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I have been using Yamaha MSP5 in my home studio for some time now and I am loving it. I am thinking of adding another set of monitors. The application is composing and mixing multi track music - mic and instrument tracks as well as programmed instrument tracks. Any suggestion for monitors suitable for small home set up.

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audiokid Sat, 02/11/2017 - 20:13

your second set could have attributes the Yamaha MSP5 lack in. What freq's do you need?

Your monitors should be suited towards your needs, not public opinion. Monitors are like shoes or even better, vitamin supplements. What do you need?
Are your mixes perfect now or do you mix with a tendency to push or pull examples: mids out, add too much high end, lack bass etc?

Maybe you need Auratones to tune in mid range or a stunning set of Barefoot full range to impress clients.

KurtFoster Sat, 02/11/2017 - 22:30

i'm with Chris on the Auratones. your Yami's will do 45 hZ and unless your home studio is quite large you really don't need more bass than that. have you thought about how you will switch between speakers?

how well do the Yami's work for you? do your mix's travel? what the dimensions of your studio are, what acoustic treatments you have, monitor control are all things you need to consider.

RecoCham Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:20

Thanks Chris and Kurt F. I should have explained it better what I was looking for. My studio is my bed room before my comes to retire for the day! Having said that I have basic sound absorbing materials. I am using mainly Rode NT1A and Shure SM58 for analog capture and once in a while electric guitars connected directly to my AI. I have friends coming over (most of them do not pay me as I am widely know as a hobbyist and a nice guy). My main arena was videos and now a days I record vocals for few of my friends. However, the challenge I face is that I tend to boost the lows as MSP5 is a bit weak in lows (it may not be meant for so lows). I have an M-Box 3 pro which has the ability to switch 3 sets of stereo outputs. I do not want to spend too much but I do not want to be embarrassed when my mixes (this happens ones in a blue moon you may say - but not attached to $$$$) are played elsewhere other than my Yamies, for my blind love of bass guitar - may be once up on a time I dirtied my hands on Bass Guitar. As I mentioned I love the Yamaha MSP compared to fancy Genlelecs some of my friends are having. What was in my mind Yamaha HS 8", Alesis or KRK... and I appreciate any suggestions form much more experienced people like you.


KurtFoster Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:00

you already have a set of 5" Yamaha monitors. getting the 8' would be redundant because they sound pretty much the same as the 5' only with more bass.

in a small bedroom setting, big speakers that put out a lot of low end present problems. it's like stuffing 10 pounds of "stuff" into a 5 pound bag. imo you a better off staying with 5" or 6" monitors. again, Auratones would be a great solution. the trick is to get your mix to sound good on both sets of monitors.

pcrecord Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:01

You're monitors are suppose to go quite low giving that your room isn't cancelling them or don't have enough space to develop them.
Why don't you add the Yamaha sub they made to go with your monitors ??

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It'll be less expesive than buying a new set that may as well be missing bass..

KurtFoster Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:59

i would never use a sub in a bedroom. imo it's better to limit bandwidth from monitors in a small room. that's why you never see big monitors in small professionally designed mixing suites. treatments and traps are only a band aid for an issues that you shouldn't have in the first place if you think it out.

here's my logic on the subject.

a 75hZ wave is over 15 feet long. if it is generated in a room with smaller boundaries than 16 feet peaks and nulls are created. for this reason, i wouldn't try to use large speakers that go much lower than 50 or 60 hZ in a bedroom setup. peaks and nulls in the low end generate harmonics in higher frequencies that will create havoc in the low mids and mids in a a mix. you will get a much better picture of what you are doing in those areas if you use speakers that don't excite those peaks and nulls in the first place. if you want low end below 45 hZ. , you need a big room with high ceilings. it's simple physics. you can't stuff a 14 foot wave length into a 10 foot high room and no matter what any huckster says, treatments do not make boundaries disappear.


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