Sick Individuals Mix to the Beat with KRK Studio Monitors

Internationally Acclaimed EDM Duo Relies on KRK for Reference and Playback Monitoring

With numerous worldwide hit singles to their name, support from the biggest artists in EDM and pop music, as well as a history of performing at the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, Sick Individuals continues to set new boundaries. Having relied on KRK and its products in-studio for the past eight years, Sick Individuals has acquired an arsenal of the brand’s studio monitors, including the V8S1s, V8S2s, ROKIT 6 G3s, and VXT6s.

Meeting at the Conservatory for Music in the Netherlands, Rinze ‘Ray’ Hofstee and Joep ‘Jim’ Smeele were first introduced to KRK in their Education for Composition & Music Production program in 2009. The KRK V8s were deployed in the school’s main studio, and the duo was immediately drawn to their iconic, realistic sound, and pristine representation of bass-heavy tracks.

“KRK studio monitors are an extremely useful tool when mixing dance music,” says Rinze “Ray” Hofstee of Sick Individuals. “They create the perfect amount of tightness and roundness to kick sounds and basslines up a notch, leaving listeners feeling as if they’re actually in the club. Some brands tighten up the speakers too much, resulting in a reduced ability to use them for creating purposes. We want to feel free while producing, instead of directly focusing on how an individual part sounds, and KRKs definitely provide that creative freedom.”

For a midsize studio like theirs, Sick Individuals finds their V8s to have the perfect amount of power to fill the room. “We’re currently deploying KRK V8s in our studio for playback and also as reference monitors,” says Joep ‘Jim’ Smeele of Sick Individuals. “Over the years, the classic sound of KRKs has remained constant in all the brand’s studio monitor offerings, and our ears have come to trust their sound. It’s always a lot of fun to create music with KRK.”

Additionally, Sick Individuals is a founding member of the KRK Kreator Alliance, a new initiative from KRK that allows the company to re-imagine how to leverage its iconic past and lean into its innovative future, all while working alongside its leading artists. “It’s an honor to be a part of this talented group of artists and producers,” says Hofstee. “As long-time KRK users, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the brand and we’re excited to take part in its continued innovation.”

Watch Sick Individuals mix in-studio with their KRK V Series monitors in this video.

GRAMMY Award-Winning Engineer/Producer Dave Way Turns to KRK for Dolby Atmos Mixes

Way Deploys KRK Studio Monitors and Subwoofers to Achieve High-Quality Surround Sound

Dave Way, a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning engineer/producer with dozens of gold and platinum records and countless chart-topping hits, relies on KRK to mix all of his tracks. Having worked with artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ringo Starr, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, and many more, Way is no stranger to producing high-quality mixes. Way recently took his engineering skills to the next level by outfitting his studio, Waystation Studio, with several KRK V Series studio monitors and powered studio subwoofers to achieve Dolby Atmos surround sound for music and film soundtracks.

“I have used a variety of high-end speakers over the years, and the first time I listened to the KRKs, I was immediately impressed,” says Way. “I found myself noticing things I wasn’t hearing from my previous monitors. Within two weeks of mixing on the KRKs, my mixes were coming fast and easy, and I just really liked the sound of them.”

When it came time for Way to set up his studio for Atmos, KRK was the only brand he considered. He currently deploys seven V8s, four V6s, and two 10-inch subwoofers in a 7.1.4 Atmos array with speakers surrounding him from the front, back, and above, and two subs pushing the low end from below his desk. “With my KRKs, I can really get inside the mixes—there’s a three-dimensional quality to them even when they’re not in an Atmos set up. I knew they would perform phenomenally in a surround sound application, no matter the genre I’m working on. The speakers also have an extremely precise low-end, so I’m able to really feel those bass-heavy mixes. With the KRK subs, I can push the bass even further—it’s incredible. Deploying KRKs in Atmos has truly taken my mixes to the next level, allowing for a completely immersive experience.”

