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Smaart Software is frequently updated. The updates are free of charge, very useful and welcomed by the users.

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.

SMAART & 10EaZy Workshop hos oss på Stonehouse – 29 & 30 maj 2017

Rational Acoustics presenterade den senaste versionen av Smaart – 8.2. i Frankfurt. Det är nu möjligt att använda ett eller flera 10EaZy-system tillsammans med Smaart under en plattform – på Mac eller Windows. Något vi tycker är mycket intressant.

Vi inbjuder till mingel och workshop måndag den 29 maj 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 (8.2) och 10EaZy integrerat, Thomas finns sen tillgänglig för frågor och svar.

Detta lilla event är naturligtvis helt gratis.

Tisdagen den 30 maj 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 och speciell vikt kommer att ligga på sound design. 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,
Anders Molund
anders@stonehouseshowtech.se

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

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

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 →

OSX Yosemite

After spending some time with OSX Yosemite we’ve determined that there are no compatibility issues with Smaart v7, Smaart v7 DI, or the Smaart I-O.

Although Smaart is compatible, we cannot guarantee that your audio device will work with the new OS. Check with your audio device manufacturer to ensure that compatible drivers are available before upgrading.

Do NOT deactivate Smaart before upgrading to Yosemite unless you are also fully reformatting the hard drive. Simply install the new OS and contact support@rationalacoustics.com if you encounter any problems.

Smaart v.7 and Smaart v.7 DI Updates available

We have released updates for both Smaart v7 and Smaart v7 Di.
Both are free updates and are recommended for all v7 and/or v7 Di users.
A detailed list of the new features and bug fixes for each release is included below.

SMAART V7 Di:
This update includes all of the Real Time Mode features that were added to the full v7 program in the 7.5 update. Smaart v7 Di 1.1 also includes the long awaited v7 Di API. There is no licensing change for this update, simply follow the normal update instructions below.

Note: Due to functional differences between Smaart v7 and v7 Di, the Di API is not identical to the v7 API. Existing third-party programs that include integration with the v7 API will not work with DI until the manufacturer of that program includes the ability to connect to the DI API. All existing SDK recipients have been notified of this change in advance.

• Added Smaart v7 Di API
Allows third party programs the ability to query and issue basic command to any operating copy or v7 Di (Host) as well as request the output data of any of its running measurements (graphics)

• Added Normalize function for TF measurements 
Holding the Shift key and clicking anywhere on the Magnitude plot Normalizes all visible traces to 0 dB at that frequency.

• Added Quick Compare for TF measurements (Trace Subtract)
Quick Compare captures a copy of the top Transfer Function trace and stores the inverse in memory as a weighting curve. This curve can be quickly applied as a global weighting curve to all live Transfer Function measurements. See the help file topic “Weighting Curves” for more information.

• Added Target Curves on RTA plots
Import ASCII traces into Smaart and display them in a static position on the RTA plot to serve as a visual target or threshold for your single-channel measurements. Curves are managed from Options -> Target Curves and are toggled with the X hotkey.

• Live IR plot can now occupy a proportional amount of space when viewing multiple plots 
The Live IR plot can occupy 1/3 or 1/2 of the plot space when viewed with another TF plot. This feature is enabled by checking “Proportional Panes” in Transfer Function Options.

• Added Configuration Management
Save as/Restore default on current configuration. Recall, delete and copy functions for stored configs.

• Hover text on Trace Folders (useful when using long folder names) 
Hovering your cursor over Trace Folders displays information text similar to Trace Info text.

• Improved Fractional Octave Smoothing
• Improved Coherence-Weighted Averaging
• Improved Integrated Averaging (1 sec, 2 sec, etc)
• Changed Mag Range in TF Options to be a Customizable Default
• Changed Smaart IO to be Default Output Device for Signal generator (when connected)

For more information about these new v7 Di features, please review Smaart’s built-in Help File.

SMAART V7
The 7.5.2 update is a minor update with a few important bug fixes.

• Fixed bug where IR ETC would not calculate for certain filters
• Fixed bug where Normalize wouldn’t work if only one trace was being shown
• Fixed bug where global weighting was being applied to loaded traces
• Fixed smoothing bug with measurements falling below magnitude threshold 

Update Instructions (applicable to both Smaart v7 and v7 Di)

1. Log into your account at http://my.rationalacoustics.com.
2. Select “Your Software Licenses” on the main navigation bar.
3. Click on your Smaart v.7 or Smaart v7 Di license in your list of registered products.
4. On your Smaart License page, scroll down to find the link to download the latest installer (Mac or Windows)
5. Install the new version by running the installer program (Windows) or dragging the new version from the disk image into your Applications folder (Mac).
6. It is NOT necessary to deactivate or re-activate your installation or re-register your v.7 or v.7 Di License.

Updating to Smaart v7.4

John Aldrich from Rational Acoustics explains the new licensing and activation procedure for upgrading your Smaart v7 license to the current 7.4 release. This release is free to v7 license holders.

Details about the release can be found here:
http://rationalacoustics.com/pages/ne…
or here:
http://www.rationalacoustics.com/foru…

Documentation:
http://rationalacoustics.com/files/In…
http://rationalacoustics.com/files/Sm…
http://rationalacoustics.com/files/Ge…

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