Colombian composer Maria Linares is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, and she has the titles to back it up. Her work can be found across the entire production industry, having composed for a number of theatre, web series, film, and television projects, including the 2022 documentary Sandboy and 2019 film, Ana’s Desire, on which she has an original song featured. When she’s not composing, Linares can be found working with directors from across the globe through her production company, Fiona Records, or holding positions with progressive companies and organizations including Grita.io, the Women in Music Colombia chapter, Mucine, and the Colombian Academy of Science and Cinematographic Arts. As a crucial creative mind for so many outstanding projects and groups, Linares requires a pair of headphones that will be an accurate reference and help her craft quality sound. She turns to KRK for the KNS 8402 Headphones, pairing them with her long-trusted ROKIT 5 G3 Studio Monitors for optimal performance.
“The ROKITs have been my main studio monitors for many years, but I always wanted a pair of headphones to match them, especially when I’m composing or producing away from the studio. Now I finally have a pair of the KNS 8402 Headphones, and I love them! With the KNS, I’m able to work away from my studio while getting the same sound and accuracy that I like from my monitors.”
New Atmos Room Includes the Brand’s V-Series Studio Monitors for Immersive Music Experiences
From the moment he first saw an audio engineer at work, GRAMMY® Award-winning Recording and Mixing Engineer Javier Valverde knew he was destined for that career path. Originally from Bolivia, Valverde later moved to Miami, where he advanced his skills, eventually working with a number of high-profile clients, including Maná, Alejandro Sanz, Brandy, and Timbaland. He also worked as T-Pain’s main engineer for nine years. When posed with the opportunity to transform his Wynwood-based mixing studio into a Dolby Atmos room, Valverde wanted a solution that was both cost-effective and provided professional results.
KRK checked all the boxes, leading Valverde to place three of the brand’s V-Series 8 Studio Monitors in the front left, center, and right of the studio, along with two additional V8 monitors in the rear. Two V-Series 6 Studio Monitors on the right and left sides, four V-Series 4 Studio Monitors in the front and back of the ceiling, and an S12 Subwoofer below his desk complete Valverde’s new Dolby Atmos room.
First introduced to KRK while assisting at The Hit Factory, Valverde was already familiar with the brand’s performance in the studio. “An engineer came in for a project I was working on and had the original V8s, and I just thought, ‘Wow, these sound really good,’” he says. “The fullness and the bottom that they were getting out of the KRKs was very clean and powerful and so much better than the regular monitors we had in the studio at that time. I found them very impressive. After finding KRK in different studios throughout my career, it was a no-brainer what monitors I would choose when I finally opened my own.”
Based in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Valverde turned his mix studio into a custom Dolby Atmos studio with the help of friend and colleague Carlito Cobos. “I was originally mixing with KRK ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors, and I was really digging the mixes I was getting out of them; they made everything sound great,” explains Valverde. “When Carlito approached me about making an Atmos room, I didn’t think it would be in the budget, but he showed me how we could use all KRKs. He helped me with the acoustic paneling and tuning of the room, and by the time we were up and running in January, the monitors sounded great. The room is awesome.”
Since opening the doors to his new Atmos room, Valverde has been nothing short of impressed. Recent work of his includes the single “Like Dis” by Nappy Boy Entertainment artist Chayo Nash, who collaborated with the label’s front man, T-Pain, on the song. Valverde also worked on the upcoming single for Moroccan artist Ghita. “Everybody who comes into the studio is blown away,” Valverde continues. “Not only by the immersive audio but also by the way the monitors sound; they’re great. The mid-range is so clear, and you get good spacing and depth. That is what really stands out to me and to the artists coming into the studio. Plus, with the S12 sub in there, I get extra power on top of the V8s.”
Moving forward, Valverde is excited to continue creating and exploring all that his new room can offer. “I’m so happy I found this place,” he adds. “When I go to work, I’m able to clear my brain and be innovative. As a mixer, the Atmos room further enhances my creativity. It has opened so many more doors for me, and it’s so much fun! I feel so lucky and blessed to be doing this. KRK has great, affordable, and familiar solutions―I really trust the brand. With so many producers using KRK, I know that when I send my mixes over, they hear what I’m hearing. They’re so great, in fact, that I just had a client of mine order the V8s for her home studio, and she loves them. It would be crazy not to use KRK.”
For more information on Valverde’s work, find him on Instagram at @javihooch and @miamiatmos, or reach out at email@example.com.
