KRK Audio Tools

New Gear/New Toy Review: KRK Audio Tools App

KRK, part of the Gibson family of brands, has introduced the KRK Audio Tools App for iOS and Android phones. This is a free suite of six studio tools for analyzing your loudspeaker monitoring system—five of the tools work with any studio monitor setup and the way they work within your room’s acoustics.

Using your phone’s internal microphone, the EQ Recommendation analysis tool works specifically to help set up the KRK ROKIT G4 monitors I previously reviewed in these pages. It works by sending pink noise through your monitors, analyzing the room and then recommending the best setting on the DSP-driven EQ on the G4’s rear-panel LCD display.

In addition to the EQ Recommendation tool, the app also includes a Real Time Analyzer (RTA), SPL Level Meter, both Delay and Polarity checkers, as well as a Monitor Align tool that aims and matches the angle of the left and right monitor speakers accurately.

I like the sound generator with frequency-adjustable (20Hz to 20kHz) sine wave output, a sweep function with an adjustable time from 0.5 to 20 second duration. All test tones are available from your phone and can be adjusted in level to accommodate any external monitoring speakers.

Go to KRK Systems on your app store to download this free App.

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Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com