What can you use as recording studio furniture, and how should you set it up? This is something that doesn't come to your mind right away when you think about setting up a home recording studio, but in reality it is important. The way the furniture is set up is the way you will interact with your equipment. This can make recording a joy or a pain.
For some of us, it's not that big of an issue. The recording studio furniture is kind of limited by what is in the room that we are working in. When I started, I set up the computer and equipment in my bedroom, on a makeshift desk that also functioned as a dresser.
Not very pretty, is it? But it worked, and I learned a lot about recording in the years since. In other words, you don't need fancy equipment to get started. You can learn about recording without something that looks pretty and sophisticated.
But it sure does make it easier to have a setup that makes things easy to use and work with. My current setup includes a desk I bought at a bargain office supply store, and a rack kit for some audio gear. It still isn't that pretty, but it works great for what I need it to.
The one nice thing that I have that I recommend to others starting in the home recording business is a rack mount. You can see it in the bottom left corner of the last picture. It is simply a box with an open front and back, and rails along the sides to screw in various pieces of audio gear. This holds it in place, and makes for a great way to keep all the stuff together. As an added plus, the connections that go from unit to unit stay put when you move the rack. And it offers a little bit of non-prime desk space, great for other things, like my printer.
You can find a rack kit in several different sizes, ranging from small, being 2 or 4 spaces, to large, with over 20 spaces and casters on the bottom. I like the Raxxess Economy Rack Kit,which is the one I got. For not much money you get a very usable rack. They range from 4 to 14 spaces. The last time I checked, you could get any one of them for just over or under $100.
Another piece of recording studio furniture I saw that might be very useful is a kind of desk. It's called a workstation, and it looks very customizable for different users. It is called the On Stage Total Pro Workstation, and has room for all your recording equipment. There are monitor stands, a spot to put the computer, a desk space, a place for a keyboard, and even a few rack spaces. I would be interested in this if I didn't already have something that works.
In lieu of a big workstation type desk, you can get a simple and quick rack system. On Stage, the same company as makes the workstation, also makes a simple 12 space rack. You can't get much simpler than this - just to L shaped pieces of metal that are connected.
Finally, one last piece of studio furniture that may be handy are monitor stands. In my studio, you see the monitors (studio speakers) are setting on cute little stands at the edge of the desk. The On Stage Workstation includes 2 sets of monitor stands as well. But what if you need a place to set monitors? Consider a pair of monitor stands, which are floor setting stands on which to set monitors and optimize the position so your mixing position gets the best sound. Raxxess has a good set of these. You can fill the center post with bagged sand to add to stability and sound quality.
So recording studio furniture is not difficult, but once you know what's available, it makes it a whole lot easier. Is this all that is available? By no means - there are much more elaborate and expensive setups out there, but for someone looking to start a home recording setup, this list will serve you well. Check out these offerings, and see if they don't give you what you need.
Lee started his career in recording with an auspicious goal - record tracks of his own voice singing in harmony. As a hobby project, it didn't have the funding to go to a studio and pay for someone to do it for him. Like many of you, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps to learn the art of recording.