Smaart Online Lab: System Alignment Panel Discussion (Level 2) - Live Sound

$100 usd
Fri Sep 25, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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Smaart Online Lab: System Alignment Panel Discussion
This is a Level 2 session, hosted by Rational Acoustics and led by Jamie Anderson with special guests Tom Lyon, Kevin Madigan, Ville Kauhanen and Tyler Walters.


Smaart is a computer program and, as the user, YOU ultimately are the analyzer and the one who makes decisions based on the data Smaart provides. A frequent request in Smaart trainings is to discuss alignment methodologies—topics ranging from where to start the alignment process, where to place measurement microphones, how to set timing for imaging, how to align subs to mains, etc. Often the challenge is there is rarely one definitive correct answer, but a variety of application-dependent recommendations.

Another variable is the broad range of sound system applications with differing alignment goals. For example, the goals for aligning a system for a rock show in an arena may be vastly different from goals for aligning an installed sound system for a cinema, or an airport announce system, or any number of other applications. While many Smaart users share commonalities in how they align systems, within the finer detail, their individual approaches can be unique and may have evolved from their own specific experiences and the types of systems they are aligning.

These sessions will explore the alignment process and feature a panel of guest system engineers discussing their individual workflows and providing insights into their methods for system alignment within different applications.

Guest panelists for this session are Tom Lyon, Kevin Madigan, Ville Kauhanen and Tyler Walters.


Tom Lyon: Senior Systems Engineer at UltraSound. System Engineer for: The Fillmore, The Warfield, the Oakland Fox, The Other Ones, Metallica, Outside Lands, Dave Matthews Band.

Kevin Madigan: Mix engineer: Touring FOH Live & Studio. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with a wide range of clients in diverse musical genres in studios and on tour including: Santana, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, David Gilmour, Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Wolf, Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Mastodon, Lucinda Williams, Eels.”

Ville Kauhanen: has almost 30 years of experience within professional live audio and has been a Smaart user since 1999. Over the course of his career Ville has worked in over 50 countries as a system tech, monitor and FOH engineer. Ville is associated with some of the largest audio rental companies in the world servicing global clients.

Tyler Walters: is a FOH and System Engineer from Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2018, Tyler has been the lead System Engineer for Willie Nelson’s “Outlaw Music Festival,” and also worked for Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule.


Smaart Online Lab Sessions are in-depth presentations on select topics building upon the foundation established from the Smaart Operator Fundamentals course content. These sessions include demonstrations and in-depth discussions on the chosen topic. Each session will run between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 20 attendees to enhance direct student-instructor interaction.

Smaart Online Lab Sessions are conducted via Zoom. Registered attendees will be emailed a session link and password, along with instructions for joining the session, approximately 48 hours prior to the session start time. Please be sure your computer and internet connection meet Zoom’s minimum system requirements and that your webcam and microphone are working prior to joining the session. Refunds will not be issued for missed sessions due to attendee computer problems.


Payment of the class fee in-full is due at the time of registration. Class fees may be paid via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Click HERE to view our refund / cancellation policy


Smaart Operator Level 1 Certification is REQUIRED to attend this Smaart Online Lab Level 2 session. For information about obtaining Smaart Level 1 Certification, click HERE.

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

Jamie Anderson

President, Rational Acoustics LLC / Smaart Instructor
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