When setting up a home studio, it is always a good idea to have a dedicated spot to produce music.
It not only puts you in the zone but it also helps you create something that separates successful musicians vs the ‘day dreamers’.
Having a dedicated spot creates the HABIT of creating regular music. The more music you make, the better you will get.
It’s really that simple.
After all, reputation its first law of learning so having a dedicated place to practice music production is essential to your.
Now the question of the day is what kind of music production desk is right for you? How you do you determine that? Rule of thumb is it actually depends on your own music level.
The more complex your music gets, the more plugins / gear (Example: Better studio monitors) you will need. That’s a given.
So the more ideal your work desk is for that, the better results you’ll get.
HomCom 47″ Office Workstation Computer Table Desk
This is the basic work table. Four legs. a top surface. adjustable feet. wire bracing so it doesn’t wobble. If all you need is a horizontal surface to put your gear on, then this is for you.
It measures in at just under four feet wide by 2 feet deep, and is a standard 30” high.
The legs are metal and the desktop is medium density fibreboard (MDF) covered with wood-print vinyl. there are little plastic feet that pop into the metal legs, which should protect your flooring from getting all chewed up.
The feet aren’t adjustable so if your floor isn’t level you’ll need shims to keep the desk from wobbling.
This table is easy to transport (unassembled) as it weighs less than 40 pounds. It’s easy to assemble – budget ten minutes if you’re not wasted. The vinyl surface will survive many coffee or beer spills.
What it won’t survive is cuts or burns. The official rated capacity is about 100 pounds. That’s plenty of gear, but if you have a loved one that enjoys parking his/her butt on your desk-side while you work. then you may be in for a disaster.
Do you need this table? You might be well served cruising the garage sales for a basic kitchen table. If door-to-door shipping is part of your checklist, or if your workspace entrance is too cramped to lug in a solid table, then this could make your day.
The other big plus is if it assembles in ten minutes then you can probably knock it down quickly when it’s time to move, or when you’re ready to upgrade to an actual desk with drawers and stuff. Hey! Amazon will sell you professional assembly service for about what it costs to buy the desk.
At a hundred bucks for ten minutes work, maybe I should become a professional table assembler. I’ll even cart away the wrapping materials for free. Please note that you can’t just fold it up and stow it like a poker table.
There are two uses I cannot recommend this desk for: if you’re a duck-and-cover sort of person, this table will provide minimal protection from nukes nor earthquakes. And if you like knocking the desk on its side and hiding behind it in a shootout, you better hope your enemy has nothing bigger than a BB gun.
Also, you better not try to put a drill press or any heavy tools on it. This is a basic, lightweight, easy-to-assemble, easy-to-knock-down table for the music producer (or student) with not-too-much gear and not-too-much budget.
AZ- Vista Studio Workstation Desk
Roll on to the productivity party with the AZ-Vista Studio Workstation Desk. That’s right. Wheels give you the ability to move this workstation around.
Forget the challenge of squeezing in behind to plug in another USB device. You can pull the workstation away from the wall, do your reconfiguration, tidy your cables, and push the desk back against the wall.
The workstation, wheels included, is about forty inches high – normal for a desktop – and forty inches deep, and 101 inches wide. ALMOST NINE FEET wide. you can stow some serious gear on top.
There are two pull-out shelves and a keyboard tray. well, computer keyboard, probably. You’ll want your main keyboard on the desktop. The clearance between risers is 58.5 inches so you can squeeze in just about any electronic keyboard, for the full forty-inch depth.
Construction is solid, consisting of Black Melamine and Ash Wood molding. AZ-Vista loves music professionals and they’ve clearly thought about your needs. They’ll even customize it to suit your particular needs. Consider ordering special surfaces to suit your studio decor.
Here you have a big, solidly build workstation that’s especially designed to hold a LOT of gear and is likely to suit your needs. It rolls around for ease of configuration. What’s not easy is lifting it. This sucker is BIG and HEAVY, before you load it up with your gear. So hire a mover. This desk is not going to fall apart the first time you spill coffee. It’s built to last.
