How to choose a Music Production Desk? 9 Forbidden Secrets

Hey guys, I am Maslin, a music producer, and a keyboardist. It took me 6 months to even save enough money to start looking for a music production studio desk. I started with no money in hand and built my music business so it paid me back to invest in an amazing desk.

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Music Studio Desk

It may be daunting for you to choose your first desk because you might not be ready to invest a lot of money or else you might be wondering whether you can do this or not in some cases you might be even looking for a music production desk that stands within your budget.

In this article, I am going to take you guys on a small trip to understand what should be your budget and what are the things you should look at when you are looking for a music production desk. We will also be looking at what are the types of desks that are available for music production. We will also be looking at all the nuances that should be considered while purchasing your first amazing music production studio desk. There is a lot to cover let’s get started.

There are 9 steps in choosing your first music production studio desk,

  • Budget
  • Type of desk
  • Desk material
  • Desk Electronics
  • Desk dimensions
  • Weight capacity
  • Desk racks
  • Cable management
  • Warranty.

Budget

You have to figure this out first. Is it 100$ ? or is it 1000$?
Having a set idea of how much you are going to invest is very crucial when it comes to music production investments .if you are a beginner who is just starting now, don’t invest in any desks above 100$. That’s the cold truth.

If you are starting music production as a business then that’s when you should go for the higher-priced items and really chase the thing down. It’s going to pay you back one way or the other in the future.

You may have the power to buy this desk that you are looking for, but my question to you is, is it really necessary for you to invest in this and does it provide any value to you in terms of music production?

For people who are just starting music production. If you don’t have money in your hand don’t stress over this. You can DIY an awesome desk if you do it smartly within 100$. I preach to people who talk to me about the environment where we make music change the whole energy of the song.

Don’t go over budget on desks instead invest in other gear.

Type of desks

The kinds of desks that are available now from electronic standing desks to old school hard wooden desks, it’s unimaginable how things have evolved. We should let these things make us carried away as we will be getting we think that’s good but in end, it won’t have any ROI and in some cases, they won’t even have the proper load capacity to handle your gear.

The common types of music production desks are,

  • standing desks
  • Hard wooden desks

  standing desks


            These are electronically operated music production desks that are able to adjust the height by flipping a switch. If you are someone with back pain or a job that requires you to work for a long period of time, you need to definitely have this in your home. Not only it looks cool but also it’s serving a great purpose of helping you with your creative work.

One of the amazing things about these music production desks is that they will make your work as simple as possible and allow you to work a long period of time.

Standing desks also help you to switch your workflow often.

Hard wooden desks


   These are premium furniture pieces that are heavy but provide great support and longevity. The incredible thing about wooden desks is that when put them in your studio they just take everything to the next level.

The elegance of a hard wooden desk cannot be matched by an IKEA desk that has buttons on it.

Having a wooden deck for the studio will make you feel right at home with a sense of passion rather than seeing things like work.

I started with the same small desk that we used in our dining Hall. It has served me so well over the years.

start with what you have.

Desk material

Desk material matters more than the electronics or aesthetics of the design because of how long it can withstand the wear and tear that it will go through due to climate and other external factors.

Most people ignore this and they just buy a desk for instant gratification. This is going to be an investment for your music production business and your work. Make sure you take the time to think about the quality of the material the desk is made.

Usually, the desks come in

  • wood
  • cardboard sheets
  • plastic

wood


               It’s more reliable and more stable than other types of materials that are out there for a music production desk. One thing to consider is that you should not choose a low-quality wood that just deteriorates within months. Some wood can’t handle humidity some even change shapes extremely during seasons. Take all these things in to account as well.

cardboard


       One of the things that I love about these music production desks is that they not only provide great value but also is easily movable from place to place because of its lightweight.

plastic desks


        For beginners, it’s okay to use them. But when you have a substantial amount of gear. These plastic desks can never keep up with it. When your music business starts to grow, make sure you save some money to upgrade your music production desk.

Desk electronics

You have to make sure the electronics IC boards that come with the desks are not cheap and are of high quality. Usually when the boards are split into two or three rather than one IC board then avoid those music production desks.

Nowadays music production desks also come with neon lights, make sure they are of good quality when you get them. 

Desk dimensions 


One of the underrated phenomenon while choosing a music production desk. The dimensions of your music production desk should match your equipment needs and the space you have. Most people overlook this and when they get the actual desk in their hand’s none of their musical equipment fit in. 


