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One Union Recording Bounces Back

After suffering a fire two years ago, San Francisco’s One Union has recovered and is going full steam ahead.

San Francisco, CA (February 20, 2019)—Part of San Francisco’s audio scene since 1995, One Union Recording was hit by a major fire in 2017, resulting in fire and water damage that nearly ended the company. Now nearly two years later, the facility has bounced back due to the tenacity of owner John McGleenan and his staff.

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“I can’t say there weren’t a lot of sleepless nights, but we came back,” says McGleenan, who reopened the studio last September. Helping in the aftermath, Cutting Edge Audio & Video, the equipment retailer that McGleenan has used ever since the studio first opened, provided records of purchase orders going back that far, enabling more efficient insurance processing and accurate recreation of the facility’s five studios. That included the Genelec monitoring that One Union Recording has used for a quarter century. “We’ve been an all-Genelec studio from day one, and I consider them to be very much part of our foundation,” says McGleenan.

Now, Genelec continues to be part of the studio’s future. Cutting Edge 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 and two 8341A’s and 7380A, purchased last June for Studio 5. In addition, Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group replaced the older Genelec 1037 monitors in Studios 2 and 3 with new 1237A stereo pairs in each.

“John and the team at One Union Recording are long-time customers, and we wanted to do all that we could to help them in the wake of the devastating fire,” says Cutting Edge Solutions sales executive Tom Anderson. “They picked Genelec for the same reason everyone else does — it’s a best-of-breed solution. With features like the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager and AutoCal, One Union agreed that Genelec was the best fit and a solid investment.”

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