I thought I would show you guys a drawing of the desk I am going to start building this week. I just learned how to use Google draw the other day, so I know it's not the best, but at least you can see somewhat what it will look like. I will post photos of the progress.
The 88-note keyboard shelf will retract in all the way and out to 15". The right lower cabinet will house my PC in which I am designing a baffle system to keep it nice and quiet...with adequate air circulation. My JBL speakers will be located on stands just behind the angled section left/right behind the monitors....and will slide back when I need to hear a mix without the monitors getting in the way. the bottom left space will house various rack mounted gear.
Doh! I did a little mess up with the area that the Mackie Big Knob will go on the right. I have to move it to the right and add an slight extension to the front right desk top. Easy fix since I am working with an accomplished carpenter....thank God!
My PC will get plenty of air with the quiet, but powerful fan unit.
There will also be more holes added for cables which can be hidden. I want everything to look as neat as humanly possible. There will also be lights installed in the back of the PC area, the rear of the rack area, and behind the audio interface area so I can easily see when plugging stuff in.
The idea for the desk is ergonomics. I have a bad back, neck, and shoulders....and eyes....and I'm only 43. Doh! The goal is the make daily composing as easy on my body as possible.
Doh! I made a mistake by incorrectly measuring the height of my PC and now have to make a modification which will set me and my carpenter friend back a day. Thank God I brought the PC to the shop to test the fit before it was finished.
Sorry for the long delay, but without further adieu here it is:
The keyboard slides completely out, but stays tucked in when mixing/editing. The monitors also slide up closer when my 43 year-old eyes get tired. I will also be adding a door in front of the PC cabinet with a glass window
My carpenter friend did the bulk of the main work since he has a nice shop and way more experience. I designed it and gave him all the Google SketchUp diagrams which made it easy for him. The cost for materials and labor was under 2k. It would of easily cost double that price to have that quality custom piece purchased through a commercial builder. For example: Sterling Modular "Plan D" Console | Sweetwater.com