Weight capacity


Mostly when you check your dimensions you will have a music production desk that can carry the weight capacity of your equipment. Make sure that everything falls in line with your requirements. 


Desk racks 


Nowadays music production desks come with amazing racks some of them have two some have even three racks for midi keyboards. Always enquire about the size of the rack as well if it can fit a 61 key midi Keyboard or an 88key monster or not. 


Cable management 


This is a headache for most of us. Managing our cables seem hard at times. Having a clean music production studio setup is the first reason why we are investing in the music production desk. 


Warranty


If a company is not able to give at least one year of warranty then you shouldn’t be investing in that music production desk at all. 

STUDIODESK.NET INTERVIEW

When I started to look into studio desks I wanted to help you guys make a purchase. I reached out to studiodesk.net. Their CEO, Danny Galich was kind enough to answer some of our questions and gave us a discount as well. Let’s get into the questions. 

  1. What does it mean to studiodesk to serve amazing community music producers all around the world?  

As a former professional musician and producer for many years, It means the world to me and the entire StudioDesk team. Many people don’t know that StudioDesk has been designed and later become a Brand from my own necessity. Six years ago I wanted to make a home studio for a hobby after many years being in other businesses. I was trying to find a perfect desk for me.

Was looking everywhere but could not find it so I decided to design my own. I’ve made it and post first render to social media in some groups asking people what they think about the design. I’ve had a great response. Many people asked, where did you buy it? Where I can get it?  This is something most beautiful I’ve ever seen… etc. This was the time when I started to realize that my problem is not just mine. So I dedicated to start the production.

I was thinking I can produce 20 desks per month and sell it. This will be like my side business. So this is how all begins and sometimes I have a feeling that the universe gave me all the directions. I am really proud that my company is part of the A-Class Music Community.  Knowing that some of my idols having our desk in their home is mesmerizing. Like a dream. After just 6 years of being on the market, we are one of the world’s strongest brands in this branch. So yes, I feel really humbled and thankful to the community for all the support. 

2. Do you include customizations if it is requested on a specific series of desk?  

No, unfortunately not. Our production including very precise CNC machines. Every single piece has to be programmed. This is something that is very time-consuming. For this reason, StudioDesk does not offer any customizations

3. What was the inspiration behind the beat desk series?

The name of the series is the obvious answer. Beat desk is the second desk I ever designed. Following what bedroom producers doing, I’ve learned that beatmakers need a desk for their needs so I design it for them and give it the name BEAT having them in mind. 

4. Does the studiodesk desk’s  have a warranty?

Yes, StudioDesk giving 2 years normal guaranty and an additional 5 years structural warranty. The structural warranty gives you the assurance that wooden parts will not bend under a normal sense of usage. 

5. Does studiodesk ship all around the world? 

Yes, we do ship worldwide. For now, we have our company’s in EU – Based in Slovenia servicing entire Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zeland. Another company is based in the USA and from their warehouse, we are servicing customers from North America, Canada, and Latin America. So having two warehouses we are able to ship fast and efficiently anywhere in the world. Still looking though to find some serious partners to cover Afrika and Japan. 

6. Does studiodesk offer returns or refunds?

  The shipping of crate 200 kg with desk inside, back and forth is not as easy as it looks. It can be very very expensive. Shipping desk to Australia for example during this pandemic situation can cost half the price of the desk.  For this reason, we are forced to apply our strict return and refund policy. 

This is not a t-shirt you will be packing in the envelope and return back to the merchant. Make sense? 

7.  Does studiodesk offer free shipping?

 Yes, free shipping is offered for all orders over 1600 USD in Continental USA and Continental EUROPE.

  8. What should I do if my desk gets damaged while shipping?

Thank you for this question.  We informing every single customer that every parcel is insured but insurance can’t be applied after the signature is given to the shipper.  Once you sign your delivery, Shipper has your confirmation that you have received your parcel without any damages. For this reason, we advising customers to refuse any shipment with visible damages on the crate.  Once a shipment has been refused by the customer, it will have to come back to us and we will apply for insurance and send you a new one. Here is the picture of the crates in which we deliver the desk. 

9. Does studiodesk desk’s come with assembly manuals? 

You’ll find several papers with links and directions where to find assembly manuals, both Video step by step manuals and ready to print assembly manuals. 
It is also listed on the footer of our website. 


