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My system is built around a huge QuikLoc stand system. While it is ok I always felt that something was missing or space was wasted. Last month my main DAW went down. Instead of moving my secondary computer to my QuikLoc setup I put a keyboard on the computer desk where the other computer resides. While playing is more akward I seem to get much more done with composing. Thus, I am considering a new, larger desk and ditching the QuikLoc stand.

 

So what do people here use with their home studio setup, and why?

 

Robert

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My desk has a slide-out keyboard drawer, and at the same height, has a slide-out shelf. Since they're lower than the desktop, I slid them out permenantly, and rest my DGX-202 there. Works well, but it's still a few inches too high.
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If you can use a circular saw, there's a way out of your dilemna: Custom Furniture. You can actually build the thing in a modular fashion over time as need/ergonomics dictate. And it'll be nicer by far than the flakeboard & veneer stuff you can get commercially.

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I have thought about getting a relative to build it. One specification I demand is NO riser for the monitor. Unfortunatly most studio desks seem to have one. All the riser does is make my neck hurt. It would be nice to have a few units of rack space on each side of the monitor that would also suffice for speaker placement.

 

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My Fantom-S is on a stand to my right. Ahead of me is a simple desk with my monitors (the audio kind) and laptop. If I were to have the FS in front of me, I'd be reaching a little over it to access my Powerbook, which would need to be pulled towards me and obscure the monitors paths... so, not really the best idea. When I go to a desktop system, I may or may not situate the keyboard in front of me or on a better desk.

 

I only play and record on my keyboard using headphones, not the monitors - I use those for mixing/finalizing.

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http://www.hiltonheadmusic.com/studio.jpg

 

The choice between desk vs. stand was a real problem for me. I had a desk that took up too much space and made my Motif ES 8 sit too high - I couldn't get my legs under the instrument so I was never able to get into a comfortable playing position. So I redesigned my studio this past summer to what you see in this picture. I'm now using a QuikLok Z-stand with a rack mount, a computer holder and two audio monitors. You can see that it holds the computer on the lower left and two Roland audio monitors on either side of the screen, plus it has a slide-out surface for the trackball & QWERTY keyboard (which lights up - great for working in the dark!). The flat screen is wall-mounted. Mixer is stashed in the right corner between the keyboards.

 

The thing that really helped isn't shown: a "drafting chair" which raises or lowers to just the right height depending on the need. I can now slide the drawer in and sit with my legs under the Motif when I want. It's also nice to be able to get the back of the unit easily - the whole rig slides out from the wall. And I put a small writing desk on the other side of the room for when I need it.

 

In case you're wondering, that's a Yamaha Motif ES 8 on the left and a Yamaha 9000 Pro on the right.

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