Genelec 8341A and 8331A Smart Active Monitors™ Help Roth Audio Design Manage It All, from Stereo to 7.1.4
Three Genelec 8341A monitors constitute his L-C-R array, with four 8331A monitors used for left-right side and rear monitors, and four additional 8331A’s used as overheads, providing the latest dimension in immersive object-based sound mixing and placement. A Genelec 7360A Smart Active Subwoofer handles the low end. All of the Genelec speakers are equipped with Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, Genelec’s award-winning self-calibration protocol, and all were installed in the bold white color scheme.
Roth has a pragmatic working style that seeks to get to the heart and soul of a project’s audio, from capture to mix, in a variety of playback formats. He notes, “I rely on my monitors to accurately tell me what’s going on in a piece of music or other audio, so that I can take it where it needs to go. For me, it’s about the usefulness and the results, rather than geeking out over the gear itself! Genelec Smart Active Monitoring gives me the tools I need, plain and simple.” Smart Active Monitoring creates an optimized and precisely controlled monitoring environment. After automatic calibration, monitoring setups ranging from simple stereo to immersive audio will perform with consistency even as they are compensating for any deficiencies in a listening environment.
And what initially drew Roth to the Genelecs was their sound. He’s owned Genelec speakers before and has come to trust them implicitly for their accuracy and ability to let him mix for long stretches without fatigue. But, he says, the 8341A and 8331A monitors take that to a completely new level. “I absolutely love them,” he says. “The technology architecture is amazing, and the imaging is perfect. You cannot ask for better sound. The same with the 7360 sub — it fits the bill for a room like mine that's on the smaller side, while maintaining the same low-end extension of the 7370. And with the Smart Active Monitoring technology, they also address and solve any problems my room might have.”
In addition, he says, the range of market sectors, media verticals and, most recently, monitoring formats, as object-based multichannel formats like Dolby® Atmos™ are quickly becoming adopted by film, television and games, the Genelec 8341A and 8331A monitors offer him incredible flexibility along with great sound and room adaptability. “We’re seeing Atmos becoming more and more common for a range of media, and Genelec monitors help me adapt to each one, while helping make my studio competitive with larger facilities when it comes to immersive sound formats,” he says. “And the 8341A is possibly the best center-channel speaker ever — the image is wide but remains focused, which means others in the control room don’t have to crowd into the sweet spot to hear it correctly. The Genelecs are the tools I need for a more complex sound industry.”
Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.
Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.