Having been raised in a very musical household, Producer, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Juan Pablo Vega was destined for musical greatness. After being nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2014 Latin GRAMMYs, Vega took his music career to the next level by honing in on his production skills. This dedication led him to win his first music production Latin GRAMMY award in 2016 and his first Latin GRAMMY nomination as Producer of the Year in 2019. Throughout the years, Vega has produced and/or co-written a variety of tracks and albums for high-profile Latin artists including Fonseca, Morat, Piso 21, Mike Bahía, Marc Anthony, Danny Ocean, Manuel Medrano, Monsieur Perine, Esteman, Fer Casillas, Alejandro Sanz, Debi Nova, Lasso and many more. As a longtime fan of KRK, Vega recently upgraded from his CLASSIC 5 studio monitors to the more pro-level ROKIT 8 G4s, and he looks forward to continuing to grow alongside the brand.
“I’ve had my KRK CLASSIC 5 studio monitors for a very long time, and I still use them as reference monitors in my home studio. Even though they’re small, they have a beautiful low-end and my ears trust their sound. When I upgraded to the ROKIT 8 G4s for my new studio, I noticed the difference in the sound. The G4s have a flat and faithful tone that’s true to the music I’m producing, and they definitely stand above the competition. I also deploy the KRK Audio Tools app with my ROKIT G4s, and it’s an extremely intuitive interface that helps me get the most out of my monitors. As a producer, I need a fast and reliable solution and the KRK monitors and app give me exactly what I need. KRK is a classic brand that aligns perfectly with the motivated and creative spirit of my production workflow.”
French breakthrough Musician, Producer, and Songwriter Julien Granel taught himself the ins and outs of music production after 14 years of playing classical piano at The Conservatoire, a UK-based educational charity. His style of music is a mix of multicolor pop, disco, funk, and electronic sounds. After years of hectic touring schedules, Granel released his first EP “Bagarre Bagarre” in 2020. When Granel was looking to purchase his first pair of studio monitors to compose his first album in his project studio, he was immediately drawn to KRKs for their eye-catching yellow cones.
“My number one rule is to always match my clothes to my KRKs when I’m mixing. Although I initially chose KRK to match my colorful aesthetic, I immediately fell in love with the way they sound in my home studio. Shortly after purchasing my speakers, I found a video of Tyler the Creator mixing on his KRKs, and I knew I made the best choice. The warm, dynamic sound of my KRK ROKIT 5 G4s is exactly what I wanted to create, and that sound helps me to stay instinctive in my craft. I’m so happy to be integrated into the KRK family!”
New Seven- and Eight-inch Variations are Welcomed to the KRK CLASSIC Family
Building on KRK‘s legacy of sonic accuracy and performance, the brand announces the expansion of its CLASSIC line of studio monitors with the addition of 7- and 8-inch models. Incorporating over 30 years of innovation from the world’s leading studio monitor manufacturer, KRK’s CLASSIC product range was designed using concepts from the brand’s previous ROKIT lines to deliver the same high-quality mixes that customers have come to expect from KRK at a lower price-point.
“We are thrilled to welcome two new solutions to KRK’s family of professional-grade studio monitor offerings,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing for Gibson. “Joining KRK’s CLASSIC 5, the new CLASSIC 7 and CLASSIC 8 provide the enhanced bass response and sound that music creators around the world have trusted for years. Perfect for all genres of music, KRK CLASSIC monitors provide artists, producers, and engineers with the renowned KRK sound, without breaking the bank. Plus, with three sizes to choose from, there’s now a CLASSIC monitor for everyone.”
True to their name, KRK’s CLASSIC active two-way studio monitors are packed with a multitude of time-tested features, including innovative bi-amped Class A/B amplifiers with a built-in automatic limiter and a low-resonance enclosure for minimized distortion and colorization. With the optional ability to engage the +2 dB KRK Bass Boost, the CLASSIC line of studio monitors can hold true to the acclaimed KRK sound that music creators desire.
Like the CLASSIC 5, the new CLASSIC 7 and CLASSIC 8 utilize a one-inch textile, soft-dome tweeter paired with either a seven-, or eight-inch glass aramid woofer, depending on the size monitor selected, delivering a clear midrange and tighter bass. KRK CLASSIC monitors feature a front-slotted bass port, which reduces boundary coupling and allows for flexible positioning within a room. It also is designed with a preinstalled hi-density foam pad to decouple the speaker enclosure from the surface, helping with clarity and accurate frequency response.
