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Ken Kreisel
 
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About Ken Kreisel
www.kreiselsound.com, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Ken Kreisel (Founder of Miller & Kreisel Sound, inventor of the self-powered subwoofer and satellite-subwoofer system) has a dedicated and loyal worldwide following of the top studios and film, music, & video game recording engineers, avid audiophiles, music lovers, home theater film buffs, magazine reviewers and editors.
Ken Kreisel has always been an innovator, willing to be different and daring, to take new paths, to see a new way of doing something, to offer more and better audio performance at real world prices, to embrace new technologies when they really work, and to avoid "me too" "emperor's clothes" and "smoke & mirror" audio gimmicks.
It is not by luck that the top award winning recording engineers and studios use speakers and subwoofers designed by Ken Kreisel for their most critical sonic decisions. An audiophile recording engineer himself since the age of 12, Ken Kreisel has spent a lifetime recording everything from his teenage sister's singing voice, to some of the world's largest church pipe organs, Flamenco Dancers, spectacular drum solos, to some of the world's most famous jazz artists, to The Philharmonia Hungarica Orchestra recorded in Germany, and to the London Symphony Orchestra and The English Chamber Orchestra recorded in Abbey Road Studios in London. Ken Kreisel subwoofers and speakers are designed to effortlessly and accurately reproduce whatever sound that was captured by a studio microphone with all the detail and explosive impact of the original sound.
How does KEN KREISEL do it, as is frequently asked? First, you need to know what you are doing, have well trained and experienced audiophile and professional recording engineer's ears, and have the proper test equipment to prove it.
Why do Ken Kreisel's subwoofers sound so good and why do so many of the top film and music recording engineers use them for their most critical professional sound decision? Like so many things in life, there are two important and often diametrically opposed words, quality and quantity. A professional recording engineer is more interested in quality than quantity. He needs a transparent and neutral window into whatever sound is being recorded, created, or mixed. Speakers and subwoofers designed by Ken Kreisel have always successfully filled this need. While most consumer subwoofers are more concerned with quantity, sound quality and accuracy have always been the primary criteria for any speaker or subwoofer designed by Ken Kreisel.
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Kreisel Sound Timeline
www.kreiselsound.com, 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ken Kreisel is a teenage audiophile and audiophile recording engineer.
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Making audio history: Ken Kreisel designs and installs for Walter Becker the first M&K Subwoofer and triamped studio monitor system for the studio mixdown of Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic album.
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Ken Kreisel and Jonas Miller launch Miller & Kreisel Sound (M&K) founded in Beverly Hills, CA. Contrary to popular rumors, M&K started its subwoofer & speaker production in the prestigious high rent district of Beverly Hills on Wilshire Blvd., not Ken's garage
1974
Ken Kreisel's first Direct-To-Disc recordings: Blu and Blu Jam
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Again making audio history, Kreisel invents the modern day "Satellite-Subwoofer" system, The "David and Goliath" System
1976
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In 1977 Kreisel and M&K debuts the world's first Self-Powered Subwoofer! This model was called the Servo Volkswoofer. This idea revolutionized the entire audio industry
1977
1978 marks the consumer audio release of Kreisel's innovative world-class professional studio monitor speaker system design called the Satellite-Volkswoofer System. This system was originally designed by Kreisel for his own use in the M&K RealTime Direct-to-Disc recording studio. Incorporating controlled vertical directivity, a phase-focused crossover with true driver group-delay time alignment, dual-midrange and tweeter driver arrays and minimal baffle coloration, this system made for one of the most dramatic and revealing listening experiences imaginable
1978
Long before (the term) "Home Theater" was used in a sales context, Ken Kreisel was building professional screening rooms for directors, producers and the Hollywood elite.
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With the 70's popularity of audiophile recordings, Kreisel opens the FIRST exclusively direct-to-disc recording studio.
