Updated on June 16th, 2021
Music production is no less than creating art. Passionate composers like you spend hours and hours creating something beautiful and is worth listening to. However, composers also need the right kind of equipment and devices to pull up the composition. Age-old desktops often fail to enhance or help music lovers, as there is no room for keeping your instruments and work efficiently. So, the best thing to do is invest in a decent quality studio desk. Plus, recent models are so compact and well-designed that you can even start composing from home.
Considering that recording from home often turns into a path full of complexities, but having a studio desk is no less than a silver lining here. There’s so much help you get having a studio desk, making your recording process easier and hassle-free; plus you don’t have to travel down to the studio- basically saves a lot of your time too! So, studio desks come with a lot of advantages and notables features, which are ideal for budding artists and amateur composers.
Studio Desks features studio monitors, sleek cable management, 9U rack space, and an optional slide-out for placing the keyboard. Some models even come with rack ears to keep audio interfaces, instruments, processors, and other items you would need when composing. So, if you’re a budding musician, who wants to compose beautiful melodies at the comfort of your home, then this list is ideally curated for you. Here are the 5 best studio desks that are available on the market and worth the investment.
Let’s delve further into these studio desks and explore each individually.
The Studio RTA Producer Station is the key to all your needs as a composer, as it offers you plenty of room for all your electronic and musical gears; making it one of the most efficient and ergonomic models of today.
Overview of Features
If you’re looking for something that can easily accommodate all of your electronic gears as well as instruments, then Studio RTA Producer Station is the apt one. Falling under the $500 price range, Studio RTA Producer Station is not only affordable but also designed with plenty of space. Since it’s designed by the leading manufacturer Studio RTA, this studio desk garnered quite a reputation among its users.
A studio desk ideal for home and bedroom studios, you can easily kick start your work even from the comfort of home. Made of wood and metal, the desk is quite sturdy, comes with a roomful of racks, and is multi-level too. This allows you to set up multiple screens or else can elevate the screen monitors. Well, it includes a main area perfectly large to fit a keyboard. Besides, it comprises two sliding trays for keyboards. Other elements included in this model are cable organizers, rollers on its base, 8 rack spaces on top, two 8 spaced CD holders, and 20 rack spaces on each side. In total, there are 48 specific spaces to place your gears; Studio RTA Producer Station is a total winner among composers.
What We Like About Studio RTA Producer Station
In Studio RTA Producer Station, you’ll find space for every instrument and electronic equipment of yours. From MIDI keyboard or controller to mini mixers/control stations, you can keep your desktop’s keyboard and even an audio interface. However, the most outstanding cum handy feature that we came across is the box-shelf right in between the 2 main platforms. This space you can use for accommodating smaller effects modules, or another audio interface. Besides, the top shelf is designed in a way that it becomes suitable for storing another system. Lastly, we were impressed by its open cable management features, which keep the heat off the track.
What We Like Don’t Like About Studio RTA Producer Station
In contrast, the Studio RTA Producer Station’s pull-out shelf is kind of small to fit a 25-keys MIDI keyboard. And this can be an issue! Plus, the wheels also turn unruly on hard floors.
| Ideal for home and bedroom studios
48 rack spaces
Open cable management
| Pull out shelf too small
Wheel unsuitable for hard floors
An ergonomic workstation, On-Stage WS7500 Series offers maximum space to accommodate your gears. It’s the steel tube frame that’s quite tough and efficient enough to support all the system and electronic gears.
Overview of Features
Built-in a Z frame, that’s compact and even has a slide-out tray for the keyboard, this model On-Stage WS7500 turns out quite strong and sturdy. However, you don’t need to worry about its weight, as it’s extremely lightweight, which makes transporting it back and forth from studio to home one easy task.
Besides, you’ll get the main space for the primary workstation, a slide-out tray for the keyboard, and a top rack cabinet. So, if you’re looking for a studio desk that’s compact and falls under your budget, then On-Stage WS7500 is the right model; considering its ergonomic design to accommodate computers, mixing monitors, and several other studio equipments.
What We Like About On-Stage WS7500 Series
What makes the On-Stage WS7500 Series stand out is its ‘Z’ frame, which offers stability. As per the design, the upper rack space above the main desktop space is the one that offers stability. Besides, this studio desk also serves as an on-stage desk. Well, on-stage desks are mostly used during live performances wherein you can create prompt music, and having this desk serves as an aid to make composing music easier and convenient.
What We Like Don’t Like About On-Stage WS7500 Series
Despite its compactness, On-Stage WS7500 Series comes with a few shortcomings too. Firstly, it’s the lack of enough space- so you have to keep only the necessary items on the desk and rest away. Plus, the height isn’t adjustable, so it can be an issue for some users. Besides, the desk also lacks casters.
| Compact, sturdy, and lightweight
Ideal on stage desk
| Lack of enough space
Designed to fit any 88-keys keyboard, the A-Z Studio Workstations is a stunning home studio desk that can easily fit in any limited or small space.
