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Genelec’s GLM 4, a major free upgrade to its GLM software for audio monitor system setup, calibration and control is now available. The next-generation GLM 4 gives Genelec Smart Active Monitors users a new interface, new features and macOS Catalina compatibility.
Genelec explains that GLM 4 integrates “seamlessly” with the intelligent DSP hardware within each Smart Active Monitor, allowing each monitor and subwoofer to be networked, configured and individually calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment.
GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s room acoustics to be accurately analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature automatically optimizes each monitor and subwoofer for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization. At that point, the user can make manual adjustments to fine tune for their needs.
Compatible with Windows and Mac OS, including 10.15 Catalina, the company points out that the GLM 4 comes with a new user interface for faster, more intuitive and easier navigation. The interface was created in conjunction with industrial designer Harri Koskinen, who conceptualized the hexagonal design.
The latest update offers all the functions of its GLM 3 predecessor, with the addition of new features, including dedicated setup and control functions for immersive monitoring, and compatibility with the increasing number of audio monitoring standards in international mastering, broadcast, OTT and film.
Users are able to go mobile because GLM 4 supports Cloud-based and local storage of settings. Support is available with Genelec’s Cloud helpdesk.
In addition, GLM 4 supports scalable systems from mono and stereo to more than 80 channels of immersive reproduction. The tight integration of hardware and software also ensures the best possible system performance and dynamic range, and allows the user to switch between monitor setups without having to use extra DAW outputs or invest in costly external hardware, according to the company.
Management and optimization of the system takes place at the end of the signal chain, in the monitors and subwoofers themselves. Users can benefit from fixed and low latency performance without having to bypass any monitoring software sitting on the master audio buss. Once calibrated, GLM 4 settings can also be stored within the monitor or subwoofer itself. This avoids the possibility of accidental changes and is helpful for multi-user rooms and demanding production environments.