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A great mix starts with a great recording room. But when it comes to achieving the most accurate mix, your room may have the upper hand. Like any room, your studio's acoustics include offending frequencies and room reflections, and none of these are helping your mix. Getting a handle on these problems has traditionally meant the installation of soft foam or fabrics, and that's a great start. But now you can get even closer to a perfect room, and a perfect mix, because the future of studio sound is here, and it's called ERGO.
Hear the difference
KRK, long known for highly accurate studio monitors brings you ERGO (Enhanced Room Geometry Optimization). ERGO is for the recording engineer, DJ, or musician that monitors in less-than-perfect acoustic conditions. ERGO is an audio recording interface / room correction system designed to measure and analyze phase/frequency problems within a listening environment. The powerful digital signal processor in the ERGO unit processes audio to correct for the offending issues. So, you can stop worrying about your studio's acoustics and start focusing on your mix!
ERGO's high-end audio fidelity makes it perfect for the discriminating audio professional, while the affordable price puts it within reach of the typical recording hobbyist. Every studio needs an ERGO, because even the most accurate monitor in an imperfect room isn't going to solve mixing problems, but ERGO will. ERGO also makes your mix translate from the studio to different environments. How good is a great rack that only sounds great in your room? With ERGO, your mix sounds great everywhere you, or your fans want to hear it. Want better sound, and in more places? Put ERGO in the mix.
ERGO consists of the ERGO hardware unit, a measurement microphone, and the required software. These three pieces are used to measure and analyze phase/frequencies problems within a listening environment.
The best approach
While conventional room correction systems utilize simple analysis and limited bands of EQ (often fewer than 8), ERGO uses multiple measurements and proprietary algorithms to create a 3D image of the room, and then applies 1024 dynamic filters to control the audio environment. Our 3D model allows you to preserve the "good" characteristics of the room, while correcting the bad... ERGO doesn't color the sound or produce an artificially sterile environment. ERGO produces the best mix for a given room; a mix that will translate better to other listening environments, since it was mixed in a "perfect" room.
Room perfect technology
The sophisticated room analysis and correction system within ERGO, called "RoomPerfect" was developed by Lyngdorf Audio in Denmark after many years of R&D work. The exclusive algorithm in the system compares many measurements and corrects for phase and frequency problems using thousands of filters, not just a few. The result is the most accurate mix. ERGO, analyze this! Lyngdorf Audio utilizes some of the best audio engineers in the world to develop superior technology. Lyngdorf Audio is the industry leader and cutting-edge digital audio company and we are proud to exclusively license your technology.
KRK ERGO Features
Large Volume Knob: Digitally controlled analog volume control simultaneous control of ERGO's A/B/Sub outputs.
"A" Speakers: Enables or disables the audio being sent to the "A" speakers.
"B" speakers: Enables or disables the audio being sent to the "B" or subwoofer speakers.
Focus / Global / Bypass: Our 3D model allows you to preserve the "good" features of the room, while correcting the bad. ERGO also doesn't color the sound or produce an artificial anechoic environment. Normally, ERGO corrects for your monitoring position. This gives you perfectly corrected sound while mixing. In Global mode, the correct spot is widened so that others (producers, musicians, A&R) can enjoy your mix in a corrected environment.
Headphone Volume (side panel): Adjusts the output level of the headphone jack. The headphones output mirrors the selected monitor outputs.
Calibration Switch (back panel): This enables the room calibration microphone and places ERGO into analysis mode.
KRK ERGO Technical Specifications
Processing: 400MHz Analog Devices Blackfin DSP
RoomPerfect Algorithm Sample Rate: 96KHz
Room Correction Frequencies:20Hz-500Hz
Room correction Filter:1024 tap Finite Impulse Response
S/PDIF Input Operating Range:44.1 kHz to 96 kHz
Dynamic Range: 96 dB system (component 118dB)
<0.025% using 0 dBFS input &
22Hz - 22kHz Band Pass Filter
Internal Sample Rates :44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Maximum Microphone Input Level: -32 dBu
Dimensions (H x W x D): 180mm (7") x 55mm (2.2") x 107mm (4.2")
Microphone Length: 197mm (7.75")
Weight: 610g / 21.5 oz.
Power: 1394 Bus or External 12v
Operating Temperature Range: 40 Degrees F (4 Degrees C) to 110 Degrees F (43 Degrees C)
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