Not only does Way find his KRKs to be extremely accurate, they also make for a super enjoyable tracking experience. “I was tracking a band recently, and they came in for the playback. As we were listening to the mix on my KRKs, everyone was blown away by the clarity and detail. When I’m tracking, I truly appreciate being able to easily hear everything in the arrangement, and I find that I don’t need to EQ or compress as much.”

Prior to transitioning his studio to Atmos, Way was accustomed to testing out his mixes on various brands’ speakers—but with Dolby Atmos, having one set of reliable studio monitors is crucial. “Since I was no longer able to reference alternative speakers, I was a little nervous for my first Atmos track,” adds Way. “However, as soon as I took that track to Capitol Studios, it sounded just as great there, and I knew I could rely on my KRKs for accurate playback from then on. For engineers, speakers are like our favorite pair of jeans—they fit perfectly and make you feel comfortable, and that’s exactly how I feel about my KRKs.”

Additionally, Way is thrilled to be a founding member of KRK’s new Kreator Alliance. As an avid fan of the brand, he is honored to take part in the important conversations surrounding product updates, new product launches, brand development, and much, much more. “I’ve been so happy with KRK as a brand that becoming a part of its Kreator Alliance was a natural progression. For years, I’ve been recommending KRKs. Not only are they super high-performing and dependable, but they’re also extremely affordable. With KRK, you simply cannot go wrong.”

Gibson Gives Foundation Expands Its Reach With KRK Kares

Initiative Brings the Power of Music to Schools and Non-Profit Organizations Around the World

Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives, which makes music matter to more people, in more ways, one guitar at a time, is proud to launch KRK Kares. KRK Kares’ giving initiative will provide top-performing studio gear to schools and other non-profit organizations to promote learning through music creation using KRK solutions.

For 127 years, Gibson has shaped, partnered, and supported the music industry across generations and genres. Today, Gibson Brands recognizes its obligation and opportunity to support future music makers through valuable donations. Similar to Gibson Gives, KRK Kares aims to make music matter to more people in more ways.

KRK understands that studio monitors and headphones are some of the most crucial pieces of gear when producing music. In November, KRK shipped 46 ROKIT 5 G4 studio monitors and 46 KNS headphones to Music Has Healing Power. These KRK solutions are to be deployed in Shriner’s Children’s Hospital’s in-house studios, which are currently being built. KRK is also currently working on additional giving opportunities with organizations such as the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Notes for Notes.

Photo Courtesy of Notes for Notes

“The bright yellow cones of KRKs are instantly recognizable,” says Phillip Gilley, CEO and Co-Founder at Notes for Notes. “When youth walk through the doors of any Notes for Notes studio, they know we have the tools to help them make their music, and they recognize the partners that have supported their dream to do so. We are so grateful for the support of KRK Kares and Gibson Gives, which has helped outfit our N4N studios around the country and believe in our message of ‘Producing Tomorrow’s Musicians®.’”

In addition, KRK Kares, through the Gibson Gives “Play it Forward” program, recently donated a pair of KRK ROKIT 5 G4 studio monitors and a pair of KNS headphones to Buck McCoy, a prominent Nashville-based artist who tragically lost his home and all his studio gear in the blast that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas morning. This donation will help Buck McCoy to get back on his feet and making music.

“The entire team at KRK Systems is committed to giving back to the community through the KRK Kares giving program,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing, Gibson Brands, Inc. “Music has the ability to bring people around the world together, to educate, to entertain and much more—music truly has no bounds. With KRK Kares, we are thrilled to be able to help organizations with the wonderful experience of music creation by providing top-performing KRK studio monitors and headphones. Through the power of music and high-quality recording solutions, let’s keep making great music together.”

Schools or non-profit organizations that have a music-based mission and would like to be considered for the KRK Kares giving program, please visit Gibson Gives’ Give Music page. Select the “Request a Donation” button to complete the online form and indicate KRK Kares. For those looking to subsidize the program, please select the “Donate” button—100 percent of all donations go to KRK Kares and Gibson Gives to give the gift of music.

