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Acclaimed DJ, producer and remixer Alexander Paul Coe, better known as DJ Sasha, knows how to command the dance floor with his skillful, exclusive interpretations of tracks from popular electronic-dance music personalities such as Benjamin Damage, Blondes, Foals, Little Dragon, and Thermalbear.
Renowned producer Caviar who is known for working with the award-winning American R&B soul singer Macy Gray, trendy hip hop recording artist CeeLo Green and legendary actor Keith Robinson, who is best known for his role as "C.C. White" in the Oscar®-winning feature film Dreamgirls, has been heavily involved in some of film and music's most exciting projects.
Luca Moretti, more popularly known as Antillas, is a renowned producer and DJ with a long history of remixing and producing music for an array of acclaimed artists, including Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Markus Schulz, Clannad, Simply Red, and Snap!, among others.
For Jordan Rudess, success stems from his fingertips. The world-renowned keyboardist plays piano with Dream Theater, an American progressive metal band highly regarded for the technical proficiency of its players. The Julliard-trained instrumentalist has also shared the stage with David Bowie, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, and Steven Wilson, alongside other leading musicians.
Jason Hook is a man of many hats. First and foremost, he's the guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch, a metal band he joined in early 2009, who's first offering together, War Is The Answer, debuted as number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. But when Hook isn't on the road with the band, co-headlining music festivals such as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie, or launching his own signature M4-Sherman guitar with Gibson, Hook is also a record producer, songwriter, solo artist and home recording studio owner.
A dedicated music director, drummer, and music producer, Thaddeus Dixon lives to create music and perform. While Dixon is a star, he would much rather focus on his craft than his fame. In doing so, he has inspired adolescents and young adults everywhere with his captivating journey and insurmountable passion.
Award-winning songwriter and producer Rishi Rich is one of the most successful international music producers to date. Born in Britain and of Sikh heritage, he has been in the music business for 15 years, signing on to work on his first album at the tender age of 15, under the production of 2Kool. Growing up Punjabi with a love for urban and pop music, Rich cites artists such as Teddy Riley, R.D. Burman and Soul2Soul as major influences.
When it comes to bringing out the best of a recording artist's talent and style on an album or single, super-producer Harmony "H-Money" Samuels has few rivals. Having worked with a long list of today's most popular vocalists and musicians, including Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Chipmunk, Keyshia Cole, Estelle, Fantasia, Maroon 5, pop star Ariana Grande and many others, music has been a part of his life since the very beginning.
Musicians often make the best music producers, leveraging their experience as performers to craft and refine the sound of a particular band or artist in the best way possible. In this respect, the Italian musician and producer Giulio Ragno Favero, is at the top of his game.
Named after Anansie, a trickster spider in West African and Caribbean folklore, the punk/alternative rock band SKUNK ANANSIE is one of Britain's most successful acts, having spent a total of 141 weeks on both the singles and album charts. The group's lineup includes Skin (Deborah Anne Dyer) as lead vocalist, Cass (Richard Keith Lewis) on bass, Ace (Martin Ivor Kent) on guitar and Mark Richardson on drums.
With musical influences that span a variety of genres (he names DJ Premier, Quincy Jones, Timbaland and Daft Punk as inspiration), Henri "MGI" Lanz seemed destined to bring a unique flavor to the music scene. The Finnish-born music producer and songwriter is also co-owner of M-Eazy Music/Perfection Shows MP&M, which he co-founded with his production/songwriting partner, Will "GoodWill" Rappaport in 2007.
Ever since the debut of its addictive dance tune, "Zeig mir wie dutanzt," in 2010, the German pop music outfit Frida Gold has been steadily climbing the music charts. Its frenetic dance music and ethereal-yet-forceful vocals by lead singer Alina Süggeler have won the group legions of fans across Europe, and the recognition of such electronic music megastars as Skrillex, who issued a remix of "Zeig mir wie dutanzt" that gave the band wider recognition outside of the German-speaking world.
From the moment his parents gave him a guitar at age 11, TV and film music composer Ben Kopec knew music would be a big part of his life, and has been composing ever since. The Intricate Unit band member's work has been featured in such films as Never Surrender, Disorientation, and Train, and in a variety of TV programs on CBS, MTV, Showtime, E!, FOX Sports, A & E, and Oxygen, among other popular networks.
Doug Mountain has spent his life in the world of sound, working in such legendary studios as Westlake Recording Studios in Hollywood and Emilio and Gloria Estefan's Crescent Moon Studios in Miami. But it was at Right Track Recording in New York, where he worked with Frank Filipetti and Phil Ramone, that he reached a turning point in his career.
