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Organizing your synths

Post by daguru » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:44 am

I have been remodeling my entire home and I'm just now getting to my studio space. I've always had my main synths (Radias, Juno-60, Q) on a Pro-line 3-tier stand, but this thing takes up a bunch of space and it is also my touring rig.

So I was looking for ways to make my studio as pretty as it is functional (imagining the synth loft). What exactly do you guys use to to organize everything?

Here's one old post I found:
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Using the "Broder" system from Ikea. Unfortunately, the slanted shelves and brackets have been discontinued and are hard to find.

There's also the slatwall method used by Guitar Center.
http://www.southbayshoppingguide.com/re ... boards.jpg

I think I may end up using the "Stolmen" series of shelves and jerry-rig the shelves to slant a bit. I'm not sure how sturdy these shelves are though.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by griffin avid » Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:45 pm

Once I see the stack of synths getting too high, I tend to shy away from the topmost and bottom most.
It just gets uncomfortable to play them although it looks cool.

I tend to stick to the semi-circle- so they all remain close to my comfort zone and only my studio chair needs to spin around. There's a show your studio thread stickied above this area and that would be a great place to see the different set ups of VSE members.
http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... f=1&t=2288

The slants tend to be an issue too since I like a big slant for the LED to be readable, but for playing I like the tilt at almost zero.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by griffin avid » Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:45 pm

Oh shoot and welcome to the forum.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by anoteoftruth » Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:39 pm

I personally switched to having a mainly racked setup... to save space, and to avoid the awkwardness of having some synths really low and some synths high. I figure 1 or two controllers setup to a midi hub, controls everything and makes things more simplified and compact.

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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by balma » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:22 pm

quote="griffin avid]
I tend to stick to the semi-circle[/quote]


same for me. I have 3 ULTIMATE stands, wich are very comfortable since heigh can be adjustable, they have a single inclinated support so they does not interfer with your legs moviing.

I always put the sequencer units in the center, since they are the heart of the composition. Two keyboards at my left (I'm left handed) and two desktop/sound modules to the right.

I feel the organization of the synths is really important for your confort.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by code green » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:25 pm

My setup and its corresponding organization have evolved over time according to new purchases and new workflow needs. There have been times when this has necessitated a complete re-think (OK, let's put all the rack stuff over THERE, and now make THAT synth the main midi controller, and let's concede that we don't use THOSE two much anymore and put them farthest away...) and times when subtle shifts occur. Along the way, I'm always on the lookout for little pieces of furniture that I can repurpose to hold pieces of equipment at a useful height. Luckily, these are often the things that others don't much value--the random side table from the 60s at your parents' house, or the odd stool at a thrift or antique store. My synth mixer and aux send effects for it (usually, an MF ring mod and a Line 6 DL4) sit on an old swiveling surgical instrument table. Tiered just down from that is a cheap end table that my parents were getting rid of, on top of which sits my desktop evolver. My setup curls around me in a U, and at the nexus of two two-tiered synth stands I've placed an old stool salvaged, again, from my parents, atop of which sits the PG-300 for my AJ2. A cassette four track that I sometimes use for various tape effects sits next to my main preamp rack on a small tiki foot stool. And my hard disk recorder, MPC, and several stacked rack items all sit atop a masonite door I've placed atop two filing cabinets. Extra pedals, etc., sit atop an old side cabinet found on the roadside--inside of which I store various media.

The thing about studio furniture is, you don't generally see it once the gear is on top of it--I mean it's not as if synth stands are so great looking, but put a Jup8 atop and--tada--very cool. Piecing things together this way sometimes involves compromises since the furniture isn't intended for gear, but it can also make for a more modular studio, with more options. And--given a certain baseline level of sturdiness--it's certainly cheaper than buying most specialized studio furniture. Opportunities abound to get stuff on the cheap or free, but first you have to be seeing the world of castoff furniture through eyes that constantly ask "Hmmm...would my mixer (synth/pedals/etc.) fit on that? And would it all fit next to this and that? And would it be the right height?

Also, if you own a saw, it's very easy to make custom table tops out of plywood, providing you have something--old crates, whatever--to stand them on. Have fun, and welcome to the forum.