For more information on KRK Kares, please visit www.gibsonfoundation.org/krk-kares.

KRK Welcomes a New Generation of Subwoofers

Updated Line of Subwoofers Deliver Tight, Accurate, and Defined Bass for Low-End Precision

KRK announces the latest addition to its range of studio gear with a new generation of powered subwoofers. Coming spring 2021, the new series of KRK Studio Subwoofers will be available in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch variations: S8.4, S10.4, and S12.4. Building on KRK’s legacy of sonic accuracy and performance, the new KRK subwoofers deliver tight, accurate, and defined bass, while the highly efficient Class D power amplifiers dramatically increase transient response, control, and punch. The redesigned cabinets feature a more compact profile compared to their predecessors, allowing for improved placement flexibility and a timeless design that provides a more professional aesthetic.

“KRK’s redesigned subwoofers don’t just deliver precise bass and a rich feature set; they’re the next dimension in subwoofer performance,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing for Gibson. “When mixing tracks for bass-heavy genres, it is especially important for producers and DJs to integrate a quality subwoofer solution into their studio set up. Our new generation of subwoofers are perfect for reproducing the low end of your mix—ensuring that you’re giving your tracks the exact amount of bass you desire.”

The new KRK Studio Subwoofers feature a wealth of connectivity options with XLR, 1/4″ TRS, and RCA inputs and outputs that interface with just about any manufacturer’s studio monitors, mixers, and/or audio interfaces. With an exclusive bypass control feature, users can send full-range audio to their monitors at the click of an optional footswitch without having to move out of the monitoring sweet spot to turn off the subwoofer. This allows for instant comparisons with (and without) the subwoofer’s contributions to the sound. Additionally, polarity and input sensitivity controls allow for phase coherence and level-matching to enhance the quality of your mixes.

Additional refinements to the KRK subwoofers include modestly improved low-frequency extension, improved porting for enhanced low-frequency phase response and less port noise, as well as a four-position crossover frequency selection switch, making it easy to adjust the subwoofer’s settings to optimally match existing monitors. Designed with an inverted dust cap and removable all-steel grille option with reinforced MDF enclosure, KRK’s latest generation of subwoofers offer a durable solution with excellent driver protection. Additionally, the woven aramid composite woofer provides a rigid and lightweight driver for optimal sound quality and a front-firing port allows for placement near walls without interference from a rear-firing port, increasing the subwoofer’s overall flexibility.

“With studio subwoofers, users are looking to achieve the most balanced, tight, and pure sound—and with KRK subwoofers, what you hear is what you get,” adds Doak. “Pairing a KRK subwoofer with any KRK studio monitor will deliver an optimized listening and mixing experience with extended low end.”

KRK Unites Artists with New Kreator Alliance

Musicians, Engineers and Producers From Around the World Join Forces to Discuss Industry Trends, KRK Equipment, Product Launches, Brand Initiatives and Much More

Music has the power to bring people together, connecting at every level and genre across the globe—whether it’s in-person or virtualized. KRK is celebrating the power of music with the launch of the KRK Kreator Alliance, comprised of artists, engineers and producers that have been influential in the growth of recorded music. With this initiative, KRK is re-imagining how to leverage its iconic past and lean into its innovative future alongside its leading artists.

“We are spreading the message of positive change and cultural integration through the KRK Kreator Alliance,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing for Gibson. “KRK is synonymous with creating, shaping, partnering and delivering the ‘share of sound’ across generations and genres of music. The members of our Kreator Alliance have all played a major role in building our iconic status, and by bringing them all together through this initiative, we can have the open and important discussions that will help shape the future of KRK.”

The KRK Kreator Alliance launches with an influential group of artists and producers, including AB Quintanilla, Camilo Lara, Dave Pensado, Herb Trawick, Steve Marcantonio, Tina Guo, Ali Stone, Jblack, Chingy, J. King, Mosty, Javier Garza, Cut Chemist, Maria Elisa Ayerbe, GianMarco Zignago, Sick Individuals and Dave Way.                      

