Memorial Lecture at 138th: Ilpo Martikainen / Monitoring Loudspeakers — Can They Be Truthful Quality Control Tools?

AES 138th Convention
Sofitel Victoria Hotel, Warsaw, Poland.
May 7–10, 2015

Ilpo Martikainen will present the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 138th Convention, asking whether and how monitoring loudspeakers can be “truthful” quality control tools for the audio engineer. He will look back over the development of the monitoring loudspeaker since the 1940s, considering whether evolution has converged towards some solutions giving sustainable value to the industry. He concludes with a look to the future possibilities for this crucial part of the audio signal chain.


Born in 1947, Mr. Martikainen studied Applied Electronics, Digital Techniques and Acoustics in Helsinki University of Technology and received M. Sc. and D.Sc (Tech.) h.c. degrees in 1977 and 2008, respectively. Mr. Martikainen worked as Managing Director at KLT Electronics Oy from 1972 to 1977 and founded Genelec Oy in 1978, where he worked as Managing Director until 2005, and as Chairman since 2006. Mr. Martikainen has been involved in tens of speaker designs and his current interests include new transducers. Dr. Martikainen is Fellow of AES and holds several patents.

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