The Best Desks or Stands For Your Home Studio
Post date:Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:37
Buying a ton of vintage gear is one thing, but you are going to need both the space to store everything and some sort of surface to place them on when using them. Fortunately, there are plenty of great desks or stands available on the market that can get the job done. While any old table or stand will work, we are looking at a couple of them that are functional, practical and suitable for keeping your vintage gear safe and accessible. Some desks may look good, but are not very practical for holding hot, heavy electronics while others are sturdy, but not very practical for a small home studio. Here are just a few examples of desks or stands that excel in both form and function.
On-Stage KS7365EJ Pro Heavy-Duty Folding-Z Keyboard Stand
If you are looking for something that is sturdy enough to hold two of your keyboards, but versatile enough that it can fold flat when it is tome for storage or travel, then the On-Stage KS7365EJ is a good choice. It features two tiers, but the second tier is removable if you only need one. This stand also features a tilting angle adjustment as well as independent height adjustments. The width of this stand can be adjusted from 21 inches to 37 inches, which means in the compact position it can hold 55-key keyboards while at maximum width it can accommodate 88-keys. If you have a lot of different sized synths that you like to swap around, then the adjustable nature of this stand will be very useful
On-Stage WS7500 Studio Workstation
The On-Stage WS7500 Studio Workstation is a popular choice amongst synth owners with home studios. It makes use of a Z-shaped rectangular tube frame, which can comfortably hold up to 175 lbs of gear. This means it is sturdy enough to hold a few synths along with your computer if you make use of a DAW. It also has a slide-out keyboard tray, so you can keep all of your extra components out of the way when you are not busy using them.
Price: Starting at $549
If you have a ton of space in your home studio, plenty of gear and enough spare cash, then you could do far worse than Platform. While it sports a price tag higher than some synths, it is a desk that is specifically designed for musicians. It is made with 100% real wood and since it is from a plug-in company, you can be sure that it has been designed to make using your DAW as comfortable as possible. It has 9U of rack space, a bridge for your screen and monitors, optional keyboard tray and a cable management system to help combat clutter. Platform is not cheap, but still very affordable compared to a lot of studio desks.
Studio RTA Producer Station
For those fortunate enough to have a large home studio, something like the Studio RTA Producer Station has plenty of space to offer for your gear. It features a 26-1/4" wide slide-out keyboard shelf, dual 20-space racks and a solid steel frame construction for durability. The main tier is large enough to comfortably hold an 88-key keyboard and you can use the upper tier for either a computer monitor or additional keyboards. It also has cable organizers in the back to keep things neatly organized and despite the size of this desk it can easily be moved thanks to locking casters.
Omnirax Force 36 Audio/Video Workstation
If money is not an issue and you want to have enough space to have all your gear close at hand, then the Omnirax Force 36 is a tempting solution. It has two 4-space rack bays, as well as two 2-space bays above the desk surface. There are a further two 12-space rack bays below the desk surface and an adjustable keyboard shelf. A wide monitor shelf provides plenty of space for multiple monitors and, as an added bonus, the Force 36 still has plenty of leg room between the bottom cabinets, so you don't have to feel cramped. Finally, it has heavy-duty casters, so you don't have to worry about mobility.
Every home studio is different and everyone has different gear, so it is unlikely that you will find an off the shelf desk or stand that is going to be perfect for your every need. This is why a lot of synth enthusiasts prefer creating their own desks or modifying the ones that are available. This obviously requires a bit of do-it-yourself knowledge to pull off, but the results are definitely worth it and you can typically save a lot of money in the process. Let us know in the comments below or on the forums what type of desks or stands you prefer for your home studio and share some photos if you have created your own ones.