Stikkordarkiv: Smaart v8

Smaart v8.2 Update

Smaart v8.2 Update

The 2nd major version update for Smaart v8 has been released.  This update includes a complete overhaul of Smaart’s SPL measurement functionality  and integration with 10EaZy SPL Monitoring systems from SG Audio, aps.

The 8.2 release includes many significant feature additions, interface modifications and bug fixes.  This FREE update is recommended for all Smaart v8 users.  The most significant feature additions are outlined below.  For a complete release overview, including those pesky bug fixes, click HERE.

To update (if you are running Smaart 8.1 or newer and are connected to the internet) simply open Smaart and click File > Check for Updates.  Otherwise, you can download the v8.2 installer from within your license management account at my.rationalacoustics.com.

You DO NOT need to deactivate your existing installation to install the update.  If you do, you will most likely end up talking to the fine folks at Rational Tech Support.

 10EaZy Integration

Smaart 8.2 includes support for communicating with, and measuring through, 10EaZy SPL Monitoring System measurement hardware. During 8.2 installation, the 10EaZy hardware drivers are automatically installed on your computer, so you only need to plug in the 10EaZy hardware and launch Smaart to begin measuring. Previously, 10EaZy hardware could only be used in the Windows operating system, however drivers for both Windows and Mac OS X are included with Smaart. 10EaZy can be used for all single-channel measurements in Smaart. For more information about 10EaZy hardware, visit http://www.10EaZy.com

Note: The 10EaZy/Smaart integration features are only available for 10EaZy Class 1, Class 2, and RT systems. The 10EaZy SW dongle is not supported.

Multiple Systems

Smaart can interface with multiple 10EaZy systems if they are all connected to the same computer via the onboard USB ports or a powered external USB hub. The 10EaZy Maximum Average Manager (MAM) implementation in Smaart can reference one 10EaZy microphone at a time. To monitor the SPL from multiple systems simultaneously, simply create a standard SPL Meter for each 10EaZy input.

Maximum Average Manager (MAM) with dedicated Leq meter

A dedicated Leq meter and Maximum Average Manager meter is provided for the 10EaZy microphone. When 10EaZy is connected, an additional settings group becomes available in the SPL Config (previously Meter Config) tab of the Configurator. The MAM is tied to the SPL Meters window, so you must show the SPL Meter windows (E hotkey) to see the MAM.

SPL Calculation Centralization

When an input is calibrated for SPL, and logging is enabled or an SPL meter is displayed, Smaart automatically begins calculating 14 sound level metrics for that input regardless of which meters are actually showing.

The 14 sound level metrics are:

  • dB FS
  • dB SPL Fast
  • dB A SPL Fast
  • dB C SPL Fast
  • dB SPL Slow
  • dB A SPL Slow
  • dB C SPL Slow
  • Leq1
  • LAeq1
  • LCeq1
  • LeqT (where T is a user-defined time period)
  • LAeqT
  • LCeqT
  • Peak C

This provides a way to easily log and monitor SPL/Leq without taking up screen real estate, and without the risk of resetting Leq buffers while reconfiguring SPL Meters.

Comprehensive SPL Log File

Each logged input has a dedicated, time-stamped log file containing all SPL metrics. Additional logged data includes Input Clips, Alarms, Leq Reset, and a dedicated 10EaZy Leq column if the logging device is 10EaZy. Notes can also be added to the log via the SPL History window, for storing additional information throughout the logging session.

When Smaart is closed, an informational header is written to the top of the log file containing various post-analysis results.

SPL History Window

The SPL History window is a standalone window that shows a graphical presentation of the log file generated from log-enabled inputs. Active log files (real time) or previously generated log files can be viewed in the SPL History plot. The SPL History window contains two plots where the top (primary) plot shows the full log file and is always displayed, and the secondary plot shows either the full log, or some portion of it designated by the zoom widgets in the primary plot.

The SPL History window can be accessed from the View Menu (View -> SPL History), the hotkey combo [Alt+H], or selecting SPL History from within the SPL Config tab of the Configurator. When SPL History is visible, it is listed in the Window menu along with other program windows.

Separate Input Meters and SPL Meters

Input Meters and SPL Meters are now independent standalone windows. Input Meters are automatically configured based on selected devices and inputs. Meter Config has been renamed to SPL Config and is dedicated to configuring SPL Meters. A horizontal orientation has been added to Input Meters, toggled using hotkey Alt + Shift + E or via the menu at View -> Input Meters -> Input Meter Orientation.