Colombian Rock Band Trusts Brand’s V-Series 6 Studio Monitors and S10.4 Subwoofer for New Album
Looking to carve their own path in the industry, singer and bassist Juan Galeano and guitarist Daniel Alvarez joined forces with one goal in mind: creating a rock and roll band. After years of making music in different ensembles,the pair formed Colombian rock band Diamante Eléctrico. With three Latin GRAMMY® wins and a 2021 GRAMMY nomination under their belt, Galeano and Alvarez are now turning their focus to the band’s forthcoming studio album. For this new record, which includes the singles “Daniboy,” released May 11, and “Colibrí,” released June 23, the duo wanted gear they could trust to provide accurate listening both in and out of the studio. For this, the group selected KRK V-Series 6 Studio Monitors for their personal workspaces, with Alvarez also having a S10.4 Subwoofer.
“KRK has been a very recognizable brand to me for many years,” explains Alvarez. “Even before I decided to build my home studio before the pandemic, I knew it was the brand to choose. I have seen KRK’s studio monitors used in so many different situations—professional studios and smaller ones, and for every genre of music. It was one of those scenarios where I knew I had to have KRK gear once I built a studio of my own. They’re everywhere, so it’s a trusted reference you’ll most likely find wherever you go.”
The distinctive yellow cones and captivating sound are what impressed Galeano, leading him to select the gear for his home studio. “I’m currently using the KRK V-Series 6 Studio Monitors, but I have used KRK speakers and headphones throughout the years,” he says. “The V6s are reliable, real, good-looking, and very affordable for their features and quality. They have always been easy to incorporate into my workflow, from smaller setups to my full-size studio. KRKs deliver everytime, in every way.”
Alvarez features a similar set up in his personal studio, adding a KRK S10.4 Subwoofer to pair with his V-Series 6 Studio Monitors. “My V6s are very accurate and always create a truthful sound for my music,” he explains. “It’s a great balance between enjoying yourself in the studio and having the ability to be critical about what you’re listening to.”
That reliable, critical listening is exactly what the duo was looking for when working on their upcoming album. “Our new record has the KRKs all over it,” explains Galeano. For their upcoming release, most of the duo’s pre-production, overdubs, and vocals were all mixed using the V6 studio monitors. “The entirety of my vocals and guitar for our four-time Latin GRAMMY- and GRAMMY-nominated album Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer were also recorded with KRK,” adds Alvarez. “As a guitarist, finding a pair of monitors that I trust to record through is quite the challenge. The V6s are loud and move enough energy to keep you excited, but they also keep the audio truthful and accurate.”
Whether working on a personal project or creating music for Diamante Eléctrico, the duo continues to trust KRK. “I’ve listened to many other brands before, and I can say that only the KRKs feel like home,” finishes Alvarez. Galeano agrees, saying “I’ve used KRK on every project I have worked on for the last 20 years and they are an essential tool for me as a producer and musician. They have a great low-end and they complement all the other gear I use. My mixes always work with the KRKs since they’re such an accurate reference point for producing, mixing, and evaluating masters.”
As a Los Angeles-based producer and owner of Riott House Studio, Barry Pointer works alongside some of the biggest names in music. After starting his career in music for film and television, Pointer decided to focus more exclusively on his passion for music producing, recording, and mixing and went all in, building his first studio in LA. Today, his newest studio, Riott House, operates as both a space to host artists and their production teams, and a private studio where Pointer can personally work on projects that come to him. With a client base that includes the likes of The Creatures, L.A. Rats (Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie, John 5, Tommy Clufetos), Vixen, and more, Pointer knew he needed monitors that would accurately project what he intends to be heard by the listener. For this, he selected KRK V-Series 8 Studio Monitors to get the authentic, natural sound that he and his clients love.
“When I set up the KRK V8 Studio Monitors, I instantly fell in love with what I was hearing, not only in the studio but when I listen back in other environments as well. There is no color in the sound; no boosted low end; no over accentuated mids or highs. It’s just a well-balanced sound that completely represents my mixes. Over the years, I have tried many different studio monitors, some two and three times the price of the V8s, and the V8s are the winner for me.”
Producer Embodies Nashville’s Diverse Music Scene with Brand’s V-Series 8 Studio Monitors and KNS 8402 Headphones
Powered by passion and inspired by diversity, Artist and Producer Tyler Cain has been taking the Nashville music scene by storm. After growing up in Virginia and honing his guitar skills performing in local bars, Cain moved to “Music City, USA” looking to turn his hobby into a career. What he found was a group of mentors, friends, and inspiration that moved him to embrace and explore the industry as a producer. Today, Cain continues to produce and program new music from his home studio, with credits on multiple GRAMMY-nominated albums of the year and a diverse portfolio of artists to show for it. For his production work, Cain needs to trust his gear to handle the variety of genres he works with, which is why he chose to deck out his home studio with KRK V-Series 8 Studio Monitors and KNS 8402 Headphones.