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The 600 watt per channel German built Neumann Disc Cutting Lathe shown here was owned by M&K and operated and custom modified by Kreisel to achieve even greater sonic fidelity
1978
Kreisel engineers and releases some of the most highly acclaimed and spectacular direct-to-disc LP's, which are still considered by the world's audiophiles to be some of the best sounding LP's ever recorded, 5 of which are shown here
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Kreisel exhibited at professional and consumer trade shows and continually amazed the visitors and skeptics, winning over thousands of new fans and loyal customers
1979
Ken Kreisel becomes one of the first customers to buy the Sony PCM-1600 ($40,000 in 1979), the world's first Professional Digital Audio Recorder. Here Kreisel is seen with engineers from Sony's newly formed fledgling division called Sony Professional Digital Audio. Kreisel worked with Sony engineers giving them feedback on the design of their PCM-1600 prototype units during its development in the 70's. After purchasing the PCM-1600, Kreisel set about highly modifying the unit.
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In keeping with the flavor of the day, the explanations were fairly technical, and Ken Kreisel was there at every turn to explain how everything worked.
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At Abbey Road Studios in London, Kreisel produces and engineers a series of audiophile classical recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra
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Designed by Kreisel, a new innovation in subwoofer technology: Push-Pull drivers, used in M&K's new MX Series. Push-Pull is achieved by mounting one driver physically backwards in the cabinet and wiring it backwards as well, causing both driver cones to move mechanically in the same direction. The result is acoustic cancellation of even order harmonic distortion, cleaner, tighter and more accurate musical bass reproduction, and significantly improved high-output linearity
1989
In 1989, Kreisel introduced the industry's first push-pull dual driver powered subwoofer. Known as the MX-2000, this groundbreaking subwoofer was immediately recognized by audiophiles as a major advance in subwoofer performance.
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This rare historic picture shows M&K Vice President Chuck Back, M&K President Ken Kreisel, Dr. Lester Field, and Jonas Miller
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Kreisel introduces the in dustry's first compact, high-performance subwoofer, the MX-70, featuring Kreisel's Push-Pull driver configuration
1991
Kreisel introduces the first THX approved single-cabinet subwoofer, the MX-5000
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Kreisel introduces the M&K S-150 THX
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Kreisel Invents the TRIPOLE Surround Featuring a unique 180 degree sound radiation pattern with DIRECT FRONT and FIGURE-8 SIDE-FIRING drivers, the Tripole produces near perfect sound illumination for side and rear surround speaker use in home theaters!
Ken Kreisel issued a patent concerning Push-Pull Technology, Sub Servo Feedback, and distortion reduction, one of the most important patents in speaker design
1996
Kreisel launches M&K PROFESSIONAL as a separate division of M&K with an international network of dealers and distributors catering to the world's top studios
1997
The world's most prominent studios, producers, directors, engineers, sound designers and mixers use speakers and subwoofers designed and built by Ken Kreisel to create their soundtracks, CD's, DVD's, live musical events, and broadcasts and to insure the detail and accuracy of their mixes:
1997
Kreisel invents a new type of high performance INWALL speaker utilizing a 12 gauge steel speaker baffle and a magnetically attached frameless mesh grille
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Pro Sound News does an in-depth interview of Ken Kreisel
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Ken Kreisel is inducted into the Beverly Hills High School Hall of Fame, Class of '69
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Kreisel introduces the Column Surround TRIPOLE Speaker - an industry first - unique in that they may be placed behind a sofa (for example) therefore becoming invisible to the rest of the room!
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Once again, Kreisel is at the forefront embracing new technology, having a proud history of supporting ALL technological and artistic advances in audio
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Ken Kreisel & the Storm Trooper. That's Ken on the right.
HDTV Etc. Magazine writes a "Sound Wars" interview about Ken Kreisel and his Miller & Kreisel THX speakers at Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch. Click HERE for the PDF reprint 820k
2006
Sound & Vision's 50th Anniversary Edition lists Ken Kreisel and his invention of the Self-Powered Subwoofer as #32 of the 50 Greatest A/V Innovations in the last 50 years
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Arem & PCB also use Kreisel's MPS-2510PK studio monitoring systems for all the other top selling video games they produce in their studio.