10.  What is the one thing you would like to tell a potential customer regarding studiodesk? 


I don’t want to sound like bragging about our products. We never wanted to be just another furniture manufacturer.

We are producing a Piece of Art for Artists.

Once you see it or sit next to it you will feel this magic. Our desk inspires. It is like food. You can really be hungry but when someone puts an ugly platter in front of you, your hunger will disappear in the minute.  The same is with music. Artist inspiration is fragile. Creating music is like giving birth. I tell many times by creating music you are closest to God. 

This is why artists often close themself in their space to keep this inspirational momentum on. Your workstation is essential to your workflow which will keep inspiration. Your workstation has to inspire you. I know that this will be read by composers.

How many times you’ve had an idea but if you didn’t put it on track right away, it disappears. For this reason, your workstation needs to be comfortable providing you to have all your gear in place to keep you in the zone. No cabling in the middle of the creation process! Does this make sense?  


By spending your hard earning money on our desk, You’ll get a best possible great looking piece of furniture and probably the best customer service on the market. Check our product reviews inside the shop. They are all real people and proud owners of our products. 

Music Finesse Community was gifted with a discount of 5% on all the orders made with the code

“MASLIN”

Here are some amazing StudioDesk Desk’s.

1.XTREME WORKSATION

  • Xtreme Workstation with it’s motorized legs and the programable controller will change the way you work.
  • No matter your posture, Xtreme is designed to adapt to it. Whether you like to work sitting or standing, Xtreme Workstation can be set to the height of your choice in the range from 700 – 1200 mm and can handle up to whooping 200kg of weight.
  • Aside from that, one of the unique and serial features is cable inlay with USB hub incorporating headphone and microphone input.
  • Padded interchangeable Armrest in various colors of your choice will help to match your works space theme.
  • Tempered black glass with central Xtreme logo gives this desk an elegant, yet sporty look. Sleek straight lines of the main board laminated with High-quality carbon pattern is something you are going to love. It is very durable and easy to maintain.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

2.MUSIC COMMANDER SERIES

  • Music Commander gives you the ability to have the whole studio covering only 2m2 (21 square foot) of your space.
  • Spacious desktop surface, top-shelf long enough for two 27” monitor screens and speakers, angled towards your sitting position, putting you in the sweet spot.
  • The front shape of the desk providing better access to your keyboard. Keys of your keyboard will sit at average Grand Piano height for the best ergonomic experience.
  • The keyboard stand is on durable casters suitable for carpet floors. Ready to accommodate the biggest 88 key workstations on the market, Pull out your keyboard when you need it and push back under the main desk when you don’t.
  • The large cable management under the main desk is keeping your cables away from your site.
  • A total of 8 U rack components is divided into both sides of your desk, always within your reach.
  • Add special spark to your desk with an RGB LED Lights option. Add additional Rack space by installing Floor Rack cabinet beneath your desk or aside.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

3.MUSIC COMMANDER V2 SERIES

  • With this new model, we wanted to do some design changes contributing to the better comfort of the producer. For the first time, the monitor shelf is adjustable in height without the need to disassemble the desk, thanks to the leveling system. The keyboard stand provides more leg space.
  • Commander V2 is a wider desk with an enlarged middle section which is now able to accommodate many professional consoles and rack gear. The specially designed shape of padded armrest providing better access to your keyboard.
  • The RGB LED Lighting is now incorporated and comes serial with every desk. Some very special aesthetic aluminum details on the desk legs are enlightened with LED lights which contributes to a unique and exclusive look.
  • Keyboard stand on casters suitable for hard floors and carpets can accommodate the biggest workstations on the market. Cable management is incorporated under the main desk surface keeping your cables away from your site.
  • A total of 8 U rack components is divided into both sides of your desk angled towards you and always within your reach.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

4.BEAT SERIES

  • The spacious and angled top shelf is long enough for two 24” monitor screens and speakers, angled towards your sitting position, putting you in the sweet spot. The keyboard tray will accommodate most of 61 key midi controllers.
  • The main desk surface shape gives you better access to your midi keyboard. Keys of your keyboard will sit at average Piano Grand height.
  • One of a kind feature “Desk surface smart push in” will uncover your keyboard, even more, allowing you to get closer to your screens.
  • Up to a total of 4 U rack components can be installed on both sides of your desk Always within your reach. Cable management will keep your cables away from your site.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

