Genelec’s 8331 Monitors Used in New ARET OB Truck

Italy’s ARET systems integrator has created the first OB van to feature Genelec’s new 8331 point source monitors.

At the heart of ARET new audio mixing area is a 5.1 surround sound system including the 8331s. ARET built the trailer as a template for future vehicles serving top tier broadcast requirements, from sports to classical music. Featuring double expanding wings for a spacious working environment, its design has a partial glass interior to promote cross-truck collaboration.

“This OB van offers a comfortable working environment for video and audio professionals, and it will deliver the best possible performance regardless of the climate, from the harshest cold weather to the most humid location,” said Alessandro Asti, ARET’s vp of sales. “Everything inside the van is the result of ARET’s long experience, our engineering philosophy and our determination to choose the best.”

Two audio mix areas are located inside the trailer, the larger of which boasts a Genelec SAM 5.1 surround sound system comprising the three 8331A three-way coaxial monitors, plus two 8330A rears and a single 7360A subwoofer. The most compact of Genelec’s The Ones family, the 8331A offers the same precise imaging and wide sweet spot as its larger siblings, as well as allowing engineers to monitor at very close range and to work for longer without suffering listening fatigue.

The smaller of the two mix areas in the new van offers a stereo set-up comprising two 8320A SAM two-way nearfield monitors.

Unlike many OB vans, the ARET unit uses glass throughout much of its interior, improving collaboration between operators, but also creating a challenging acoustic environment. The use of glass inside the van adds a lot of benefits, including insulating each compartment and allowing operators to communicate with one another visually.

But it also created acoustic challenges. Special acoustic treatment techniques, with particular attention to detail, were used to insulate the audio room. As a result, Genelec’s GLM calibration software was important in ensuring that both mix areas were optimized to represent the best possible listening conditions.

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