The ROKIT G4 Difference
Not too long ago, we released the new generation 4 (G4) of the ROKIT professional studio monitors. Over the years many monitors have come and gone, but the ROKIT legacy is unlike any other studio monitor and surely you have seen the iconic yellow cones everywhere. Some have even contended that the ROKIT monitors are to home recording, to what the old NS-10s were to professional studios back in the day.
Fast-forward to 2020, and it’s no secret that most of those big-player recording studios have closed due to the fact that musicians and songwriters can record professionally on their own. There will always be a need for large-scale/hi-end awesome studios such as The Hit Factory in New York City (who utilize ROKIT G4 7” monitors for reference speakers among others), but even most productions out of those studios have some tracks recorded at home.
So what has made the ROKIT G4 monitors earn so much critical acclaim? What sets them apart from other affordable studio monitors? Here are 5 important elements of the ROKIT G4 that completely set them apart from any other monitor in their price range and beyond.
BUILD-QUALITY AND COMPONENTS
First and foremost, the ROKIT G4 monitors are new from the ground up. These monitors were not “built on” a previous monitor line, and have all new components. Behind those components are painstaking years of research and development in order to make an affordable monitor that can compete with others way beyond their price range. For example, the drivers are made with a top-quality rigid aramid fiber found in monitors far beyond the ROKIT G4 price tag. This material is used in both the woofer and the tweeter so that the frequency reproduction is accurate and balanced throughout the whole frequency range.
Also, the custom cabinet itself was designed at our lab in the USA in a way so that all the parts on the inside work together in harmony to reproduce the most accurate sound. This is important because every small part to a monitor can make it sound different—we used science to make sure the physical parts and location-layout all worked together to correctly aid the voicing of the monitors.
ROKIT G4 is the only monitor in its class with an LCD display which helps the user understand the chosen EQ and frequency response. There are also other preferences and options that can easily be utilized on the LCD making it a super user-friendly experience. The tactile selection knob dials through the presets and options and has a “push to select” feature which makes it simple to navigate. This LCD directly ties into the next feature of built-in room acclimation and tuning.
BUILT-IN ROOM ACCLIMATION WITH 25 EQ PRESETS GUIDED BY AN APP
No other monitor even close to the price class of the ROKIT G4 works with an app. The KRK Audio Tools app is a free (and ad-free) app available on the iOS and Android stores and houses 6 useful audio tools helping to setup any studio space. Five of those tools work with any monitor of any manufacturer, and one tool is specific to ROKIT G4. For any monitoring system, these tools include Spectrum Real Time Analyzer, Level Meter, Monitor Align, Delay Distance, and Polarity. Specific to the ROKIT G4 monitor is the EQ Recommendation Tool.
This EQ Recommendation tool is really what separates the ROKIT G4 from any other monitor on the market. Simply stated, the KRK Audio Tools app sends pink noise through the monitors and analyzes it along with the rooms physical environment. After this cycle, the app will recommend the best EQ preset on the ROKIT G4 getting the user to a “flatter” working environment. Why is this important? Because when you are “mixing” music you want the most accurate representation from the monitors so that you can make precise mixing decisions.
Think about it this way: when mixing, if you hear too much low-end from your monitors you will pull those frequencies back—this is a “mix decision.” If the abundance of those frequencies was falsely created from your monitors (inaccurate monitors), your final mix will now lack low-end. It’s a story that happens over and over again—it sounds great in your studio, but then on other systems it sounds completely different. This result is most likely because your “mix decisions” were not based on monitors with an accurate frequency response. ROKIT G4 monitors were made to fix this problem by adjusting to different environments, resulting in flatter frequency responses.
One more advantage on having the built-in EQ is the option of diversity between “creating” and “mixing.” Sometimes when we create music in different genres, we want to feel more energy from our environment. The older ROKIT generations where known for this “vibe” and really gave the creator some thump on the low and low-mid frequencies. That “thump” can still be obtained with the ROKIT G4 by adjusting the EQ settings to your taste, so you have the best of both worlds between music creation and music mixing.
ISOLATION PADS, LIMITER AND CLASS D AMPLIFICATION
ROKIT G4 monitors have high-density isolation pads on the bottom which help decouple them from the surface they are on. This helps with frequency definition and a more focused sweet-spot. They also have an on-board limiter working with the power amp in an unobtrusive manor which kicks in only when the system has hit its limit. This has two benefits: to protect the system from damaging the drivers, and to also give you clear consistent sound reproduction at very high volumes (SPL). In testing KRK ROKIT G4 with other monitors in its price class you will find the competitors either greatly distorting or even shutting down altogether with possible damage.
PROTECTIVE GRILLES AND COLOR OPTIONS
No other monitors in the ROKIT price class offer an option for protection. You put a lot of time and effort into your music, and KRK ROKIT G4 Studio Monitors are an investment into that dedication. Fortunately, you can protect them with the new stylish ROKIT G4 Grille Covers made specifically for RP5G4 (5”), RP7G4 (7”) and RP8G4 (8”). These grilles are made with premium components and built to spec insuring a seamless integration into the monitor’s cabinetry system itself. The form factor of these stylish monitor accessories have been tested not only for solid protection against all elements, but also to ensure that no frequencies are hindered by their use. Durably crafted perforated steel is the defense mechanism in place from anything getting between the monitor’s drivers and your environment. Whether you’re a producer on the move creating tracks in different places, a touring DJ, or in need of protection against whatever alien-intruders you fight off in your studio, ROKIT G4 Grille Covers will have you protected.
KRK ROKIT G4 5″ 7″ AND 8″ are also available in the stunning “White Noise”