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NS10 vs. Alesis Monitor One

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by mlessa2002, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. mlessa2002

    mlessa2002 Active Member

    Hello Folks,

    First of all, as I'm new to the list, I'd like to introduce myself - My name is Marcus, I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and am currently trying to set a home studio.

    I play keyboards in a Pop/Rock band, and my current setup includes (and I won't bother you with computer specs) a M-Audio 1010 and Sonar 3.

    Right now I'm searching for near-field monitor speakers, and have (good?) price options on a pair of NS10's and Alesis Monitor 1's.

    While everyone complains of the NS-10, it can be seen virtually everywhere.

    Considering a cash-strapped budget, and not too many options to choose from (Brazil is not too keen on well-priced imports), which one of those two speakers would you recommend?

    Many thanks, this list has certainly helped me rethink many of my recording strategies.


  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    I prefer the NS10's over the Alesis but this is mostly because I'm way more familiar with the NS10's. Either pair can serve well...it's much more about you and your familiarity with the monitors you use and your skills as an engineer.
    I do not know what your budget is, but I would strongly suggest the newer Yamaha MSP5's. They are self powered, so if you included the cost of an amplifier for the NS10's or Monitor One's it is actually cheaper to get the MSP5's. mixes I've done on them in normal (untreated) rooms have translated quite nicely.
  3. mlessa2002

    mlessa2002 Active Member

    Chuckles. Heaven protect us all :) . I'm halfway thru recording a demo cd for a Beatles Cover Band (yes, they are usually well liked in Brazil)... Apart from a crummy kbds player (and who would that be?) ... the rest of the band are sort of thinking this will actually work :) .

    Fortunately, the home studio allows you to keep trying 'till you get it right ... but I do need to get reasonable monitors prior to mixing...

    I haven't seen those around here... Other than the NS10's and the M1's I've seen a couple of Mackie Super Duper Whatnot Have it All's which would require me to pawn a couple of my keyboards and then some ... I know this isn't the best way to do it, but I was planning on using a decent Technics receiver + a preamp to power either one.

    Just to give you an idea, a pair of used NS10's goes for circa US$ 400 down here.

  4. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Well.the MSP5's sell for around $400-$500 US a pair.
  5. mlessa2002

    mlessa2002 Active Member

    Hi there,

    I have just been offered a pair of Roland DS-50A at a reasonable price (they retail for about $250 in the US).

    Has anyone ever had the chance to try them out?



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