These days, U.K musical artists dominate the contemporary pop music scene, with such superstars as Adele, Coldplay, Radiohead and others releasing albums to critical and commercial acclaim. Continuing in this vein is the Anglo-Irish group Snow Patrol, which is achieving similar success in the U.K. and across the globe.
One of the most dynamic and powerful rhythm guitarists on the music scene today, British-born, California-based Billy Morrison, has been a part of Billy Idol's group since 2010, where he and longtime Idol guitarist Steve Stevens make for one of the most exciting twin guitar-attacks in rock.
Dan Konopka has been the drummer and percussionist of the alternative rock group OK Go since 1998. Probably best known for its hit "Here It Goes Again," OK Go won a Grammy for the video of the song, which features an elaborate choreographed dance number on treadmills. Long before he joined OK Go, however, Konopka was exposed to and inspired by music.
Daniel Levitin's career in music is very diverse, with Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Chris Isaak, the Grateful Dead and Blue Oyster Cult among the musical artists he has worked with as a producer, recording engineer and sound designer. Additionally, he has also worked with artists as diverse as Mel Tormé and Sting. The soundtracks he has contributed to include Good Will Hunting, The Crow: City of Angels and the award-winning Architects of Victory. He has also served in different capacities for various record companies.
Jeff Waters, guitarist and founder of Annihilator, never intended to become an engineer and a record producer, in addition to his career as a recording artist, a songwriter and a touring musician.Ê He would read interviews with all the top engineers and producers and compiled a notebook of recording tips and gear and the name KRK kept popping up. "The VXT8 instantly became my favorite monitors," says Waters. "They are sonically accurate and don't color the bottom or top-end. They are exactly what I was looking for. I wanted monitors where I could sit and work for hours on end and not feel like my ears were hurting."
Johnny A. has played with such artists as Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds, and Bobby Whitlock of Derek & the Dominoes. For seven years he toured with Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band, whose 1996 solo album, Long Line, he co-produced. He also appeared on Jimmy Webb's most recent album, Just Across the River. Additionally, he has appeared at Eric Clapton's guitar-hero summits, the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Through the years he has shared the stage with guitar legends Jeff Beck, B.B. King and Les Paul.
Hoobastank has used KRK monitors for tracking on all four of its albums, all of which were produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motorhead, Less Than Jake, Papa Roach, the All-American Rejects, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, Creed, Kelly Clarkson, Three Doors Down and Chris Cornell, among other artists). The group first came across the KRK V6 monitors at Bay 7 Recording Studios in California and Hesse was hooked.
Hacienda Post owner Timothy Borquez has used many different headphones through the years, but each had a particular feature that he didn't like. Not so with KRK's KNS 8400 headphones. "It's a treat using the KRK headphones. To actually be able to hear things with clarity and transparency, have them be comfortable and have something that looks nice is a good thing."
Once Young made the upgrade to KRK monitors it made him reevaluate certain past projects. "I think one of the first things you do when you get new monitors is you definitely revisit other projects," says Young. "It was enlightening to get halfway through a project and then suddenly open up to a new set of monitors, which delivered more than I could hear before.”
The group recently worked with one of the biggest stars in pop music today and KRK was a part of it. "We just did a song with Justin Bieber," says Nathan Morris. "We did an a cappella version of the track. I was listening to the KRK monitors to really feel what the vocal was going to give me."
"While the sound I was generating in the past was very good, the clarity of my recently installed VXT6s makes me feel like I have been listening through a pair of earmuffs for the last 10 years," says Earnshaw."
Ian Keaggy has a mind rooted in artistic expression. Though his primary gig is as the bass guitarist and backup vocalist for the famed pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae, Keaggy is also an avid photographer, song composer and writer. He lives to inspire others through his creations.
Undeniably a genius behind the controls in a studio, Sean Tyas has also translated his technical talents and popular sounds into one of the most in demand DJ sets in trance today. "I use and implicitly trust the VXT8's by KRK, They are the PERFECT balance between razor sharp accurate monitoring, and keeping the workflow fun, because they perform and deliver monstrous sound.
"I end up working in all types of acoustical environments and the VXT8s always sound great. The speakers reproduce an accurate, full range sound that has plenty of punch coupled with crystal clear highs that produce a very up close and personal experience. The KRK VXT8s sound great every time I press the space bar to start a track and that sonic quality faithfully translates the work coming from the controlled studio environments. I love these speakers."
A force to be reckoned with, producer/engineer/composer/musician Alex Teamer (ATEAM) grew up surrounded by music. By age 13, ATEAM was running sound, playing keyboards and recording demos for various groups around Orlando, FL. Taking his passion to the next level, he graduated with honors from A.R.T.I. (Audio Recording Technical Institute) and, after working with the independent production company Nue Sound Entertainment, opened Studio 7 in Los Angeles.
