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Welcome to part 2 of my Music Studio Reassemble Series!

We focus on actually installing computer monitor arms.

(I go for a 3 monitor setup, and explain the benefits).

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This video covers two things..

  1. We set up the computer monitor arms for 3 monitors..
  2. I fix my Custom MIDI Keyboard Tray from squeaking!

Here’s the exact model of my computer monitor arms:


Why Buy Computer Monitor Arms?

For awhile, my computer screens were placed on whatever I could find for height..

This worked, but the desk was hard to work with (and messy)..

Here’s the best feature of a monitor arm:

The floating space underneath the monitor!

A computer monitor’s stand gets in the way of valuable space for the fast producer workflow..

For example, my MIDI Keyboard fits under the monitor now!

You can also adjust the monitor’s distance, tilt, and swing so it’s easier on your eyes, too!

I wanted 3 computer screens for this reason:

  • One monitor for what you see in my FL Studio Courses.
  • One monitor for what I see when recording a video.
  • One monitor for files that you do not see for workflow.

How Many Computer Monitors Do You Need for Making Beats?

Let me tell you a quick story..

When I started making beats I was using two screens.. it was definitely better than one screen..

And because I always like finding a better workflow..

I thought, “What if 4 screens.. and put them into a big square?”.

Four screens for music production is the ultimate workflow.

GratuiTous Home Music Studio Around 2017 (4 Monitor Setup)
GratuiTous’ Music Studio – Sept 7, 2017

Why don’t I use 4 computer screens anymore?

It’s really because of creating FL Studio Courses.

You only see one screen when watching my FL Studio Tutorials.. and stretching FL Studio over the 4 monitors, then back to one monitor, was annoying for workflow.

I’d forget to change something, which made me redo videos..

So I just use FL Studio on one monitor, and figured out a powerful workflow with Enter to make things full screen.

You must understand, workflow is so important for quality.

Workflow is like a template.

What does a template do?

Well, within music production:

A template saves you time, clicks, improves workflows, helps consistency, and produce results faster.


Wrapping Up Part 2!

This video shared how to install computer monitor arms!

The process was pretty straightforward.. except..

I put an extra block of wood, as a 2×4 or 2×6 gives about 1 1/2″ of height, otherwise the monitor arms were up high on the stand, and I don’t want it to be top-heavy and come crashing down!

So I needed to find a bigger bolt (3.5″), which was hard to find!!

But the basic installation is easy..

You can either choose:

  • Clamp Monitor Arms to the Desk
  • Drill a Hole and Install the Bolt

Why I drilled a hole for my monitor arms was to bring them closer, making it easier on my eyes for comfort.

My desk is pretty wide, so clamping the monitor arms would make the screens way too far back.

But you simply drill a hole, install the bolt, install the monitor arms, then install the screens to the arms.

The arms have tension screws to match the weight of your screen so you can lift them up and down easily, but still holds.

I was really impressed with the quality of these monitor arms.

You also have to think about cable lengths, and if the screen is HDMI, DisplayPort, and if your computer has the connections!

The process is straightforward, but a lot to think about.

I also made the holes bigger for my MIDI Keyboard Tray.

Initially, I installed my MIDI Keyboard Tray’s slides on an angle so it’s easier on the wrists, which also makes reading the LCD screen easier, too!

This time, I installed the soft-closing slides level, but installed wedges in the back to give that pitch back!

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