The Yamaha Genos is essential for my home recording studio. I’ve set up the Genos to not only provide all the sounds for my work but also as a secondary monitoring system.
How to use the Yamaha GNS-MS01 speakers as playback monitors
I use two workstations. Once is/was a high-end laptop with a Steinberg UR22 mkii audio interface connected to a pair of Mackie monitors and the other one is a Dell Inspiron 5680 desktop computer. I do most of my audio work on the Dell workstation which connects to my Genos with the help of a Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD.
Specifically, I use the audio output to connect to the Genos’s auxiliary input. The setup could not be easier. Right after I connected the cables, everything worked perfectly. Because of that, I use the Genos as instead of monitors and the sound quality is amazing considering that I didn’t have to spend extra money for studio monitors.
Yamaha Genos setup details
The Genos really comes to life when connected to a computer. This is easily done with the included USB cable. Simply plug the USB cable into one of the USB2 (or 3) outputs, install the drivers from Yamaha and the computer will automatically see the Genos. No MIDI cables needed.
Next are the audio interface connections. Just like the Genos, the audio interface also connects to the computer via a USB cable. Again, depending on the interface, drivers might have to be installed but in my case, the Behringer UMC404HD worked perfectly out of the box. Behringer has come a long way. I love that thing.
I didn’t have the proper cables so I visited Long & McQuade on my home and picked up four audio cables which had an XLR connection on one end and on the other a TSR “banana” plug.
Since my audio interface has four inputs, I am able to route the main mix to the left right output and the microphone to output 3.
This saves me a lot of time because I can record everything in one take and tweak the recording afterwards.
Here is the precise shopping list of all cables needed
- USB cable (included with the Genos)
- Two TRS audio cables
These connect the audio interface output to the Genos
- Two or more XLR > TRS cables
These plug into the Genos’s audio outputs and into the audio interface
If you buy new cables then spend a bit of time drawing out your setup so that you get the ideal cable length. When in doubt, buy longer but just the right size is best and makes for a clean setup.
Yamaha Genos studio setup conclusion
Monitoring is essential in a home recording studio. If you have a genos, then you can get by with the right audio interface. Behringer included a special feature which can output the master signal to two monitors via an A/B switching option. If you happen to use that interface then connect the output of the audio interface to the Genos’s auxiliary input and keep an eye on the volume.
Besides the above mentioned setup, I also use AKG headphones because I often work late at night. It also doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion and not depend on the Genos’s GNS-MS01 speaker system without checking with headphones.
In closing I just want to state again how easy the hookup was. All I had to do was plug in a pair of TRS (tip ring sleve) audio cables to my audio interface A output and the Genos was ready to play back everything my computer outputs in form of an audio signal including YouTube videos.
The last thing I want to note is that the setup I describe here bypasses the volume button but this is not an issue for me because I use the Genos’s volume control on the keyboard.