"The KRK VXT-6 speakers are a complete game-changer in my studio. They are sonically beautiful! The sound is so warm and pleasing, as well as having that great punch I love to hear in my mixes and playback."
"The Rokit 5's are small and portable which allows me to take them wherever I need to go. Being self powered is also a key feature. Gone are the days of having to lug around an amplifier and good wire to know you're hearing the reference you're accustomed to."
"I feel as though KRK has captured the essence of what my sound is. I look for something that's tight, that's punchy, that still has the low end, but still has the pristine clarity up top."
"I expect my near fields to be honest...don't make it sound so good that the real world is a let down. At the same time, I need them to have clarity, depth, and an accurate low end, especially given the less-than-perfect room in which I work."
"I can no longer enter someone else's studio for a session without my KRK VXT8s. With anything else I feel like I have blinders on! I need to know that what is coming out of my monitoring environment is what is happening naturally on the other side of the glass. There's nothing worse than getting files back to my KRK's and realizing that the other monitors were lying. With KRK I can trust that the musicality that I am hearing is what people will eventually be hearing on their car stereos and iPods. I am a lifer."
"Adding the ERGO to our setup has just further improved our experience with KRK by balancing our brand new studio without having to discover and correct our rooms flaws through trial and error. It also helps to untie us from the studio by enabling us to partially control any makeshift recording space we may end up in. I have a feeling that will be very useful with the amount of time we spend on the road."
"What I like about the KRK VXT is two-fold: The Kevlar woofer is a wonderful thing; it gives and takes but it is not stiff. The silk tweeter gives you a little more separation between the minute frequencies. I monitor at whisper-quiet levels to downright loud, and there's no ear-fatigue at all. I don't know how you can make that accurate of a speaker at the price range you do!"
"Over the past five years I have produced hits for Mary J. Blige, The Pussycat Dolls, The Black Eyed Peas, and Keyshia Cole listening exclusively to KRKs. KRKs are the benchmark for me. In production, in final mixes, in casual listening sessions: it all leads back to KRKs."
"With KRK Expose I was looking for a pair of speakers that were consistent, and were easy to carry with me, that had enough power to allow me to turn them up and be able to fill the control room with music, but also a speaker that I could turn down and get musical balances, and know that what I was hearing in the studio I was also taking home. And it was a speaker I just bonded with right away."
"KRKs translate incredibly and what the bands I work with enjoy the best is that music they take home sounds similar to what they heard in the studio... because if you get the mix sounding right on any of the KRK range it'll sound good anywhere. I've tried an awful lot of speakers."
In an industry driven by technological evolution and process revolution, it is clear that artists and engineers always have an eye on what's next. "Whatever is going on with the shape and design of the VXTs is killer. They literally don't sound boxy, you can close your eyes and the sound just emanates from them."
"I love the my VXT8s. They let me hear clearly whats going on in my mixes." "Retro is a trend... Old School is an attitude; it's about doing things the way they're supposed to be done." Binky does Soul and Funk music the way it's supposed to be done: dirty, gritty and nasty!
"As a producer I want the best of both worlds... bottom that can handle my heavy drums and bass, as well as the clarity and precision required to create the best mixes on my records. I can only get that using my KRK Rokit 8's."
By the age of seven, she was singing with the Metropolitan Opera, performing in more than 20 separate productions in six different languages at Lincoln Center alongside icons such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
Rossum's album Inside Out was produced by Stuart Brawley a featured KRK user. It was released on October 23, 2007 and peaked at 199 in the U.S. charts.
"It's all a bit over my head, but I don't care. I've learned to trust my ears, and my ears trust KRK. I've been in enough sessions, in enough rooms, to know what sounds right."
"The E8B really enjoying the mixes sound great outside of the studio and this is important. This speaker makes you want to listen to music, even if the work already done. When are as quiet volume of the sound is reproduced perfectly, facilities and the finest finishes in the stereo image is clearly understood."
"KRK monitors have great representation of high and low frequencies. They are clear and velvety and allow me to hear every nuance without causing my ears to fatigue"
KRK studio monitors are installed in SAE's facilities in Cape Town, Ljubljana, Oxford, Stuttgart, Istanbul and San Francisco.
Idea Asylums client list includes ABC Entertainment, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, MGM Mirage, and Soapnet. Like so many professional production companies, Idea Asylum Productions is turning to KRK Systems and the VXT line to enhance their sound.
Moog synths reputation is built on their warm, thick analog sound. That's why we use KRK monitors in our factory showroom.
Tuneverse is an international songwriting and music production team based in Munich, Germany. Specializing in songwriting, production, vocal production, sample replay production and vocal coaching, they've garnered BMI awards and Grammy nominations since their inception in 2009, and are multi-platinum selling authors, to boot.