After getting his first taste of KRK in studios throughout Nashville, Cain remembers being instantly impressed. “The monitors always sounded so good in any circumstance, no matter the scenario we put them in, whether on the road and throwing a pair up in a hotel room or using them in a fancy studio,” he says. “Right out of the gate, they sound and feel good. I love the low-end on the V8s, it’s really tight and warm, and I’ve found a lot of success using them on an eclectic range of projects. I also have five pairs of the KNS headphones that I use personally, and for any musician who comes into the studio. They’re fully incorporated into my entire workflow, so I’m super comfortable with them. I’ve probably written hundreds of songs using them.”
Cain has kept his new KRK gear busy with a variety of new projects this past year. Most recently, he produced The Covers, a collaboration with Americana artists Ashley Monroe, Ruston Kelly, and Britney Spencer, and did some songwriting and programming work on Gramps Morgan’s GRAMMY-nominated reggae album, Positive Vibration. He also collaborated with his country-pop star wife Meghan Linsey on her newest single “If You Need Me, Don’t,” and is currently finishing up his own personal album to be released later this year.
Cain thrives in collaborative environments, often sharing ideas with hip-hop star and close friend, Chingy. “He has definitely inspired the hip-hop style in my productions,” Cain explains. “The KRKs are great for that style; I don’t miss a thing with the amazing low-end. I’ve also been using the V8s and KNS 8402 Headphones for live streams with Colbie Caillat. No matter the genre or scenario, KRK can really handle the music well.”
Priding himself on the diversity of genres he’s been able to work with, Cain credits his move to Nashville for exposing him to these opportunities. “There is such an eclectic range of styles I work on,” he says, “and I attribute a lot of that to just being in this town, surrounded by so many different people and artists. Moving here really influenced my outlook on music as a career. Working with and being mentored by engineers like Justin Cortelyou, Charles Yingling and Brett Meyer, people who I’m now able to call friends, helped open my eyes to the vastness of the music world. Doing those sessions in the studio with the pros morphed my creativity, and I’m now able to have my own identity and put my own music out.”
To perfect his personal style, Cain completes all his production work from his home studio in Nashville; a free-standing facility located in his backyard. Built during the COVID-19 pandemic, he relied on music engineering friends and the KRK Audio Tools app to get the perfect layout for his new studio. “The app was super helpful with aligning my V8s in the new studio,” explains Cain. “I used that to fine-tune them because I know how great they can sound, and I really love to lean on the monitors for that when I’m creating with somebody. They keep a positive momentum during the session and get everyone excited about what you’re working on.”
Cain also loves the way his monitors keep the energy alive during the creative process. “I think collaborations are super important to the creative process,” he notes. “I want to know what I’m going to get when I play music for my clients. When I bounce my mix down, the V8s transition to other speakers better than any other monitor. I want my clients to be excited and feel the positive energy of hearing their song for the first time, and there’s something about the KRKs that make that happen.”
For Spanish Producer and Recording Artist Lorenzo Soria, experimentation is a non-negotiable when it comes to creating music. A founding member of groups such as Industrias94 and Califato ¾, as well as a member of musical group Fiera, and the creative mind behind projects like Polen Ralph Loren and Bazofia, Lorenzo pulls from a variety of nuanced genres for inspiration. Whether it’s techno, EDM, industrial, or electro, Lorenzo combines these electronic and Latin rhythms to craft a sound completely his own. This style can be heard on his much-anticipated LP, Sonidero Caleuche, with Chilean artist Sebastián Orellana ofLa Big Rabia. When he’s producing with these avant-garde styles and bass-heavy club music inspirations, Lorenzo relies on the high-quality and accurate sound he gets from his KRKV-Series 6 Studio Monitors and S12.4 Subwoofer.
“For my new studio, I wanted accurate playback on all my audio productions, and the V6 and S12.4 Subwoofer give me exactly what I was looking for. It felt like going from driving a casual, everyday car to suddenly having a sports car; it was an experience I have never felt before when producing music. Between my very first pair of ROKIT 5s that I still use to this day and my brand new V6s and sub, I am so happy having KRK in my studio setup.”
