I have a compact 37-key synth - an Alesis Micron - that I would like to use at small-scale
gigs, such as open mic nights. I use it as a control keyboard for a Roland SonicCell
sound module, which plays my backing tracks and sits atop a cymbal stand.
Trouble is, although the Micron sits fine on the top of a two-tier keyboard stand where
the support arms can be adjusted appropriately, I don't really have a single-tier keyboard
stand that will accommodate it safely - at least not at a height where it would be
I find that both of my current x-stands lock into place slightly too
wide for the synth. It will sit on the support arms but only half an inch away from the
edges on either side, meaning it would be very easy for someone accidentally to knock the
synth off the stand. If I set the stand any higher, bringing the support arms closer
together, the synth will be positioned too high up for me to play it properly.
I have a mesh metal shelf that can go on the stand and this has its uses for some types
of gear. However, it's heavy/bulky and taking that to a gig would defeat the object of
travelling light with a small keyboard in the first place. There's a similar issue with
another type of stand that I own - great for holding keyboards in a studio environment but
not suitable for gigging short sets where gear needs to be set up quickly and then
disassembled just as rapidly.
Does anyone here use a similarly-sized keyboard
in a live setting and what solutions have you found for safely accommodating it on a