With high- and low-frequency controls, users can adjust the monitors’ sound to their environment and preference, adding versatility and improved accuracy for mixes that translate in any production environment. Additionally, multiple input connections (XLR, ¼-inch, RCA) allow for universal connectivity, making it seamless to integrate CLASSIC monitors into any studio setup.
Amadeus, the multi-platinum producer for over 100 artists, including J.Lo, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Tyga, Cam’ron, and 50 Cent, among others, is the latest Kreator to load up his studio with KRK gear. Having launched Platinum Boy Music, his own production and recording company, back in 2000, Amadeus is no stranger to top-performing studio gear and deploying reliable, high-quality speakers to mix tracks for high-profile recording artists. Today, he turns to his ROKIT 8 G4 White Noise and V6 studio monitors in the studio, paired with KRK’s 10s subwoofer and KNS 6400 headphones to complete his production setup.
“In my studio, Platinum Boy Music Studios, I’ve always had and repped the KRK brand, and I’m super excited to gear up with more awesome equipment from KRK. I‘ve been blessed to acquire all the latest heat from the brand, including its ROKIT and V Series studio monitors, 10s subwoofer, and KNS 6400 headphones. With all these great KRK solutions, I have all the gear I need to continue producing smash hits for the artists I work with. I love cranking up the volume when mixing on my KRKs – the neighbors are going to be knocking on the door; I’m ready.”
KRK is proud to have been one of the sponsors that presented this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Discovery Award. Each year, this award recognizes up-and-coming artists that possess unique talent and an original sound. This year, the winner of the LAMC 2021 Discovery Award goes to maye and Pachyman.
Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, singer/songwriter maye writes lyrics that reflect the romantic nostalgia of Billie Holiday, with hints of Sade and a sultry pop sound that references Miami heat. Puerto Rican artist Pachyman is based in Los Angeles and his music is influenced by classic dub/reggae sounds. Both maye and Pachyman received a prize package that included KRK studio monitors and headphones.
“The 22nd Annual LAMC has been yet another exciting event with the conference going fully virtual for the second year in a row,” says Sterling Doak, Director of Marketing for Gibson. “Referred to as ‘the Sundance of Latin music,’ the LAMC serves as a continuous indicator of what is up and coming, and each year recognizes artists that show original talent and sound. With their unique music and exceptional talent, maye and Pachyman stood out from the crowd and are extremely deserving of this award. We wish this year’s Discovery artists much success in the next steps of their careers.”
Whether In-Studio or On Set, KNS Headphones are the Top-Choice for Educated Ears
KRK has been behind great music for over 30 years. KRK defines superior clarity and accuracy in professional monitors for better sounding music, and are the top choice for music engineers and producers around the world. Great music is made with KRK.
KRK headphones, which include the KNS 6400s and KNS 8400s, provide an accurate and high-quality listening experience that is trusted by music producers, audio engineers, and production staff around the world. Whether mixing tracks in-studio, behind the scenes on production sets, or looking to obtain unaltered sound for any listening application, KNS headphones are fit for the job.
With KRK’s headphone offerings, there’s a solution for every listening need. When it comes to home/project studio applications, podcasting, or on-the-go track evaluations, the 6400s provide a precise listening experience. For those looking to take things to the next level, the 8400s are an ideal choice for critical listening and can be found in commercial studios and on production sets.
From songwriters to producers to production crews, KNS headphones are trusted by audio professionals around the world. Some recent users include Producer/director Riley Bray, Singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, Artist/producer Danny Fornaris, Producer/engineer Jacquire King, and Singer-songwriter Daniel Rene. With nearly a century of industry-experience between them, these pros are accustomed to deploying high-performing production equipment, and with KRK’s KNS headphones, they can obtain the realistic sound they desire.
GRAMMY Award-winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer Jacquire King has worked in countless commercial studios throughout his career, making him accustomed to working with the best studio gear available. “I’ve been using the KNS 8400s for a long time now, and it’s a headphone I totally trust. They make sense to me and they relate to my KRK ROKIT 5s, which is a massive plus.”
Producer of the Bigfoot Collectors Club podcast, Riley Bray also plays bass for the Spindrift quartet and is a content creator for Gibson TV. “I’ve been using KNS headphones for years on set, in the studio, and when producing my podcast,” he says. “I can honestly say, of any headphones they are my favorite. They have the perfect amount of separation and detail so that they’re not fatiguing on the ears, and they’re very comfortable to wear for long sessions.”
