I wanted to quickly share a new update to my music studio.
I installed a custom midi keyboard pull-out tray!
(These pictures show in/out positions.. CLICK TO VIEW IMAGES BIGGER):
For those new, I use an adjustable keyboard tray for my typing keyboard and mouse.. The only problem is it pushes the MIDI Keyboard far from you, making it hard for hands-on mixing!
It causes pain in the shoulders, back, and it’s hard on the arms!
Custom-Built MIDI Keyboard Pullout Tray
The custom MIDI Keyboard Tray took me one evening to make.. and it’s exactly what I wanted!
Here’s two quick videos showing opening / closing the MIDI Keyboard Tray!
How was the MIDI Keyboard Pull Out Tray Made?
I purchased kitchen drawer slides (I made sure they were medium grade quality for smooth pullout.. these ones weren’t “soft closing”).
I bolted wood to the desk, then screwed the drawer sliders to that wood!
Then, on the sliders, I attached plywood on top!
The end result is a very smooth MIDI Keyboard pull out platform!
This allows me to take advantage of the NEW M-Audio Oxygen Pro V2 Template to open plugins for hands-on mixing! It’s been awesome so far!
Also.. you will probably need a monitor arm to create a “floating space” under the MIDI Keyboard for storage.
Wrapping Up: Custom MIDI Keyboard Tray
Now I can sit back and mix hands-on with the MIDI Keyboard close to my body!
By the way.. Season 3 of Music Production Made Simple Podcast is now released! (See the link below).