Overview of Features
A-Z Studio Workstations desk comes with some impeccable features, which make it one of the top-in-the-line models of studio desks. It not only can fit in an 88-keys keyboard but also has a tray with adjustable height. Besides, it also features 6RU of rack spaces to store your electronic gears and musical instruments such as studio monitors, MIDI controller, and so on. There’s a top-shelf also, where you can keep studio monitors as well.
What We Like About AZ Studio Workstations – 88 Key Workstation Desk
The highlights of this ergonomically designed studio desk are its full extension keyboard shelf, adjustable height feature, and its strong built. The full-extension keyboard shelf tends to give you complete access to the keyboard controls as well as keys. You can also access the 6RU rack spaces and grommet holes for untangled wiring. Besides the full extension keyboard shelf, we were quite impressed by the 3 different height positions, which will give you a sort of freedom to choose your keyboard. Different height positions allow you to change keyboards, as the tray can fit in any size keyboard.
Overall, this studio desk is thoughtfully designed and constructed to offer comfort even when you’re in creative mode, sitting at the desk for long hours.
What We Like Don’t Like About AZ Studio Workstations – 88 Key Workstation Desk
On the downside, this desk doesn’t have extra racks apart from the main surface, keyboard tray, and 6RU. Plus, it is expensive.
6RU of rack spaces
Fit in 88-keys keyboard
3 different height positions
Lacks enough space
As a second-tier to the base model in the Nucleus Series, the Ultimate Support Nucleus 2 comes with an additional sturdy keyboard tray alongside representing a new solution for professional as well as project studios.
Overview of Features
Constructed using superior quality materials, the Ultimate Support Nucleus 2 can fit in your composing gears perfectly, as it offers ample space. Besides, it features a sturdy and extremely stylish desktop made using MDF. Apart from its modular and Ultimate Support Sleek design, this studio desk offers 12-inches extensions Sonic Isolation and Decoupling on the legs of the desk. Plus, there are channels in the desk’s legs to ensure proper weight management and decoupling.
What We Like About Ultimate Support Nucleus 2
The most outstanding element you’ll find in the Ultimate Support Nucleus 2, which comes with 2 extension units. You can easily fit in the required gears and eliminate chair spinning and leaning to improve workflow; also convenience. Such a design ensures that as a composer you’ve everything (every gear and accessories) within your reach. On the whole, this professional studio desk is a great option for composers, as one just has to decide how many accessories to put on it.
What We Like Don’t Like About Ultimate Support Nucleus 2
Considering the downside of the Ultimate Support Nucleus 2, it can be said that there aren’t many pitfalls. However, this studio desk might fall short of space, as it might impose issues in accommodating all gears- mixing monitors, MIDI controllers, and so on.
| Modular and Ultimate Support Sleek design
Comes with 2 extension units
|Shortage of space|
Designed for recording studios as well as home studios, especially ones with limited space, Studio Trends 30’’ desk comes with features similar to any expensive studio desks.
Overview of Features
This 30-inch studio desk is ideal for studios as well as on stage. Being a compact desk, Studio Trends offers flexibility and can be easily transported due to its lightweight. Also, transporting it is made easier with its 4 rolling wheels. Manufactured using wood and metal, there are minor chances of wear and tear. It’s undoubtedly quite sturdy and durable.
What We Like About Studio Trends 30″ Desk
The most notable aspect of this desk is its adjustable height, which makes it fit anywhere. However small or congested your room or studio is, you can surely fit Studio Trends 30’’ in without worrying about jamming the space. Moreover, Studio Trends 30’’ has another desk area above the main space, which gives you ample area to keep other music electronic gears such as studio monitors, MIDI controllers, etc. Even behind the main desktop surface, there is a good space to store 4 rack effects modules. Lastly, the 4 rolling wheels included in this model to make its transportation easier is a great feature. Besides, you can also lock 2 wheels to prevent it from slipping while working.
What We Like Don’t Like About Studio Trends 30″ Desk
Well, a major limitation of the Studio Trends 30’’ desk is no rolling keyboard tray. It doesn’t even have a way to attach an external one. So, you can use only laptops for editing or mixing.
| Stunning, classy look
Have all your equipment within reach
| Extensive assembly
Height of the main desk
Now that you know about the best studio desks, we hope you can pick the right model for you. However, if we had to suggest one, then Studio RTA Producer Station is the best studio desk– the model that can easily accommodate all of your electronic gears as well as instruments. Featuring 48 rack spaces and Open cable management, this studio desk is a great option under the $500 price range.
Nevertheless, other models are also great and you can invest in them if it caters to your needs.
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