AZ-Vista has thought about ergonomics. Your gear is within convenient reach, with the rack space split up into a lower and upper section on either side. The main desk surface is at a comfortable height and the upper and lower drawers feel good. Cable management is a challenge when you have a lot of gear. AZ-Vista helps by providing many grommets so you can pass cables up and down without needing to drill holes.
AZ-Vista stands by their products.
They have a broad line of workstations to suit your budget and your studio needs. And if they don’t have what you need, talk to them and they’ll build it for you. They’re located in Southern California, and they build to suit. That means it’ll take a few days to build, and a few more days, up to a couple weeks, to reach your door. This is no Ikea knock-together. It’s seriously solid craftsmanship designed for the serious studio musician, engineer, producer.
Omnirax Force 24 Studio Desk
A music creation professional needs a lot of space to work. The Omnirax Force 24 Studio Desk gives you almost eight feet of clear desk surface, with a clever rear-mounted overhead riser that’s designed to hold a bunch of monitors, and/or a pair of loudspeakers.
There are two pedestals supporting the desk, each of which has space for 12 1U rack units of equipment.
There’s an additional shelf between the pedestals to keep your computer(s) off the floor, and a keyboard-mouse tray. This studio desk is designed to give you plenty of leg room, but you may still be tempted to kick the computer shelf.
It’s a whopping 86” wide and 28” deep so there’s a lot of surface area. It makes me feel like I’m looking over an aircraft carrier. The riser (Omnirax calls it a bridge) is almost as wide as the desk at 78.6”, so you can load it with monitors and speakers. There’s about eight inches of clearance above the desk surface but that only impedes the back portion of the desk. You have lots of space to pils stuff up, if that’s your thing.
Aesthetics are great. The curvy design makes it feel lighter and more airy rather than just massive, and its available in different finishes, including black melamine laminate, and mahogany. Black is elegant and simple but mahogany looks fabulous and rich. It’s solidly built and it looks great.
The fit and finish are first-rate and the keyboard/mouse tray feels good. The other advantage of the curvy design is that more stuff is within reach when you’re seated.
The main desk surface is so big and clear that it’s the musician’s choice for the bigger keyboards or panels.
Omnirax is a great company that builds well-designed products. They’re based in hippy-central, Sausalito, California, and they’ve been making furniture for musicians for decades. Besides musicians, they serve video studios and make office furniture. Omnirax is an environmentally conscious manufacturer.
Some assembly required. Be aware that you’re receiving several heavy boxes of stuff and you’ll be spending quite a bit of time putting it together. You may be less stressed if you have a good shipping bay and a forklift truck.
Do you need to set up four 24” monitors, several computers, about 24 units of rack mount equipment and a bunch of keyboards and panels? The Omnirax Force 24 is an excellent choice so add a good ergonomic swivel roller chair and you’ll feel like you’re on the bridge of an aircraft carrier.
Omnirax Presto 4 Studio Desk
Are you a music production professional on a budget, but still concerned about ergonomics? You will be pleased by the price/performance that the Omnirax Presto 4 Studio Desk offers.
The desk surface is wide enough for large keyboard controllers, control surfaces or smaller mixers It’s about 56” wide, 31.4” deep and 34” off the floor and the riser goes the full width so there’s plenty of room for 2 24” monitors plus a pair of loudspeakers.
The height off the floor is a bit above the standard 30” so you may need to get an adjustable-height swivel chair and a footrest to match. I don’t recommend using your computer as a footrest.
There’s a shelf below the desk, designed for holding one or more computers.
there are 4U of space for rack-mount sized equipment.
You should consider buying the optional sliding computer keyboard shelf. You have a choice of surface finishes. choose between melamine laminates or melamine with Gray Slate, Mahogany or Maple Formica top surfaces. Black looks boss, but the glossy surface seems to magnify dust and stains.
Some assembly required! This is ideally a two-person job. Your skill level required is basically reading visual instructions and knowing which end of a phillips screwdriver to hold. There’s also an included allen key. Consider using an electric screwdriver to speed the job up.
It weighs in at over 100 pounds, so lifting it to your workplace will be a challenge. Once it’s installed and in place you’ll find that it’s a solid-looking and solid-feeling workstation destined to give you many happy hours.
