Here are four more quick projects to pump up your home studio and help think about your gear in new ways. See tinyurl.com/diysnap1 for the first article in this series and many more DIY projects.
Rockin’ Rollers 1.
If your studio has a hardwood floor (like most pro rooms I’ve visited), a wonderful upgrade is to pry the wheels off your desk chair and replace them with Rollerblade-style rubber skate wheels. It’s amazing how relaxing it is to glide around.
Rockin’ Rollers 2.
After popping off my old wheels, I drilled holes in the bottom of a prefab closet shelf, inserted the wheels, and made a rolling rack for my rackmount gear. It now glides under my desk when I’m not using it, and then rolls out for tweaking and repatching.
The Yudo Kami-Oto (literally “papersound”) was a cardboard kit you could wrap around a Bluetooth computer keyboard to turn it into a MIDI controller. It never shipped, but I had fun assembling this prototype and playing with MIDIWriter, a 99¢ iOS app that maps QWERTY to MIDI.
My glass-topped keyboard stand is now far better with the addition of a first-gen iPad ($50 on eBay). The elderly tablet is still spry enough to run MIDI Designer Pro patch editors for my hardware synths ($24.99). If your iPad’s battery is fading, you can add an IK Multimedia iRig MIDI interface ($35 used) to power the pad while playing.