Reader Wayne Keller shared this video, that documents how he makes music in a studio that’s designed to make the most of a tiny space.
He calls it the ‘Den of Smallitude’ and says it features “atrocious acoustics, zero daylight and permeating, lingering scent of thick coffee by the gallon.”
Keller has not let his tiny workplace keep him from making music. He’s tricked out the space with a collection of MacGyver-worthy moving, folding & sliding elements that allow him to pack a lot of music gear into a small area. As a result, the studio is uncluttered and, with quirky decor and custom lighting, is a great space for making music.
Watch for sliding turntables, movable gear racks, wall-mounted gear and fold-out keyboards.
“I built all the sketchy, moveable stuff out of a busted Ikea shoe rack, Dodge Dakota hood hinges, Honda Civic cam gears and random scrap metal,” he notes. “Tetanus resistance a bonus.”
He notes that his gear is mostly used and ‘temperamental’, including: Roland Aira TR-8s, MX-1, TB-3, JD-Xi, MidiFighter Twister, Korg Microkorg, Boss rc-50, Casio PT-80, DigiTech RP-355, Boss LS-2 line selector, Pioneer DJM 600, Technics 1200s, a few looping records (with tape on ’em, Kink style) and Audiokit Synth One. Everything is synced by Ableton Live MIDI clock, except Pioneer mixer & 70’s Casio.
Check out the video and let us know what you think! And if you’ve got your own tricks for making the most of a tiny studio space, share them in the comments!