Turn any sound system into a well-balanced foundation for your mixes, quickly and easily. The TRACT plugin integrates with Smaart®, the industry-standard audio analysis software from Rational Acoustics, to auto-correct EQ issues and time-align any sound system.
Just as a painter needs a clean canvas to begin painting, mixers need a well-balanced sound system for mixing. Since every sound system is different and behaves differently in each environment, we need to calibrate the system to smooth out its performance; in a live setting, this is known as tuning the PA.
If not tuned, the system’s frequency response will behave erratically: music may sound different than we’re used to, and our mixing adjustments will not respond as we expect. Worse, if a system is not time-aligned, there may be phase cancellation affecting valuable low-frequency impact. In many cases, access to the system processors is limited and there’s limited time before sound check. At these times especially, TRACT will save the day.
TRACT calculates a corrective FIR EQ curve and time alignment corrections using data from Smaart v8 or Di v2. Quickly take and merge up to 8 measurement snapshots of your system, and select a reference as the basis for your EQ corrections. Four common reference curves are included, or create and save your own reference presets.
Once the FIR EQ is calculated, you can manipulate it by changing the reference curve, limiting its frequency and amplitude ranges, or by supplementing it with up to 8 bands of IIR EQ filters. IIR filter shapes include: Bell, Low/High Shelves, Flat-Tops, Butterworth and Linkwitz-Riley curves, a Tilt EQ with a variable frequency pivot point, and an All-Pass filter.
The plugin includes a minimal-phase FIR component, which works at very low latency and with low phase distortion, as well as a linear-phase FIR component. You can use it in a live setting with any mixing console (via Waves MultiRack), with the eMotion LV1 mixer, or you can use it within any major DAW.
With TRACT and Smaart, you can quickly and easily get any sound system to perform its very best, providing a well-balanced foundation – a clean canvas – for happy, accurate mixing.
- Auto-correction EQ and time alignment for quickly tuning any sound system
- Integrates with Smaart v8 and Smaart Di v2 for accurate measurement analysis
- Can be used live or in the studio
- Runs within MultiRack, eMotion LV1, or any major DAW
- Includes minimal-phase FIR and linear-phase FIR components
- Create a corrective FIR EQ curve to balance your system’s EQ
- Capture and merge up to 8 snapshots of measured response signals
- 8 bands of industry-standard IIR filters
- Create custom reference curves
- Calculate and add delay to time-align a sound system
- Sub zoom allows a closer look at the low frequencies while phase-aligning subs
- Can be used without Smaart as a high-quality 8-band equalizer
TRACT System Calibration (V10) - System Requirements
Intel Core i5 / i7 / XeonMemory
8 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space on the system driveOperating System
10.11.6 - 10.13.5Screen Resolution
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024
USB displays are not supported as the primary display.Support for Visually Impaired Users
Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4
VoiceOver Utility enabled
Pro Tools 12.7
Logic 10.3.1Please note: Waves Central and preset management via the WaveSystem Toolbar are currently not supported.Using TRACT and Smaart on Separate Computers over a SoundGrid Network
If TRACT is running on a SoundGrid host (i.e. MultiRack SoundGrid, eMotion LV1) and Smaart is running on a separate computer, you must use a separate, dedicated network adapter to remotely control Smaart’s functions.
SoundGrid does not support IPv4 protocol, so when running this TRACT-to-Smaart configuration, you must disable IPv4 protocol on the SoundGrid network adapter.
For more information, please see the TRACT User Guide
.Connecting to Smaart over Wi-Fi while Running SoundGrid
If TRACT is running in a SoundGrid application, we do not recommend using Wi-Fi for connecting to Smaart. This connection is possible, but it can degrade the performance of SoundGrid applications, such as MultiRack SoundGrid, eMotion ST Mixer, or eMotion LV1.
Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core
8 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space on the system drive
Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit
Windows 8.1 64 bit
Windows 10 64 bit
Recommended: 1280x1024 / 1600x1024