Design Studio Console/Desk

Already at Part 10, but my studio desk is getting more and more to the final result. So let's see what has been done this week. First of all I got some new hardware for the racks, my second power switch panel arrived as well as a try out for the 19 inch rack lighting. Pictures of that will follow when I'm mounting everything together. I also had a quick drop by Ikea for some great looking mini table legs.

A while ago, I got inspired by a topic on DJ Resource where user Voltcontrol posted about the capita accessories. I've got myself a pair of these to help me get my monitor speakers at the right height while giving more space on the desk.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

Since I don't want to mount my speakers directly on the metal plate I needed two small planks for under my speakers. So I prepared everything in perfect, or so I thought...

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

When you saw on the garden table, do make sure to keep enough distance from the borders:

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

I've also attached the top of the desk to the 19 inch racks. So far it was just laying on top of it, but since I want to be able to move the desk as whole it needs to be mounted together. Took some time to align all components, but I got the job done.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

Back to the Ikea capita again. While I tried to figure out if my speakers had any weight balance point I got a little scared by there weight at all. Since I wasn't sure the capita where going to support the weight. For the construction I needed to drill a hole in the top of the desk which was going to be a point of no return. So I made a quick test setup to check if the construction would be strong enough.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

Luckily my worries where soon gone since the construction appeared to be strong enough. Time for the permanent setup.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

I know that for a correct and good monitor setup you need to maintain an equal length triangle between the listening position and the speakers. Because the desk is 2 meters in width this means I need to have either a very deep desk, put the monitor speakers behind them or sit further away from the desk which is all not the case. However, it is also important to keep a minimum distance from the speakers to give the sound time to blend together while leaving the different speakers in the monitor. I think this is much more important since it has influence on the perception of the sound. While the equal triangle only influences the stereo image.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

After all the work I was wondering how it would look with the ADAM on top of it.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

Left on the to-do list were the rack profiles for the 3 HE center console. Last week I already build the wooden construction.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

The center console is going to have a panel for passing the cables through, the led DB meter and one blind panel containing switches for the lights build into the desk.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

Some time ago I saw very cheap USB led lights with goose neck. So I bought around 10 of them, knowing these would come in handy one day. To use them I got myself Neutrik USB connectors D-size for in the top of the desk. Because I needed a hole of 23 mm and only had a 22 mm drill I decided to do a test setup again first.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

I was planning on actually mounting them in the wood, but because of the smaller drill I was able to clamp them in the wood which is strong enough to support the goose neck lights.

DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk
DIY Design Studio Console/Desk

I'm done with the wood construction. Remaining is still a lot of painting. When that is done I can start with the final assembling.