In this photo from Morel Muziek BV's Facebook page, you can see the Yamaha NS-10M Studio Monitors in Hardwell's new studio setup. Confirmation of this being Hardwell's studio can be found from [this approved submission](http://equipboard.com/pros/hardwell/genelec-1034b-main-control-room-monitoring-system) on Hardwell's pro page.more
In this interview with [eMusician](http://www.emusician.com/artists/1333/j-cole-shares-production-secrets/45993), J.Cole says, "I’ve used Yamaha NS10, [Mackie HR824](http://equipboard.com/items/mackie-hr824-studio-monitor), and [M-Audio BX8 monitors](http://equipboard.com/items/m-audio-studiophile-bx8-studio-monitors) outside of the commercial studios."more
"Andrew Rayel: In my Studio I use the basic equipment and nothing special: a MIDI keyboard from M-Audio, a pair of studio monitors from Yamaha, a studio soundcard from T.C. Electronics and an simple Intel PC with Cubase 5 and a lot of VST’s on it. Today’s technologies have greatly improved, so in most cases there is no need a lot of hardware."more
The perfect reference!
At this time, Cook was using a Soundcraft desk and monitoring through a pair of Auratones during the writing phase and Yamaha NS10s when it came to mixing. “I had four flatmates,” he remembers, “and you can’t work at any volume. So I worked on Auratones, the same pair of which I still use now, and you could feel when the bottom end was there, but it didn’t go through to other people’s bedrooms. Then when it came to mixdown, I would go onto NS10s. I would say to everyone, ‘Look, sorry, I’m mixing tonight, so I’ve got to actually play this at volume just to check the bottom end.’” Both the NS10 & NS10M can be seen in the pic.more
You can see the Yamaha NS-10M Studio Monitors listed on the gear list for Colin Newman's of [Colin Newman & Corrado Izzo](http://equipboard.com/band/colin-newman-corrado-izzo), [Wire](http://equipboard.com/band/wire), [Githead](http://equipboard.com/band/githead), and [Spigel*Newman*Colin*Malka](http://equipboard.com/band/spigel-newman-colin-malka), [Swim Studio](http://www.colinewman.com/studio.html).more
I have all the 3 versions of them: 10M, 10 PRO, 10STUDIO. For all people who knows about them, still a great reference for all. PRO and STUDIO versions are a little bit harder in midrange response and the power amplifier is the most important thing to make them sound like a rock.
The cliche is always 'if it sounds good on NS10's it sounds good everywhere'. The sweet spot is more in the levels for me. I can balance anything into proportion on medium to low volume levels and also my clients say 'wow, I didn't hear that before'. It might not appeal to the 'Beats By Dre' generation but hey, once you stray from McDonalds or KFC, you'll develop a taste for what you're hearing instead of what you think you hear. 'Patience my young padawan', Master Yoda would say..