5.PRO LINE CLASSIC AND S SERIES

  • Comfortably padded Armrest along whole desk length is serial in a PROLINE Series. The spacious and angled speaker top shelves are big enough to accommodate two pairs of audio monitors.
  • The back shelf on the PROLINE Classic series is adjustable on four height levels while S and SL is adjustable to 3 different levels.
  • The back monitor shelf is big enough to accommodate the biggest video monitors on the market. Optional Keyboard tray will Accommodate most of 61 key midi controllers. PROLINE Series desk surface sits on a very comfortable 74 cm height.
  • When optional Keyboard tray is installed, your keys are sitting at average Grand Piano height. 10 U serial rack spaces with PROLINE Classic can be easily upgraded to 30 U spaces. 16 U rack spaces with PROLINE S and SL desk can be upgraded for additional 16 U spaces totals 32 U rack spaces.
  • Cable inserts on the legs summing all cables from the side rack slots into the Cable management under the desk keeping your cables away from your site.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

6.VIRTUOSO SERIES

Virtuoso-Features
  • VIRTUOSO Series is designed to match the demand for a massive 18 U rack outboard gear combined with 88 Key Keyboards.
  • It can easily be transformed to the desk with the desired number of rack slots, 6 U, 12 U, 18 U, or none. Optional rack beam covers transforming desk rack beams to a perfect angled platform for all your controllers and Machines.
  • The keyboard tray will accommodate the biggest 88 Key workstations on the market. VIRTUOSO will give you first-class comfort during long hours of work placing your keys on a Piano height. Speaker shelves are on the perfect level. Swivel Shelf is helping the producer to move monitors towards him, finding a sweet spot.
  • Video monitors sitting on the ergonomic height. Cable inserts guide your gear cables to the summing cable management hidden under the video monitor shelf.
  • For the first time, we used Carbon Matte finish for the desk legs which differentiate VIRTUOSO from our other models making it sleek looking.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

7.ENTERPRISE DESK

  • Enterprise desk gives you the ability to have the whole studio covering only 2m2 (21 square foot) of your space.
  • It’s spacious desktop surface will accommodate various gear and controllers. The lowered top shelf is long enough for two 27” monitor screens. Swivel speakers shelve putting you in the sweet spot. The front shape of the desk providing better access to your keyboard.
  • A padded armrest is there to give you maximum comfort. Keys of your keyboard will sit at average Grand Piano height for the best ergonomic experience.
  • The keyboard stand is on durable casters for easy movements even on carpet floors. Ready to accommodate the biggest 88 key workstations on the market, Pull out your keyboard when you need it and push back under the main desk when you don’t.
  • The large cable management under the main desk is keeping your cables away from your site. Centrally positioned rack bay with 3 U space is always within your reach.
  • Two additional rack spaces are available under the monitor shelf. Add special spark to your desk with an RGB LED Lights option. Add an additional 8 U Rack space by installing Floor Rack cabinet beneath your desk or aside.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

8.ENTERPRISE ELECTRIC

EnterpriseElectric
  • The favorite platform of many “ENTERPRISE Series” goes electric because you were asking for.
  • Enterprise Electric Workstation giving your ability to switch some of your long sitting hours to standing hours turning your work to be much better for your body and overall health.
  • Need more leg space, want to listen to your mix with speakers in different height, want to have your keyboard higher? Adjusting the height of the entire workstation was never that easy. Adjust it with a push of the button.
  • As with any other workstation in our range, Enterprise Electric makes no difference. Our main focus was to produce a beautifully organized space you always wanted to have.
  • Enterprise Electric is our first Sit&Stand workstation to accommodate 88 keyboards on the optional pull-out keyboard tray. Enterprise Electric offering all the same features seen in its ancestor Enterprise Desk.
  • It was designed around the modern DAW setup. Crafted with special care to meet all ergonomic and practicality aspects with strong attention to aesthetics making it a unique workstation where everything is in the right place.

You can check its price here .use code “MASLIN” for 5% off in checkout.

Conclution:

It doesn’t matter which music production desk you choose.working towards your goal while these amazing desks inspiring you is a must.

here are some pointers for picking your Music production desk

  • 1, stay true to your budget
  • 2. Don’t wander because something looks sleek.
  • 3. Make sure it provides enough value.

Check my article on How to produce music at home? and how much music producers make? if you are beginner it would give you some insights on these topics.

here is my article on how to choose your first midi keyboard as well.

If you are starting in music production here are my two golden mantras

Hard work and hustle will always give you results.

never give up just because you are not seeing results a the beginning.