Daniel Rene rose to fame as a member of Latin crossover boy band Menudo/MDO. The Miami-based singer-songwriter is a renowned vocal producer who has worked with artists including Whitney Houston. He’s also a host on “A Tiny Audience,” an intimate music show, currently airing on HBO Latin and HBO Max. “I have become obsessed with using the KNS 6400s,” he says. “The sound is perfect for me, clear and honest every time. They’re my favorite pair, even above other headphones I’ve purchased that cost hundreds of dollars more.”
Juno and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Cuban/Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is renowned for his unique musical style that reflects Latin and African influences with a mix of funk, jazz and pop. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Gibson guitars, so as soon as KRK became a part of the Gibson family, I immediately wanted to test out the KNS headphones,” he says. “They’re extremely realistic sounding, which helps me to make objective judgements when I’m mixing tracks. I know I can trust what I hear from my KNS 8400s—I love them.” Artist, Engineer and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Producer Danny Fornaris is best known for his unique fusion of urban- and alternative-style production. “When I first unboxed my KNS 8400s, I put them on without playing anything, and I was surprised by how good they were at isolating external noise,” he says. “Plus, they’re extremely lightweight. More than once, I forgot I was working on headphones, which is an indicator of how good the experience is.”
From Gibson’s Director of Marketing Sterling Doak, “We are thrilled to share that there are plans in place to update the KNS line this summer. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information about the official launch—you won’t want to miss this!”
Notes for Notes presents the first-ever Kreator Kontest, in partnership with KRK Kares and Gibson Gives, to inspire and recognize the next generation of musicians, producers and engineers! Submit your original track now for a chance to win a pair of KRK ROKIT 5 monitors! For more information and to enter, visit the Notes for Notes Kreator Kontest page.
Brand’s Studio Monitors, Subwoofers, and Headphones TakeJBlack’s Unique Finger Drumming Beats and Mixes to the Next Level
When Jimmy Stanford, professionally known as Beats by JBlack (or JBlack for short) began his career in music production a decade ago, KRK was the only brand he considered when purchasing his first pair of studio monitors. In addition to producing hit records with artists such as Two Chains, JBlack is also an innovator in the craft of finger drumming and the creator of the Finger Drumming Academy, where he has designed a curriculum that ensures students can master mixing tracks on a pad controller in less than six months. For all of his work, JBlack knows he can rely on his arsenal of KRK solutions including the brand’s V8 studio monitors, 8-inch subwoofer and KNS headphones to mix high-quality tracks.
Seeing the iconic yellow cones in the studios of his role-models over the years, KRK studio monitors were a “must-have” for JBlack when acquiring his first pair. “As soon as I was able to purchase my first pair of studio monitors, I knew I had to go with KRK,” he says. “KRK monitors have become a staple in my workflow. They really allow me to hear the depths of my mixes, which helps to keep me humble and embrace my creativity.”
JBlack finds that KRK studio monitors are the perfect companion to highlight his signature sound. “KRKs have a cleaner and better-defined bass response compared to other studio monitors I’ve worked with, which is especially important when it comes to more of a hip-hop sound,” he explains. “When I’m working on hip-hop tracks, I need a grittier beat where the kicks really punch through the track, and my KRKs are perfect for that bass-heavy sound.”
Since acquiring his first pair of KRK ROKITs, JBlack has upgraded to the brand’s V Series 8-inch studio monitors. “The KRK V8s have a very colorful sound,” says JBlack. “I like to pair my V8s with the KRK 8-inch subwoofer to really feel the bass in my mixes; the subwoofer compliments the V8s perfectly. I also have a pair of the KRK KNS headphones, and they sound amazing. Deploying the KRK studio monitors, subwoofer and headphones together has provided me with a truly enjoyable mixing experience and an ideal studio upgrade.”
JBlack is not only a longtime fan of KRK as a brand, but he is also a founding member of the KRK Kreator Alliance. “I’ve always been a massive fan of KRK, so now to be working with the brand side-by-side as a member of the Kreator Alliance is a dream come true,” says JBlack. “KRK is really active within the music community and I admire how the brand supports its artists and appreciates our feedback.”
Whether you’re brand new to finger drumming, or just looking to take your craft to the next level, JBlack’s lesson plan provides an interactive, learning experience, allowing users to move at their own pace and ask questions along the way. To participate in JBlack’s classes, all you need is a beat machine, preferably with 16 pads or more, a speaker source, decent internet connection and an open mind. To sign up for a one-on-one finger drumming lesson with JBlack, visit the Finger Drumming Academy website.
Internationally Acclaimed EDM Duo Relies on KRK forReference 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.