The producer desk is arguably the main little bit of your music studio setup. Yes, a lot more so than all of your flashy Moog synthesizers, your Tanzbar analog drum machines, the all important studio desk can add the budget to the super expensive.

We’ve assembled our top 10 set of the very best studio workstations you can purchase in 2020. Ready your eyes (as well as your wallet) for a few truly heavy studio gear porn.

5 Best Studio Desks For Producers

  1. ZAOR – ‘MIZA X2’
    Toted as ‘The Cockpit’ of producer studio workstations, the MIZA X2 is easily the most luxurious producer workstations to ever exist.

The MIZA X2 supplies the ultimate user experience and includes an extraordinary array of features.

It’s obtainable in 2 stunning colors: for more photos, just click here (opens in new tab).

Features
Integrated speaker stands
A huge drawer for controllers and master keyboards
A section that may hold multiple monitors
3 x 4 rack units for 19″ devices
A big compartment for a tower PC or Mac
Dimensions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 1890 x 1005 x 1144 (1545) mm
Drawer: 1765 x 432 x 175 mm
Leg space: 605 mm
Review
The multi-tiered layout of the desk is highly functional, and the hexagon-styled edges put in a hyper-modern believe that is unrivalled. It’s definitely a distinctive looking furniture piece, and After all that in the simplest way. There’s enough desk property to support more gear than two arms are designed for, and the dimensions were even well suited for someone of my short, 5’6″ stature.

Everything just appeared like it had been in arm’s reach, and required minimal rolling around in my own chair to attain everything.

Because of its sheer size, I was hoping to escape with having 2 27″ widescreen monitors. Unfortunately, the desk is merely wide enough to support two 21.5″ monitors while also housing your speakers. Of course, this may be combatted by plopping your monitor speakers on separate stands, or getting among those LCD monitor trees to stack your screens vertically rather than horizontally.

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The desk is manufactured out of strong melamine resin-coated chipboard, even though it shows for in sturdiness, the weight of the thing might turn some buyers off. It reaches more than an impressive 400 pounds in shipping freight.

I’m not likely to say the desk is cheap, nonetheless it is obviously a value-for-money option. The construction, paint finish and construction is on par with among the better music studio desks I’ve ever really tried. The massive drawer for your controllers and master keyboards slides out with out a hiccup, and the casters were buttery smooth.

The desk even includes a couple of IsoPlanes with their integrated Aperta system. This is an extremely nice touch, and felt such as a welcome addition instead of an afterthought.

The cable management features are good, though I wish more holes were included to thread cables through. Fortunately there are a good amount of DIY cable management solutions out there that doesn’t really pose a lot of a problem.

Build instructions were fairly easy to check out along to, and each little bit of the puzzle only match the right corresponding piece, so there is hardly any room for error when assembling. Do note however that the packaging it will come in is extremely wide, and you’ll have to unpack it in your yard.

Pros
Ergonomic as hell!
Comfortable armrests certainly are a very nice touch
Can fit smaller rooms
Cons
Keyboard tray will not lock
Floor rack cabinet not included
If you’d like to learn more info on the specs, color options, etc, just click here (opens in new tab).

  1. StudioDesk Enterprise

StudioDesk’s ‘Enterprise’ is really a newcomer to the studio desk/producer workstation field, and a welcome one at that. With the beautifully bevelled edges and angular lines, they pride themselves on the sleek, futuristic look (comparable to something out of a scifi series), but additionally on the features that focus on the present day electronic musician. The Enterprise is not any doubt among the finest desks for music studios in 2020.

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Features
1x 19″ 3U plus 2x 19″ 1 U rack shelf
Cable management beneath the table
Scrollable keyboard table for 88 keys instruments
Adjustable monitor shelves
Legs in MDF black glossy lacquer
Worktop: Black matte lacquered
Dimensions
(W x H x D): total 1856 x 1055 (monitor shelves) / 820 (height countertop) x 935 mm
Keyboard table dimensions (W x H x D): 1566/1490 x 673/639 x 574 mm
Review
StudioDesk’s claim is that the Enterprise is really a “perfectly optimized ergonomic space”, in fact it is hard to refute that. Right out of your box it is possible to tell that the desk has been carefully made to cater towards those that don’t have the blissful luxury of an enormous room. Considering the amount of bedroom producers on the market (like ourselves), we definitely commend this foresight.

