually to teach the craft to others.

After graduating YSD, Jamie took a job teaching at USC in the Theatre Department and moved out to LA. Near the end of the first year at USC, he received a call from 6o6 asking if he would be interested in a job working for him in the SIM dept. there. He packed his bags and dog Marcus the day the USC school year ended, and headed North to Berkeley as fast as his Toyota Tercel wagon could carry him (never of course exceeding posted speed limits). So began his apprenticeship under 6o6 in the SIM department and his career as a professional system engineer and instructor.

He eventually left Meyer Sound to follow the sirens’ call of the road and the life of a touring sound engineer. In 1998 he was approached by Ken Berger, then owner of EAW, with the opportunity to join them to manage their new acquisition, SIA Software Company – the creators of the new Smaart measurement platform. It seemed like a great challenge, and getting off the road and staying married was definitely an appealing change.

After nine years working on SIA and Smaart with Calvert and Karen within EAW (and eventually Mackie/Loud Technologies), the opportunity presented itself to start a new, more focused venture. So on April 1, 2008, along with Smaart v6’s principal programmer Adam Black, Rational Acoustics LLC was born. And so begins the next chapter of this story.

(We told you it was the “long story”)

Rev. Calvert Dayton

Chief Technical Officer and Evil Genius

Phone: +1 (860) 928-7828
Founding member of Rational Acoustics 

Jack of all trades, master of… oh well, a couple maybe. Handsome devil. Wears hats well. Voted most likely to be found in the Rational office after 6:00 PM (and least likely to wander in before 11:00) for <three> years running.