Omnirax is an environmentally conscious company that builds well-designed products in their factory in Sausalito, California. They’ve been making furniture for musicians for decades and they also, they serve video studios and make office furniture. They have a good warranty.
I would advise you to spend the big bucks on the optional computer keyboard shelf because it feels good, looks good and puts your computer keyboard at an effective ergonomic height. The wallet will only hurt for a few days and your wrists will thank me for years to come.
If you have a lot of rack-mount equipment you may want to upgrade to the Presto model which has 8U of storage, or go up to the Force line which seriously upgrades your rack space as well as desk surface.
AZ-R Midi Controller Desk
AZ has produced a great little desk that answers the needs of the starting musician or producer.
It’s called a midi controller desk, but you can put whatever gear you want on it. There are 6U of rack space for your rack-mount gear. The desk is about 65” wide by 30” deep and stands the standard 29.5” off the floor.
The funky thing about this desk is that it gets custom-made to fit your keyboard, so that the keyboard sits at just the right height below the actual desk surface.
The riser at the back i where you tuck your controllers etc. and provides a good surface for a big computer monitor and loudspeakers.
A lot of studio desks come in glorious black and black, but AZ makes this desk in a beautiful maple melamine finish, with aluminum legs. The tubular legs look a little spindly, but they do a fine job of holding the desk up and the floor down. I found them to be a bit wobbly until I tightened them correctly.
The plus side of a custom-build desk is that the ergonomics are just-right and your keyboard looks fabulous, tucked in the desk. The minus is that two years from now you’re going to buy a bigger, better keyboard (do I know you?!) and then this desk is destined for craigslist as a package throw-in with your old keyboard.
The other minus is that the desk surface is broken up significantly. I’m tempted to get a sheet of finished plywood or tempered glass to fit over top of the keyboard so I can use it as a writing/drawing surface when I’m not doing studio work. the other downside is that I haven’t found a good location for mu computer keyboard. either it’s too high and too far away from the desk edge, or I work with the keyboard on my lap and it’s too low.
Their attention to detail and quality shows in their workmanship. They have a broad line of workstations to suit your budget and your studio needs. And if they don’t have what you need, talk to them and they’ll build it for you. They’re located in Southern California, and they build to suit.
When you spend a lot of time in your studio, but you have a budget, you want to have well-made furniture that supports your activities with good ergonomics. The AZ-R Midi Controller Desk is serving me well until I need to do a serious upgrade, and it makes my keyboard look like furniture instead of electronics.
Omnirax Force 36 Audio/Video Workstation Black
This is a desk. This is a serious desk for a serious music creation professional who needs a lot of space to work and a lot of space to stow gear.
The Omnirax Force 36 A/V workstation gives you plenty of desk surface, as well as a multi-level riser that’s designed to hold a bunch of monitors, and/or a pair of loudspeakers.
There are two pedestals supporting the desk, each of which has space for 12 1U rack units of equipment. In addition there are two four-space bays and two two-space bays above the desk surface.
All in all you have 36 rack units of space to mount your electronics The monitor shelf/riser is over a foot deep and about four feet wide so two 24” monitors will fit nicely side by side, and your speakers have plenty of room on the outside risers.
this desk weighs in at 350 pounds, which is reasonable for the size and the amount of gear it’s designed to handle. Casters are provided so you can roll the desk around to get at the back for cable and power management. The main desk surface is 26.8 inches above the floor, a bit lower than the 30” standard. The rear risers take away a fair amount of desk surface so your usable space ends up being about 18” deep by 72” wide. Six feet wide means room for a big keyboard or panel, with room to spare.
This desk is available in different finishes, including black melamine laminate, and mahogany. Black is elegant and simple but mahogany looks fabulous and rich. It’s solidly built and it looks great. The fit and finish are first-rate and the keyboard/mouse tray feels good.
When you sit at this desk you feel like you’ve graduated to the big leagues. It is solid and good-looking and your gear is all close at hand and the thoughtfully designed rack spaces put all your controls within reach. Believe me, you’ll be grateful that the desk is on wheels when you have to install new gear or do re-cabling.
