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What are the NS-10s of mastering?

Are there certain speakers that most mastering guys use, kind of NS-10s for mastering? And why do I never see NS-10s in pictures of mastering studios?

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Are there certain speakers that most mastering guys use, kind of NS-10s for mastering? And why do I never see NS-10s in pictures of mastering studios?

thats a good one !
Im guessing if there was one, they wouldn't admit it.
LOL

I'd love to hear, but I'm sure the real answer is the callback gig.
Good ones know how things will translate into the real world.

They're probably too busy to worry about an infinite number of ipods/earbuds, boomboxes or etc etc.
If there's no one perfect mastering monitor, surely there's no single reality-checker.
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There are quite a few popular speakers in mastering studios: Dunlavy SCIII/SCIV, etc., B&W 801, K&H O300, Lipinski, and most recently Tyler Acoustics. However, mastering engineers, like any other audio engineer, use what works for them. The NS10 only became popular because it did the job for not a lot of money at the time. There are so many better options these days.

...and you can't say you've never seen NS10s in a mastering studio anymore: Andy VanDettes studio at Masterdisk NYC 2008 Photos from Andy VanDette (Andy VanDette) on Myspace
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And why do I never see NS-10s in pictures of mastering studios?
I've got a pair, but they're in my office, not in the studio.

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B&W 802D's seem like the NS10 of mastering studios.
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B&W 802D's seem like the NS10 of mastering studios.
Even x99 time better quality because of mid-range 6" FST driver
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At abbey road they do have NS-10 in their mastering rooms.
I do have a pair in the studio I dont use them very often any more but they did give me a good idea of what my client heard during mixing (if they used ns10s). so i had a bigger urstanding.
I use b&w 801 and b&w 805 now.
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I've got a pair, but they're in my office, not in the studio.

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Same here. I do see mastering rooms with NS-10s but I'd assume they're only there to give clients a familiar set of speakers to listen to as a reference towards the end of the process...
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And why do I never see NS-10s in pictures of mastering studios?
Jens Bogren at fascination street has NS10's as his b-pair. I don't know if they get used as a check during mastering though.
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wasn't it tannoy reds back in the good old days?
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Now I know why most sound guys have Aeron chairs and NS-10 or B&W speakers... because of Abbey Road.





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