This alliance of select icons and innovators will work with KRK to shape the future of the brand and lead with innovative sound solutions. They will engage in strategy sessions to discuss how to evolve the brand for the next generation of musicians, producers, and engineers. Additionally, the KRK Kreator Alliance will be a part of the conversation that discusses how KRK can support music education and philanthropic endeavors through the KRK Kares Foundation, a new giving program, part of Gibson Gives, that highlights Gibson and KRK’s commitment to “giving” studio gear to schools and other non-profit organizations in need.

“We are looking forward to a brighter new year for 2021 and we are excited to embark on this journey alongside the Kreator Alliance,” adds Sterling Doak. “Uniting our leading artists and producers in order to focus their energy on what matters most to their musical vision will help us to gain their innovative perspective, ultimately shaping our overall brand strategy. We are excited to have such an esteemed group of founding members for this alliance.”

“Looking towards the future of our industry and shaping the knowledge base available to our next generation of music creators, I’m honored to participate as a founding member of the KRK Kreator Alliance,” says Dave Pensado, GRAMMY-winning mixer and co-founder of Pensado’s Place. “I’m excited to collaborate with fellow members to drive initiatives forward and support innovation across the product portfolio to help music makers push the boundaries of creativity. There is real value in collaborating with partners like KRK, allowing us the opportunity to ‘peek behind the curtain’ in order to improve the products we know and love.” 

Audio Engineer Brings Latin Flair to U.S. Recording Scene With KRK

Maria Elisa Ayerbe Turns to KRK Systems’ V Series and Subwoofer to Mix High-Quality Tracks for Music and Film

Colombian-born Audio Engineer Maria Elisa Ayerbe has been bringing her Latin music expertise to the U.S. market for more than a decade. Through it all, she has been relying on a range of KRK Systems’ studio monitor and subwoofer offerings to mix her tracks. Whether she’s working with an award-winning recording artist or mastering soundtracks for film, Ayerbe knows she can always trust her KRKs as accurate reference monitors. Having evolved alongside the brand over the years, Ayerbe has graduated from its ROKIT line to its V Series studio monitors. She currently deploys the KRK V4 Series 4 Powered Reference Monitors and 8s Powered Subwoofer in her home studio.

Although Ayerbe works from home, her studio surely qualifies as professional, making her V Series monitors complement the rest of her equipment perfectly. “Having spent a great deal of time in recording studios from a young age, I’m no stranger to high-performing, professional studio gear—and my KRKs definitely fit the bill,” she says. “Despite the smaller size of my KRK V4s, the low end of the monitors is super accurate and pairs really well with my KRK 8s sub. All the of the elements feel in place. The stereo imaging is excellent and the Kevlar® tweeter makes a huge difference as it has a ton of detail without being annoying—an issue I’ve ran into with studio monitors that cost four times the price of KRKs.”

In addition to her KRK V4 studio monitors, Ayerbe has also relied on KRK Systems’ ROKIT 5s, V8s and V6s over the years. “KRK will always be a reliable choice,” she says. “If I want accurate playback from a reference monitor, I know I can depend on KRK for everything I mix. Whether I’m tracking for music or film, KRK is the way to go. Plus, the monitors are super easy to calibrate to your environment and have an extremely wide range of options for EQ.”

Now more than ever, having access to high-quality equipment at home is crucial. “Over the past few years, especially as music production equipment has become more accessible, we’ve watched many commercial studios close their doors as more and more producers transition to a home studio setup,” explains Ayerbe. “Many artists prefer working out of producers’ home studios. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no longer a preference—it’s the only way to work while remaining safe. With manufacturers like KRK, it’s easy to deploy high-quality gear and master tracks at home.”

