Win a pair of Yamaha studio monitors for your music-making project

Our friends at Yamaha have kindly agreed to donate a pair of HS7 studio monitor speakers to one lucky winner.

This is a top-quality pair of speakers that would be an asset to any studio setup – but don’t just take our word for it. Read on to see what songwriter and producer Jonny Lattimer has to say about the importance of good studio monitors. Jonny has worked with artists including Ellie Goulding, Tom Odell and Rag’n’Bone Man, and recently made a couple of special guest appearances at Youth Music projects to share his expertise!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply comment below and tell us – in 100 words or less – what difference a pair of Yamaha HS7 studio monitor speakers would make to you and the young people you work with.

Entry deadline: Friday 16 February

This prize draw is open to all Youth Music Network members and is not limited to current Youth Music grantholders. The winner will be picked at random once entries close on Friday 16 February. Good luck!

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Jonny Lattimer with young musicians

Photo: Jonny (fifth from right) with young musicians from The Grit School project run by School Ground Sounds.

Jonny Lattimer Q&A

Hi Jonny. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background in music production…

I’m a songwriter and producer specialising in co-writing with artists. I write music and lyrics with artists in all styles of music and generally try to help them create the songs they want to write! I was lucky that one of the first people I ever co-wrote with was Ellie Goulding which really gave me a good springboard for my career.

I got into music production just through recording the songs I was writing – each time I made a demo I would learn something new and figure out a new technique. This led me to be able to have more of an input to the overall sound of a track rather than just the music and lyrics. Production is something that is more and more important and if you don’t have a handle on it then you run the risk of your song not coming across properly.

What was your first studio setup like?

To start with I was just using Logic on an iMac and running that into an aux input on my hifi with my hifi speakers! I had a cheap interface to record guitars and vocals and an old midi keyboard. I’m not a very technically minded person so I didn’t read up on anything or watch tutorials, I just learned by doing.

Why are studio monitors important to you?

A good pair of studio monitors is essential in any recording setup – they can make a huge impact to your sound because they allow you to hear your mix more clearly and help you to work out what needs to change.

When I made the switch from listening through a hifi to studio monitors I could really hear the difference and it helped a lot with my mixes. Before that if I listened to a mix on a different setup it would sound completely different to how I thought it did because hifi speakers don’t give you a clear representation, they usually colour the sound in some way. Using studio monitors means you should be getting a more unbiased representation so your mix will be more translatable to different systems.

Youth Music are giving away a pair of HS7 studio monitors in partnership with Yamaha. What difference do you think a pair of quality speakers like these could make for an aspiring young producer?

I think along with a decent microphone a good pair of studio monitors like these is the most useful thing a producer can own. They would make a real difference to your ability to focus in on particular sounds to ensure you’re balancing your mix in the right way.

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Jim Reiss's picture

These speakers will be used in our new private tuition teaching pod to support our sustainable growth and ensure our continued delivery of free DJ tuition, from our main club space, to young people in challenging circumstances. Following our original plan as a non-profit CIC in 2013 we have finally found the ideal new premises for our next step and we are currently packing boxes to move! Having costed up this change we know that if we win these speakers it is £200 saved which we can use to fund all the other things we need.



DaveS's picture

Crawley Community Youth Service (CCYS) are lucky enough to be based at Dormans Youth Arts Centre in Crawley.We took on the building via a community asset transfer 4 yrs ago after it had become disused thanks to local authority cuts. Last year with the help of local businesses and the community we completly reovated the building  (see the fancy pictures on vimeo!) This year we are aiming to restore and improve the recording studio which dates back to the 70's!  

These speakers would really help in that process.

Thanks for reading this, and if you're in Crawley pop in for a cup of tea! We'd love to see you.


Dan Henchman's picture

Congratulations Dave, your entry has been picked as the lucky winner!

Please email to sort out the details.

Big thanks to everyone who entered and provided such fantastic answers - we're just sorry there can only be one winner! And a big thank you to Yamaha for providing such a generous prize.

KateR-zoladay's picture

The young people we work with, as part of our Concept music project would really appreciate the use of a great pair of Yamaha studio monitors. The young producers and musicians work intensively with a team of artists to create their own albums based on a theme or a concept and this would be a fantastic addition to the ‘pop up studio’ set ups we use in a range of settings. It would enable the group to develop skills in mixing and mastering and support the high quality product they are aiming for.


Tom Hines's picture

I work for AudioActive where we run a project in conjunction with Brighton’s Youth Offending service doing preventative work with teenagers and young people at risk of offending or suspected of being involved in a current spate of child criminal/sexual exploitation. We utilise a studio space in the Adolescent Services building where we use beat making, lyric writing and recording as a therapeutic and reflective process hoping to feed the young people into our wider projects within the local musical community. Our current speakers are old, temperamental and not fit for purpose so replacements would greatly aid our work.

Tim Faunce-Brown's picture

We would be able to use these to teach mixing to the years 7 to 9. They are naturally creative and come alive with music

Here at _agitate we'd be absolutely over the moon to win these speakers! We are a new initiative working with young homeless people across London. We have had some great success so far, letting our young musicians write songs and seek advice from established artists and industry figures. We are currently building our mobile studio set-up and are in need of a pair of monitors. This would allow us to take our work into the hostels themselves and work with more withdrawn and 'hard-to-reach' young people who would not be able to attend our sessions externally.

harrowworks's picture

Our centre has recently trained a new member of staff for delivery of the Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. The centre runs two programmes that would utilise these speakers. Firstly our youth club which runs twice a week is currently only focused around sport and playing PlayStation. Secondly we run an employability programme based around the Arts Award to help re-engage those furthest from the job market (youth offending, mental health, special educational needs and disabilities). These speakers would help us to inspire a new generation into music who would otherwise not have the opportunity to do so.

Our music studio at JusB youth center would benefit with up dated equipment as this would encourage more young people to attend one to one lessons or group lessons from our music teacher.

 JusB enables young people to build on their self-esteem, meet new friends, discover new skills and talents. Music helps the young to express their selves and build confidence on open mic events, which are held in our community. HS7 monitor speakers would be greatly received at our small but popular music studio.

Thank you.

From the Young.  

GtheLDNR's picture

I've been attending a pop up studio for the past three years in Barnet, North London. The studio operates to open a creative space for young people like myself. I am now older. The studio would benefit with speakers to listen to the feedback as tracks are always shown through portable phone speakers after recordings. The studio is always packed out and has new and old faces constantly. Spot a lot of people in the same boat 

Community Recording Studio's picture

The Studio is always going the extra mile to support young people in St. Ann's Nottingham to demonstrate what creative geniuses they are. These  studio monitors would be a real boost to all the young people working so hard to realise their dreams.