Initial View On first run of Smaartv7, we are presented with this view. As in previous versions, we begin our session by viewing an RTA measurement. This is Smaarts way of telling you, First step - check your input signals. Seeing as this is our first run, we have no IO devices or measurements configured yet... So lets begin there
Configuring Smaart v7
Configuring Inputs Smaart v7 is able to acquire input signals from any devices that have.wav, CoreAudio, or ASIO drivers recognizable by our computers Operating System. in fact we can grab multiple signals from multiple sources simultaneously ( Note: only one ASIO source can be accessed at a time )
Configuring Inputs When Smaart v7 starts, you are presented with this splash screen
Configuring Inputs While you are being entertained with this lovely art, Smaart is busy checking to see what Input devices are available to your OS. It is here that Smaart builds its list of input devices, and once a device has been discovered, it will continue to show up for configuration in subsequent runs – even if it is not connected at start up.
Configuring Inputs While not absolutely necessary, we shall begin our measurement configuration by setting up our IO device(s). This includes: Setting the devices sample rate, bit depth, and assigning the device and its channels friendly names - names that will help us as we configure our individual measurements
Configuring Inputs We configure our input device(s) from the Audio IO Options Dialogue We access this via the Options Menu or by using the *hot key command [Opt + A] * Hot Keys are Smaarts built-in, keyboard-based commands Smaart Menu Bar
Options: Audio IO Choose your input device from the Device drop-down list Here you can assign friendly names to your device and its channels Note: Remember to hit [enter] when entering friendly names or they wont be kept.
Configuring Measurement Groups Now that we have configured our Input device(s), the next step is configuring our measurements. Instead of a fixed measurement topology, Smaart v7s object-oriented code base allows us to configure as many single-channel (Spectrum) and dual-channel (Response) sessions/objects as we wish. - and - These measurements can be run either individually or simultaneously, depending upon our requirements. In order to structure and manage our measurement configuration, we organize our measurements into Spectrum and Response Groups.
Configuring Measurement Groups To configure our measurements, we use the Group Manager Options Dialog We access this dialog box via the Options Menu, via the Group Manager button or by using the hot key command [Opt + G] Smaart Menu Bar or
Options: Group Manager Our first view of the Group Manager dialog. – No measurements configured –
Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups The Group tree view shows our complete measurement configuration. This menu is used to select the Group that is being configured, and to create/copy/delete groups.
Choose New Input to create a new Spectrum measurement in this Spectrum Group. The Group Tab view shows the entire selected group, with separate detail tabs for each individual engine. (Note: No measurements have yet been configured for this group, so the group tab is empty.) Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups
Choose New Input to create a new Spectrum measurement in this Spectrum Group. Give your Spectrum measurement a Name Choose the input device Choose the Input Channel from that device (Note: Device and Name use your Friendly Names if you set them in device config.) Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups
The new spectrum measurement can now be found in the Group Tree The Group Tab view now shows the new measurement. (Note: The measurement is assigned a color automatically. You can change this assignment by clicking on the color swatch and selecting another.) An individual spectrum measurement tab has been added to the Group. Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups
The new spectrum measurement can now be found in the Group Tree The Group Tab view now shows the new measurement. (Note: The measurement is assigned a color automatically. You can change this assignment by clicking on the color swatch and selecting another.) An individual spectrum measurement tab has been added to the Group. By repeating these steps, we can create as many measurements as we need in this Group. Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups
Select a response group in the tree view. And we can continue to Response Groups to configure dual-channel measurements. Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups Choose New Pair to create a new dual-channel Response measurement in this Response Group. Give your Response measurement a Name Choose the input device Choose the Meas. Channel from that device Choose the Ref. Channel from that device (Note: Both Meas. and Ref. channels must be from the same input device.)