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Ken Kreisel's professional studio monitor speakers
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Ken Kreisel, the awesome new
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THX Press Releases
pro.thx.com, 8 Jan 1998 [cached]
Ken Kreisel, Chairman of Miller and Kreisel (M&K) Sound, observed, "The M&K 150 THX speaker system is perhaps our most successful speaker system ever, and its THX certification is an important element in that sales success.
Ken Kreisel and M&K Sound : The Bottom End
www.thebottomend.co.uk, 10 April 2014 [cached]
Ken Kreisel The Bottom End LP
Ken Kreisel continues the great legacy with his new company, "www.kkprofessionalsound.com"
Kreisel Sound
Ken Kreisel Consumer Site "www.kreiselsound.com"
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Ken Kreisel's Facebook Page
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Ken Kreisel and M&K Sound
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Ken Kreisel
For "The Bottom End" to be the most significant track in English jazz club history, it is hardly surprising that a genius was behind it all. In 1969 a young teenage audiophile, and recording engineer by the name of Ken Kreisel teamed up with Jonas Miller , who had opened up the world's first "high-end audio salon".
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Ken had met Jonas during his last year at high school in 1969.
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Listening to his equipment at the Beverly Hill's salon got Ken interested in audio, even though his interest in sound and recording started from a very young age. Ken was a child prodigy, who amazingly began to develop his passion for stereo equipment and recording at the tender age of nine years old . After getting a part time job with Jonas, Ken got "bored" of his pre-med study, and decided to work full- time that eventually led to him becoming a partner with Miller. Ken was a child prodigy, who amazingly began to develop his passion for stereo equipment and recording at the tender age of nine years old . After getting a part time job with Jonas, Ken got "bored" of his pre-med study, and decided to work full- time that eventually led to him becoming a partner with Miller.
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Kreisel began to research acoustics, and did extensive studies recording many pipe organs . This information helped solve another mystery in regards to the B-Side of "The Bottom End.
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Ken wanted to reproduce the bass that he knew was on his master tapes, in particular the transient information from the low pedals.
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Through Miller, Ken got to know another mastermind, Dr. Lester M. Field.
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Kreisel did extensive research and experimentation with him. It was a trip back to Harvard, MIT, and Bell Labs in 1971 that proved to be significant turning point. Ken said that it taught him a tremendous amount, and that this trip had influenced everything that he did ever since.
Walter Becker from "Steely Dan" asked Ken Kreisel to design a speaker system to use for the mixing of their new album "Pretzel Logic" in 1973.
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When Miller and Kreisel revealed this to them, they wanted to buy it too.
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Due to this success, in 1974 Jonas Miller and Ken Kreisel formed a separate corporation that was used exclusively for the manufacturing of subwoofers.
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Ken Kreisel told me about The Bottom End's history.
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Ken Kreisel was looking to make a special disc that demonstrated the sound of this new recording method, as well as his latest Bottom End speakers. Ken went to the "Celebrity Center" in California where he heard Don Baaska and Valli Scavelli playing with their band. He liked their sound, and wanted to use them for M&K Sound's first Direct-To-Disc demonstration record. Don Baaska said, " I recall now that Ken was more interested in the quality of the sound on his recordings, rather than the musical content.
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This is what made Ken Kreisel such a genius, for he had the ability to record and provide the most incredible range of sounds, that were used as source material for the testing of subwoofer speakers. He would use pipe organs with saxophones and orchestras, music boxes with high bells, real howitzer cannons fired simultaneously for level and impact comparisons between speakers. Ken also used marching bands, flamenco dancers, and even recorded the sound of a steam locomotive using a microphone that was set a few feet away from the wheels as they rolled by.
