Mike Craig. wrote:Personally, I like to be able to tweak the knobs on my synths at the same time as playing my main keyboard, rather than having to bend down, or wheel my chair over to a 19" rack.
Then get your ergonomics sorted!
I only have one rack synth and that's amongst my small effects rack which is to the left of my main 'workstation area'... That synth and the effects get used fairly frequently. When I'm sitting there, that rack is from about hip height to shoulder height, all I have to do to reach it is turn my head to see it, I don't even need to swivel on my chair. I could probably add another 4-6 units worth of gear to it before it becomes unconfortable to use.
As for keyboardless synths though, I'm not too keen on them. The only synth I have which has some space on the top is my Fusion so I could put one there but when I'm using a synth, I like to sit at it with all the keys and knobs/buttons etc right in front of me so if I ever do get one of these small desktop jobbies, that's where it'll go, there's no other place for it. As for why I like to have everything in front of me, I spend more time creating sounds than I do playing.
I must admit that it is a bit of a bugger basically having three separate work places though, my main workstation and two synth stands (I have two chairs too!) but I've had to compromise on that aspect of ergonomics so that I can have the good ergonomics of several full size (with keys) synths.
The Elf wrote:Two things I find depressing are gear that won't rack and external power supplies. Sure, there are good reasons for some desktop-format gear, but I can't find a home in my studio for any more. Put it in a rack box and hand me a power lead and I'm listening, else I'll just pass on it thanks.
Racks help keep things tidy and uncluttered IMHO.
Thankfully I only have two external PSUs, one is for my mixer and the other is for a USB hub... Unless you count the one for my Zoom H4 which gets used in the studio from time to time.