Genelec Monitoring Chosen for Rebuild of One Union Recording After Devastating Fire

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.

Studio 5.

Studio 5.

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.”

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Super Bowl to Use IP and Network-Based Audio

Every Super Bowl is a showcase of the latest broadcast technology, whether video or audio. For the 53rd Super Bowl broadcast, CBS Sports will use almost exclusively IP and network-based audio.

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.

How Hi-Fi Speakers Differ from Professional Audio Monitors

High fidelity speakers for the home environment differ from professional audio monitors due to their sonic accuracy. In the studio, we want to hear mistakes in the audio and not have the speakers cover them up. At home, we want…

Broadcast For IT - Part 15 - Digital Audio

Audio is arguably the most complex aspect of broadcast television. The human auditory systems are extremely sensitive to distortion and noise. For IT engineers to progress in broadcast television they must understand the sampling rates and formats of sound, and…

Matching Audio Monitors and Headphones With Third Party Software

As audio facilities move away from professionally built studios to homes, offices and other locations, the precise matching of listening components becomes more tricky. Many of these makeshift studios use budget monitors with no software for matching with the acoustic…