Why are Yamaha HS5 and Yamaha HS50 great for Beatmakers & Rappers ?
*UPDATE: The new Yamaha HS5 and Yamaha HS8 are out, and they are awesome! I bought my pair of Hs8 right away, and now I use both Hs8 and my old but still awesome HS50. The full review remains the same for these new updated versions, but, the new models are actually better than the old ones which is why I suggest to purchase the Hs5 over the Hs50 and the HS8 over the HS80!
First of all, Yamaha HS 50 are extremely cheap monitors. But don’t let this fool you . They are a great emulation of their “grandparents” Yamaha NS10, the world famous monitors that you can and will see in every single picture of the greatest studios around the world. Why ? Do they sound that great and awesome that beatmakers and rappers should have them ? In fact, no.
They don’t sound amazing, much better than that: they sound “right”. What does right mean ? They sound flat, which is the main goal. Beatmakers, but also sound engineers and artists, need to listen to what they are creating – as is – not “modified” or “colored” by the speakers. This is why Yamaha HS50 are so great for hip hop artists: they are low budget monitors, and they do what supposed to: give you a flat – color free – response to your music.
How can low budget monitors be a choice for serious hip hop beatmakers ?
First of all, let me say this: I do consider myself a serious artist, which doesn’t mean I consider myself a “good” artist, but serious, meaning that I pretend high quality. So, how can Yamaha HS50 monitors be as good as I’m telling you ? One of the most aspect that beatmakers, rappers but also engineers don’t consider enough is how much you know your craft.
I’ve been mixing, beatmaking and mastering on these Yamaha’s for seven years now. So what ? I know them as much as I know myself.Which translates in quality mixing and mastering. Knowing your craft well – and for well I mean using it for at least two to three years – is crucial. I could easily buy $500 to $1000 monitors by either Yamaha or Event or KRK Audio, etc, but I would need to learn how they sound, and it will take years. Every pair of speaker has their own sound, and there is a long learning curve. The more you use them, the more you know them, the better the music you will make with them, guaranteed.
Yamaha HS 50 Vs. Yamaha HS 80
There are so many beefs on the net on which monitors you should buy: the HS 50 or the bigger Yamaha HS 80 ? The answer is actually very simple. Which ever your working room can handle. Let me be more specific. Let’s say you are recording or mixing your new hip hop song on in your bedroom, with no acoustic treatment. Which one do you choose ? The 50s. Let’s say you have a big room, with some good diffusers and absorbers and – most of all – quality Bass traps positioned at the corners of the room. Which one do you choose ? The 80s. As you can see, it’s very simple to decide. If your room can handle them, get the bigger ones and you will have a better control over the low-mid and low frequencies. But the Yamaha HS80M in a small room with no or bad acoustic treatment will get you worst results than the smaller ones. If you can’t control those bass frequencies, bigger woofer will only cause problems in your mixes. Be wise when choosing your monitors for beatmaking, mixing and mastering.