Today's featured workspace features a sandblasted desk, a vintage Nixie-Tube clock and piles of audio gear for all your musical ambitions.
Lifehacker reader MegaLaser has a home office with a singular focus: making and mixing music. It's a spacious workstation, lit from below, an assortment of recording and mixing equipment, and more than enough screen real estate to make work easy. Check out the gallery below for copious notes on each photo.
My rather underused new Class A Chinese tube amplifier, amazing hi fi quality driving my faithful old huge Tannoy Lancasters that have been with me since 1971.
[mimg|http://cache-02.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2010/06/workshop__2_.jpg" size="legacy" align="center"] My office/workshop used by me almost 24/7 is centred around my iMac 27 inch i7 which is superb, the 8gb RAM seems fine and it's just right with the second 24 inch cinema display.
It's an office/project studio, so I have a small midi setup with Logic. I am getting back into my original field of remix/dance music production which relies on sampling and vintage analogue synths and signal processing. On the right is my little Korg Micro which I swap around with other Korg electribes (I use one at a time).
On the lower left out of slight is a rack with a Novation 25SL midi controller, Presonus Studio Channel (tube processor), Behringer gate/compressor, Warp Factory vocoder, Behringer tube EQ, Tascam DAT machine and a Technics cassette deck (for digitising old cassettes). I also do Voice Over work so you see the new Rode Procaster mic. Above this is my new sampling workstation, the Native Instruments Maschine.
The desk is a 1.8m sandblasted glass dining room table with a blue fluorescent tube underneath, I use the Apple bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse and and Apogee Duet A/D interface, also a Presonus Faderport to control Logic. There's a handmade Nixie Tube clock to the right and my speakerphone, Blackberry 9600 Tour and iPhone.
I like to keep an eye on the news so I have 2 HD cable boxes feeding 3 TV's one is a small Sony 15 inch 4:3 set used mainly for local weather ect, then to the left an LG 30 inch with one HD news channel and a Sony 30 inch HD set to the right either with another news channel or to be used in case I want to run either my Apple TV or PS3 onto the LG display. I also have a couple of LED lamps, a Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP and a green mathmos Lava Lamp only available in the UK. I also run a UK 240v transformer because some items were brought over from the UK with me.
There are a bunch of things I keep out of the way like my Samsung laser printer, Dymo printer, 16 port USB hub, UPS and power equipment, Fujitsu & Canon scanners, several more studio mics & headphones, lots of hard drives and other various things.
I have a fully loaded Herman Miller Aeron and a Swapper stool, the mic is on a Heil boom with shock mount and I hung a gigantic Ikea shag pile rug on the wall behind me to flatten the room acoustics, there is also thick pile carpet on the floor.
My internet connection is good but it drops completely every now and again, it's fast at around 30mbps and the iMac is lightning fast so I am now spoiled with being able to work quickly. I also run UK TV streaming to my desktop live from the UK via a Slingbox and am very active on Twitter, Facebook, AIM, MSN and Skype all at the same time via Adium on the Mac. I also have a Macbook Air (not pictured here) which is the SSD version so very fast but I don't tend to use it very much. Photos taken with my new camera, Micro Four Thirds Panasonic GF1 with a fisheye lens and 14-45mm.
Backstage, tube amplifier driving a pair of 40 year old Tannoy Lancasters and at the far end 4TB of external WD drives, a Fujitsu scanner, CD recorder, Apple TV, PS3, Dymo labelwriter duel turbo, Fostex active studio monitors, Sony 15 inch TV, cable receiver and tube headphone amplifier.
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