One Union Studio 4.
After a destructive fire, San Francisco post-production facility One Union Recording rebuilt, choosing Genelec audio monitors for the second time.
Located in the heart of the city’s advertising district, One Union Recording started with a single studio in 1995, expanding to a five-studio facility. In July, 2017, all that nearly came to an end, when a fire and related water damage destroyed the facility.
The determination of owner John McGleenan and his staff — almost all of whom have been with him for the studio’s nearly 25-year existence — decided to rebuild. Before the fire, they used Genelec monitors and chose Genelec again for the rebuild.
“I can’t say there weren’t a lot of sleepless nights, but we came back,” said McGleenan, who reopened the studio last September. “We’ve been an all-Genelec studio from day one, and I consider them to be very much part of our foundation,” he said.
Now, Genelec has provided monitors to outfit Studio 4, a second Dolby Atmos-certified mix room. Three Genelec 1237A active monitors are used as the room’s L-C-R array, while eight Genelec 8341A Smart Active Monitors constitute its rear-surround and overhead monitoring arrays, with a Genelec 7380A Smart Active Subwoofer for the “point-1” channel.
They join the three 1237A’s, two 8341A’s and a 7380A purchased last June for Studio 5. In addition, older Genelec 1037 monitors in Studios 2 and 3 were replaced with new 1237A stereo pairs in each.
“We live by the Genelecs, especially since the fire,” said McGleenan. “Our senior engineers know that they have consistent monitoring experiences from room to room, project to project, thanks to the Genelecs. We can trust the rooms and trust the mixes.”
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