Mastering Desk

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by demetru5, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. demetru5

    demetru5 Member

    I was checking out this new website name 615.886.8879 Recording Studio Furniture built by Custom Studio Concepts - Custom Studio Furniture and Recording Studio Desks | Recording studio furniture custom made by Custom Studio Concepts for your recording studio equipment at a more affordable p and noticed that they have a mastering desk that is pretty nice.
    I was wondering if anyone has purchased from them? I see that they have actually built a mastering desk for the Sound Kitchen in Franklin Tennessee. Very reputable recording studio. Looks nice and any feedback will be great.
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Personally I think the Sterling modular desk is laid out much better.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Sterling fan here also. Freakishly well thought out stuff.
  4. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Both look quite nice, but were unobtainable at the time I refurbished my mastering studio.
    I went with Argosy consoles:
    Argosy Dual 15-800 Workstation by Argosy Console, Inc.
    It looks much better with Mahogany sideboards. Comfy and nice to work on...

    This might be my next one 2014..
    Argosy AURA.520-LR Personal Workstation by Argosy Console, Inc.
  5. acorneau

    acorneau Active Member

    Those desks seem huge to me.

    I'd really like to shrink mine down to a Sterling Plan A or the budget-saver Argosy 50-V2R.
  6. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Just right for me ;-)

    Just as impressive, comfortable and grave as I wanted it.
    Enough spaces for all gear and a nice wide and confi armrest
  7. SASman

    SASman Active Member

    I know many have desks but I dislike anything between myself and the monitors drive units.
    I like like a line of sight between drivers and my ears, it feels right.

    I do not mind the operation discomfort of sitting to the side, in practice you just turn your head.
  8. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    I guess, you are an endangered species when it comes to turning the head for monitoring versus sitting in front of the monitors to the L & R...
    Quite right is that there should not be anything in the way, though. Would be a crazy design....
  9. acorneau

    acorneau Active Member

    I could see a setup with two slanted racks on either side of the chair, however I would want all the gear to be ganged-stereo so you could adjust both channels with just one hand instead of two.
  10. SASman

    SASman Active Member

    It works very nicely for me, you never know I might change one day but I like the idea of no comb filtering
    at the monitor position affecting my judgements.
  11. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Now, S&S, don't get cocky...

    What makes you think, I would accept a setup and positioning that allows comb filtering or unwanted reflections at the sweet spot?
    That is chapter one in the "My Studio acoustic " book.... LOL...
  12. SASman

    SASman Active Member

    I think you may be mis interpretting my tone.

    Comb filtering is inevitable to some degree with a reflective surface in front of you. It is an incredibly common issue in studios that have large format consoles. Most acousticians understand this is a problem and acknowledge that it is largely the desks influence as it reflects sounds which cause comb filtering.

    It may be chapter one but it has not stopped many people employing this very problematic arrangement.

    Without some kind of acoustic absorption there will be comb filtering.
  13. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    We are at peace, aren't we ..

    The design of my desk is especially made to prevent acoustic problems.
    But generally, yes, there are problems very often, but when room treatment and desk placement was done professionally,
    the problem is rather small. Generations of engineers have lived with that and still made fine records.
    If the setup is not coping with the problem properly, it surely is an arkward and unreliable working place...
  14. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    I'd much rather have a desk in front of me than one ear getting yelled at or cocking my head to one side... kind of... to hear stereo. YMMV.
  15. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Our studio was originally set up this way. We went to a more conventional setup with a computer monitor desk in front of me and my audio rack to the side. Once I had my room setup with the computer monitors in front of me I never wanted to go back to the old way. Different strokes for different folks...

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