Jason Hook, lead guitarist for heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, is currently using KRK Systems’ VXT8 monitors and 12sHO sub in his home studio, where he holds the additional roles of record producer, songwriter and solo artist.
The skilled musician relied on his hard work and life experiences to record the band’s latest album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2, at the fully equipped recording studio that he literally gets to call “home.”
A long-time user of KRK gear, Hook chose the VXT8s for their low resonance, improved structural integrity, extended low-end and slotted ports for reduced port turbulence.
He credits the sleek curvature of the design for providing excellent imaging characteristics and a wider sweet spot.
“I love KRK and have used them for years,” says Hook. “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, which is always a work in progress, I had to get my monitors from 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. The KRK VXT8s definitely have the muscle I need for rock music.”
Like all KRK products, Hook’s VXT8s feature the company’s trademark yellow Kevlar woofer and visually striking enclosure design. The KRK12sHO 400-watt powered sub offers a strengthened version of the woofer.
According to Hook, one of the standout features of the 12sHO is the Bypass Footswitch Control, which allows users to defeat the sub and provide full-range audio to their recording monitors for use with a standard latching ¼-inch mono footswitch.
“This is what I used all through the making of the band’s last record, which is set for release on November 19th,” says Hook. “I have a pro-level system right here at my house that allows me to work at home at a level that’s compatible with a professional studio.”
Hook’s musical career got its kick-start in Oakville, Ontario, when a friend introduced him to what would become a favorite band.
“My neighbor came by the house with a few of the band’s records and asked me if I wanted them, since he wasn’t allowed to keep them at his own home. I remember saying, ‘Sure, what is it? What’s this band KISS?’,” he recalls. “I was looking at the cover, thinking ‘oh my god―that’s crazy!’”
“And it grabbed me immediately. It was extremely exciting. Plus, I liked the songs—they were simple, catchy and had a high level of energy. I remember thinking that KISS, which captured people’s attention with all the makeup and photos and images, was so much more exciting than playing whatever video game was popular at the time. I was like, ‘This is awesome; I want to do this!’”