Jason Hook, Eisley and Manchester Orchestra on Rocking KRK Systems Monitors
KRK Systems is a leading provider of accurate and reliable monitors and control room solutions. Founded in 1986, KRK has remained true to its mission of providing and developing products that meet the needs of its customers. KRK’s studio monitors, subwoofers, headphones and accessories are also synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance.
But don’t take our word for it. Read on to learn why Jason Hook, Eisley and Manchester Orchestra can’t work without their KRK Systems Monitors, which is one of Gibson’s Pro Audio lines.
Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook
Jason Hook isn’t just the guitarist of blockbuster Las Vegas-based rock band Five Finger Death Punch. Hook is also an accomplished record producer, songwriter, solo artist and home recording studio owner.
"My home studio is always a work in progress," he told KRK. "Basically, I do all of my music in there. It has all of my amps, pedals, guitars, and recording gear, such as my Pro Tools HD rig and my KRK's."
Hook’s first studio monitors were a pair of the KRK Rokit monitors. "I loved those monitors and used them for years,” he said. “It wasn’t until after I became a Gibson artist that I found out KRK was part of the brand. That’s why when I upgraded my home studio, I had to get the newest monitors from KRK."
Hook’s rig includes the KRK VXT8 accompanied by a KRK 12sHO large sub for monitoring. The KRK12sHO powered subwoofer is powered by a 400-watt amplifier and offers a strengthened version of the Kevlar woofer.
"This is what I used all through the making of our last record that just came out," Hook explained. "I have a pro-level system right here at the house that allows me to work at home at a level that's compatible with a professional studio."
Eisley is a family act with three sisters, their brother and their first cousin, and the result is the kind of stunning indie rock that could only come from family.
"Our parents have played music for many years, so there were always instruments lying around the house," Eisley bass player Garron DuPree told KRK. “It was inevitable that we would eventually begin playing them ourselves. Everything we have learned about music has come from years of playing and recording music, as well as years of work in the industry."
Eisley’s home studio includes KRK VXT8 monitors.
"We have worked with nearly every studio monitor in the business and have spent solid time with several brands, using them in a professional studio or in our home studio," DuPree said. “Having been able to spend months at a time getting to know each of these monitors individually, and realizing their strengths and weaknesses on a personal level, we concluded that KRK monitors were the right choice for us."
KRK’s VXT8s are a perfect fit for Eisley. In fact, the band is finishing up its fourth album with the VXT8s, and the equipment is making recording go smoothly and efficiently.
"Without the KRK monitors, the recording process would be unmanageable," DuPree said. "When recording, you need a monitor that will accurately reproduce the sounds of your instruments. KRK has achieved that with its VXT8s. And since we will also be on tour this summer, and have already used these monitors to live track and listen to our rehearsals sessions, we will be able to tweak and produce our live shows. All of this would have been nearly impossible without accurate reference monitors."
Manchester Orchestra make eclectic, raw, heartfelt alternative rock with a sound that’s anything buy phony.
"There is nothing fake about this," says frontman and lyricist Andy Hull. "There's not one fake sound on (the new album),” frontman and lyricist Andy Hull told KRK. “We recorded it live because we wanted it to sound like a band, and I think it does: live and loud!"
Shortly after a 300-date tour, the guys got to work on setting up their new KRK VXT8 speakers. Lead guitarist Robert McDowell Jeremiah recently told KRK that the set delivers.
"We just got back in town, so today was the first time I was able to set up the ERGO and use it with our new KRK VXT8 speakers,” he said. “I was shocked by the low end and crunch that they deliver on guitars. While listening to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's ‘Baby 81’ it sounded like a live show, with real amps rather than a compressed record blowing out your speakers."
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Jason Hook photo by Anne Erickson.