Group Test: Stu­dio Fur­ni­ture

Us pro­duc­ers all have one thing in com­mon: the space in which we work. It’s no good hav­ing all the gear, but nowhere to put it. From low-cost prob­lem solvers, to ma­jor in­vest­ments, it’s time to put a lit­tle love into your stu­dio fur­ni­ture.

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Built around rub­berised feet mounted on plas­tic frames, the ISO-L8R stands come in a va­ri­ety of sizes de­pend­ing on the size of your mon­i­tors. Each model gives you a plethora of height and tilt vari­a­tions, cour­tesy of the dif­fer­ent length ris­ers sup­plied in the box. What you’re get­ting from IsoA­cous­tics is a re­duc­tion in low fre­quency en­ergy loss, cre­at­ing a punchier and more fo­cused sound. In short, if you can af­ford good qual­ity mon­i­tors, you can af­ford these stands. www.isoa­cous­ VER­DICT 9.0

Hand­made in Italy are these rather nice look­ing in­stru­ment/lap­top stands, which are laser-cut from po­plar ply­wood. Ar­riv­ing flat-packed in card wal­lets, the pieces in­ter­lock to form stands that can hold any­thing from an iPad to a small con­troller key­board. De­spite feel­ing a lit­tle too light­weight, once as­sem­bled, they are very sturdy in­deed and fea­ture tiny rub­ber feet to pre­vent move­ment. Each stand de­sign is com­pat­i­ble with a whole host of in­stru­ments and de­vices, with de­tailed lists avail­able on the Cremacaffè web­site. VER­DICT 9.2

So you may think that up­cy­cling any old desk found on Gumtree is more than suit­able for your stu­dio, but be­lieve us when we say you’ll al­ways be dis­ap­pointed. The Yesk from Zaor is in the Ro­ma­nian firm’s low­est price bracket for work­sta­tions. The de­sign is a solid-wood frame with Melamine-faced chip­board sur­faces. It fea­tures a pullout key­board drawer, two 4U rack spa­ces and a mon­i­tor shelf. The desk ar­rives flat-packed and, while the in­struc­tions are by no means use­less, in a world of Ikea and Lego man­u­als, our ex­pec­ta­tions were slightly higher. That said, assem­bly is pretty pain­less and the fi­nal prod­uct is a very sturdy, yet light­weight work­sta­tion. We like that the drawer is open-ended, so you’re not too lim­ited on key­board size.­orstu­dio­fur­ni­ VER­DICT 9.2

Is it time to ditch that tatty old, home­made skiff case? Treat your­self to a pre­mium, solid wood case from Syn­thRacks. The Peter model here is 6U and comes in 104, 110 and 126HP vari­a­tions, as well as a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes, of which the wal­nut is our favourite. You can ei­ther pur­chase pow­ered or un­pow­ered ver­sions. syn­ VER­DICT 9.0

It’s funny that some of the work­ing en­vi­ron­ments we sub­ject our­selves to in our Techno dun­geons have more of the ‘dun­geon’ than ‘Techno’ about them. Throw away that tatty old din­ing room chair for what has to be the undis­puted king of chairs. If the Aeron from Her­man Miller looks fa­mil­iar to you, that’ll be be­cause we have seen it in count­less pro stu­dios we’ve vis­ited around the world. The high­light of Aeron’s er­gonomic de­sign has to be the wo­ven sus­pended mem­brane; it’s breath­able and elim­i­nates fa­tigue to those pres­sure points. How­ever, it costs around the same price as a Behringer Deep­Mind 12, which may be slightly higher on your list of pri­or­i­ties right now. www.her­man­ VER­DICT 9.1

IsoA­cous­tics ISO-L8R stands From £68 Cremacaffè stands From €35 Zaor Yesk work­sta­tion €640

Syn­thRacks Euro­rack case From £325 Her­man Miller Aeron chair From £899

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