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To those who have everything on a normal desk..
Old 1st June 2012
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To those who have everything on a normal desk..

So I've got all my stuff on a normal Ikea desk. USB controller, keyboard, mouse, Yamaha monitors and my 24" screen.

I tend to get very uncomfortable after a while and I've been really busy lately with lots of work and feel like I need to really do something about my setup.

I seem to be lurching my head forward all the time instead of sitting up straight. I'm thinking of getting monitor stands to get them at the right height (I do a lot of my stuff with KRK headphones)

Are there any things you've done to your setup to make the whole thing more comfortable? I don't have problems looking at the screen etc.

I am able to adjust the height of my desk so wonder if there's an ideal height for doing music and taking into consideration playing the keyboard. Also, how the hell do I avoid rolling over my headphones cable all the time?!
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I have wooden stands for my monitors that sit on the desk. The stands are isolated by bubble-wrap, mouse pads and speakers sit on the pointy brass 'acorns' on the stand. Separate stands behind the desk would be better isolation, but in my case, would put them too far away.

Make sure your chair can adjust too. The perfect height for playing the keyboard may not be the perfect height for editing with a mouse.

I hang my headphones from above on a hook I made. This is hung from a swing-out lamp. The cable drops down from the hook, so it is never on the floor.

Find someone in your area that gives lessons in Alexander Technique. Have them give you your lesson in your studio at the mix position. They can sort you out for height and angles and so on. I know people who have had Alexander lessons for sitting on their horse, or getting in and out of cars.

I had a lesson to help me overcome some posture issues I was having at the drum set.
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