The new response measurement can now be found in the Group Tree The Group Tab view now shows the new measurement. (Note: The measurement is assigned a color automatically. You can change this assignment by clicking on the color swatch and selecting another.) An individual response measurement tab has been added to the Group. Options: Group Manager Configuring Measurement Groups
Initial View Upon clicking the OK button... we are now back to our initial, starting view in Smaart v7 – a single measurement window view of RTA The big difference is now we have two spectrum/single-channel measurements configured! Now with measurements configured!
Configuring Smaart v7 We have now completed a simple, two channel configuration for Smaart v7. This configuration - with two spectrum and one response measurement - parallels the standard two channel configuration of previous versions of Smaart. We shall use this basic configuration for the next few sections of this introduction presentation.
Configuring Smaart v7 The Group Manager dialog is a powerful interface for configuring and controlling our measurement system, and we will revisit it multiple times and explore it more deeply throughout this presentation.
Basic Measurement Concepts NOTE: If you are not familiar with the basic measurement concepts of single-channel (spectrum) and dual-channel (transfer function and impulse response) measurements as realized in previous Smaart software versions, we highly recommend you read the Smaart Application Note: Getting Started with SmaartLive The fundamentals of our measurement have not changed – Smaart v7 has just expanded and refined how we make them.
A Quick Tour of the Interface
Plot Area This is where the action is – this is where our active and stored measurement data is displayed. Like in version 6, you can choose what type of measurement is shown in this data window via the drop-down selector in the top-left corner of this window. And as in version 6, clicking on either axis of the data window will zoom the window to the default ranges.
Plot Area – Click & Drag Now you can actively click on, grab and move RTA and Transfer Function traces using your mouse in the v7 plot area! On screen control handles! Various threshold controls (Spectrograph, Coherence Blanking) show up in, and can be modified from, the data plot area – on the fly! New in v7!
Cursor Readout As in past versions, here you find information about your cursor position.
Data Storage Smaart v7 includes two sets of easily accessible registers for the quick storage and retrieval our RTA and Transfer Function (.ref ) data. Capture using the standard [spacebar] hot key command or via the capture button. Load any Smaart data (v1 through v7!) that has been stored in our standard.ref file format.
SPL Readout Area Choose our input signal from any channel of any available input device. Set to full-scale readout or calibrate for SPL and Leq measurement Choose SPL settings for weighting and integration
Measurement View Control Like earlier versions of Smaart, measurement view buttons are used to determine what type of measurement data is displayed and how many widows are visible.
Measurement View Control The Spect button takes us to a default Spectrum view with one plot window showing RTA data This is also Smaarts start-up view
Measurement View Control The Two-window View button takes us from a one-window to a two-window view. Pressing this while in Spect displays RTA over SpectroGraph
Measurement View Control The Transfer button takes us to a default Transfer Function view, with two plot windows: The Top Window displays TF Phase The Bottom Window displays TF Magnitude
Measurement View Control The LiveIR button opens the Live IR window when viewing a response measurement
Measurement View Control The Impulse button takes us to Impulse Response Mode And the Real Time button In IR mode takes us back to Real Time Mode This switch can also be triggered via the Mode Menu.
Signal Generator This strip controls Smaarts signal generator. Pressing the button turns the generator on/off. Clicking on the level field brings up the generator control dialog
Measurement Controls This area is where we select and control our measurements. The controls presented here vary depending upon whether we are addressing Spectrum (single-channel) or Transfer Function (dual-channel) measurements
Measurement Controls The top labels also act as buttons to access the relevant Options dialogs Global measurement controls Measurement Group Select Group Level Commands Individual Measurements: Hide/Show Run Sig Level Delay Delay Find Track on/off
Clicking the Run button on our first measurement starts it running. Our meter shows input signal level
Spectrum Measurements RTA display settings can be adjusted in the Spectrums Options dialog
Spectrum Measurements We can use the Global Spectrum controls to vary Scale and Averaging
Spectrum Measurements Full adjustment of all Global Spectrum measurement parameters can be accessed in the Group Manager
Spectrum Measurements Clicking the Run button on our second measurement starts it running as well. The lighter background color indicates that this is the active measurement - it is displayed in front of any other measurement
Spectrum Measurements Clicking on the first measurement makes it the active measurement and brings it to the front. The lighter background color indicates that this is the active measurement - it is displayed in front of any other measurement
Spectrum Measurements Clicking on its colored square hides a measurement trace and an X is shown. Even though a measurements trace is hidden, it is still running – as evidenced by its input meter.
