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Genelec’s revolutionary 8351 and new compact SAM systems explained

Aki Mäkivirta, Ilpo Martikainen and Will Eggleston
October  2014, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot.

Genelec has introduced a revolutionary compact acoustically coaxial 3-way active monitor that looks like nothing else. In the first part of the article Aki Mäkivirta, Ilpo Martikainen and Will Eggleston explain the thinking and the technology behind the 8351. Resolution editorial director Zenon Schoepe visits the Genelec factory in the second part for a walk through the new 8320 and 8330 SAM monitors, the 7350 SAM subwoofer as well as the GLM 2.0 software.

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Innovation and Research

Christophe Anet
Jan.-Feb. 2014, Resolution Magazine.


For more than 35 years Genelec has been guided by the idea of making active monitors that deliver neutral and accurate sound in every acoustical environment. Genelec’s Christophe Anet explains how this led to the development of innovative driver, electronic and enclosure designs while also respecting the environment.

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The right speaker set-up

Christophe Anet
Nov./December 2013, AV Install Magazine · Special.


Genelec Oy's education and training manager Christophe Anet explains how correct loudspeaker selection is important for achieving a successful audio installation.

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Monitor placement in broadcast studios

Christophe Anet
October 2013, Broadcast Engineering Magazine.


Broadcasters have monitoring rooms of varying sizes and shapes. To achieve consistent quality in recording, live productions and on-air transmission, complete control of the audio reproduction quality in all facilities is essential. This implies careful audio monitor installation, systems calibration and setup of the audio monitors in the production spaces.

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The genesis of the M Series

Aki Mäkivirta
April/May 2013, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot.


Genelec’s latest M030 and M040 monitors are targeted at the music creation market and employ some technological and ecological firsts. Genelec’s R&D director Aki Mäkivirta explains how it has been done.

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Genelec 8260A Three-Way DSP System

Christophe Anet and Ilpo Martikainen
April 2009, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V8.3)


Genelec has a new monitor with a coaxial driver. The article describes the development of the MDC (Minimum Diffraction Coaxial) technology and the essential elements behind the 8260A DSP three-way system.

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Monitor Placement in Small Rooms

Christophe Anet
July/August 2009, Resolution Magazine, Small Room Supplement (Volume V8.5)

The increasing use of small rooms as audio production environments needs careful consideration of the acoustic behaviour as well as correct loudspeaker placement. Genelec’s Christophe Anet outlines the impacts of using a small room (a typical 3m x 4m) and the challenges of setting up a 5.1 monitoring system.

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Consistent Audio

Christophe Anet
July 2009, Broadcast Engineering World


Broadcasting companies usually have monitoring rooms of various sizes and shapes. To achieve consistent quality in recording, live productions and on-air transmission, complete control of the audio reproduction quality in all facilities is mandatory. This requires careful installation, loudspeaker system calibration and proper system setup documentation of all production spaces. This article presents practical guidelines to achieve consistency.

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AutoCal Automates Room Alignment

Christophe Anet
May 2008, Radio World International

The original N12 specification for monitoring conditions in Nordic broadcast control rooms required that monitoring loudspeakers frequency response shall be measured at the engineer’s position in the listening room. Genelec’s answer and solution since 1978 is to feature frequency response adjustments via DIP-switches in all its loudspeakers. Improving the loudspeaker-room interaction is probably the area where the most audible improvements are now achieved by using powerful DSP and automated system calibration. Genelec’s Christophe Anet explains the company’s take on AutoCal.

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Speakers and Audio Monitors

Christophe Anet
May 2008, Broadcast Engineering World

A monitoring system should reproduce sound without adding or taking anything away from the original input signal. The human hearing features a phenomenon called auditory masking, and modern recording systems have a flat electronic frequency response. To accurately monitor what is recorded, mixed-down or broadcasted, the monitoring system must also have a flat response at the listening position. However, monitors are built in anechoic conditions, and their response changes when placed into a listening room because of room boundary loading, reflections, reverberation time characteristics, etc. Christophe Anet details in this article the various monitor’s response adjustments needed for optimal loudspeaker-room interaction and flat frequency response at the listening position.

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Acoustical Insights Behind the Development of Genelec AutoCal

Christophe Anet and Ilpo Martikainen
August 2006, Studio Magazin (Germany), “Special Studiomonitoring” (translation)

The way loudspeakers interact with a room defines the quality and precision of reproduction in that room and, as a consequence, determines the resulting quality of the production process. Issues like loudspeaker placement in relation to boundaries, furniture design and layout, room shape and acoustic treatment should all be carefully considered before a monitoring system is set up. Then, the question is - which kind of anomalies should be corrected and which should not? The most important benefit of a well designed DSP-based monitoring system is clearly the possibility for an automated calibration system to fully align a set of loudspeakers. This is what Genelec’s AutoCal is doing. Genelec’s Christophe Anet and Ilpo Martikainen explain the company’s take on these various subjects.

