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AES 138: Ilpo Martikainen to give Heyser Memorial Lecture

The Genelec founder's lecture is entitled: '[Monitors]: Can they be truthful quality control tools?'

Genelec founder and chairman Dr Ilpo Martikainen will give the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture – an event held at AES Conventions since 1999 – at the 138th Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention in Warsaw in May.

In the lecture, Monitoring loudspeakers: Can they be truthful quality control tools?, Dr Martikainen (pictured) will observe: “Monitoring speakers are quality control tools that should give a truthful acoustical presentation of the electrical signal in question. Over the decades this goal has been approached with different means. This presentation looks at what the technical means have been since 1940s in different parts of the world and whether the evolution has converged towards some solutions giving sustainable value to the industry.”

“We are delighted to have such an eminent member of the pro-audio community to speak to us on such an interesting topic,” say Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, co-chairs of the 138th AES Convention. “Dr Martikainen’s name is known throughout the industry for bringing high-quality monitoring to many sectors of the audio business, and we look forward to hearing his presentation.”

Dr Martikainen studied applied electronics, digital techniques and acoustics at Helsinki University of Technology and received MSc and DSc (Tech) hc degrees in 1977 and 2008, respectively. He worked as managing director at KLT Electronics from 1972 to 1977 and founded Genelec in 1978, where he worked as managing director until 2005 and as chairman since 2006.

The Heyser Memorial Lecture is part of the the AES’s special events programme and is free to attend for those who pre-register for a free ‘Exhibits-Plus’ or premium ‘All Access’ badge. The 138th AES Convention takes place from 7 to 10 May at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw.