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Product Review: Omnirax Force 32 Audio or Video Editing … – PJ Media

In our review of Bob Simons’ Analog Recording, Using Analog Gear in Today’s Home Studio[1] earlier this month, we discussed the concept of a “hybrid studio.” This harnesses the power of digital audio workstation software on a computer and its related plugins for their editing and processing flexibility – not to mention the ability to cleanup audio via pitch correction and programs such as Izotope RX[2]. But adds to it the warmth of vacuum tube preamps, compressors, and other analog devices. However, once you begin to acquire a few rack-mountable components, organizing them from both an aesthetics standpoint, and more importantly, easing and enhancing your workflow becomes key.

When I built my project studio[3] last year, I hit the ground running with the old computer desk from my den in California, and earlier this year, just plopped a Chandler Limited REDD.47 tube preamp[4] and Warm Audio’s WA-2A tube-based compressor[5] on top of it. But aesthetically, this was pretty darn ugly looking in otherwise great looking room. Also, it impeded my workflow by having to reach behind these units and my behind my audio interface each time I wanted to reroute the signal path. So I began to look around for a proper studio desk.

Choose Your Studio Desk Carefully

I had considered the sort of desk[6] that Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater installed in his home studio[7], but I wasn’t crazy about how it would place the knobs of my key rack mounted-equipment facing upward, rather than in front of me. In terms of ergonomics and spatial perception, it seemed a bit awkward to my personal tastes, but obviously, Mitch seems quite happy with this arrangement, so your mileage will likely vary.

Eventually, I found the Omnirax Force 32[8], built in my old stomping ground of Northern California. Omnirax Furniture Company[9] makes a variety of desk models for applications in the audio and video world. They arrive flat in kit form – my desk, delivered by truck, had five cardboard boxes full of parts, as you can see in the photo below.

Given its complexity, I hired a pro to assemble it – and as the instructions warned, he needed the assistance of a second person near the end to mount the desktop to the side cabinets and kickboard. The completed desk weighs over 300 pounds and is 92” wide by 40” deep, so building it – or at least completing the assembly — in the room where it’s going to reside is highly recommended. (The desk is on wheels for minor adjustments in placing, and to access your adjacent power, data and audio lines.) My assembler told me that as long as you follow the instructions carefully, it goes together quite well. It’s built using the classic cam and pin system — but I don’t think I would recommend assembling something this complex without some qualified help. (And in any case, you’ll very likely need a second person to get the top on.)

References

  1. ^ Analog Recording, Using Analog Gear in Today’s Home Studio (pjmedia.com)
  2. ^ Izotope RX (pjmedia.com)
  3. ^ my project studio (pjmedia.com)
  4. ^ REDD.47 tube preamp (www.soundonsound.com)
  5. ^ WA-2A tube-based compressor (www.soundonsound.com)
  6. ^ the sort of desk (www.soundconstructionsupply.com)
  7. ^ in his home studio (www.youtube.com)
  8. ^ Omnirax Force 32 (omnirax.com)
  9. ^ Omnirax Furniture Company (omnirax.com)

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