Genelec Monitoring Provides Continuity for One Union Recording

Genelec Monitoring Provides Continuity for One Union Recording

Studio 4 at the new One Union Recording, featuring active monitoring from Genelec.

— After a devastating fire, successful post-production facility One Union Recording decided to rebuild, and Genelec monitoring is the link from what owner John McGleenan calls One Union 1.0 and One Union 2.0 —

— Longtime Genelec technology partner, Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group, not only provided all of the studio’s Genelec monitors both before and after the fire, but also had records of equipment purchases throughout the studio’s 25 years that helped with insurance claims and rebuilding —

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Located in the heart of San Francisco’s advertising district, One Union Recording started with a single studio in 1995, building on award-winning work to eventually grow into a five-studio facility. However, in July 2017, all that nearly came to an end, when a fire and related water damage threatened to end One Union Recording’s remarkable run. But the determination of owner John McGleenan and his staff – almost all of whom have been with him for the studio’s nearly 25-year existence – weren’t ready to let that happen; they rolled up their sleeves and with the help of longtime partners like Genelec and its vendor, Cutting Edge, One Union Recording would end up back on its feet.  

“I can’t say there weren’t a lot of sleepless nights, but we came back,” says McGleenan, who reopened the studio last September. One major source of help in that was Cutting Edge Audio & Video, the equipment retailer that McGleenan has relied on ever since the studio first opened, and which provided records of purchase orders going back that far, enabling more efficient insurance processing and accurate recreation of the facility’s five studios. That included the Genelec monitoring that One Union Recording has used for a quarter century. “We’ve been an all-Genelec studio from day one, and I consider them to be very much part of our foundation,” says McGleenan.   

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Now, Genelec continues to be part of the studio’s future. Cutting Edge provided monitors to outfit Studio 4, a second Dolby Atmos®-certified mix room. Three Genelec 1237A active monitors are used as the room’s L-C-R array, while eight Genelec 8341A Smart Active Monitors™ constitute its rear-surround and overhead monitoring arrays, with a Genelec 7380A Smart Active Subwoofer for the “point-1” channel. They join the three 1237A and two 8341A’s and 7380A, purchased last June for Studio 5. In addition, Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group replaced the older Genelec 1037 monitors in Studios 2 and 3 with new 1237A stereo pairs in each.   

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“John and the team at One Union Recording are long-time customers, and we wanted to do all that we could to help them in the wake of the devastating fire,” says Cutting Edge Solutions Sales Executive Tom Anderson. “They picked Genelec for the same reason everyone else does — it’s a best-of-breed solution. With features like the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™ (GLM™) and AutoCal™, One Union agreed that Genelec was the best fit and a solid investment.”  

“We live by the Genelecs, especially since the fire,” says McGleenan. “Our senior engineers know that they have consistent monitoring experiences from room to room, project to project, thanks to the Genelecs. They can trust the rooms and trust the mixes. That’s why One Union Recording 1.0 and 2.0 have always stuck with Genelec, and always will.”  

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About Cutting Edge, A Division of ALT Systems
Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group, a Division of ALT Systems, is a media systems integrator providing technology solutions, professional services, and support to content creators nationwide. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, clients include some of the most recognizable brands in media and entertainment, as well as Silicon Valley technology companies, and world-class sports organizations. 

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About ALT Systems, Inc.
ALT Systems Inc. is a Los Angeles-based systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, offering superior compositing, rendering, editing, color correction, digital intermediate, 2D/3D, restoration, large format film recording, and SAN and NAS networking and storage options to the post production and visual effects 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.  

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