Polarity Invert

The polarity of an input can be inverted using the Ø button near the corresponding Input Meter. Engaging this setting inverts the polarity of the signal at the input level, effecting all measurements using that input in Smaart.

SPL Alarms and SPL Readout Colors

Two customizable SPL Alarms can be configured in the lower portion of SPL Config. When an alarm is active, the chosen calibrated input is monitored using the selected SPL metric and alarm level. If the level is exceeded, the border of the SPL Meters window flashes red and “Alarm 1 – X dB” is displayed in the title bar for the configured duration. If logging is enabled on the input, the alarm is recorded in the log file.

In the SPL Display Settings area of the SPL Config, there are three SPL thresholds that control the color of SPL meter readouts; Green Above, Yellow Above, and Red Above. If the value displayed in an SPL meter exceeds one of these thresholds, the readout color will change to reflect the threshold color. These colors serve as visual aids and SPL readout color changes are not recorded in the log file.

Successful Smaart Workshop @ Stonehouse, Sweden

Thanks to the superkind Swedes and Stonehouse for the fantastic Smaart workshop we had. It was quite a group and we had loads of fun. Thanks everybody for coming.

Next workshop and classes to follow soon as promised.

some pictures of happy sound-geeks

Smaart Workshop @ Stonehouse

Inbjudan till SMAART Workshop hos oss på Stonehouse

Stonehouse Show Technologies arbetar sen en kort tid med två av de mest moderna och populära leverantörerna inom analys och mätning av ljud.

För att presentera produkterna inbjuder vi till mingel och workshop tisdagen den 7 februari med start 12:00 och slut ca 17:00. Pizza och vatten / läsk / kaffe bjuder vi på. Thomas Züllich från rational acoustics kommer att presentera de senaste versionerna av Smaart v8 (8.1) and den helt nya Smaart Di v2,  Thomas finns sen tillgänglig för frågor och svar.

Detta lilla event är naturligtvis helt gratis.

Onsdagen den 8 februari kommer Thomas att hålla ett heldags utbildning från 10:00 till ca 18:00. Detta är lämpligt för såväl nybörjare som de som har tidigare erfarenhet av Smaart.

Fokus kommer att ligga på den praktiska användningen av programvaran. Vi kommer att ha ett litet PA-system som deltagarna får möjlighet att mäta in och optimera. Vi begränsar antal deltagare till max 15.

För denna utbildning kommer vi att ta ut en liten kostnad på 500 kronor per person, inkl enklare snacks o dryck.

STONEHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES AB
UPPKÖPARVÄGEN 7, 3rd floor
120 44 ÅRSTA

Alla deltagare får rabatt vouchers för köp av Smaart software eller uppgrades, vouchern är värd upp till 100USD, så om du går i tankar att köpa software kan du spara pengar på att gå utbildningen !

Läs mer och anmäl dig via epost till Anders.

Med vänlig hälsning,

cell +46 706 080 530
office +46 13 327 26 83

 

rational acoustics – Amsterdam – February 9th

Invitation to the demo event rational acoustics will be doing at the upcoming ISE Show in Amsterdam.  We will be debuting Smaart Di v2 and showing Smaart v8.1.

Also… as of today, we have posted preliminary Smaart Di v2 product and pricing information on our web site via the following links.

Smaart Di v2 Product Information – http://www.rationalacoustics.com/smaart-di-v2-coming-soon/

Smaart Di v2 Pricing – http://www.rationalacoustics.com/smaart-di-v2-pricing/

We are not exhibiting on the show floor at ISE, and will only be doing this special one-day off-site event.  The event is open to everyone, so if you will be attending the ISE show we would love to see you and please feel free to share this invitation with your friends who will be at ISE.

Thursday, February 9th
1:00pm – 7:00pm
Holiday Inn Amsterdam
Montana Room, Mezzanine Level
DeBoelelaan 2
1083 HJ, Amsterdam

(15 minute walk from the RAI, or take tram #4 one stop from Europaplein to Station RAI)

From 1:00pm to 5:00pm we will be doing ongoing demos of the software.  Jamie, Chris and Johnny will all be on hand to provide one-on-one or group demos and answer technical or product questions.  From 5:00pm to 7:00pm there will be a cocktail reception for all Smaart distributors, users, customers, etc….