ColombianArtist Soy Emilia Grooves on New Album with Brand’s ROKIT 5 White Noise Studio Monitors
Expressing a true passion for music, Colombian Artist and Producer Juanita Carvajal has dominated and perfected her craft in every part of the industry for the past ten years. Whether she’s working on tour, writing behind the scenes, producing in the booth, or performing live by her stage name, Soy Emilia, Carvajal has done it all. Recently focusing her attention on her second album, Argidulce (“Bittersweet” in English), which is set for release this July, Carvajal was looking for studio monitors that she could trust to bring her music the groove and bass she desired. After working with KRK in the early days of her career, Carvajal knew the brand could get the job done and turned to the KRK ROKIT 5 White Noise Studio Monitors.
“I fell in love with the sound of ROKITs back in 2010, when the first artist I worked for, Esteman, was using them,” explains Carvajal. “When creating Argidulce, I wanted a lot of rhythmic instruments and the groove you get with good bass and drums. My ROKIT 5s really involve those low frequencies in the sound and make you feel it. They put it all together for me nicely. The groove works with the bass, and the drums work with the kick, and it all sounds really accurate. Even when I’m mixing through headphones, they sound amazing.”
Appropriately named, Argidulce is the product of years of hard work on Carvajal’s part. Entirely self-taught in every industry role, she had to learn the ropes the hard way, at times playing the role of booker, tour manager, and product manager without even realizing it. “I do a lot of things myself for my album ― recording instruments, making edits, working on the mix. I taught myself everything, but the music business is tough,” Carvajal explains. “As women, we must demonstrate that we are producers, that we have the knowledge, that we can work in post. We must show that we are good enough and that we earned our place in the studio.”
Living through these circumstances has only made Carvajal want to combat the discrepancies more. She took her passion and turned it into a teaching opportunity, sharing her music industry and business knowledge with women who started off just like her. “I love to teach music to women,” she shares. “I remember how hard it was for me to learn certain aspects of my craft, to figure out the secrets that no one tells you. I share tricks that will make playing bass easier and faster, the stuff I had to figure out on my own. I also have a few friends that I teach to record themselves using Ableton Live, and I do independent sessions with a few students. When I teach women, it’s like we’re equals, and that part is really important to me.”
When she’s not teaching or working on her new album, Carvajal is creating and collaborating on a number of new projects that she has on the horizon. “I have a lot of future plans,” she explains. “The next single for my album, called Sugar Daddy, was released April 22nd. I also have a close relationship with an electronic band from Colombia. We have one song done that will be coming out after my album, and we are composing an EP together. Personally, I’m already working on a second EP for next year with another producer, Pablo. I’ve also been collaborating with a metal band in Guadalajara, and I’m composing songs for a girl who’s just getting into being an artist. Really, ever since I got the ROKITs, I haven’t stopped making music.
“Working with the ROKITs has been great,” Carvajal finishes. “I’m able to sing and write and play when creating because these monitors just let you jam out. They also have a way of involving all the music. When I would use other monitors, I could picture the sound as a triangle, with a very high frequency. However, when I listen to music on my ROKITs, they create a round sound that involves every part of the audio, and no one sound is overpowering. I love that about the ROKITs, you can have and hear everything.”
Six-time Latin GRAMMY and one-time American GRAMMY Award-winning Professional Mixing Engineer and Producer Luis Barrera Jr. has created a versatile sound inspired by his Mexican-American upbringing, which has caught the attention of artists like Jennifer Lopez, Maluma, The Weeknd, Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Reik, Sebastian Yatra, and Marc Anthony, among others. Now that he’s made a name for himself in the industry, Barrera has begun focusing on a journey to take his music to the next level: building a Dolby Atmos music studio. Barrera was looking for a setup for his new private Dolby studio that would bring authentic, natural sound. He turned to KRK V-Series Studio Monitors, placing three V8s in the front, two V6s on the sides, four V4s on the ceiling, and two more V8s in the back. He also selected two S12.4 Powered Studio Subwoofers for Dolby Atmos mixing and an S10.4 for standard mixing projects.
“From the beginning of this process, KRK was my top choice. When I heard the V8s at Dave Way’s studio, I was so impressed; I love the way they sound. They’re loud, they’re the perfect size for my studio, and they look amazing. The speakers don’t lie; they translate well, and they’re not overhyped. The balance between the low-end, midrange, and high-end is not overpowering or flat; it’s very natural. The subs, too, they’re both very tight. Now, every time I talk to people about what to buy for their studio, I always recommend KRK.”
