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FOCUS… on the PreSonus Sceptre S8s

FOCUS… is a California-based record producer signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment who has produced tracks for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and more. He recently got a pair of Sceptres—and here’s what he has to say about them.



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  • Wow—Thanks Ben! So glad you’re happy with your setup.

  • Ben Rico

    I noticed it as well, and quickly thought of the manual. I upgraded to the Sceptre 8s and the T-10 Subwoofer about a month ago, and I couldn’t be happier! Everything FOCUS said about the Sceptre 8 / T-10 Sub combo is true. It will knock your socks off!!! I work in two studios as an engineer/producer and mixer, and the Presonus Sceptre 8s, and T-10 Sub are for my home studio – a 12′ x 15′ well treated, converted bedroom. After setting up the monitors in the studio, I quickly did an SPL test, and a speaker calibration test using the Sonarworks kit. It definitely did the trick in getting my room a lot more flat. Not perfect by any means, but the peaks and valleys I had before (especially around 75 Hz, and 110 Hz were much more balanced than I’ve ever had in this size room. With the added benefits of the Sceptre 8 tuning controls (HF Driver, HP Filter, Acoustic Space), I was able to get the upper mids more balanced as well.

    I’m trying to talk the owner of the 2nd studio I work at into giving these guys a test run… but he’s thinking about name brands, and I can’t seem to change his mind hahaha.

    I’m surprised how often people shy away from these monitors because of the name. Without saying any brand names, I’ll just say that the people shrugging their heads after spending 3 times the amount on brand name recognition, might want to try these monitors out. 5 stars!!!

  • Good eye!

    We recommend that the Sceptres be mounted vertically, yes. But FOCUS… knows what he’s doing—and knows what works best for him and his mix environment. 🙂

  • Antoine Davis

    Good interview. Question: I noticed that his monitors were in the horizontal position during the interview but at the end of it they were sitting vertical. In the manual and in a Personus video I watched about the Sceptre line it’s stated they should be positioned vertical. Does it really matter if they’re used in the horizontal position? Will it damage the speaker? If they sound better on their sides couldn’t they be used that way?