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Genelec’s The Ones not only scooped the Best Monitor accolade at MusicTech’s Gear Of The Year Awards, but they also won the Reader Award for best hardware product. As the company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, MusicTech talks to R&D director Aki Mäkivirta about the tech behind The Ones and the studios and producers using Genelec monitors around the world…



Genelec’s latest monitors, The Ones, have certainly created a stir since their announcement last May. The MusicTech review summed it up by concluding: “The Ones have been a nightmare to review, as there is so much technology behind them to impart and explain, but the bottom line is that Genelec has refined, engineered and processed its history into a range of incredible speakers that will set the standard for years to come.”

The Ones, then, will maintain Genelec’s status as one of the best brands in pro monitoring, but it’s a reputation that has been earned over a relatively short period. The company was founded in 1978 after acoustic postgraduates Ilpo Martikainen and Topi Partanen designed their first active monitor, the S30, for the Finnish Broadcasting company, YLE, in Helsinki.

Within a decade, Genelec had a lineup of 12 different monitors, including the 1022A, a monitor that would pave the way for the distinctive, rounded speakers that the company is now so well known for – a design that helps eliminate diffraction and control directivity. Genelec’s 1989 release, the 1035A, would become a staple in many studios thanks to its low distortion and colouration and two years later, the 1031A was released, which has now become a studio classic: a speaker that Genelec describes as “the mother of all modern two-way active monitors”, thanks to its high output and extended flat response. It stayed in production for an incredible 15 years, after which it was replaced by the 8050A, part of the company’s current 8000 series.

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About MusicTech

Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…