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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by griffin avid » Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:25 am

I'm all for adding shelves to whatever studio furniture you appropriate.
I've added sliding drawers and use brackets for extra tiers.

It's almost like trying to make the perfect family picture, you over there, no- you here...a little to the left...
One new addition...okay, hold the baby higher....no give, her the baby and you stand behind him and...

That is tons of fun though. Re-arranging the WHOLE studio to make a new piece fit.
And it sticks because, as said, there's a rotation of what's being used often verse what's used rarely.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by ColorForm2113 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:35 am

ive been thinking about this very subject alot lately, im glad you posted. and welcome to the forums. im in the process of fixing up our new condo right now and the 2nd bedroom is pretty much going to be my studio (i told my girlfriend she can have the rest of the house as long as i get one room, and it actually worked!) its not super big so ithink im going to go with wall mounting my keyboards and guitars, and trying to find either a nice cheap desk at ikea/thirfit shop for laptop modules and mixer. you mentioned the slatwall, i never really thought about that before, ill have to look into that to see how p***s that is to put up.
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Post by Shreddie » Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:31 pm

The ideal solution of course would be to have enough room for everything but not so much gear that it's difficult to use it all. When I eventually get redecorated, my setup is going to be arranged into two 'stations'. One for the computer (sampling/DAW etc) and another for my synths.

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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by loungedumore » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:05 pm

Depends on how much space you got really i use the google Sweet home 3D app to do the ideas before I move stuff around usually . BTW I think the shelf / racks you were looking at from ikea need to be wall anchored or they tip if they are the ones I think they are ?
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by tallowwaters » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:15 pm

I tear down and reorganize my studio after every 'album' or every 6-7 months.

I have a few multi-tier stands, mostly Frankensteined bits and bobs I've tacked together with shelves custom made for certain fx, etc. I have tried the 'control central' method with everything around me, but it's a b***h for collaboration that way, so I have a sort of aster/radial pattern going on now. I have all the FX lumped together above my DAW so anything can be run to them then straight to the DAW (no mixers or patchbays in my studio).

I also have to keep my synths off the wall and facing the center of the room since I play with a band, apparently my a*s is less expressive than my face, at least when I'm wearing pants.

Oh, a little tip, that s**t you put out of the way because it doesn't get used - sell it and enjoy the space.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by daguru » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:26 am

I've actually been here a while, but I rarely post; and I lurked for a long while before I even joined. I usually found the info I needed before I asked a question so... (That's when you know you've made a great website)


Anywho, I think I'll be using the Broder shelves. I have two living rooms and one isn't being used (except for my gear). I also have really high (11ft) ceilings. I've decided to build a "lofted office" from 2x8s and plywood that will take up half of the living room. my studio will be on top while a bookshelf and reading sofa will be underneath. My work desk will be at the end, with my rack gear on the right and broder shelves filled with synths on the left.
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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by code green » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:16 am

tallowwaters wrote: Oh, a little tip, that s**t you put out of the way because it doesn't get used - sell it and enjoy the space.
It's good advice but in my case it's a crumar performer and juno 6, both with cosmetic issues and some minor functionality probs too. They work fine for what I need them for, they just don't merit a central space...and i'd probably get about $100 each* for two very cool synths.



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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by tekkentool » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:27 am

Alphabetically.

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Re: Organizing your synths

Post by griffin avid » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:42 am

Ha. I was going to quote that same bit of advice. Yeah, at some point I realized I wasn't building a studio; I was collecting synthesizers. It was getting to the point of being uncomfortable to work and difficult to connect everything at once or remember HOW everything was hooked up- even with my printed MIDI layout chart.

I felt a certain amount of pride when someone said "X synth was a dream purchase" of "If only I had a..." and I would glance over at it, leaning against the wall, and think Cool.

What for? Cause I got a good deal for it? Nostalgia? Didn't even make sense.
The same sonic territory was being covered over and over again with multiple units.
So I sold a ton of stuff and haven't looked back.

It's weird how a piece can be so beloved and have real history through your recordings, but then get replaced by a different board or module. And in some way, almost out of respect, you hold onto it because of what it meant to your history as an artist (my first XYZ) and not what it means to your future recordings.

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