If you decide to attend, please send Karen@rationalacoustics.com a quick rsvp email so we can get a headcount.  The room we have this year is not as large as last year and we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone. If you would like to set up a specific time for a demo,  please let Karen know so she can schedule it for you.

Smaart v8 user manual available

The printed version of the Smaart v8 User Guide is now available!

The User Guide can be purchased via Amazon.com (see link below).

https://www.amazon.com/Smaart-User-Guide-Rational-Acoustics/dp/1540507912/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481825256&sr=8-1&keywords=Smaart+v8

It is priced at $35.99 and is Amazon Prime eligible. The printed version is current through v8.1 so it covers all of the new features that were added in the 8.1 release back in November.

The digital version of the v8 User Manual is always available for free via the support section of rationalacoustics.com – http://www.rationalacoustics.com/download/Smaart-v8-User-Guide.pdf

Announcing the 2016 SMAART Holiday Sale

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From December 1st through December, 31st we will be offering 10% off of EVERYTHING in the Rational Acoustics Online Store.

If it’s in the store… it’s on sale. This means all Smaart v8 and Smaart v.7 Di license codes or packages (both new licenses and upgrades) and you can even combine it with a discount voucher you can obtain at our Scandinavian partners listed below (double discount anyone?)

  • All orders must  be placed online via our Store
  • Discounts will be automatically applied to your order upon checkout.
  • Please contact your local SmaartPartner for a voucher code to get another 100 USD discount on a new license or 50 USD discount for an upgrade.

If creating or expanding your measurement rig is on your list for the holidays, be sure to take advantage of these savings and stock up before time runs out.

Smaart v8.1 Released

ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF SMAART v8.1

v8.1 is the first major version update to the Smaart v.8 measurement platform. An overview of the new features in the 8.1 release is included below. This is a major version update with significant feature additions and interface modifications and is recommended for all Smaart v.8 users.

Primary Feature Additions

  • Complete Re-Work of Data Handling

A hybrid of the best data handling features from v7 and v8.0, v8.1 offers an intuitive, enhanced set of controls and functions for managing your Smaart data.

-Introducing the Session Folder for improved day-to-day/gig-to-gig data management. Pinned to the top of the data bar, the new Session Folder serves as the target location for all new captured data. Automatically named with the current date when created, the Session Folder may be re-named or swapped out at any time.

-Trace hide/show controls return to the measurement engines and Data Bar. A la v.7, hide/show control can be accessed directly by clicking on the icons in the data bar and engine controls.

-In-Plot Graph Legends for quick management of the traces in a plot. Accessed via the Z-Order drop down arrow in the upper right corner of a plot, the new graph legends allow you to quickly re-order or hide traces, move them between plots, or view, bypass and re-enable any applied dB offsets.

-Improved Global Program Data Bar for more intuitive handling of captured traces. Keep all your data organized and at your fingertips with nested folders and added options such as “New Folder from Selected”, and the quick average of many selected traces of the same type via right select>”Average”.

  • Multi-Spectrum Plot View shows all running spectrum engines in their own plot, with an additional Full-Screen Plot-in-Focus hotkey accessible via the View menu, or their respective Hot Keys.
  • Built-in Program updater. When connected to the internet, you may ‘Check for Updates’ from the File menu to ping the Rational server for available downloads.
  • “Create Meters” Button Added to IO-Config for automatic Broadband Meter configuration based on selected inputs for an input device.
  • New API Options tab with API password protection, as well as IP/Hostname info.
  • Added Tab Run-State Option where measurement engines may be set to continue their run status in the background when switching between tabs.

A complete list of the 20+ new and improved features in Smaart v8.1 (including bug fixes), as well as a new version of the Smaart v8 User Manual, updated for v8.1, can be found in the v8 Support section.  Also, a full Revision History including new features and bug fixes, detailed function descriptions, and a full listing of all accelerator (hot) keys is included in Smaart’s Help files.

UPDATE PROCEDURE:

  • Log in to your license management account at my.rationalacoustics.com
  • Click on the “Downloads” tab in the top menu
  • Download the v8.1 installer for your specific operating system and run it.
  • DO NOT deactivate Smaart to install the v8.1 update.  Simply download the installer and run it.

Read the full article on the mothership page →

Smaart v8

Smaart v8

Smaart v8 is the most powerful, flexible and adaptable version of Smaart to date. From studio to stadium, shop to show, Smaart v8 fits the needs of any measurement situation.

