"By minimizing the room’s distractive acoustic influence on the sound quality, GLM 4 provides an unrivaled and truthful sonic reference - wherever the user chooses to work. GLM 4 therefore powers creativity, producing mixes that translate consistently to other rooms and playback systems," Genelec highlights.
"Based on decades of research data from thousands of studios worldwide, GLM 4 integrates seamlessly with the intelligent DSP hardware within each Smart Active Monitor, allowing each monitor and subwoofer to be networked, configured and individually calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s room acoustics to be accurately analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature automatically optimizes each monitor and subwoofer for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization. At that point the user has many options for further manual adjustment, thereby achieving complete personalization if required. This level of flexibility makes GLM 4 a perfect tool both for users looking to fine tune an already excellent room, and those working in more challenging spaces not originally designed for creative use," the announcement also details.
The updated GLM 4 software is compatible with Windows and macOS, including 10.15 Catalina, and comes with a brand new user interface for faster, more intuitive and easier navigation. "Created in conjunction with leading industrial designer Harri Koskinen, the new user interface fuses clean, attractive aesthetics with a unique character that users will find logical and hugely satisfying," Genelec notes. "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," they add.
Essentially, the updated GLM 4 offers all the functions of its GLM 3 predecessor, with the addition of new features including dedicated setup 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 also 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 cutting-edge DSP hardware that is integral to all Genelec Smart Active Monitors, GLM 4 offers unique benefits when compared to other room calibration systems, such as the ability to support fully scalable systems from mono and stereo to more than 80 channels of immersive reproduction. Also, the tight integration of hardware and software ensures the best possible system performance and dynamic range, and allows the user to switch between monitor setups without having to use extra DAW outputs - or invest in costly external hardware.
Additionally, since management and optimization 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 buss. 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. 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 cannot 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,” comments Genelec Managing Director, Siamäk Naghian.
For a bit more of context on the evolution of Genelec Loudspeaker Management software, check this article on the previous update, as well as this article on this summer announcements prior to the GLM 4 introduction.