Once assembled, it will be feels as ergonomic because they promise. Everything is merely an arm’s reach away, and there’s a great deal of leg space. When putting down our Komplete Kontrol S88 midi keyboard onto the tray, it felt solid and secure. With only some minor adjustment from the seat, we could actually achieve an ideal ‘piano height’ that put zero strain on our wrists. With RSI being truly a growing concern for modern producers, obtaining the perfect height for the keyboard/controllers/mouse is really a definite must in order to avoid long-term injury. And the Enterprise does that.

The casters on the keyboard tray are smooth and don’t feel ‘cheap’, and correctly concealed our giant 88-key workstation. The drawer, however, will not ‘lock’ in place, and will sometimes (but very rarely) slide in/out alone.

Browse the StudioDesk Enterprise’s full specs here (opens in new tab).
Rackspace was ample, nevertheless the optional extra of the ground rack cabinet could possibly be something you intend to look into if you wish a supplementary 8U of space. It’s just a few hundred dollars extra to possess that thrown in, so if you’re thinking about expanding, it’s worth the amount of money.

The centered rack space adds an extremely stylish touch to the desk that is fairly unique to the ‘Enterprise’ desk. But style aside, it’s also completely functional and again, ergonomic. The 3U rack bay is actually always at your fingertips, and the perfect destination to slot in your soundcard, preamps along with other master controls such as for example monitor switchers and VU meters.

The speaker shelves are correctly positioned that you can achieve the perfect ‘equilateral triangle’ listening position. Remember that the speaker shelves aren’t created to support monitors above 16kg – you’ll need separate speaker means those.

A pleasant bonus feature of the desk may be the padded armrests that include the table. Again, ‘ergonomic’ is really a word that gets thrown around so much in the market, it was a pleasant surprise to see the corporation actually deliver for the reason that regard.

The construction was robust, and assembly (despite taking two different people) was fairly simple to follow along to, especially with the video instructions.

Pros
Truly ergonomic features
Comfortable armrests certainly are a very nice touch
Can fit smaller room
Cons
Keyboard tray will not lock
Not a large amount of rackspace
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SessionDesk Gustav
SessionDesk identifies Gustav as a staple in its ‘Basic Series’, though there’s nothing basic about any of it. The desk is really a fully-fledged battle station that’s as classy because they come when discussing premium producer workstations.

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Features
Dimensions & weight
(W x H x D): 2348 x 1127 x 920 mm
Weight: approx. 48 kg
Review
The SessionDesk Gustav is craftsmanship at its finest. Weighing in at 48kg, you understand you’re spending money on a durable and quality product. The table’s middle section is height-adjustable (3 different levels) to match everyone from the tall and lanky to the short and stocky.

With 18U of rackspace, you’re spoilt for configuration options with the method that you desire to arrange your outboard gear. Units slot in just like a glove and you will secure them with out a hitch utilizing the provided rack screws.

Speaker support systems are robust and angled correctly for critical listening, because of the complete angling of the desk components. For exactly the same reason, the desk can be perfect for many who mix in surround sound.

Crafted from high-quality lining wood, the desk is really a no-frills solution for the present day electronic producer or home recording studio buff who takes a desk which will stand the test of time. And that’s why we’ve included it inside our ‘Best Studio Workstations of 2020’ list.

Pros
Robust construction
Height-adjustable middle section
Angled configuration for surround sound mixing
Cons
You’ll desire a fairly large room size
Angled desks use up more space
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  1. Zaor Onda (Angled)

With a robust and modern studio design, the Zaor ‘Onda Angled’ is another highly functional, angled studio desk for many who desire to rock that classic 60’s desk feel.

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Features
Cable outlets and storage compartment
Offset monitor shelf with cable outlet beneath the worktop
Sides, front panels and feet created from solid oak
Colour: Black
Dimensions and weight
(W x H x D): 2346 mm (back side) x 1800 mm (front side) x 720 mm / 815 mm (speakers) x 910 mm
Net weight: 65 kg
Review
As the name of the producer workstation suggests, it really is an angled, or trapeze-shaped producer desk, and a feature-packed one at that. Out from the box, the studio desk has a total of 12 RU of rack space, which are symmetrical from your own seating position.

The construction quality is on par with the very best. No flimsy MDF or sawdust-esque plywood here. The very best panels and feet are built from solid European oak, and all feel very durable.

In conditions of cable management, it’s perfectly thought out. You can find cable passages in every the right places, helping you to hide them out of sight.

The desk was delivered in 2 packages and was not at all hard to create. Instructions were detailed in fact it is possible to put together the desk on your own (though we always recommend two persons for safety). We could actually assemble the desk within 45 minutes without the issues.

Pros
Solid wood construction
Great cable management
Easy to assemble
Cons
You’ll desire a fairly large room size
Angled desks use up more space.