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Genelec says it’s made configuring and managing its Smart Active Monitoring systems even more user-friendly with the introduction of its GLM 4.2 loudspeaker manager software and the new 9301B multi-channel AES/EBU interface. The company explains that these two additions to the range allow users to create scalable immersive monitoring systems of up to 16 channels using one or more bass-managed subwoofers, or 32 channels if using a second 9301B.
The GLM 4.2 update introduces a host of new features, including the GRADE Room Acoustic Report, remote control of key parameters, and improved symmetric calibration of groups of monitors and subwoofers. According to Genelec, the GRADE report helps give the user a complete analysis of their room and monitoring system performance, in line with the best practices — including ITU-R BS.1116 recommendations. The report, which Genelec is providing free as an introductory offer throughout 2022, provides specific observations and advice on any acoustical issues, helping users and studio designers alike to fine-tune the room’s acoustic treatment, adjust monitor and listener positions, and optimize bass management.
Calibration for immersive audio
The report analyses a wide range of variables, including frequency response accuracy and early vs. late sound at the listening position, time of flight accuracy, early reflection structure and a complete room acoustic analysis. These all combine to identify the reasons for any inaccuracy in sound color, the precision of stereo imaging, the degree of listener envelopment, subwoofer and bass management performance and more.
By introducing MIDI remote compatibility, GLM 4.2 also creates a faster, smoother monitor control experience with both DAWs and control surfaces, allowing external tactile control of critical functions, including playback volume level and the activation of mutes, volume presets, bass management and monitor groups.
For users embracing immersive audio, the firm points out that GLM 4.2 can calibrate both large and compact monitoring systems, enabling listening distances down to 50 cm. The calibration group ID and subwoofer group ID features improve the calibration of selected monitors as symmetric groups, and multiple subwoofers can now work together in highly flexible topologies.
“For over 15 years, we’ve been refining the performance and user experience of our Smart Active Monitoring series to provide our customers with truly scalable, future-proof monitoring systems that can grow with the user whenever their requirements change,” says Genelec managing director Siamäk Naghian. “These new additions not only help the customer get the very best out of their room via the GRADE Room Acoustic Report, but they make any transition to the world of immersive monitoring cost-effective and painless. More than ever, Genelec continues to represent a secure long-term investment for audio professionals the world over.”