“Some assembly required” is an understatement here. Be aware that you’re receiving several heavy boxes of stuff and you’ll be spending quite a bit of time putting it together. You may be less stressed if you have a good shipping bay and a forklift truck. Don’t try assemble it by yourself. Assembly will go best if you and a friend have power screwdrivers. Once it’s all together you have a big beefy workstation that’s built to last.
Studio Trends 46 in. Studio Desk with Dual 4U Racks
You are a musician who appreciates great modern style and excellent ergonomics.
You need to move your desk around from time to time to get at the rear for new equipment installation or recabling (or just to vacuum the dust bunnies). You should consider the Studio Trends 46” Studio Desk. 46” refers to the width.
Just under four feet of desk width and 36” of depth. The tabletop is 29.5” high – the standard desktop height.
There’s a spacious full-width riser behind to put a couple monitors on, or one monitor and a pair of loudspeakers.
It’s about 18” wide, and high enough to tuck your 8U of rack gear underneath. You’ll want to put the least-adjusted equipment at the bottom of the pile because it may be hard to reach behind your keyboard.
The height is good and my monitor is just the right height above. I don’t think I’d like that height if I used it as a computer workstation, but for a composing/editing layout it works great.
There’s a horizontal cross-brace just about ankle-height and i find myself using it as a foot rest.
Cable management is a challenge with any studio and Studio Trends has thoughtfully included a cable port to help keep things tidy. The four free-rolling casters make moving the desk a breeze when you need to plug in new gear, and the casters lock so the desk doesn’t roll away on you. (Yes this is a thing. Anyone else have an uneven studio floor?)
The four pages of assembly instructions are well-conceived. You receive absolutely free at no extra charge an allen key and a hex wrench. You’ll also need a phillips screwdriver. If you have an electric one that’ll speed things up. Don’t try build this alone – it’s easier, safer and faster to assemble with a friend, as it weighs about 100 pounds.
Finish is good and elegant-looking. choose between maple or cherry for the surfaces. Not real wood, of course! the structure is black metal and feels like it’s meant to last. There’s enough space for a home-studio to grow into.
Studio Trends has come up with an elegant, modern and efficient studio workstation at a very reasonable price point. They’re based in Thousand Oaks, CA and they give you a generous one-year warranty.
OneSpace 50-100705 Regallo Expandable “L” Computer Desk
Have you ever wished you had a very compact desk, that expanded when you wished you had more stuff? Onespace has come up with this unique expandable computer desk.
I’m going to consider this desk from the standpoint of a musician. If you’re pinched for work space, this may be the ideal workstation for you.
The main desk is about 41.5” by 23’ and has a 15.75” wide riser, that’s unique because it’s actually wider than the main level, at 47”.
So you have a nearly-four-foot-wider riser, which is enough for either two big monitors or one big monitor and a pair of loudspeakers. When you have serious work to do, you pivot out the main level into an “L” shape, and you have the full desk surface available.
In addition, there’s a computer shelf at the very bottom. Wait – there’s more! there’s a separate computer keyboard/mouse shelf that pulls out. When you finish working, just wheel the expansion level back into tucked-in position.
The main desk has plastic feet and the pivoting section rolls on casters. This is a cheap practical approach but makes cable management a bit of a chore.
I kind of wish it was easier to get behind it to add and remove gear. For that matter i find myself wishing for a rack-mount area for a couple of my signal-processing modules. I also wish the computer shelf was deep enough that I could mount my tower so it faces forward.
If you have a USB hub on the desktop where you do all the plugging-in of data cards and peripherals, than this may not be a big deal, but I kind of like being able to reach my computer’s front panel.
From an industrial design standpoint this is a very sharp looking desk. space-age black and silver tubular steel with black MDF working surfaces. The curved edges make for a very airy design.
Assembly is a bit of a chore, but at 57 pounds it’s one of the few workstations light enough to be assembled by one person. Just don’t hurry. The instructions are adequate but you really need to take your time to do it right.
If your main keyboard or panel is less than 41” then this could be a great solution to your productivity problem.
Comfort Products is the company that creates this innovative desk. They’r based in Memphis, TN and they’ve been around for almost 100 years. They offer a respectable one-year warranty.
