Aki Mäkivirta, R&D Director at Genelec, talks to SOS Editor In Chief Sam Inglis about the latest developments in immersive audio, from calibrating your system using their GLM software to personalising your headphone monitoring experience with Aural ID technology.
00:00 - Introduction
00:34 - Immersive Audio
02:07 - Loudspeaker Density
05:44 - Automating Calibration With GLM
08:10 - Choosing Your Speaker System
11:27 - Mixing Immersive Music
13:29 - Aural ID For Audio Professionals
18:45 - Mixing For Different Surround Formats
20:57 - Improving How Audio Is Received
22:19 - The Future Of Immersive Audio
Genelec - Biog
For over 40 years, Genelec studio monitoring solutions have delivered truthful, neutral sound reproduction — enabling engineers and creatives to make accurate and reliable mix decisions, even in challenging rooms.
Founded in Finland by childhood friends Ilpo Martikainen and Topi Partanen, the company’s first monitor, the S30, instantly became the blueprint for Genelec’s future direction. Its active design delivered consistent performance, total reliability, and the ability to adapt to the acoustic environment it was operating in.
Genelec’s growing range of Smart Active Monitors work closely with GLM calibration software, allowing each monitor to be completely optimised for the room, producing mixes that translate consistently to the outside world — from stereo to immersive.
For headphone users, Genelec’s latest Aural ID software development delivers a more truthful, reliable and completely personalised listening experience, allowing the user to switch between monitors and headphones seamlessly.
Aki Mäkivirta - Biog
Aki Mäkivirta joined Genelec in 1995. He originally worked for the Nokia Research Centre and teamed up with Ari Varla of Genelec during a joint venture between the two companies, where Mäkivirta demonstrated how to replace analogue filters with digital processing using the 1031A nearfield monitor. As a result, Mäkivirta joined Genelec to pioneer the creation of the original 8200 series of Smart Active Monitors, before becoming R&D Director in 2013.
Editor In Chief Sam Inglis has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and is the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).
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