Ayerbe has always been a fan of KRK, remembering how highly desired they were to artists and producers while growing up in Colombia. “It’s perfectly clear to me why recording studios all around the world are choosing KRK,” she adds. “Any time I’ve had the chance to deploy KRK monitors throughout my career, I’m always impressed by their pristine audio quality. I continue to be wowed by all of the company’s product offerings. For years, KRK has been a massive part of my daily workflow. I’m excited to see how the brand continues to enhance its product offerings while remaining accessible to audio engineers, artists and producers of any level.”

Art House Academy Relies on KRK Studio Monitors

KRK Provides Dynamic Reference Monitoring and Playback for GRAMMY Award Nominated Projects

As a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated mixing and recording engineer, musician and sound supervisor, Nicolas Ramirez’ impressive resume  also includes head mixing and recording engineer at Art House Academy & Abbey Road Institute Miami, a music performance/production and sound engineering school. He recently implemented KRK Systems’ V6 Series 4 powered reference monitors into the space. Ramirez was elated to continue working with the KRK brand as he also uses the ROKIT 5s and 7s in various home studio applications. Using his KRKs to produce award-winning tracks, Ramirez is up for three Latin GRAMMYs this year with nominations for two “Record of the Year” awards as well as an “Album of the Year” nomination.   

Ramirez has worked with high-profile recording artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny, and knows quality matters. “KRK makes a variety of superior studio monitors that align perfectly with my workflow; the brand’s solutions are ideal for both professional and home studio applications,” he says. “Not only do they sound spectacular, but they are also very budget friendly. I especially love that I can use KRK’s Audio Tools app to adjust the monitors to best suit each unique environment I work in. Overall, deploying KRKs is easy. You don’t need any amplifiers for them to sound good — they are amazing on their own.”

Ramirez not only has used KRKs at Art House but has also used both the monitors and Audio Tools app at recording artists’ home studios, which has been especially beneficial amidst the pandemic. “The KRK ROKITs are lightweight and perfect for anyone mixing while out on the road,” he says. “Recently, while setting up to mix at Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Camilo’s home studio, I was able to use the app to make all the necessary adjustments and help assign presets to ensure his KRK ROKIT 7 G4s are perfectly calibrated to his environment.”

Ramirez knows he can always rely on his KRKs to deliver the most accurate sound. “KRK monitors help me to guarantee that my mixes will sound good in the car, on a cell phone, on headphones or anywhere else. Additionally, I love that I can use the Audio Tools app to align multiple pairs of speakers while mixing in-studio. In the past, I would have to use measuring tape to make sure that everything was spaced out evenly and positioned correctly. With the KRK app, this process is much easier.”

Additionally, Ramirez appreciates the dynamic response of his new V6s. “The V Series monitors are amazing as they deliver an extremely dynamic sound. It’s been interesting to see how the V6 monitors compare to the ROKIT 5 G4s. The ROKITs have a less dynamic output, making the two pairs of KRKs complement each other perfectly. With the ROKITs, I can really work with the sound and make sure I’m putting punches in the right place to ensure that the kick isn’t fighting with the bass.”

Throughout Ramirez’s experience with KRK monitors, he has developed preferences for each monitor’s application. He prefers the V6 monitors for playback use and the ROKITs as reference monitors. “I’m so excited about my relationship with KRK — they really know what they’re talking about,” says Ramirez. “Working with the KRK team is an absolute joy. Most brands solely focus on pushing their product lines, but with KRK, they want to hear customer feedback so that they can improve their offerings in any way possible. KRK monitors are simply the best and I would recommend them to anyone. I’m really happy that we upgraded to the V6 monitors at Art House, but I will forever be a fan of the classic ROKIT sound—it just can’t be beat!”