Smaart v8 Main Window

Smaart v8 Main Window Dark

With Smaart v8, we are breaking out of the single window, fixed GUI world to allow increased control over your software environment, allowing you to adapt and expand Smaart to better match your specific applications.

Smaart v8 offers new ways to manage your data and your measurement environment, new multi-window capability, a new tab-based interface, added functionality for use on tablets and touch screen computers, computer-to-computer API capability and much, much more.

Easier, More Intuitive Measurement Configuration
The measurement configuration process has been updated to provide an easier, more intuitive workflow – adding automatic measurement creation and management functionality to streamline configuration and support a “build-on-the-fly” process that is often an operational necessity.  Specifically:

  • New program workflow takes you through device selection/configuration and automatically creates Spectrum measurements
  • Device and measurement configuration is managed through a single window
  • Input metering right in the I-O Config, check your inputs before you even create  measurements
  • Creating a Transfer Function measurement now automatically creates the accompanying Spectrum contributors to it.
  • Measurement creation on-the-fly from the main interface

Tab-Based Interface


Many users expressed a desire for a tab-based interface where one could configure and switch between multiple workspaces, so we have expanded the basic “measurement group” paradigm from v7 and now organize our configurations into tabs which include not only the configured measurements, but also the layout and plot view as well.

Multi-Window Capability


We have added the ability to drive multiple windows, each containing its own set of tabbed workspaces.  It is like being able to run multiple sessions of Smaart simultaneously.

Hide/Show Interface Controls

We heard from many users that they really liked the hide/show data bar feature available in Smaart v.7 Di because it gave them the ability to maximize the plot area, especially during show time.  So we took that concept a step further in v8 and applied it to all interface control elements

Command Bar

Command Bar
The increased use of Smaart on tablet/touch screen computers complicated using Hot-Key commands. To address this, we added a command menu and a user-configurable command bar of large, touch-friendly buttons that can be used to call any of Smaart’s keyboard-based, Hot-key commands.

Improved Data Storage & APL
For static data, we have overhauled the trace storage process to allow for better direct access to your larger file structure of captured traces, without cluttering up active memory space trying to keep everything loaded in RAM in case you need it.

The new Active Plot Legend, or APL,  window details the contents of the active/selected plot, showing the names, colors and trace offsets of Live and static data traces – as well as providing  the controls for hiding/showing the traces.

Broadband Metering

A long-time user requested feature is the ability to continuously view input signal levels, as well as monitor parameters such as SPL and LEQ for multiple inputs simultaneously. For this we created the Broadband Meters window. This mode-less window can be configured to monitor any of Smaart’s input signals via a simple grid configuration process.

Integrated Smaart I-O Control
Control for the Smaart I-O gain and phantom power are now integrated directly into the Smaart v8 interface.

Smaart-to-Smaart API
Smaart’s integrated API allows any copy of Smaart v8 to act as a host to any other copy of Smaart v8, meaning you can create a rig with one computer acquiring the input signals and performing the measurement computations, while another acts as a client and remotely accesses the measurement data.  This capability then allows your v8 measurement environment to be spread, not just across multiple monitors, but across multiple computers.

Under the Hood Performance Improvements
As with all new versions of Smaart, we have made many “under-the-hood” improvements to the Smaart code base and development environment.  While not particularly sexy, these updates bring with them better performance on the latest operating systems, improved stability and security and native support for High Definition displays (which is actually pretty sexy… admit it).

Minimum Suggested Computer System Requirements

Windows
Operating System: Windows 7 or newer (32 & 64 bit)
CPU: 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 Processor or faster
RAM: 2 GB or greater
Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or better, or 256 MB dedicated video RAM
Display: Min. 1024×600 pixel display
Sound: Audio Hardware with OS compatible ASIO, Wav/WDM drivers.
MAC
Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 (32 + 64 bit) or newer
CPU: 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 or faster
RAM: 2 GB or greater
Graphics: Intel HD4000 or better, or 256 MB dedicated video RAM.
Sound Hardware: Audio Hardware with compatible Core Audio device drivers.


CLICK HERE
 to Purchase Smaart v8
CLICK HERE for Smaart v8 Pricing Information
CLICK HERE for the Smaart v8 FAQ

Smaart v8 has arrived

After yearlong development effort that has reduced our programmer’s fingers to bloody stumps, we are very pleased to announce that Smaart v8 will be released on Tuesday, March 15th.

