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Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors and HS8S Subwoofer

By homemademusic, 2021-12-21
Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors and HS8S Subwoofer

I've been mixing on headphones for many years. Many, many years. I'm not really sure why I suddenly thought that having studio monitors was something I needed, but I did and it was.

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I also got the Yamaha HS8S subwoofer and I'm hoisting the monitors up with proline monitor stands.

I got my monitors at Guitar Center and picked them up after work the Thursday before the week of Christmas. It was a madhouse. It's a madhouse everywhere these days. I know. I manage a printshop.

The monitors are solid and it was easy to get everything connected. I watched a couple youtube videos, but the clearest instructions were really a couple paragraphs in the user manual since it's quite straightforward.

I have an iConnectivity audio interface and use Logic Pro as my DAW. It only has 1/4-inch monitor outputs but the HS8's can do either 1/4-inch or XLR inputs and outputs so I went from the iConnectivity 1/4-inch outs to the subwoofer inputs and then out from the XLR outputs on the subwoofer to the left and right HS8 monitor inputs. You need 4 cables total.

I fired up my most recent Logic Pro project and everything worked. Love it when that happens.

I do not recommend the Pro Line monitor stands (the subwoofer sits on the floor). The bolt that attached the riser to the floor base was difficult to screw in on one and didn't fully go into the other so it is currently not entirely stable. I tried screwing it with a power drill and stripped the allen hole. Maybe it's just me. The stand itself is solidly well-made.

And the monitors sound great. I had a friend over Sunday and we recorded a song I've had jostling around my lyric book for probably a decade that we worked out basic tracks on. Monitors definitely make a difference.

So far so great and highly recommended. I hear Finneas uses the HS5's and loads of other people swear by the flat, unaltered sound of the yamaha monitors.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface

So I'm considering this audio interface. I hear good things about it. It has 2 headphone outs. I'm coming from sort of an old school setup; a MOTU rack firewire interface which served me very well, even recording into a very old iBook with OS 9 and Bias Deck II as the DAW. Now I'm on a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X.

I've purchased a couple entry level audio interfaces since moving to the new computer. An IK Multimedia Solo and a Behringer Onyx. I got the Onyx because I used to run a Mackie mixer into the MOTU and liked that setup so I wondered if the mixer setup on the Onyx is what I was looking for. Also I needed something to transfer all of my cassettes to digital. I'm not sure it works well for either purpose, to be honest. It was cheap though. I gave it a shot.

The IK Solo works alright. Seems like I have to fight it much more than I ever had to fight the MOTU. I've made a good track with it (see below), but constantly unplugging and plugging instruments drives me crazy. To avoid that, I've even thought of stepping up to the 18i20, but I really don't need all the outputs. I never used any outputs on the MOTU except the stereo mainĀ outputs and the speaker outputs. Also, I like the rack since I have a road rack case, but do I really need the hardware outboard effects still? I kinda don't think so.

From the manufacturer:

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously on your computer. Four natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs; four extra line inputs, digital I/O, two main monitor outputs and two entirely discrete headphone outputs. An ADAT input allows you to expand with eight additional mic preamps for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i8 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. * Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11

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