Chart-Topper Puts his Trust in the Brand’s Consistent, Clear Sound for Over 20 Years
Multi-platinum recording artist, actor, and philanthropist Chingy dominated the 2000s Hip Hop scene as a young rapper. He rose into the mainstream and became a fan-favorite by sharing the studio and stage with powerhouses such as Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Timbaland. These days, he can be found on both sides of the board, as a performer and producer. Though he records and produces in studios around the world, you can most often find him in his home studio, where he’s been working on his latest album, slated for release in late 2022. With over two decades of studio experience, Chingy knew the only choice to deliver his iconic bass and smooth treble would be KRK ROKIT 8 G4 White Noise Studio Monitors.
Chingy’s early career was marked by chart-topping singles like “Right Thurr,” “Holidae Inn,” and “One Call Away.” Throughout this period of growth and learning as an artist, he found that he was consistently surrounded by KRK gear when in the studio. “I worked with producers back in the 90s who had KRKs,” he explains. “So, I’ve been using the brand for decades. When I got my record deal in 2002 and I got my studio together, I had some ROKIT 8s that I was working on. I used those for my 2006 No. 1 record, Pullin Me Back, featuring Tyrese and my whole second album, Powerballin, as well.”
Those formative years he spent growing up in the studio and seeing and hearing the results that came from KRK gear have left a lasting impression on the artist. This made it an obvious choice for Chingy to include the familiar yellow cones in his home studio. “Going to the top of the charts was a historical moment for me,” he continues. “Knowing that I recorded it using the KRK ROKITs is a huge stand out in my memory and love for the brand. I’ve continued using the brand’s monitors for so long because I’ve gotten to know them. The good bass response, smooth treble, and high end that’s not too brittle or sharp are so familiar to me. They’re solid monitors that everyone’s been able to trust over the years because they provide a natural sound.”
This trust he bears in KRK has stayed consistent as he continues to push the boundaries of music as a respected artist and producer. In addition to his current ROKIT 8 G4 White Noise Studio Monitors, Chingy also relies on the KRK S10 Subwoofer, both of which are critical to his latest work. His forthcoming new album, Chinglish, which is set to drop this summer, is being produced entirely with KRK. “I’ve always used KRK gear because they continue to be a solid, cool brand,” he says. “I really appreciate the brand’s expertise in making monitors and for supplying the music world with speaker technology that helps create great music.”
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The Brand’s V-Series 6 Studio Monitors Bring the Heat forSymphonic Metal Band ‘Epica’
Belgian guitarist Isaac Delahaye says music is “in his genes,” and, looking at his history, there’s no denying that. Raised in a musical family, Delahaye spent his childhood and teenage years learning, teaching, and performing with different hometown bands. After going to school for music and touring internationally through his 20s, he settled down as a guitarist with Epica, a Dutch symphonic metal band. Delahaye has been performing with and mixing demos for the band for the past 13 years, but it wasn’t until recently that he discovered the KRK V-Series 6 Studio Monitors, which he now relies on for all his home studio mixing needs.
The guitarist was first introduced to KRK while visiting Gibson’s showroom in the Netherlands. Having heard good things about the brand, he wanted to test some products himself, and eventually settled on the V-Series. “Compared to all the other brands’ monitors I’ve used, the KRK V-Series is a very flat audio system, and the monitors don’t color the audio at all,” Delahaye shares. “This is great, especially for the metal genre, since the speakers have such a complete low end that you can hear everything clearly.”
While Epica is part of the metal genre, that’s only half of what the band truly encompasses. “Epica is a female-fronted symphonic metal band. If you break that up, symphonic metal contains two words. One being symphonic, which means we use all the components of a symphonic orchestra, like a full choir, and the other being metal, which is the six members of our band,” explains Delahaye. “With this combination, we have a ton of musical options to explore, which makes it really interesting. One song might be an intimate ballad with violins and piano, but the next is a hard death or black metal piece.”
To accomplish that electric mix of symphony and metal, Epica primarily uses backing tracks when performing live. All of the band’s albums, however, are recorded with a full orchestra and choir. “Epica’s demos are recorded in my home studio with the V6s, while the actual mixing of albums is done in a studio,” says Delahaye. “I’ve been using the monitors for a little over a year now. I used to always look for other options, but ever since I added KRK to my studio, the search is over. Plus, with the V6 being an active two-way speaker, it’s great for a small home studio like mine.”
Besides the V-Series 6 Studio Monitors, KRK parent company Gibson can be found with Delahaye both in-studio and on-stage. “When performing with Epica, I use the Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘50s Tobacco Burst and Heritage Cherry Sunburst guitars,” he says. “I also have the KNS 6402 Headphones. For me, KRK shares a similar story to Gibson. Once you start playing, you just don’t want to play anything else; and that’s exactly how I felt when I started using KRK.”