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Old 4 weeks ago
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Other than rackmount ideas

I have a desktop interface....not worth buying a rackmount case. It’s 1U. Other than Velcro or racking...I’d appreciate any and all ideas...pics great also.
Old 4 weeks ago
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You could use it as a monitor stand.
Make a cube/riser out of some customboard/wood with the right sized gap for it, paint it and screw it in there.
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You could use it as a monitor stand.
Make a cube/riser out of some customboard/wood with the right sized gap for it, paint it and screw it in there.
One tug on a cable though...ouch...I guess there’s not many options.
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You could use it as a monitor stand.
Make a cube/riser out of some customboard/wood with the right sized gap for it, paint it and screw it in there.
I’ve often wondered if putting pressure enough to keep an interface from moving could damage the internal components ...not worried about scratches because you can always put something on it to keep the scratches away....but heavy pressure?? For instance a Focusrite scarlett 1818...(seems tough but I don’t know)
Old 4 weeks ago
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Yeah if you have the sort of setup that requires you to plug and unplug stuff frequently, it may not be a good idea to use it as a monitor stand, but that is also not that good for your interface (wear on jack sockets etc.)
You can always use a couple of strips of Velcro to stop it sliding if you can't be bothered to make a riser.

Unless you have an old CRT monitor, LCD monitors weigh nothing. I have the 18i20 it has a metal case and no component inside is anywhere near the top. If you plan to park your car on it then maybe not, but a monitor is fine.

Don't over think it, heat is much worse for it than a bit of weight.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Since I have built my studio desk with IKEA stuff, I just cut a hole in my Desktop and let my 2 interfaces in. If it hadnt worked I would have just replaced the desktop.
Dont know if this would be an option for you
Old 3 weeks ago
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Since I have built my studio desk with IKEA stuff, I just cut a hole in my Desktop and let my 2 interfaces in. If it hadnt worked I would have just replaced the desktop.
Dont know if this would be an option for you
That’s awesome ...send me a pic if you can
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That’s awesome ...send me a pic if you can
Sure
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Old 3 weeks ago
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I'm flipping around a lot of gear right now, so hardware wise I'm in limbo. This is my solution for now, it's all to my right side near the wall where all the snakes and feeds from my live room come in. I got some of those furniture pads to put on the bottoms so there's a little more breathing room and nothing gets scratched up.

I'm happy with it for now! The best thing about this arrangement is that it's cleaned up my cable runs in the control room. Things look a lot more tidier.
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I'm flipping around a lot of gear right now, so hardware wise I'm in limbo. This is my solution for now, it's all to my right side near the wall where all the snakes and feeds from my live room come in. I got some of those furniture pads to put on the bottoms so there's a little more breathing room and nothing gets scratched up.

I'm happy with it for now! The best thing about this arrangement is that it's cleaned up my cable runs in the control room. Things look a lot more tidier.
Excellent
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What I used to do is make a shelf on top of my desk for my computer monitor, and monitor speakers, and then put rack spaces to hold the shelf up. This would be 3-4 spaces, and I could fit 2 wide. Then I had the opportunity to use 6-8 rack units, but only 2-4 were really all that accessible. I would just rack things I didn't touch much, and things that made sense being in the center, like a headphone amp, because my rack is typically to the opposite side I would want to record vocals or instruments.

It would be very easy to do the same idea, with no shelf, and just add some height to a computer monitor, as mentioned earlier, but actually make a small rack. Racks are super easy to build, you really only need to be able to cut wood in a straight line, some high end racks incorporate some intricate word working techniques but most you would buy at Guitar Center are simply particle board screwed together with a black laminate or carpet.

One other idea, which is essentially the same, is get a flight case, and use that as a stand for something, while allowing you to protect your gear if you travel. IMO, this is actually a better idea if you have less equipment, but only one piece of gear, not so much. I considered doing this for an interface, preamp, and compressor, but don't record much when I travel, I typically make MIDI based things, but if that was all I had, then I would definitely do this.
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What I used to do is make a shelf on top of my desk for my computer monitor, and monitor speakers, and then put rack spaces to hold the shelf up. This would be 3-4 spaces, and I could fit 2 wide. Then I had the opportunity to use 6-8 rack units, but only 2-4 were really all that accessible. I would just rack things I didn't touch much, and things that made sense being in the center, like a headphone amp, because my rack is typically to the opposite side I would want to record vocals or instruments.

It would be very easy to do the same idea, with no shelf, and just add some height to a computer monitor, as mentioned earlier, but actually make a small rack. Racks are super easy to build, you really only need to be able to cut wood in a straight line, some high end racks incorporate some intricate word working techniques but most you would buy at Guitar Center are simply particle board screwed together with a black laminate or carpet.

One other idea, which is essentially the same, is get a flight case, and use that as a stand for something, while allowing you to protect your gear if you travel. IMO, this is actually a better idea if you have less equipment, but only one piece of gear, not so much. I considered doing this for an interface, preamp, and compressor, but don't record much when I travel, I typically make MIDI based things, but if that was all I had, then I would definitely do this.
What great ideas! Really have a better understanding a DIY from all the replies here. I was actually given a rack so I’m good but I may need to have it closer to me on the desk so this helps greatly.
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