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Compact 8020A Monitor Solution

Christophe Anet
May 2006, Radio World International


The launch of Genelec 8000 MDE Series monitors unmasked the need for a smaller sized monitoring system able to reveal the actual audio content of a signal without adding or removing anything from the original audio. The end result is the 8020A biamplified monitor. 

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Genelec DSP Monitoring Technology

Christophe Anet and Ilpo Martikainen
April 2006, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V5.3)

Integrating DSP into monitoring requires a number of key decisions to be made in the design and implementation stages if the technology is to offer real benefits to the user. Genelec’s Christophe Anet and Ilpo Martikainen explain the company’s take on the subject and how it has been applied to its new monitor products. 

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Small Active Monitor Technology - Genelec 8020A

Christophe Anet
May/June 2005, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V4.4)

The launch of the Genelec's 8000 series monitors led to the creation of a new product category in the company's already wide range. A need was also identified for a small-sized monitoring system that could be adopted in a wide range of applications, including broadcast and post-production studios, distributed audio installations and audio/video workstations. The R&D experience gained in the development of the 8030A, 8040A and 8050A provided unique technical solutions to create the new 8020A monitor. Genelec's Christophe Anet says the challenge was to combine small physical size and defined outer aesthetics together with outstanding technical performance and excellent functionality. 

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The Technology behind Genelec 8000 Series Active Monitors

Christophe Anet
May/June 2004, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V3.4)

Ilpo Martikainen, MD of Genelec, on the 8000 series monitors: 'Genelec changes models only when real performance improvements can be achieved. The design brief for the new 8000 series called for a reduction in various linear and non-linear distortions. After careful analysis of what improvements were technically and economically feasible, our engineering department devoted more than two years to achieving them all. As a result, the 8000 series probably offers the finest professional monitoring systems available today.' Genelec's Christophe Anet documents the technology behind these new 8000 series active monitors. 

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Multichannel Control Room Acoustics and Calibration - Part 2

Christophe Anet
January/February 2004, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V3.1)

After discussing control room layout, loudspeaker position and interaction of loudspeakers with room boundaries, Genelec's Christophe Anet highlights the challenges in designing multichannel control rooms, practical issues when flush mounting speakers, the home theatre paradigm and some acoustical calibration recommendations. 

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Placement and Room Acoustics Interaction - Part 1

Christophe Anet
November/December 2003, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V2.8)

Multichannel audio production still has many challenges to face up to. Equipment is constantly updated to encompass new techniques and aesthetics, but the various technical and practical issues that need to be considered before starting a multichannel recording or mix are less well addressed. Genelec's Christophe Anet presents some technical and practical issues on speaker placement in relation to boundaries, furniture design and layout, calibration of sound sources and multichannel room acoustics. 

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An Insight into Subwoofers

Christophe Anet
October 2003, Resolution Magazine, Sweet Spot (Volume V2.7)

The fast spread of discrete multichannel audio logically reinforces the development and use of subwoofer speakers. While subwoofers are extensively used in professional, consumer, home theater, car audio and movie theatre markets, the history and development of their design and technology is quite poorly documented. Genelec's Christophe Anet traces a short history of subwoofers and highlights the major constraints in vented subwoofer design. The Genelec LSETM subwoofer technology is used as a case study of how these constraints can be overcome to produce a system with good overall performance 

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A Survey Study of Today's Monitoring Conditions

Christophe Anet and Aki Mäkivirta
News Products Studio Support Sales Shows Company

When speakers are put in a room all sorts of acoustical interactions occur. The criteria that define the performance and quality of a speaker are completely different from those defining the acoustical behavior of a room and both must be taken into consideration when setting up speakers. Taking advantage of the measurements accumulated by Genelec in the process of setting up its monitoring systems, Christophe Anet and Aki Mäkivirta have correlated the performance of professional control rooms around the world. This article tells about their findings. 

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Speaking Aloud - Celebrating 40 Years of Loudspeaker Development

Ilpo Martikainen
December 1999, Studio Sound 'Millennium Special Edition' (Volume 41, No.12)

Like microphones, loudspeakers have resisted the leaps in development afforded by the digital revolution. Genelec's President, Ilpo Martikainen, traces 40 years of loudspeaker development. 

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Studio Monitor Midrange and High-frequency Performance

Ilpo Martikainen and Nick Zacharov

Ilpo Martikainen & Nick Zacharov: Studio monitor midrange and high frequency performance four-page white paper gives you a full insight in why the Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) technology makes a real difference, how to design your room installation for maximum performance, and why Genelec monitor systems have such a superior acoustic quality (1997).

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