If you’re looking for desk-for-dollar this one is hard to beat. It may not be the most solidly constructed item, but it’ll do for a lot of purposes. If you’re starting out in music creation and production and your budget is limited, and your space is limited then it’s hard to go wrong with he Comfort Products OneSpace Regallo.
On Stage WS7500 Wood Workstation
If you’re starting out in music creation and production, you need an economical but flexible workstation with room for your keyboards, monitors, speakers and some gear.
Ideally you have room for a computer and keyboard too. Consider the On Stage WS7500 Wood Workstation. Maybe “Wood” should be in quotation marks because this baby is made of some sort of fibreboard with premium laminate surfaces.
You can get it in basic black, rosewood or maple, with black tubular steel structure.
You have three levels to choose from — a main desk surface is the usual 29” high, 43” wide and 30” deep. The keyboard tray is 27” wide by 15.25” deep and it slides out of the way when not in use. The riser is full-width and about a foot deep so it’s perfect for two monitors or one monitor and a pair of loudspeakers.
The whole package weights about 75 pounds so it’s suitable for one-person assembly. I recommend getting a friend to help. It comes together easily enough even if some joints are fiddly.
The ‘Z frame’ is a simple, elegant structure that makes the whole desk quite stable and pushes the upper riser back from the main desktop. Construction feels solid enough for all your gear, but I don’t recommend you let anybody sit on the desktop.
Once everything is put together you have a solid, stable workstation with three levels. It comes with plastic feet; I kind of wish for casters so that I can move it around to do re-cabling and reconfiguring. Fortunately it’s not too heavy and it’s robustly made so I can drag it forward and back.
There is no real storage space. No drawers, no racks for my signal processing gear, so it’s all stacked up behind my keyboard. On the plus side, there’s great legroom, with no computer shelf and no cross-brace.
On Stage Stands has been around for about 35 years and manufacture a broad line of music instrument and microphone stands for – you guessed it – on stage and studio use. They’re based in Berlin, CT. There’s a two-year warranty.
The On Stage WS7500 is a good-looking, reasonably priced, solid and durable workstation that can give the beginning musician years of reliable duty before he or she is ready to upgrade.
Z-Line Designs Cyrus Workstation
This is a very modern and fresh-looking workstation. I want to call it a musician’s workstation, but really it i a computer workstation that can be adapted to a musician’s needs.
It has a generous working surface, at 26” by 48”, is made of tempered glass. Most of the hardware is black and there are cherry accents, including the riser.
It weighs only 70-ish pounds, and it rolls on casters, so it’s easy to move about to do cable management and to install new gear.
It comes with a full-with riser with room for two big monitors. Or you could choose to place your studio loudspeakers there with one monitor in the middle.
There’s a big base just above floor level which is perfect for one more tower computers. I stacked up my sound processing equipment because there isn’t really any rack space. The base has a big cutout to tuck your chair underneath and I found myself using it as a footrest.
The desk surface is plenty big enough for most keyboards or mixing panels. The under-desk slide-out keyboard tray for your computer keyboard has room for a mouse too.
Assembly is very straightforward, with decent instructions. You can do it yourself in a pinch but really it’s a two-person job. The trickiest part for me was installing the glass table-top and removing all adhesive materials.
Z-line is headquartered in San Ramon, CA and specialize in ready-to-assemble furniture for offices and home offices. Their manufacturing is located in China and Taiwan. They offer a one-year warranty.
Z-Line has produced an innovative-looking compact computer workstation that is easily adapted for a beginning music creator on a budget. One proviso: you have to get your head around a tempered glass surface.
If some crazy friend decides to sit on or you accidentally drop something heavy on it, with some bad luck you’ll have a big mess on your hands. There are a couple reviews online that document just such a misfortune occurring.
Ok. second proviso: there isn’t really a good built-in space for your rack-mount signal processing gear.
I’ll assume you already have gear and are looking for a place to put it. If so, lay it out carefully and compare the footprint of the Cyrus workstation. Make sure everything has a place before you buy this thing.
If, on the other hand, you have space in your studio and are looking to fill it with a workstation and gear, then rock on and buy this, and then go shopping for a keyboard that fits on top.