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    Question Which Professional Studio Monitors for Mixing And/Or Mastering Hip Hop?

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    I'm looking to buy my first professional monitors set cause I want to learn to mix and master.
    I got a 1500-2000$ budget.
    I'm aiming for the neumann kh 120 but would like to hear your opinions if there is a better choice for hiphop style.
    I have approx. a 10 X 12 room that I will calibrate and use only for music production.

    Thanks!
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    I wouldn't limit yourself to speakers to be used "only for hip hop" production, even if you currently feel that's the only genre you'll ever work in. Just get good speakers that reproduce music well, and have good reference music to listen to on them so you get to know them well, which will really help your mixing. I'm sure that the KH 120's would be fine, as would many other choices. I'd stay far, far away from KRK's though...

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    Yamaha MSP10 Studios...so far my favorite monitors. I've worked on Genelecs, Adams, Meyers, Wharfdales, and Krks...the MSP10 Studios and my NS10m Studios help me really hear transients, very clear mid range. I have my MSP10s paired with a JBL LSR310S subwoofer. To me, if you're making beats...or doing anything with low bass...a sub is a must. I also have a crap load of acoustic treatment I built myself with Roxul 60 and Roxul SnS.

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    I'm not going to get into the "sub vs. no sub" debate; just remember, a good portion of your audience will not be listening with a sub, so you have to mix for those simply listening in traditional stereo and mono as well...

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    ^^^
    He is right. Most people listen off their laptop/computer speakers, tv, or iphone. But for the ones who do have cars with systems, or houses with systems, or wear headphones with a great low end response, then you'll want a sub.

    The trick is to not get sucked into over compensating, so I got mine turned down real low. It's there to let me hear what my mains can't, the information below 80hz at a more even level.

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    Yamaha HS8 or JBL LSR308. Best bang for buck and high quality.

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    I got microlab 5.1 speakers, some 20 dollar earphones and car sub. I do the test on them 3 if Im not sure about something.
    But in the time You will automaticly know how it should sound without any tests.
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    You will still want to check mix translation on a variety of speakers. What we "know" can become confused by what we think we hear...

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    Thanks for your answers guys. But nobody said anything about the neumann kh 120. And all the monitors you told me about are half way the price of what I was looking for..... And I thought my room was to small for a sub. 12 X 10. Even with absorption... But I think I will go with the yamaha HS8 for now and keep them as reference when I'll buy the set of Focal trio 6. I know it's 7000$ for the pair but I'm kind of freak on audio quality.... maybe too much. What do you think? I have seen them in a lot of producers studio videos.... but those guys are living from their talent.

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    I use the JBLs more because I have their top-of-the-line Syncros S700 headphones (now discontinued), which efficiently translates to the monitors. I could start at any source and not lose the perceivable balance of my mix. That is a real time saver and allows me to work abroad with headphones more. The Yamaha HS8 is a general safe zone in the near-field monitor market.

    As for the Focals, they sound great, but an owner I know recommend to use a dedicated sub with the crossover at 60Hz. He also doesn't seem very happy for the amount spent. I don't like using sub units for anything other than casual listening.

    Good luck.
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