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So far, we have been talking about the audio monitor, but not so much about the room where you are going to use it. Again, the spread is wide. There are good rooms, especially in the post-production arena. But, unfortunately, there are also a large number of rooms with little or no acoustic treatment whatsoever. It shall be emphasized that an acoustically well-designed room is as equally important towards good sound as the monitoring speakers themselves.
Unfortunately, it becomes more and more rare that studio designers are used to design these spaces. Often, the work is done in normal office rooms, and many times an interior designer has been involved with no knowledge of audio or acoustics. They design lovely looking rooms with one, two or more walls of glass. Glass is a highly reflective surface for a wide frequency range. But, from an aesthetic standpoint, it is impossible to use any kind of acoustic treatment as the rooms are designed to look into.
We have found that audio monitors equipped with automatic calibration can be a great help in dealing with difficult acoustic spaces. Another difficult application area is OB vans, where such products are becoming increasingly popular as problem solvers.
Adjustable monitoring loudspeakers can be calibrated and acoustically aligned in your room for flat frequency response and neutral sound. The monitor shall be true to the original signal, and not add nor subtract anything from it.
—Ilpo Martikainen is the founder of Genelec. Lars-Olof Janflod is marketing & public relations director, Genelec.