Johnny Mcquaid

As you may have heard, KRK Systems is now part of Gibson Brands. KRK have been making top quality studio monitors for almost thirty years. The company was founded in 1986 by engineer Keith Klawitter, who found himself dissatisfied with the monitors on the market at the time, and proceeded to develop his own equipment. Many of today’s top acts choose KRK equipment when working in the studio, among them are the rock bands Hoobastank and Snow Patrol. Coming from different sides of the Atlantic, the two bands have both realized the importance of working with top quality and reliable studio equipment. Here are some quotes from Hoobastank drummer Chris Hesse, and Snow Patrol pianist and guitarist Johnny McDaid on their experience with KRK monitors, and why they choose to use them.

Johnny McDaid (pictured) talked to the folks over at KRK Systems about why he likes to bring KRK monitors along for recording sessions on the road:


"If you’re in a different room every day, it takes time for your ears to adjust to that sound. With KRK monitors, it’s a 10-minute setup and then the room sounds like the room before. Then you have a kind of barometer to reference it against, which is very important on the road."

McDaid explained why the band also use KRK’s ERGO system while on the road:

"What we want to hear is the purest version of what’s coming off the tape into our ears, to the mechanism that receives it," said McDaid. "When I used the ERGO for the first time, I knew I was going to spend real time on it in the studio. I spent an hour doing all sorts of different spots and checks. What it seems to do is cancel out the bad stuff and make more of the good stuff."

Johnny also like to use KRK’s 10s subwoofers with the ERGO system, which he says is an excellent fit:

"The 10s subwoofer is really good with the ERGO because it’s not overdone. There’s nothing worse than an overcooked sub in your studio. If the sub is taken out, then everything starts to sound thin and small. Also, it’s really nicely balanced, and I love the crossover ability with it as well. It’s really great."

McDaid is greatful for the freedom to record in virtually any type of environment that KRK Systems equipment has afforded him and his band mates:

"I have to make music all the time. When I joined Snow Patrol I had to make sure that I could still keep creating music. The beautiful thing about technology today is it gives you the ability to set up in a room, whether a dressing room, a hotel room or anywhere else, and continue to make music. The technology is so fantastic today that we can bring a studio on the road with us."

For his home studio McDaid uses KRK ROKIT 6 and VXT 6 monitors because they’re really easy on the musician’s ears:

"They don’t make me feel remotely tired," says McDaid. "Being awake for 20 hours at a time does, but the KRK monitors don’t."

Hoobastank drummer Chris Hesse use KRK monitors both when recording with the band, as well as in his personal setup at home. Chris talked to KRK about why he chose their particular brand:

"What I like is that you can hear every single detail; nothing gets left behind. I use them for fixing things and for editing. They have an extremely wide soundstage. They are significantly better than anything else that I’ve ever owned."

Chris talked about how he first came in to contact with KRK monitors:

"Bay 7 [recording studio in California] was the first experience I had with the KRK monitors," Hesse said. "We liked them, so we ended up getting a pair of VXT4s for our touring kit."

Hesse explained why he is especially fond of KRK’s subwoofers:

"I have a set of 10s subwoofers," says Hesse. "When I A/B them and switch them back and forth, people’s jaws just drop! It’s really incredible that there can be that much difference. You turn the KRK monitors on and the whole world opens up. It’s like someone lifted the duvet cover off of the monitors."