 

Smaart v8 is the most powerful, flexible and adaptable version of Smaart to date. From studio to stadium, shop to show, Smaart v8 fits the needs of any measurement situation.

Smaart v8 Main Window

Smaart v8 Main Window Dark

With Smaart v8, we are breaking out of the single window, fixed GUI world to allow increased control over your software environment, allowing you to adapt and expand Smaart to better match your specific applications.

Smaart v8 offers new ways to manage your data and your measurement environment, new multi-window capability, a new tab-based interface, added functionality for use on tablets and touch screen computers, computer-to-computer API capability and much, much more.

Easier, More Intuitive Measurement Configuration
The measurement configuration process has been updated to provide an easier, more intuitive workflow – adding automatic measurement creation and management functionality to streamline configuration and support a “build-on-the-fly” process that is often an operational necessity.  Specifically:

  • New program workflow takes you through device selection/configuration and automatically creates Spectrum measurements
  • Device and measurement configuration is managed through a single window
  • Input metering right in the I-O Config, check your inputs before you even create  measurements
  • Creating a Transfer Function measurement now automatically creates the accompanying Spectrum contributors to it.
  • Measurement creation on-the-fly from the main interface

Tab-Based Interface


Many users expressed a desire for a tab-based interface where one could configure and switch between multiple workspaces, so we have expanded the basic “measurement group” paradigm from v7 and now organize our configurations into tabs which include not only the configured measurements, but also the layout and plot view as well.

Multi-Window Capability


We have added the ability to drive multiple windows, each containing its own set of tabbed workspaces.  It is like being able to run multiple sessions of Smaart simultaneously.

Hide/Show Interface Controls

We heard from many users that they really liked the hide/show data bar feature available in Smaart v.7 Di because it gave them the ability to maximize the plot area, especially during show time.  So we took that concept a step further in v8 and applied it to all interface control elements

Command Bar

Command Bar
The increased use of Smaart on tablet/touch screen computers complicated using Hot-Key commands. To address this, we added a command menu and a user-configurable command bar of large, touch-friendly buttons that can be used to call any of Smaart’s keyboard-based, Hot-key commands.

Improved Data Storage & APL
For static data, we have overhauled the trace storage process to allow for better direct access to your larger file structure of captured traces, without cluttering up active memory space trying to keep everything loaded in RAM in case you need it.

The new Active Plot Legend, or APL,  window details the contents of the active/selected plot, showing the names, colors and trace offsets of Live and static data traces – as well as providing  the controls for hiding/showing the traces.

Broadband Metering

A long-time user requested feature is the ability to continuously view input signal levels, as well as monitor parameters such as SPL and LEQ for multiple inputs simultaneously. For this we created the Broadband Meters window. This mode-less window can be configured to monitor any of Smaart’s input signals via a simple grid configuration process.

Integrated Smaart I-O Control
Control for the Smaart I-O gain and phantom power are now integrated directly into the Smaart v8 interface.

Smaart-to-Smaart API
Smaart’s integrated API allows any copy of Smaart v8 to act as a host to any other copy of Smaart v8, meaning you can create a rig with one computer acquiring the input signals and performing the measurement computations, while another acts as a client and remotely accesses the measurement data.  This capability then allows your v8 measurement environment to be spread, not just across multiple monitors, but across multiple computers.

Under the Hood Performance Improvements

As with all new versions of Smaart, we have made many “under-the-hood” improvements to the Smaart code base and development environment.  While not particularly sexy, these updates bring with them better performance on the latest operating systems, improved stability and security and native support for High Definition displays (which is actually pretty sexy… admit it).

Minimum Suggested Computer System Requirements

Windows

Operating System: Windows 7 or newer (32 & 64 bit)
CPU: 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 Processor or faster
RAM: 2 GB or greater
Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or better, or 256 MB dedicated video RAM
Display: Min. 1024×600 pixel display
Sound: Audio Hardware with OS compatible ASIO, Wav/WDM drivers.

MAC

Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 (32 + 64 bit) or newer
CPU: 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 or faster
RAM: 2 GB or greater
Graphics: Intel HD4000 or better, or 256 MB dedicated video RAM.
Sound Hardware: Audio Hardware with compatible Core Audio device drivers.

CLICK HERE to Purchase Smaart v8
CLICK HERE for Smaart v8 Pricing Information
CLICK HERE for the Smaart v8 FAQ