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Ken said, "I remember how fantastic the live sound was, and how "cooking" the band was. Ken played such a major part in the story, because the musicians did not realize that they were being recorded. He continued to say, " Frequently, as soon as the musicians know there is a tape running, you don't get the same performance as when they are totally relaxed . As you probably know, in a sense, the opposite is also true, that you can get a fabulous edge on a performance when it is recorded live, when the musicians know they must perform the set perfectly."
If it were not for Ken Kreisel's "vision", we wouldn't have had the unique recording of "The Bottom End. Ken's mind was made up as soon as it was finished, for that was exactly what he wanted. Don Baaska said that he was shocked when Ken said, "That's a take!
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Ken explained to me, "Part of the secret to the recording is that I had perfected, or was in the process of perfecting some very special microphones which were used on "Get off the Ground. I also had a very specially modified ultra high performance analog reel-to-reel 15 ips tape recorder. M&K Sound was the great pioneer of Direct-To-Disc records (direct to disc recordings to the LP master Lacquer disc). M&K SOUND INC opened the FIRST direct-to-disc recording facility. This was the first studio in the world ever assembled that was used exclusively for direct-to-disc recordings.
Ken Kreisel and M&K continued to be a major innovator in audio history. In 1976 M&K marketed the First "Satellite-Subwoofer" combination called "The David and Goliath". In 1977 M&K debuted the Worlds very first " Self-Powered" Subwoofer called the "Volkswoofer. Practically all subwoofers today are self-powered. Ken was also designing and building professional screening rooms for directors, producers, and the Hollywood elite. He was regarded as the main pioneer of "Home Theatre" or "entertainment" , because he was creating the commercial theatre environment for the home in 1978, before people had even become accustomed with the term "Home Theatre".
M&K Real Time Records were the FIRST label to release Compact Discs in the United States , which I personally look upon as an incredible achievement, and all of these recordings were (and still are) DIGITAL. In 1997 M&K introduced their first INWALL speaker the SW-85. M&K Sound celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1999, but Ken Kreisel's incredible achievements continued to grow. A year later, M&K Sound introduced their first SELF-POWERED monitor, the S-150P/MPS2510P. Ken Kreisel was so confident of his products that he decided to DOUBLE M&K's warranty as part of their anniversay celebration.
Kreisel's incredible audio technology also reached the big screen in the epic "STAR WARS" series . M&K provided Lucas film, and Skywalker Sound with special monitor speaker systems that were designed by Ken Kreisel.
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The film industry's top sound engineers/ editors depend upon Ken Kreisel and M&K Sound's innovative speaker systems, which have helped them in receiving the much-coveted Academy Award (Oscar) for sound.
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In 2001 Ken Kreisel moved M&K to a new 66,000 Square Foot facility in Chatsworth, California, while receiving the coveted "The Absolute Sound/ Golden Ear Award" the same year. He was inducted into the Beverly Hills High School Hall of Fame, "Class of '69" the following year. In 2003, M&K introduced an amazing concept in Home Entertainment. The speaker was called the "Column Surround TRIPOLE" that was so unique because it could be placed behind a sofa, which could not be seen in the room, yet the sound would still be of the highest quality.
The latest Star Wars film again had Ken Kreisel's magical touch within its sound.
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I have so much gratitude towards Ken Kreisel for his sound, and his vision in the making of "The Bottom End. He has achieved so much, and has worldwide acclaim for his contribution to sound technology, but for me (and many others in the UK), there is no greater accomplishment than his work on "The Bottom End. I cannot express enough what he has given us, and the exceptional part that he played in an almost unbelievable story. Ken Kreisel thank you so much, for you gave so many kids such a magical gift to dance to, and even after 23 years since it was first discovered here, the spirit of "The Bottom End/Get off the Ground" continues to touch people in such a special way. Ken Kreisel, we all salute you .
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Ken Kreisel's phenomenal achievements at M&K Sound came to an end after 30 years, with the closure of the original company. Read more about this in the Ken Kreisel interview/article:
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