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Standing desks?
Old 15th November 2017
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Standing desks?

Hello guys. Like many other people I work usually sitting and I keep such position really for a long time. However I really don't like this because it makes me tired emotionally, less concentrated on work and sometimes I feel after my work really unpleasant neck and back pain :(
I heard that in offices such device as a standing desk became popular, it seems that it's a nice one, however I'm curious did someone used it in the studio? Is it really an effective thing?
And where it's better to buy the one, I mean in case of the best quality and not very scary prices?
Thanks in advance!
Old 15th November 2017
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This is what I'm using-

Which is a Jarvis desk frame, with the whole top built out of plywood.

Going to actually be rebuilding the desks (and a whole new studio) over the next year, and this time I'm going to use a 3 leg frame kit (going to try a 3 leg UPLIFT frame kit) for more stability as people want to lean on the desk.

It is a challenge to get acoustics good for all positions, in my setup, only sitting is really *mixing and mastering* worthy. But, being able to stand for tracking, editing, production etc is awesome and also it's great to be able to adjust for different seated heights. I really like the chairs like the Hon Capisco where you can 'perch', but it was pretty expensive and proved not to be durable enough for a studio with multiple engineers etc.
Old 17th November 2017
I used to experience neck and back pain too after sitting for prolonged periods of time.

I realized the problem was not the desk I was using but rather the culprit was the chair!

Instead of re-inventing the wheel by investing in a stand up desk, I would recommend buying an ergonomic chair. I'm now pain free with my replacement chair.

Having said that, I have used stand up desks in the past but in an office setting and it was great. They are very good for keeping you awake and alert but I'm not sure how effective it would be for studio use.
Old 6th December 2017
Using a standing desk and never having any music related back issues except after long sessions playing a Telecaster Works for me and also makes it easier to be more persons moving faders.
However I want a nice tall bar chair for it soon, could be good for convenience.

For the kind of tracking that doesn't involve eye contact due to a lot of tricky punch ins or encouraging a frustrated musician I just sit on my ass though with the remote for the tape recorder within close reach.
Old 7th December 2017
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Originally Posted by WarmJetGuitar View Post
However I want a nice tall bar chair for it soon, could be good for convenience.
Check out the Hag Capisco. My only beef with that one is it eventually broke, but that's in a busy multi-op studio setting, I think it would be fine for owner-op if you aren't too heavy.
Old 7th December 2017
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I use a sit/stand desk for my regular job, which involves being at a computer all day, sometimes 12-16 hours a day. It helps, but standing still for a long time is not much better for you than sitting. What I find works best is alternating a lot -- 15 minutes standing, 30 minutes sitting, 20 minutes standing, 20 minutes sitting, 30 minutes standing, etc. And just getting up periodically to walk around, go up and down stairs, etc. also helps. You can even buy treadmill desks now that keep you walking slowly all day, but they use energy, make noise, and take some getting used to. I think the alternating approach is best, and making sure you move around.
Old 18th December 2017
Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
Check out the Hag Capisco. My only beef with that one is it eventually broke, but that's in a busy multi-op studio setting, I think it would be fine for owner-op if you aren't too heavy.
Thanks mate However it's out of my range financially, it cost half of what we payed for our beloved DDA Q. I'm not heavy though, workflow contributes to that. So does coffee and other sorts of "engineering fuel" that comes in handy during long sessions
Old 4th August 2018
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I am using FLEXISPOT standing desk in my office regularly. And I would like to say that after using this desk my back rarely pains. The height of this desk is adjustable and 12 height adjustment levels. Moreover, you can keep a dual monitor or one monitor and a laptop on the top of the desk.

Few other top-rated standing desks I have found on thecrazybuyers are:

Stand Steady
Defy Desk
Old 28th August 2018
Get an Aeron chair.
Great from an acoustic perspective too.

Not particularly cheap, but if that's a concern, they are readily available on the used market. A world of difference.


Aeron - Office Chairs - Herman Miller

A standing desk is interesting, but when working on nearfield monitors I find there is quite a difference in response when standing vs seated - everything from the polar response of the speaker to reflections changes. Depending on the purpose of your studio this may or may not be a concern.
Old 28th August 2018
Those are awesome chairs!
Old 29th August 2018
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It's probably just my body, but I hated my Aeron chair and got rid of it after a couple of months. I've been using a Steelcase Leap chair ever since (about 5-6 years now) and it's wonderful, so much better. I'm tall (6'4"), which may have something to do with it, but in general I found the Aeron extremely uncomfortable; I've sat in a number of others at various offices while traveling and disliked them all.
Old 10th September 2018
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I built a standing desk for recording and mixing. The monitors are up higher too. It does help with fast decision making in a mix.

Old 17th January 2019
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I converted my studio to a standing studio four and a half years ago, I love it I would never go back, I didn't bother with an adjustable height I just totally reworked the whole studio and acoustics to match.
Old 5th March 2019
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Agreed most of the user above, I am also using a flexispot standing desk and Its worth investment in, Get it and I am sure you won't be disappointed.

ps: I got flexispot coupons from coupon site & then make my purchase.
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