Thursday, March 21, 2013

DIY Studio Monitor Stands

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This project is a simple, easy and cheap addition to your home recording studio. Basic monitor stands can be customized to suit your needs, and assembled from dimensional lumber available at your local hardware store.

For my monitor stands, I used a single 8' piece of 1"x12", two 2"x6" boards, some 1 1/2" screws, and some black paint. The total cost comes to under $20 for all pieces.

For the bases of the speaker stands, I cut two 14" sections off of the 1" x 12" board. For the tops of the speaker stands, I cut two 11" pieces from the 1" x 12" board. For the legs, I used four 29" sections of the 2" x 6" boards.

Assembly required only 8 screws per stand, with the boards being assembled as pictured in the diagram here:



With the stand being assembled, the next step was to use sandpaper to smooth off any rough edges. Finally, I added some black paint to complete the stands. 

A few notes regarding making some stands like these for yourself:
  • The tweeters of a 2-way system, like I am using, should be level with your ears at your preferred listening location. 
  • These are not acoustically isolated from the floor. I used some foam wedges between my monitors and stands to achieve greater isolation.
  • My design is very basic, and based on the cheapest cost, not the best materials. I encourage you to customize to meet your specifications.


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