Deactivate Rokit KRK Auto Standby – Deactivation with Software

Deactivate the auto standby of the KRK Rokit Studio Monitors G3

I recently bought the KRK Rokit 5 G3 studio monitors which are a great product in general but the auto standby feature after 30 minutes can be pretty annoying. Therefore I read several posts in the internet and did quite some research. There might be an option to open the monitors and fix them with a hardware fix but a forum post inspired me to write a small windows executable that will play a 10Hz sound for 500ms every 25 minutes. Usually one can not hear a 10Hz sound so this happens without even noticing but keeps the KRK Rokits from going into standby.

Update (New version 1.0.3.1)

Minor changes:

  • Fixed problem that RMAS will prevent Windows to shutdown.

Update (New version 1.0.3.0)

Minor changes:

  • Added warning when exiting the program, thanks Al for the feedback!

Update (New version 1.0.2.1)

Deactivate ROKIT KRK Auto Standby - RMAS v1.0.2.1
New Systray Menu

Minor changes:

  • Systray Icon now shows all te time even if main window is shown.
  • Systray Icon right click shows Menu. Deactivate stops the timer, Activate starts the timer and Exit, well.. 🙂

Update (New version 1.0.2.0)

Deactivate ROKIT KRK Auto Standby - RMAS v1.0.2.0
Deactivate ROKIT KRK Auto Standby – RMAS v1.0.2.0

Changes: Please check changelog.txt within .zip file

Update (New version 1.0.1.0)

Deactivate ROKIT KRK Auto Standby - RMAS v1.0.1.0
Deactivate ROKIT KRK Auto Standby – RMAS v1.0.1.0

The application RMAS – RokitMonitorAntiStandby

This is a very simple application and today’s first test is promising so far. The window can be minimized into the system tray and will work in the background. There is a noticable sound when playing the 10Hz sine wave for 500ms. This seems to appear when starting and stopping the sound. You can test the sound by clicking on the Test Sound button within the app. Below a screenshot of initial version:

RMAS - Screenshot
RMAS – Screenshot of the application

Please note that you might need to tune the system volume to a higher level and decrease the volume for the applications that you are running below the -50db threshold were the Rokits deactivate. Therefore if the over all sound level is too low this app won’t help.

More features in development

If you have ideas what might be useful for future versions, please feel free to add a comment!

Note:

Please use this application on your own risk! I won’t take any responsibility on broken hardware or software. For me it works without issues but decide yourself if you want to give it a try.

19 Kommentare

  1. I was thinking on creating a small program just like this one.
    I tested yours, but find I hear a click when the tone turns on and off. I also noticed that the Windows system volume needs to be turned up.

    I haven’t investigated the clicking – not sure if it is caused by the interface being open and closed.

    I do have a thought about the volume. Since using WIndows standard audio drivers mean playing the tone through the Windows audio stack, and ultimately through Windows mixer, wouldn’t it be better to use ASIO to bypass the mixer, and let us set our own volume? I was actually looking into what it takes to write a C++ program to use ASIO, and came across this site:

    https://www.codeproject.com/Articles/24536/%2FArticles%2F24536%2FLow-Latency-Audio-using-ASIO-Drivers-in-NET

    If the clicking isn’t caused by opening and closing the audio driver, maybe the tone is doing it, and ramping the volume up and down might help. If the clicking is caused by opening and closing the audio driver, could it be left open so long as the program is running?

    I’d love to help you make this program better, if it helps KRK Rokit users. I am extremely disappointed in Gibson, the KRK Rokit speakers, and the auto shut-off. I’m also looking for ways to mod the speakers to prevent shut-off.

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for the feedback. I think you might actually be right with open/close of the interface. Let me do some testing over the weekend and try to get rid of the click 😉
      Best regards,
      kuLLe

  2. Hii,
    thank you for your idea to have a programm to deactivate Rokit KRK Auto Standby! I have now a mac, do you have a dmg file instead of the exe to help me get calm with this annoying feature of KRK?

    Thank you in advance

    with many greetings
    Andreas Paparousos

  3. Vielen danke! This saved my life because I like to listen music at night in a very low level and I really hate that the speakers go to standby because that. Just one request could you just make a warning to avoid the program to close like „Are you sure you want to close this application?“, It is very easy to click on the x and then forget about it. Once again thanks for your work.

      1. Hi again, thanks a lot for your quickness, it works perfect. Maybe is too much asking but it would be great also to have a 2 things more:
        1. A timer with the possibility of having the program working only at certain hours, in my case during the night, as during the day I don´t need it
        2. And also would be cool to limit the „frequency“ range (just the range needed) to avoid problems. Again thanks for your work! Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag

        1. Hi Al,
          Thanks for the positive feedback! One thing that I realized though that I need to fix: When shutting down the Computer, the application is preventing from a clean shutdown. Will be fixed soon.
          Furthermore thanks for the new ideas. Should be easy to integrate. Will do all at once I guess. I think you deserve your special thanks in the Software 🙂
          Take care,
          kuLLe

  4. Hi.
    It seems a good try, but I think this app would be useful only for who set the volume level high to some degree.
    I want to keep the volume quite low. As you know, in the low volume status KRK go standby mode after some time pass.
    If I use this app, 10Hz sound(or any Hz sound made by the app) will also be played in low volume too. So I presume this could not prevent KRK to go standby mode. Is it right?

    1. Hi, the app does only prevent the Rokits to go to standby as long as the overall volume is high in windows. You need to decrease the volume in the actual app that plays sound you want to hear. Example:

      Sound Interface set to 25% volume
      Windows sound set to 100% (above the auto standby detection threshold)
      Playing music with 20%

      RMAS will play a sound with system volume level.

      Hope that makes sense to you. Let me know if you have further questions.

      Best regards,
      kuLLe

    1. Hi Christopher,
      Sorry that I can only provide it for Windows. Right now unfortunately no real chance for me to compile a MAC version.
      Thanks for the feedback!
      Best regards,
      kuLLe

  5. I just wanted to thank you for this program. It works perfectly.

    I had made several changes to my audio setup, including a new USB interface, new audio cables, a new pair of Rokit 5’s, and software. So when the audio started cutting out, it took a long time to even isolate what was causing it. I was both amazed and infuriated that KRK would design an auto-standby feature which they do not advertise and that you cannot bypass. Your tool here is a perfect workaround, no issues so far!

    1. Hi Claudia,
      I wish I could help you Mac folks but unfortunately I cannot! If it happens I will of course put it online here.
      Best regards,
      kuLLe

  6. Hi! I’m a musician and using two sound cards. One on the motherboard for listening, and one external for playing and making music. Is it possible to redirect sound which wakes up my KRK Rokit monitors to my external audio card (Presonus 192 Mobile with ASIO drivers)?

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