Train’s Guitarist Plays that Song with KRK

Luis Carlos Maldonado Turns to KRK’s V6 Series Speakers for Home Studio Recordings

Having been raised in a music-centric family, Luis Carlos Maldonado was destined to work in the industry. As a musician, performer, songwriter and lead guitarist for the GRAMMY Award winning band, Train, Maldonado is no stranger to top-of-the-line recording studio gear. For over a decade, Maldonado has exclusively used KRK Systems’ studio monitor offerings to mix all of his tracks. Today, Maldonado has KRK’s V6 Series Studio Monitors in his home studio. While he mainly relies on the V6 Series speakers to mix Train songs and new material, he also recently turned to his KRKs for recordings for the new film “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

“I can’t remember a time I didn’t know about KRK,” says Maldonado. “It’s safe to say that anyone working in the recording industry within the last 20- to 30-years has used KRK speakers, a number of times—I know I certainly have. My first set of KRKs were the VXT Series studio monitors. I had upgraded to these from another brand—and I truly mean ‘upgraded.’ They were a great set of speakers.”

While the recording industry evolves over time, Maldonado realizes the significance of manufacturers adjusting their product lines to meet the current needs of music producers. “Fidelity in music and film has increased significantly—there’s a lot more sound going on these days, opposed to the classic records of yesterday. How music is presented today is dramatically more advanced and I feel that KRK’s V6 Series is moving along with the changes and developments in music and film.”  

For Maldonado, a standout feature of his KRK V6 Series monitors is the ability to differentiate between the high, high-mid, low and low-mid frequencies. “The V6 Series speakers have an incredible amount of detail and without the fatigue that comes when listening to music in a critical environment. The fact that you can attenuate or boost the low and high frequencies depending on your room size/shape is a total win. Also, setting up the monitors is extremely easy, especially with the ability to ‘tune’ the speakers to your room configuration.”

While working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Maldonado has revised his home studio setup to have no limits in being able to produce and record broadcast-quality tracks. “The V6 speakers have raised the bar for critical listening in my home studio environment,” says Maldonado. “While recording from home, I’ve learned to prioritize tasks and work quickly—I spend more time on the quality of my tracks, and in the end, that’s why we do this anyway. KRK is in a wonderful state of growth and I am very fortunate to be working with some key and creative people at the company. They have made this experience extremely enjoyable, professional, and welcoming—it’s one of the few times I feel that I’m in the right place at the right time. Big thanks to Todd, Beth, Mac, JC and Cesar!”

“The KRK brand has been at the forefront of innovation and sound evolution,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer, Gibson Brands. “Behind great music and sound, there’s always a KRK monitor that contributed to delivering that sound. We are focused on building great tools for artists and producers, enabling them to create the great music that we all love. I have been a fan of Luis’ work for decades, and the fact that he’s chosen KRK as the brand and tool he trusts, is a proud moment for all of us at KRK.”

GRAMMY-Nominated Musician Upgrades Project Studio with KRK Systems’ Latest Studio Monitors

Tina Guo Hears the Depths of Her Mixes With Newly Released ROKIT G4 White Noise Studio Monitors

Internationally acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-nominated and BRIT Female Artist of the Year-nominated musician Tina Guo is one of the most recorded solo cellists of all time. Known for her unique genre-crossing style, Guo’s mixes can be heard on hundreds of blockbuster film, television, and game soundtracks. As a dependable mixing solution, Guo turns to KRK Systems’ latest product offering, the ROKIT G4 White Noise 8-inch professional studio monitors. In addition to her recording projects, Guo also relies on her KRK G4s as playback monitors for her livestream concerts.

As a long-time fan of KRK Systems, Guo previously utilized the brand’s ROKIT G3 powered studio monitors. When upgrading to the latest generation of KRK’s renowned ROKITs, Guo chose to go with the eye-catching White Noise variation. “Compared to my ROKIT G3s, the G4s are more powerful and lighter in weight, which is extremely beneficial as I have both speakers on my standing desk, which I move up and down throughout the day,” says Guo. “I was immediately drawn to the cool aesthetic of the white color of these new monitors.”

