After years of trying all kinds of unsatisfactory arrangements - keyboard at 90-degree angle with computer monitor on telescoping arm, two computer keyboards and mice, two sets of speakers, etc. - I finally built a desk that slides over the keyboard.
The controller keyboard is simply straddled by sideways 2x6 planks with drawer slides on them; when I\'m writing, the desk slides back to expose the controller keyboard, leaving the computer keyboard in a perfect position over it; when I need to work at my desk, I slide the desktop forward up to my belly. I have a freestanding \"bridge\" for the speakers and computer monitors (so they stay in the same position when I slide the desktop).
But if you use a big mixer, this won\'t work unless you have a second sliding layer for it. My digital mixer is off to the side, since I only use it for monitoring and routing.
I had my keyboard at 90 degrees and it was also on a two keyboard holder, on the top (because I have a full size digital piano on the bottom). It really annoyed me having to wheel over to it and reach up as well. I finally took it down and just put it on the top of my desk. I just have a normal desk with a typing keyboard slide out tray.
I definitely like this setup way more. If you\'re doing a lot of MIDI stuff and you\'re playing things live in, it\'s way nicer to have the keyboard right in front of you. It\'s also nicer if you need to look at the onboard display of your keyboard at times, which I did.
Its 2 of these going opposite directions to form the U.
I found just the tops in scratch and dent for $40 each.
Then I put legs on them so the table was high enough for my controller to slide UNDER it.
The controller only sticks out far enough for the keys to show. This puts the computer keyboard and mouse above the controller on the big table at the perfect height to keep my arms and wrists straight.
Thanks for the emails gents. I sent you some really bad pics.
But I realize its pathetic that I didn\'t have a server to host pics so I delved into my earthlink account only to realize that the service comes with web space!!
So I built a crappy site in 20 minutes and posted the pics.
Anotehr option that lets you put the keyboard at 90 degrees, but still lets you easily see the computer monitor and edit things: a monitor cable splitter lets you put a second monitor over your keyboard. I use a wireless mouse, too, so it\'s simple to pick and move to the other side of the computer keyboard, or use it on the midi keyboard itself (I have a Yamaha S-80 that has a lot of empty flat space on the upper right side.)
I was just at Ikea today.
They had a bunch of the cool shaped desk tops in their \"as is\" room.
$20 - $50 each.
I am also looking into getting a corian countertop made for me at home depot that is basically the top to zimmers work desk.
Couple racks underneath...........
Controller keyboard on a stand that slides underneath.....