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How to Build a Recording Studio Desk

I re-built this desk out of an old Creation Station desk. I kept the base, the legs and reversed the top. Of course, if you have your own or make your own table legs, it's easy enough to do with any desk or build the entire desk yourself. I hand-built the racks and the center section and heavily modified the rest of the desk.

I started with this...

I found the workflow of this recording desk diminish my creativity. I had a different workflow in mind. I was not in the mood to spend $1500 on the desk I wanted so I decided to make it.

After removing the top of the desk, I measured the place where my racks would end up fitting. There was not enough space to fit everything I wanted towards the back of the desk so I flipped it and turned the back (the more narrow end) to the front. Measured and cut the rack and cut holes out of the desk so the rack gear can fit in the slanted part of the rack.

I used this jig saw to cut out the holes for the rack gear and then covered the top with this black wood self adhesive wallpaper.

I used the same wallpaper to cover the racks and screwed them on to the top of the desk. Once that part of the desk was assemble I wanted a center section for the desk. Complete with spaceship style push-button LED lights and a monitor section for multiple sets of studio monitors and headphones.

I knew that I would have to take it apart and customize the monitor controller a bit so I went with the Behringer Monitor2USB. Seemed to work pretty well!

I wired up of these latching push-button led's to this 9v battery pack and that completed it! I used resistors from this kit because I figured they would come in handy. Also, it's about the same price as just buying a couple of resistors anyway. Depending on your LED's and how you want to power them, I would recommend using this website to calculate which resistors you should use.

And here's the finish product!

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