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 Genelec Continues Its Support of Audio Education and Announces
Inaugural Mike Chafee Audio Pioneering Scholarship

— Annual U.S. scholarship, celebrating the life and accomplishments of industry veteran Mike Chafee, will be offered to female audio graduate students in association with the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation —

NATICK, MA, December 18, 2020 — Genelec Inc. announced today the introduction of the Genelec Mike Chafee Audio Pioneering Scholarship, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to audio education and promoting the advancement of women in the audio industry. The scholarship encourages passionate and outstanding women to continue their audio education while paying tribute to noted long-time Genelec manufacturer’s representative, audiophile, sound designer, acoustician, audio evangelist and supporter of women in audio, Michael Chafee.

The scholarship will be offered annually to U.S. female graduate students in the field of audio engineering who are members of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). The Mike Chafee Audio Pioneering Scholarship, in the amount of $5000.00, is being presented in association with the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation to female students who have a passion of advancing audio through innovation and technology development.

A longtime associate and dear friend of the company, Chafee had been involved with Genelec since 1996 and is credited with being an early pioneer and key influencer in promoting the concept of Active Monitoring technology to the market. In addition to his support of women in the audio industry, Chafee’s insights and forward-thinking philosophy have been an invaluable resource to the industry at large, as well as to Genelec’s marketing and engineering departments. 

“We wanted to provide a resource with the goal of empowering women to further their audio education while honoring and supporting the legacy of Mike Chafee, a key member of our extended Genelec family,” stated Lisa Kaufmann, Genelec Inc. Managing Director. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Mike, as he was a close personal friend and a true trailblazer in the industry. We hope this scholarship will serve as a testament to his accomplishments, inspire women to take a more active role in the audio community and to bring more gender diversity to our industry.”

Jim Anderson, AES Educational Foundation President, commented, “Mike was a good friend to me and to many in the audio community, and the AES Educational Foundation is pleased that Genelec has chosen to honor his legacy of quality and forward thinking in audio. We look forward to women around the world benefiting from Mike’s genius and Genelec’s generosity.”

To apply and for more information, visit http://www.aes.org/education/foundation/. The deadline for applications for the first Genelec Mike Chafee Audio Pioneering Scholarship is May 15, 2021, with the award recipient being announced on August 1, 2021, for the 2021-2022 school year.

To learn more, please visit http://www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

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About Mike Chafee
In 1972, Mike founded Sarasota, Florida-based Michael Chafee Enterprises, and over the course of his career with Genelec, he won numerous Rep of the Year awards in both Genelec’s professional and home audio divisions. With a true passion for audio, Chafee tuned and calibrated over 300+ recording studios, home theaters, mastering rooms, sound reinforcement systems, and commercial movie theaters, as well as served as an audio consultant for the Audio Engineering Society Convention’s Special Events Room at its 135th International Convention held in New York.

About Genelec
Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating over 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.

Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.

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—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.











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