The Rational Report – September 2020 The latest news and info from the Smaart folks at Rational Acoustics
More Smaart Labs and Panel Discussions Additional Smaart Online Labs, Smaart Operator Fundamentals Live Online and “Ask Me Anything” sessions have been added to the schedule. Smaart – “Ask Me Anything” Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 Time: 12:00- 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Instructors: Jamie Anderson, Chris Tsanjoures, Michael Lawrence Cost: FREE Whether you are a power user or just getting started, this is a great place to find answers to those nagging questions you’ve always been meaning to ask and to get tips on improving your skills as a Smaart operator. REGISTER NOW
Smaart Online Lab – System Alignment ReLePT (Level 2) Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2020 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Instructor: Chris Tsanjoures Cost: $100 Smaart is a powerful tool in the alignment and optimization of sound systems. This lab steps through the alignment process and Rational Acoustics’ “ReLePT” methodology (Response, Level, Polarity, Time) for navigating that process. REGISTER NOW
Smaart Online Lab – Live Sound System Alignment Panel Discussion (Level 2) Date: Friday, September 25th, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Instructor: Jamie Anderson with special guests Tom Lyon, Kevin Madigan, Ville Kauhanen and Tyler Walters. Cost: $100 Many Smaart users share commonalities in how they align systems, but their individual approaches can be unique and have evolved from their own specific experiences and the types of systems they are aligning. This session explores the alignment process and features a panel of guest live sound system engineers discussing their individual workflows and providing insights into their methods for system alignment within different applications. REGISTER NOW
Smaart Online Lab – Installed Sound System Alignment Panel Discussion (Level 2) Date: Friday, Oct 2nd, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) Instructor: Jamie Anderson with special guests James Woods, Arthur Skudra, Andy Potvin, Dustin Hudson & Jeremy Rynders. Cost: $100 The goals for aligning a system for a rock show can be vastly different than for a cinema or airport. This session explores the alignment process and features a panel of guest system engineers who specialize in installed sound, discussing their individual workflows and providing insights into their methods for system alignment within different applications. REGISTER NOW Smaart Online Lab – System Alignment ReLePT (Level 2) Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2020 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Instructor: Chris Tsanjoures Cost: $100 Smaart is a powerful tool in the alignment and optimization of sound systems. This lab steps through the alignment process and Rational Acoustics’ “ReLePT” methodology (Response, Level, Polarity, Time) for navigating that process. REGISTER NOW
Smaart Operator Fundamentals Live Online (Level 1) Date: Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23, 2020 Time: Live Instruction Sessions October 19, 21 & 23 from 2-4 PM (Eastern Time) Instructors: Jamie Anderson, Chris Tsanjoures, Michael Lawrence Cost: $300 This series of online sessions 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. Discounts on Smaart software are available to class attendees. REGISTER NOW NOTE: For Level 2 Sessions, attendees must have completed a Smaart Operator Fundamentals class (or watched the Smaart Operator Fundamentals OnlineYouTube webinars) and successfully passed Level 1 Certification prior to attending. Level 1 sessions do not have a prerequisite and are open to all interested attendees.
International Smaart Training Classes
Our international Distributors and Smaart Instructors are offering Smaart training in both online and in-person formats, depending on the covid-19 situation in their specific regions. Following is a list of currently available sessions.
Smaart Operator Fundamentals E-Class (France) September 22- 24, 2020 – Smaart Operator Fudamentals September 25, 2020 – optional IR / Advanced Topics seminar Class Organizer: Haliotis Instructor: Franck Voiffray Class Type: Online Contact: email@example.com Registration: CLICK HERE Smaart Operator Fundamentals (Norway) October 6-8, 2020 Bodo, Norway / Stormen Konserthus Class Organizer: Rational Acoustics Scandinavia Instructor: Thomas Zullich Class Type: In-Person Language: Contact: Thomas@rationalacoustics.no Registration: CLICK HERE
Smaart Application Practicum (Norway) October 9, 2020 Bodo, Norway / Stormen Konserthus Class Organizer: Rational Acoustics Scandinavia Instructor: Thomas Zullich Class Type: In-Person Contact: Thomas@rationalacoustics.no Registration: CLICK HERE
For å bestille Smaart Application Practicums må du ha deltatt på et Smaart Operator Fundamentals-kurs tidligere. Studenter som ønsker å delta på et Practicum-kurs, men som ikke oppfyller denne forutsetningen, må få godkjenning av instruktøren.
Rational Acoustics has introduced an online certification for those looking for confirmation not only that they’ve been to a class or read the manual, but that they can competently operate the software and understand the results.
Successful candidates will additionally join the Smaart Operators Network, providing them with a listing on the Rational Acoustics global website.
This of course does not guarantee that someone is a talented engineer, but it does demonstrate a baseline knowledge of electroacoustics and system measurement.
The certification relates specifically to v8 – although core principles are consistent between versions, some questions are v8-specific.
There is a small charge for the test ($24.99), which is payable per test or retest in the event of failure. This reflects the costs involved in using a professional, paid test platform as well as the extensive time dedicated to the creation of educational materials and the test itself.
If you have attended an on-site Smaart v8 training in the past, you are entitled to one test free of charge. A voucher is available from firstname.lastname@example.org for this purpose.
A final note – even for seasoned users, the test is not a walk in the park! It’s an open book exam, with the goal of encouraging users to research answers they are unsure of to help them to fill in any flaky areas of knowledge.
In consideration of the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Rational Acoustics Scandinavia has taken the following steps to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers, and the greater community as a whole.
As this is a one person office, working from home has always been the standard, so I will still be available via mobile phone, skype, facetime and email.
SMAART TRAINING CLASSES
Due to the risks associated with travel and close-contact group events, we have made the decision to prospone all upcoming in-person Smaart Training Classes through the end of June 2020.
All registered class attendees will be contacted directly with information about receiving a refund or transferring to another class later in the year.
We all will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and make adjustments to our operations as necessary to ensure minimal impact for our customers. We are acutely aware of the enormous impact this pandemic has had on the professional audio and live events industry and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
I wish everyone health, safety and peace during these strange and uncertain times.
Härnösand is a town in Västernorrland County, Sweden with 17,556 inhabitants in 2010. It is called “the gate to the High Coast” because of the world heritage landscape just a few miles north of Härnösand. That is Wikipedia-lingo for “pretty remote”.
Last week Harnösand attracted many sound engineers from Sweden and abroad. In total it were 12 participants attending the class. Tarek even came all the way from Amman, Jordan.