Why is a Studio Desk right for you?

Why is a Studio Desk right for you?
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Why is a Studio Desk right for you?

Some of the studio desks that aspiring musicians, producers and engineers like you use do not allow you to work in a way that is conducive to your workflow.  Often, you must move from the listening sweet spot to use your rack case and add some EQ to some vocals or compression to some drums, so you cannot affect the track when recording or mixing while hearing what you need to. 

Many of the desks they use are office desks and are not built with key features that have musicians, engineers and producers in mind. Studio desks are designed to provide you with easy access to your studio gear and comfort for those long recording, mixing and mastering sessions. 

What do you look for in a studio desk? Is it room for all your gear to sit within an arm's reach while your work? Is it being able to find that perfect speaker placement for that sweet spot? Or maybe you are looking for the option to add isolation pads to stop the reflections coming from your current desk? 

In the video above, we show you the benefits of having a desk that allows you to work the way you want to and how the Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro will improve your workflow. 

What is a Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro and who is it for? 

The Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro is perfect for musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers who need more space to work. The Priam is built ergonomically with dedicated rackmounts, optional studio monitor plates and enough room for monitor displays, mixers, controllers, midi keyboards, drum pads and more. 

Ergonomically Designed 

Everything about the Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro has been designed with you in mind. The 125cm length and 30cm depth pull out keyboard drawer is big enough for up to an 88 key keyboard or several middle controllers. There is a convenient 8U of racking (4U on each side), meaning your line-ins, compressors, conditioners, EQ’s and more are withing an arm’s reach without changing your listening position. 

To assist you with the perfect listening position for your monitors there are optional rotating studio monitor plates (available for a limited time) that will not only help you find that sweet spot but also decouple your monitors from your desk to stop those pesky reflections when listening to your mix or recording that new track. 

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Dimensions and Colours 

The Priam Studio Desk Workstation Ash by Trojan Pro stands at 100cm which is roughly 39 inches considering the racking and pads. This is slightly taller than the optimal height for a studio desk (30 inches) allowing comfort for taller people.  

The main desktop is 135cm wide allowing for a mouse and computer keyboard. The top shelf is 152cm wide enough space for even the biggest studio monitors. And the depth from the rack to edge of the desk is 30 cm. The Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro is available in a range of colours to fit any home or studio space, these are Ash, Oak, Cherry and Black.  

The Priam Studio Desk Workstation by Trojan Pro is just one piece of our studio furniture range here at Studiospares, if you are looking for a desk to fit a smaller space then the Troilus Studio Desk Workstation could be right for you. Our range of Wavebone studio desks are also high quality and highly ergonomic with more rack space and modern designs. 

 

Where should I place my studio desk?  

Your Studio Desk should be placed in between the acoustic sweet spot and your front wall to get the best out of your studio monitors and other equipment when mixing. The best height for a studio desk is between 28 and 30 inches from the floor as this accounts for the average height of a female or a male.  

There are three main areas you should be thinking about when placing your studio desk, the desk depth, speaker position, ergonomics and the build quality.  

Desk Depth  

The desk depth is essentially the distance of your desk from the front wall, this should be 1.5 metres away from the wall as its stops a build up of lower frequencies and reflections. If your monitors are too close to the front wall it can create a build-up of lower frequencies. 

Monitor Position  

The monitor position relates to finding the exact position to help you get the most out of the sweet spot and your room acoustically. Some other measurements you will need to make a note of are the height of your monitor and distance from the sweet spot, the distance between the monitors. You should position your monitors so they create an equilateral triangle with your head at the center.

Desk Build  

The build quality encompasses the weight and vibrations from the monitors and the desk. Your desk needs to be sturdy enough to hold your gear and take any inevitable knocks it may incur. The vibrations from the monitors and consequently the desk can be reduced through decoupling; separating the monitors from the desk using foam stands. 

How can I make the most from my desk and my space?  

The most important thing to do to get the most out of your desk is make sure your space is acoustically treated. This means making sure that your desk is in the right listening position for the audio to sound as natural as possible and ensuring any unwanted noise, reflections, reverberations, echoes, standing waves and leakage have been reduced or dampened.  

This can be achieved by installing acoustic panels, diffusers and bass traps which reduce and dampen much of the problems you may encounter, the panels are placed at seated, ear level which is the best position for you to hear your mix.   

While mixing you will need to be comfortable as this can often take hours to get right, the Wavebone Voyager II Foam Seat and the Wavebone Voyager II Mesh Seat come with an adjustable headrest and lumbar support for consistent comfort throughout the day. 

Have you thought about your acoustics? 

Acoustics is the science behind how sound is produced, how it travels and how it interacts within certain environments.  

Acoustic Treatment is the process of controlling the way sound behaves in a room, to make the sound in that space sound better for recording, mixing, and reducing noise in homes, offices, and commercial spaces. This is achieved by using materials that reduce, absorb, and dampen unwanted noise, echoes, reflections, reverberation, standing waves and leakage.   

The most common materials used in acoustic treatment are foam, fibreglass, PET, and rockwool. These are then formed into products such as sound-absorbing panels, diffusers, and bass traps.   

To find out more and speak to our resident acoustics specialist visit www.studiospares.com or call us on 020 8208 9930.