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..
These NS-10M speakers I have had since the 90's. I power them with a Hafler Transnova amplifier. Super clear, with a Mid bump. It may take some time to get to know how to mix on these, but if you get the mix sounding good on these, it should translate well on other systems.
I use these as my main monitors (for now). I switch between my them and my Sennheiser hd-25 headphones to check that everything sounds right. Seeing as I live in an apartment building with quite thin floors, these are great cause they don't produce that much bass so I can play a bit louder without shaking the whole place up. They're also really good at bringing forth the problems in the mix so it makes it easier to hear what needs to be adjusted.