By Clive Young
New York (June 2, 2008)--Rational Acoustics, a new company with a multi-pronged approach to providing system alignment tools and training for the pro audio industry, debuted its website today. Founded by key players in the development of SIA Smaart software, the company will focus on training classes, selling measurement gear and developing software.
The Putnam, CT-based company was founded by Jamie Anderson, Karen Anderson, Adam Black and Calvert Dayton, each veterans of companies such as Meyer Sound, EAW and SIA. "Currently, our training is centered around Smaart because we've all been involved with SIA and the software for many years," said Jamie Anderson. "Karen has been involved with EAW [SIA's parent company, in turn owned by Loud Technologies]; Calvert has been the technical development person behind Smaart; and Adam was the principal programmer on Smaart 6."
While the team at Rational Acoustics left Loud Technologies to create the company earlier this year, Anderson was quick to point out, "we did it with the support of Loud and Jeffery Cox who is the VP at EAW. They're all major supporters of it." As proof positive, some of the first posts on Rational Acoustics website's forums were from EAW product specialist/trainer Martyn "Ferrit" Rowe.
The company's first Smaart training classes are scheduled for June 24-26 at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ, 20 miles outside New York City. There, instructors will run two classes--a two-day course on fundamentals and applications, and a one-day class for advanced users.
"Besides training classes, we've put a gear site together that will go live in a few days, where people can get information about what you need for measurement rigs and what products are out there," said Anderson. "We're becoming dealers for the products that we think are a good representation of the budget, value and premium products in each area."
Given the team's background, it's no surprise that Rational Acoustics is currently centered around Smaart, but the company is already looking beyond the one measurement system, said Anderson: "We're about providing support for measurement platforms, and are branching out so that we're not completely Smaart-centric. We're looking at a lot of technologies, techniques, tools and practices that are applicable across all the measurement platforms, and will present material in our classes that is more universal."