After moving into a new apartment and being lucky enough to get a (semi) dedicated studio room, I’m finally getting around to rethinking my studio ergonomics. While my Kore 1 hardware doesn’t really get in the way, I find that there are actually several different spots I’d like to have it in depending on what it’s being used for.
In my current setup, with my 88-key controller perpendicular to my desk, the Kore controller sits at the corner of that L-shape on a collapsible tripod shelf. It’s fine until I need to spend some time editing user pages for example… then the constant reaching becomes a pain.
My solution will involve placing the keyboard between me and the monitors, with Kore somewhere close to hand – but which slice of the precious desktop real-estate to use? At the moment I’m thinking of mounting a desk arm with a shelf like the Lindy Notebook-Arm or the slicker Rode PSA-1 (with some sort of shelf attachment of course), but I’m interested in hearing what our readers think. Have you found the perfect way to slot Kore into your rig?
Help is at hand
If you want to try out reshuffling your hardware but don’t fancy hassle the hassle of rewiring, here’s something that might help. I’ve been a fan of the free Google Sketchup since I made some attempts at a controller for Live, and recently turned to it again to help with my studio redesign.
This mainly involves designing and building a new desk, and although the desk isn’t yet finished I thought I’d share with you the mockup I made of my Kore 1 interface. It’s not an exact copy but most of the measurements are accurate to within ~1mm, which should help you judge placement pretty well.
I don’t have the Kore 2 controller so couldn’t make a version of that, although if anyone wants to have a go it shouldn’t be too difficult to modify my file to get the results you’re after.
Sketchup is highly recommended – aside from being very satisying to use, it makes trying out different studio layouts far easier and quicker. Once you’ve put in some time recreating your main pieces of gear, you can rearrange them any way and as often as you want, with millimetre precision.
Related: CDM asks: How do you Kore?