I filmed a video
I don't know about you, but my music workspace is constantly messy. While this is obviously good for the creative processes (of course!), it's a bit of an eyesore when not in use. I also don't like to constantly rearrange instruments and having to figure out cabling and power supply.
So after trying out various setups over the years and doing some research, I came up with a seemingly awesome solution: the IKEA PAX wardrobe system!
You can configure it online or at the store in great detail to fit your needs exactly! I started with this:
236x100x60cm, four drawers, one slide-out tray, two shelves
I also wanted to get some 19" rack equipment and a 12U Eurorack system in there, which would fit the inside width nicely. It barely doesn't fit two 19" racks next to each other however, but one 19" rack and one 84hp Eurorack works great. I got some wood and built a frame:
... adding Eurorack power DIY-style:
... adding Eurorack rails:
... screwed the frame into the PAX wardrobe:
... and here is the (almost) final result
LEFT: closed and inconspicuous, RIGHT: open and ready to rock!
I mounted my Zoom R16 mixer/recorder on the inside of the right door. It connects to a patch bay where all my equipment is also connected to.
The slide-out tray is a little above waist height, so it's very comfortable to jam standing up:
Cable holder on the left door:
Added some LED strips and a green screen for my YouTube video projects:
Disco!!! (click the image)
Drawer full of synths:
Drawer full of cables:
Here's a list of components:
- PAX wardrobe from Ikea
- Wood for the 19"/Eurorack frame from ExpressZuschnitt.de
- 2x Mean Well Eurorack power from Error Instruments
- 4x MDLR CASE Eurorack bus boards from Error Instruments / mdlrcase.com
- 12U Eurorack rails via Klangbau Köln
- 12U 19" rack rails, Neutrik patch bay and accessories from Thomann
Watch my first jams here:
March 2018 Update:
November 2020 Update:flx wrote:I tidied everything up again, after installing the Serge modular panels in the 19" rack.
The PAX has a size where I have enough room to expand my music systems in pretty much any way I want to, without completely going overboard and amassing an unreasonable amount of gear. In fact, right now I do feel like it's already getting a bit much "stuff" and I could probably slim down quite a bit, but since it's not spilling out of the wardrobe I don't have to.
flx wrote: ↑Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:48 am Here's a little wardrobe update, after 3,5 years since its initial setup.
I have not needed to replace any shelf boards due to sagging. In fact, I don't think that things have sagged more over time. This is good to know. I also re-arranged the contents of the white 19" Rack/Eurorack frame a few times, and it still holds up as well as ever. After letting go of my Serge and most of my Eurorack in the past year, the frame contents have become a little patchy. I'm still on a journey here and I'm not sure where exactly I'm heading. For example I could make the whole white frame a little wall of 5U modular, removing the Eurorack completely from it. If I took that route, I'd build a new frame though, fitting the 5U dimensions exactly and integrating the oscilloscope more nicely. Or I could remove the whole frame, and add a simple shelf, on which I'd put a smaller 5U case and a small Eurorack case or something else.
In the meantime I wanted to move away form the bare IKEA look inside the wardrobe:
So I ordered some adhesive cork hexagons and glued them to the white shelf board:
... and because synthesizer spaces must have some greenery and succulents nowadays (it's the law), I added those too:
It's a jungle in there.