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Looloking to buy/build a new workstation desk, need opinions...


DanS

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I'm tired of sitting 90degrees to the monitors when recording, and would like to look into putting some sort of workstation support together that would allow me to place a keyboard under the desk on a shelf that would slide out.

I know there's some really nice ones from Omnirax, but they're a tad pricey. Anyone buy an existing table of sorts and cobble something together, and if so, what did you use.

 

Mucho obrigado.

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.

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What size keyboard are you using with this desk, Dan? That'll have a fair impact on what desk configuration you'll need. Trying to put a Motif ES8 on a shelf is a little more challenging than an M-Audio Axiom49. :thu:

 

I've been using an Ikea Jerker desk with both a Roland A-50 (76 keys, synth action) and alternately the A-80 (88 keys, weighted action). The keyboard isn't on a shelf, it's on the bottom tier of the desk, but the second tier can be set to a number of convenient heights for your DAW or PC, and optional shelves can be added to get extra distance between your monitors. Another optional shelf can be added high above the desk for things like rackmount gear, or manuals, or whatever you need close at hand.

 

http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/31691_PE121153_S3.jpg

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Hi Sven, I have an S80, but probably will pick something up with a much lower profile, and lighter, that is just a controller.

 

The Jerker makes me want to put on a lab coat & butter a bread board :D

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.

https://www.abandoned-film.com

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I have the StudioRTA desk pic of my setup

 

I love it but I had to remove the top shelf (there is another shelf that has a slide out keyboard tray and another set of rack rails) because the monitor sat WAY too high.

 

When I write music I move the poly over to the desktop so there is plenty of desk space there for keyboards if you so choose.

 

They are around 500 at guitar center.

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Useless, all that nice gear, and you've got your monitors sitting on cans of beans? :rolleyes:

 

Thanks for the tips guys. I may look into asking a friend of mine how much she charge me to build something along the lines of one of the smaller Omnirax style cabinets.

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.

https://www.abandoned-film.com

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Hey Dan, this is an older setup of mine but how about something along these lines?

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v431/DarkontheIncandescent/Darkon002.jpg

 

 

Instead of placing your keyboard underneath put it on your desk and place your computer keyboards underneath. That's my K2500XS so you can see there's plenty of room ;)

 

Darkon the Incandescent

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Originally posted by Darkon the Incandescent:

Instead of placing your keyboard underneath put it on your desk and place your computer keyboards underneath. That's my K2500XS so you can see there's plenty of room ;)

I hope you don't listen to the K2500 through those JBL Creature speakers...?
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hi guys

justgoing thru the same process

 

in a previouas thread of mine Sven put me onto the jerker...strange name...stranger company.

 

I finally saw it two weeks ago [ikea has only one store in Sydney..a pain to get to]

I liked it very much...I had that same week found Mrack which is based in Melbourne Australia...

about 12 hours from Sydney...was going down but I cancelled then..Am waiting to go down soom and plan on viewing when down there

 

I like thier produxct very much but

it too is expensive here....that is $2450 australian [i considered a smaller version of midi rack ariound $1800 aussie

 

after seeing the jerker i am almost convinced on getting that,for the price it should fit my keyboard and my Roland VS 2480 ok...

 

but I wish they would sell extra the desk part as they only have the small shelf and it must be bought with the shelf riser to add it to the top of the uprights.

 

Not enough options on shelves but you can buy a nifty computer monitor arm...one each side would hold the speaker monitors nicely.Also a computer holder.

 

Overal for the price of $249 Australian for basic package is not bad...if only it was another 6" wider it would fit an 88 keyboard between the uprights.

 

As the Mrack I believe is the best Ive seen....Id be happy to buy it...but the price is equivalent to a reasonabl synth ,i dont think i can justify it...but it really looks an excellent solution...i havent seen anyone come close..check out its great sliding shelves on the Midistation...that is brilliant.

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ps the Ikea jerker is very bulky for transportation you will need a trailer or panel van most likely...thats why I had hesitated at picking it up that day...

 

i had had enough of thier stupid walk around the whole store just to get to what you want and then continue to get out again....like a walk in the Haunted house...[do they really think Im gonna' buy more because I walked past everything they have...well I guess they do

 

there is only one way out...by the time I had reached the flat pack pick up point I was waisted [couldnt be bothered]...but next time Ill go straight to the flat pack area having found the convoluted parking arangement for pickup..

 

you see they moved the location of our onlt Ikea from the outer suburbs where parking was easy to a now more inner suburb area in a stupid mega centre...couldnt have made it harder to shop there if they tried....yes an Ikea gripe.

 

but the Jerker is a usable alternative if you cant afford an M rack [best ive seen.]

if you can afford it the M rack is best.

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Originally posted by Darkon the Incandescent:

Hey Dan, this is an older setup of mine but how about something along these lines?

Instead of placing your keyboard underneath put it on your desk and place your computer keyboards underneath. That's my K2500XS so you can see there's plenty of room ;)

 

Darkon the Incandescent

Hi Dark, I have a variation on that setup already, I found the keyboard to be too high when I tried it out the other night. Might be a good idea to perhaps modify it. The first pic is how the setup is now, the second is just a closeup of the desk.

 

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Bluntinst/Img_0683.jpg

 

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Bluntinst/Dcp_0823.jpg

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.

https://www.abandoned-film.com

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Originally posted by david.edwards8:

the monitors should probably be upright for the best dispersion over the horizontal axis, though.
Do I detect a hint of jealousy? :)
They are sweet, no doubt. ;)

What we record in life, echoes in eternity.

 

MOXF8, Electro 6D, XK1c, Motif XSr, PEKPER, Voyager, Univox MiniKorg.

https://www.abandoned-film.com

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Originally posted by david.edwards8:

the monitors should probably be upright for the best dispersion over the horizontal axis, though.
Do I detect a hint of jealousy? :)
No, you detect a bit of considerate and free advice based on a fair bit of knowledge about loudspeakers. If you place the speakers horizontally, you'll end up with lobbing caused by phase cancellation between each driver. Also, the tweeter is probably designed to have much better horizontal than vertical dispersion.

 

My own main speakers use professional drivers with titanium compression drivers for the high end... yes, I suppose it would be nice to try those speakers as they have a good reputation and ribbon tweeters... but no, I'm not gushing with jealousy. Besides I thought it was a pretty cool setup... (That's what "very nice" means, eh?)

 

I guess unsolicited advice is never wanted, so I shouldn't have bothered. :(

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Originally posted by soundscape:

I guess unsolicited advice is never wanted, so I shouldn't have bothered. :(

Hey buddy, don't you believe that for a 2nd.

 

I believe passing along useful information and knowledge is something all of us aspire to do between debates and jokes. ;)

 

I hope the 'jealousy' comment was tongue in cheek. :cool:

PD

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."--E. Ahbez "Nature Boy"

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