Genelec has released a major upgrade to its GLM software for loudspeaker system set-up, calibration and control.

By minimising the room’s distractive acoustic influence on the sound quality, GLM software provides Genelec Smart Active Monitor users a truthful sonic reference in any chosen work setting. GLM 4 adds the benefits of Mac Catalina compatibility, a new user interface and a host of new features.

Genelec GLM 4 softwareBased on decades of research data from thousands of studios worldwide, GLM 4 integrates with the intelligent DSP hardware within each Smart Active Monitor, allowing each monitor and subwoofer to be networked, configured and individually calibrated for a specific acoustic environment. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the room acoustics to be accurately analysed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature automatically optimises each monitor and subwoofer for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalisation.

At that point, the user has options for further manual adjustment, allowing complete personalisation if required. This level of flexibility equally benefits GLM 4 users looking to fine-tune an already excellent room, and those working in more challenging spaces not originally designed for creative use.

Compatible with Windows and Mac OS, including 10.15 Catalina, GLM 4 comes with a new user interface for faster, more intuitive and easier navigation. Created in conjunction with industrial designer Harri Koskinen, the interface fuses clean, attractive aesthetics with a character that users will find logical and hugely satisfying. Koskinen’s inspired hexagonal design also supports the idea of natural growth, in the sense that GLM helps develop the user’s own listening skills and allows a monitoring system to be easily expanded from mono to complex immersive as the user’s needs evolve.

Genelec GLM 4 softwareGLM 4 offers all the functions of its GLM 3 predecessor, with the addition of new features including dedicated set-up and control functions for immersive monitoring, and compatibility with the increasing number of audio monitoring standards in international mastering, broadcast, OTT and film. GLM 4 supports Cloud-based and local storage of settings, giving the user options for complete mobility, with the Cloud helpdesk always on hand to provide remote consultancy via a team of Genelec audio experts.

In conjunction with the DSP hardware integral to all Genelec Smart Active Monitors, GLM 4 claims benefits over other room calibration systems, including supporting fully scalable systems from mono and stereo to more than 80 channels of immersive reproduction. The integration of hardware and software also ensures the best possible system performance and dynamic range, and allows users to switch between monitor set-ups without having to use extra DAW outputs – or invest in costly external hardware.

Additionally, since management and optimisation of the system takes place at the end of the signal chain – in the monitors and subwoofers themselves – GLM 4 users can benefit from fixed and low-latency performance without having to bypass any monitoring software sitting on the master audio bus. This eases the creative process by avoiding the need to switch between ‘record’ and ‘mix’ modes, and once calibrated, GLM 4 settings can also be stored within the monitor or subwoofer itself, avoiding the possibility of accidental changes – and thus making GLM 4 perfect for multi-user rooms and demanding production environments.

‘GLM 4 is the distillation of many years of continuous research into the effects of room acoustics on monitoring system performance and will help to streamline the user’s workflow and elevate the quality of their mixes,’ says Genelec MD, Siamäk Naghian. ‘In line with our design philosophy on sustainability, GLM 4 is also completely backwards-compatible with all generations of Smart Active Monitors. This means that professional users can not only be confident that GLM 4 is the most advanced, efficient and intuitive room calibration system on the market, but it also guarantees that Genelec Smart Active Monitors are an extremely secure, scalable and future-proof, long-term investment.’

GLM 4 is released as a free upgrade.


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