Getting used to NS-10s

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by bewarethanatos, Feb 6, 2006.

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  1. I just started engineering at a studio that has both NS-10's as nearfields, and Boston Acoustics VRM50's (+subwoofer) as mains. I just recorded a band, and got a decent recording of them, but now that I'm mixing, I realize that I'm not used to either of these monitors at all. The boston acoustics are very bass and lower mid-range heavy, and of course the NS-10's have very little bass.

    I use Event TR-5's here at my "home studio" and I'm pretty used to those because they're not hyped in any way.

    I know it's going to take me time to get used to these monitors, but does anyone have any suggestions of things I should keep in mind when mixing? The producer I work with told me "you should only hear the strings of the bass, and the hit of the kick drum... there should be almost no bass at all from the NS-10's." The productions he's done sound phenomenal, so I trust him, but I'm still learning.

    Anyway, enough of my yammering (that's a word, right?) Any suggestions?
  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Listen to CD's you know through them. When I got my new monitors (Dynaudio BM5A's) I didn't do any mixing on them for a week, I just listened to CD's through them. Sometimes intensive listening sitting in the sweetspot and sometimes more casually, not paying close attention to them and doing other work in the room. You may not need a week to get an idea, but at least a few hours. On NS-10's you may want to break it up, as I know those monitors can be fatiguing to some people.
  3. I should have thought about that. Thanks.
  4. huub

    huub Guest

    With accurate headphones (sennheiser hd600's or something), you can eq without guessing.. Especially getting tight lower mids and lows (sub not really ofcourse).
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Don't feel bad. I hate NS10s and can't mix on them either! Again as the previous poster stated, bringing your favorite CDs and listen to them carefully, you should be able to make the transition? Ask the producer if you can bring your own monitors in? Many engineers do. I generally don't like any Japanese speakers. Make mine American, any day!

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    OK OK, I like KRKs and Meyer HD1s too

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