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Use data from Smaart to control and tune Q-SYS audio systems

Trace is a calibration plugin for QSC® Q-SYS™ systems, using Rational Acoustics' Smaart®. Trace combines named Q-SYS EQs and Delays with data from a remote instance of Smaart and presents it on a single screen.

This helps simplify the tuning process and eliminates the need to transport a second computer running Smaart. 

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one screen

Using the Smaart API from Rational Acoustics, Trace displays Smaart's frequency response curve and superimposes the Q-SYS equalizer on top of it. The operator 'traces' the response and then inverts the resulting EQ curve, characterizing and canceling out imbalances in the system.

Portable power

A typical Trace system will consist of one or more Q-SYS Cores, a computer running Smaart, an RF microphone and receiver, a Wi-Fi access point, and the Trace plugin running on a separate laptop in Q-SYS Designer. With this setup, the Core(s) and Smaart host can remain in the electrical equipment room, while the operator carries the laptop running Trace from venue to venue.

Trace was specifically designed with large, multiple-venue  and distributed sites in mind.

Use cases

RF Mic Connection from Venue to EER

The simplest use case, consisting of a single venue to be tuned.

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Multiple Venues

Multiple venues are easy to calibrate - just connect your laptop to the A/V network Wi-Fi. 

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smart tuning with trace

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Trace

$395

Downloads

Use of the plugin is contingent on your acceptance of our Plugin Software License Agreement. The plugin will function in a limited demo mode until activated with a license key purchased from Forward Thinking Designs.

For volume licensing or specific questions, please message us on our Store page contact form.

License Keys are manually generated and usually sent out within two hours of your purchase for orders received from 9 AM - 5 PM EST.

Frequently Asked Questions

What version of Q-SYS™ is supported?

Version 8.3 or later.

What version of Smaart is supported?

Smaart v8.5.1.1 or higher and Smaart Di2. However, Trace currently only supports a single measurement/one microphone at a time.

What can Trace control in Q-SYS?

Trace can control Named Parametric EQs up to 32 bands each including high-shelf and low-shelf filters and Named Delays up to 512 taps .

What is a typical use case for Trace?

Trace is primarily designed for large-scale distributed or multi-venue facilities. The intent is for the Smaart computer to be positioned near the Q-SYS Core(s) in the rack room. In fact, the Core, if capable, could even be used as the soundcard for the Smaart Measurement and Reference signals. A second laptop, running Q-SYS Designer and Trace, would then be taken location to location to make the measurements and implement the calibration settings. The measurement microphone would be connected back to the rack room via RF, analog, or digital (i.e. Dante) infrastructure with the appropriate routing to Smaart via the Core soundcard.

Do I need a license for Smaart as well?

Yes. Trace cannot run without a valid license of Rational Acoustics' Smaart.

What are the hardware and software requirements?

  • A Q-SYS™ Core running version 8.3 or later.

    • Use of Q-SYS™ plugins such as Trace requires a Q-SYS™ Core Scripting Engine Software License

  • Trace uses the Smaart API from Rational Acoustics, and requires a valid license for Smaart.

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