|Work with Kii
A lot of things have changed in today´s studio business. Audio software has enabled a democratization of music production, along with some great possibilities and also a lot of challenging changes to overcome for professional engineers. Yet for recording, producing, mixing and mastering a single piece of gear still is as important as it has ever been: The monitoring system! On the contrary, having a transparent and revealing monitor system that translates your work perfectly to the outside world has become more important than ever. It has in fact become the centerpiece of a modern studio, giving you the crucial advantage over the „guy next door with an audio interface“.
No matter if you work in a major facility, an independant recording studio of any size or a home-studio/musician, a good monitoring situation enables you to work faster, easier and achieve better results everyday. It takes the guesswork out of any decision during a production, so you can be safe and bold with your decisions and move through a project quickly, focusing on what´s really important in the studio: the musical ideas, the artistic expression and the interaction with your clients!
So with literally hundreds of „monitor speakers“ on the market in any price range to choose from, what´s the biggest challenge for a monitoring system to cope with in todays studio environments? The simple answer is to allow for confident decisions with a single set of speakers! Your monitors should be small enough to fit into a (temporary) home studio setup, onto the meterbridge of a console or onto a modern studiodesk. At the same time though you might need the headroom and volume of a big mains system when recording/overdubbing with a band, when working on soundtracks and fx in film and post-production, or simply for the 15 most important minutes at the end of the day to impress your client.
The biggest challenge these days though is to properly work in a room, that might have not been purposefully built from the ground up by a great acoustic engineer. In a high end mastering suite the speakers and the room acoustics form a complete system, often times the speakers are still soffit mounted to have perfect control over their sound dispersion. In most studio scenarios today though, this is not the case.
That´s what makes the kii three different from all other monitor designs!
* Please note that the Kii THREE professional version will be available in Q1 2016. Distributor and dealer enquiries are welcome.
We offer a linear frequency response, a perfect impuls response and phase coherence, but we also pack 1500 Watt per speaker divided across six drivers into a compact and lightweight enclosure. The kii three is able to move some serious air, but we didn´t just stop there. Instead Bruno Putzeys invented the Active Wave Focusing(TM) technology, that controls the sound dispersion and directs the sound pressure, where we need it to be: Into the sweetspot! Intelligent DSP processing provides the kii three with a cardioid sound dispersion pattern down to the low-mid and bass frequencies, which otherwise can only be achived by very wide baffles, big cabinets or soffit mounting speakers (infinite baffle design). The controlled sound dispersion is the only reason, why a big main monitor system in a good room offers the special feel and impact it does. Even though acousticians and speaker designers know about this task, no other speaker manufacturer has approached a solution to this common problem. We designed the kii three with the acoustical challenges and todays studio setups in mind. It fits everywhere and can be the one and only monitor solution you need for every task. It really is the first „Mini Main Monitor System“ available. We also think it looks rather beautiful.
* Please note that the Kii THREE professional version comes in a rugged high density black spatter finish.