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On Demand Webinars - 6 steps to creating your Sonic Reference

To prepare for the official launch of Genelec’s new GLM 4 loudspeaker manager software, this first of 6 tutorials will start to guide you through every stage required to setup, calibrate and control a studio monitoring system so that it provides a true ‘Sonic Reference’, helping you produce mixes that translate consistently to other rooms and playback systems.

Aimed at engineers, creatives, and anyone who cares deeply about audio quality, this series will help your material sound exactly as you intended it – irrespective of how it is being distributed and consumed.

Step 1: The foundations

In this first tutorial, Andy Bensley will explain the foundations of building a trustworthy reference monitoring system, and will cover:

  • The basics of audio monitoring – workflow and applications
  • The key requirements for a professional monitoring system
  • How to improve the quality of your mixes through attention to monitor placement and room acoustics
  • The user benefits of room calibration
  • Manual and automated acoustic calibration methods
  • How to create a basic GLM setup Immediately after the session, you’ll get the chance to answer a series of online questions about the tutorial. 

Everyone successfully passing 4 or more modules will then receive a certificate, and will also be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of Genelec RAW 8320 Smart Active Monitors and GLM kit. Requirements There are no specific requirements for this module. As this series of tutorials progresses then access to Genelec Smart Active Monitors and GLM software is an advantage, but not essential.

Step 2: Getting started with GLM

In this second tutorial, Darren Rose will show you how to get your monitoring system up and running using GLM loudspeaker manager software. He’ll cover:

  • Installing GLM on Windows or Mac computers
  • Setting up, calibrating and controlling your monitors using GLM
  • Integrating a subwoofer into your monitoring system
  • Genelec Smart Active Monitors, and some recommended setups
  • How to combine different Smart Active Monitors to create a system
  • The benefits of using GLM’s Cloud mode

Step 3: GLM advanced features

In this third tutorial, Markus Kahelin will take a closer look at some of GLM’s more advanced features, showing how a scalable Smart Active Monitoring system can be created, and how GLM is perfectly equipped to help you handle any audio format, from stereo to highly complex immersive audio. He’ll cover:

  • GLM’s Immersive Systems Sound Character Profiler
  • How to edit acoustic settings
  • The importance of bass management
  • Using Dolby DARDT calculators to help specify a monitoring system
  • How GLM supports standard calibrated listening levels
  • Getting help and support

​Step 4: GLM ‘Power User’ features

In this fourth tutorial, Markus Kahelin goes deeper into GLM’s feature set to show how to design, calibrate, manage and troubleshoot larger, more sophisticated monitoring systems – and how to successfully tackle challenging acoustical environments. He’ll be discussing:

• Designing and creating large networks of monitors
• The importance of X-curve and modified X-curve features
• Using multiple subwoofers
• How to optimise the Genelec W371 Adaptive Woofer System
• Genelec network topologies
• The use of monitor controllers
• Troubleshooting your monitoring system
• Trimming and personalising system frequency response

​Step 5: Using GLM as a System Monitor Controller

In this fifth tutorial, Thomas Lund explains that once GLM has been used to configure and calibrate your monitoring system, it’s also able to provide powerful, flexible and sophisticated monitor control. He’ll be covering:

• The use of standard calibrated listening levels
• Switching between monitor setups and listening locations
• Solo and mute functions
• Monitoring presets
• Touch screen monitor control

​Step 6: How GLM works – a deep technical dive

In this final tutorial, Genelec R&D director Aki Makivirta gives his expert insight into the principles of acoustic calibration, how and why GLM was developed, and the design philosophy that underpins it. He’ll be talking about both the history of room calibration and the theory of GLM operation, including:

• Stereophonic reproduction and virtual sound images
• Shared agreements about the reproduction system
• Monitoring loudspeakers and the room as a system
• Gear needed: measurement microphone, mic pre, measurement and analysis tools
• Methods of measuring acoustics, from history to present
• What needs to be calibrated: sound colour, time of flight, level
• How these best practices are applied in GLM 4



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