Spectrum Measurements To capture data from the active measurement, click on a data Register slot then capture using either the Capture button or the [space bar] hot key. You can re-name your data by highlighting its name and typing a new one.
Spectrum Measurements Pressing the two-window button now brings up a view with RTA in the top window and Spectrograph in the lower window. RTA data trace now hidden
Spectrum Measurements Clicking the One-Window view button and choosing Spectrograph in the drop-down view selector gives us a full window view of the Spectrograph
Spectrum Measurements The Spectrograph view vertically displays a series of spectrum measurements or slices. Smaart v7 stores a slice history so we can scroll back through data which has passed off the screen. We can also control the number of vertical pixels per slice to adjust the measurement scroll speed. We adjust both of these settings in the Spectrum Options dialog.
Transfer Function Measurements
The Transfer button takes us to a default Transfer Function view, with two plot windows: Top: TF Phase Bottom: TF Magnitude With noise going through our speaker system, clicking the Run button on our measurement starts it running.
Transfer Function Measurements First steps in our Transfer Function (Frequency Response) measurement process is setting our input levels and setting our measurement delay
Transfer Function Measurements To measure the delay, we can use Smaarts Delay Finder function
Transfer Function Measurements Increase Averaging to stabilize our measurement and Adjust Mag and Phase Trace Smoothing to improve readability Note: The Coherence trace will not be available until we engage averaging. The Coherence blanking threshold control *Remember, we can adjust trace offset byclicking directly on a trace and dragging it up and down.
Transfer Function Measurements Engaging Live IR shows us a linear view of the Impulse response of the active TF measurement Note: Window is centered on the current measurement delay time.
Transfer Function Measurements Smaart v7s delay Track uses the Live IR function to automatically and continuously measure and adjust the measurement delay Yellow Dot indicates tracking is engaged Click on the Track Button or Yellow Dot to engage Tracking
Transfer Function Measurements Full control of all Global Transfer Function measurement parameters can be accessed in the Group Manager
Transfer Function Measurements TF display and Live IR measurement settings can be adjusted in the TF Options dialog
Impulse Response Mode
The primary purpose for this mode is to perform and analyze Impulse Response Measurements in both Time Domain and Frequency Domain In this mode, we can also analyze previous IR measurements that have been stored in standard.wav audio file format
Impulse Response Mode To make a IR measurement we: select a configured Response Measurement set our measurement FFT size / TC adjust our signal levels hit Start
Impulse Response Mode Our IR shows the entire measurement in Linear view in our Top window. This window serves as navigation and zoom control.
Impulse Response Mode The Lower Window(s) are our zoom windows where we can view all or part of our measurement is a number of different ways. We can control the number of zoom windows with our standard single/dual window buttons and determine what our measurement view for each is via our drop-down view selector menus
Impulse Response Mode This window is displaying a Log view of our Impulse
Impulse Response Mode This window is displaying a Linear (zoomed) view of our Impulse This window shows the bottom window zoom range
Impulse Response Mode For a more interesting IR, we shall a previously stored IR
Impulse Response Mode Here we have an IR from a much larger environment
Impulse Response Mode We can filter the IR with either Octave or 1/3 Octave filters
Impulse Response Mode
The dynamic range controls for the Spectrograph view appear on the Log IR
Impulse Response Mode IR display and Spectrograph measurement settings can be adjusted in the IR Options dialog