Composer and Sound Designer Richard Devine Chooses Genelec

Richard Devine creates sound assets for companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google and other Silicon Valley giants, as well as content companies like Sony Media and the video game, Doom. These range from individual sounds to complete music tracks.

One thing that Devine definitely needs for his detailed creative work is absolute sonic accuracy, and he’s been relying on Genelec monitors for over a decade, starting with a pair of Genelec 6010s that he bought in 2006 as portable travel monitors for editing and mixing on the road (and still uses today).

Now, he uses Genelec 8331A Smart Active Monitors and a 7350A Smart Active Subwoofer that he purchased earlier this year for his main stereo 2.1 system for editing. With these and additional Genelec surround setups throughout Devine’s Atlanta studio, Genelec is a consistent thread through which he monitors his work.

“What I do is definitely off the beaten path,” said Devine, whose sounds are applied to consumer products that range from smartphone apps to electric cars and touch on leading-edge areas such as AI and VR.

“For what I do, I need absolute, brutal sonic honesty from my monitor speakers. There’s a tremendous amount of detail in these sounds I’m building, and they have to work across a wide range of uses and in any environment anywhere on earth.”

Since he first worked on the 6010s, Devine has built an entire monitoring environment around Genelec’s monitoring technology, with a 5.1 array of 8020Cs and a 7350B sub for his VR mix room and 8030As and a 7370A sub for game and video mixes. Now the 8331/7350A system is used for editing, which makes these his most-used speakers on a day-to-day basis.

“I’m really drawn to Genelec’s new technology, such as the auto-alignment feature of their GLM software,” he said. “The ability of the speakers and the software to run a quick but accurate room analysis and calibrate each speaker on the spot has been a lifesaver for me. In the past, I’ve had issues around speaker placement and phase, especially with subs. Genelec solves those problems for me.”

Devine said accuracy is his single most important criteria for a monitor, and only Genelec has been able to consistently deliver that for him. “The 8331s are like a micro lens on audio for me,” he said. “I’m blown away by how much detail you can hear through them. It’s almost clinical, but that’s what’s needed for some of what I do. It’s all in the details, and those are always in the Genelecs.”

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