While recording from home and streaming live concerts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Guo solely relies on her project studio setup equipped with KRK White Noise monitors to mix all of her tracks. While adjusting to this work-from-home setup, it has been extremely beneficial that Guo is able to seamlessly adjust her EQ settings using the monitor’s simple-to-use LCD interface. “The LCD screen with visual EQ is amazing—it provides various frequency presets to adjust to the best setting for your specific playback or mix environment.”

Using her KRK White Noise monitors for playback, Guo recently completed two albums: “Winter Night: Traces in the Snow,” which will be released on Sony Masterworks, as well as “GESICHTSSCHMELZER,” which is an Extreme Music (production music arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing) album as a composer with Frank Klepacki that translates to “face-melter.”  She also recently turned to her KRKs as playback monitors for the recording of an in-game commercial for the new “Star Citizen” video game, as well as soundtracks for “SpongeBob 3” and two upcoming Netflix films: “Hillbilly Elegy” and “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.” Additionally, Guo is currently deploying her KRK 8-inch White Noise monitors for her upcoming solo album, also being released on Sony Masterworks in 2021.

“I am a huge fan of KRK’s studio monitors,” says Guo. “When mixing soundtracks for cello, it is crucial that I can hear the depths of my mixes—and the KRK G4 White Noise monitors project a natural and unaltered sound. In addition to all of the speaker’s cool features, their high-quality audio and affordable price tag add to the value of the White Noise monitors. I am excited to continue relying on these awesome looking speakers for all of my remote recording sessions, album projects, and live stream concerts in the future.”

MusicHouse Calls on KRK Monitors to Produce GRAMMY Award-Winning Sound

Steve Marcantonio Relies on the Brand’s V Series Studio Monitors and 10S Subwoofers for Projects Across a Variety of Genres

Award-wining engineer Steve Marcantonio named his Nashville-based studio “MusicHouse” as a nod to the one constant that has existed throughout his life, a house full of music. Having mixed tracks for major recording artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton, to name a few, Marcantonio is a renowned audio engineer in the Nashville recording scene. To hear the depths of his mixes without breaking the bank, Marcantonio relies on KRK Systems studio monitors and subwoofers, including the brand’s renowned V Series studio monitors and 10S powered studio subwoofer.

“I monitor at a low volume and the KRK V4 and V8 monitors both sound amazing at that level, which is really important, and the 10S sub helps out tremendously,” says Marcantonio. “I love my KRK V4 monitors more than anything; they’ve become a staple in my home studio. The V4s really fill the room and carry a lot of bottom-end, and the clarity and separation are really cool. KRKs are my favorite monitors to mix on as I know that they translate well, no matter where I’m working ― whether at the MusicHouse, The Blackbird Academy, or at home. KRK is second to none.”

Marcantonio finds KRK studio monitors and subwoofers to be a reliable solution across the range of musical genres he mixes. “As an audio engineer, it’s all about the sound,” he adds. “If I’m doing an orchestral piece or a rap song, KRK monitors sound awesome. The V Series speakers get loud and punchy, and the top-end sounds nice and silky. So if I’m mixing instrumentals or an orchestra, I can hear all of the hum and the noises behind it, which I love. KRK monitors and subwoofers are definitely great solutions, no matter the genre.”

Today more than ever, recording artists are turning to producers that have the ability to bring the studio to their homes. “When choosing equipment, it is extremely important that I’m able to unplug my gear and seamlessly set up in another location,” adds Marcantonio. “With my KRK V4s, I’m able to go mobile, which is a tremendous benefit for my current workflow.”

In addition to his exceptional career as an audio engineer, Marcantonio shares his knowledge of the industry with future engineers as a mentor at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville. “The affordability of KRK Systems studio monitors is what makes them stand out from the competition,” he says. “I always tell my students to make sure they’re not judging the quality of a product based on its price tag, and KRK is a perfect example of this. Just because a product is affordable doesn’t mean you’re compromising on quality. With KRK monitors, you can have the best of both worlds.”