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Author Do you stand?
thelowerrhythm
I recently swapped out a bunch of dual row modular cases for one big tower of seven. It's too tall for sitting, but I'm digging it. My workflow has changed so much, in such a positive way, that I thought I'd ask around and see how many others work primarily standing up (and how that affects how you work).

Being unable to disconnect from linear order, my modules cascade downwards from sound generation up top to effects on the bottom. Thinking of the signal as succumbing to gravity on some level is exciting.
lisa
I always stand. I do that in my office job too, except for in meetings (and I hate meetings). It feels like it helps me think.
Yes Powder
I stand when recording, but sit when working on a patch. Maybe I should try standing to patch?
starthief
Nope.

One of the constraints I put on my home studio is everything, including my computer and some free desk space, needed to be within reach while sitting.
naturligfunktion
I sit but I do not like it. I like to record things standing up, but my table is to low sadly
shred
patching and recording - sit
jamming/messing around - stand

often a combo of the two
cornutt
A combination. My modular case is tall enough that I have to stand to reach the top row, so I tend to do most of my patching and knob-tweaking while standing. But it depends on what I'm doing. If I'm going to play a part on the keyboard where I won't be touching the modular while I play, I usually sit so that I have both feet free for pedals.
pugix
1. Sit at desk, designing a patch on paper.
2. Stand to patch and tweak.
3. Lie on couch to listen; GOTO 2.
spilthyfred
I stand when I am patching, and sit when mixing ar mu computer. Sitting and patching sounds nice sometimes though.
mojopin
I sit..uncomfortably.
blw
I prefer sitting for sure. And I'm lounging in bed with my laptop typing this. Sedentary living! cool
EPTC
starthief wrote:

One of the constraints I put on my home studio is everything, including my computer and some free desk space, needed to be within reach while sitting.


Unless for medical or disability purposes, is there a reason?
chachi
my modular is in a freestanding rack so i, too, stand to use it. after a long day it is hard to find the energy to stand there and also be relaxed and musical. but i do like being able to move around between keyboard stations and the computer which are not all within reach. i think i might get a rolling stool.
Fog Door
When recording I stand, mooch about even. Sometimes go and make a coffee if its a long track and nothing requires my godlike intervention wink
starthief
EPTC wrote:
starthief wrote:

One of the constraints I put on my home studio is everything, including my computer and some free desk space, needed to be within reach while sitting.


Unless for medical or disability purposes, is there a reason?


Partially comfort. If I'm going to be doing something for a few hours, I want to be comfortable.

Partially available space -- I have a corner desk in a small room shared with my spouse's desk, a big aquarium, and book shelves and our dogs also often pile into the room to hang out with us.

Partially my state of mind when creating -- I kind of tune out my physical surroundings and forget about any gear that isn't immediately at hand and ready to play.
cptnal
starthief wrote:
EPTC wrote:
starthief wrote:

One of the constraints I put on my home studio is everything, including my computer and some free desk space, needed to be within reach while sitting.


Unless for medical or disability purposes, is there a reason?


Partially comfort. If I'm going to be doing something for a few hours, I want to be comfortable.

Partially available space -- I have a corner desk in a small room shared with my spouse's desk, a big aquarium, and book shelves and our dogs also often pile into the room to hang out with us.

Partially my state of mind when creating -- I kind of tune out my physical surroundings and forget about any gear that isn't immediately at hand and ready to play.


It's a Kaizen/5S thing. One of the few fads in industry that's actually worth anything. Basically the things you use the most should be closest to you. Sounds common sense, but if you start looking around your every day life you notice little things you could do better. I used to keep the cat food in a cupboard across the room from where I served it just because that-is-where-the-cat-food-is-kept. Now I keep it in a drawer under the serving area. Quicker, easier, and less risk of tripping over the beasts prowling around my feet.

As you were. thumbs up
Flexyflier
I stand and sit........have to stand for the larger case.
authorless
I sit on the floor.
beatcleaver
I both stand and sit. I used to alway sit and found that when I started standing it definitley felt different making tracks. Can't really put it into words, but if you always sit I'd encourage you to give it a try if you can.
Demi Jon
authorless wrote:
I sit on the floor.


I sat on the floor for the first 15 years of performing -- now it hurts too much.

Got the modular on a keyboard stand now, so I stand when performing and practising with the band. Sit at my worktable when jamming at home.
hlprmnky
Stand even though my 6U/104 could be a sit-down machine for sure. Years of “knowledge work” career combined with mild scoliosis mean that I don’t spend any time in a traditional office-desk-with-chair setup that I don’t absolutely have to. Standing desk for computer work, adjacent workbench for music, couch, hammock, or bed for any time I want to be off my feet, read, listen, or think.
TEKBRAIN
I stand too. I can move/dance with the sound/music.
Cybananna
I always stand. My studio and modular layout doesn’t allow sitting. Works for me.
pekbro
My setup is all about desk space and accessibility while seated. I'm on
my feet all day at work, typically we walk about 10 miles in a day as well.

So I always sit when relaxing with my musical toys at home...
thelowerrhythm
I'm kind of surprised so many people stand, but maybe I shouldn't be. It makes perfect sense that the ability to move and interact with it is still going to be important, regardless of it being a stationary object (though let me know if you wear it on a strap and swing it around...). I just didn't expect it to change the way I engage with it so drastically. It's also just awesome to be free of that bottom to top, left to right workflow.

Now I just need to get a 70 foot headphone cable so I'm less likely to walk off and pull the whole thing down... MY ASS IS BLEEDING
beyourdog
thelowerrhythm wrote:
I recently swapped out a bunch of dual row modular cases for one big tower of seven. It's too tall for sitting, but I'm digging it. My workflow has changed so much, in such a positive way, that I thought I'd ask around and see how many others work primarily standing up (and how that affects how you work).

Being unable to disconnect from linear order, my modules cascade downwards from sound generation up top to effects on the bottom. Thinking of the signal as succumbing to gravity on some level is exciting.


Do you bang your head, have a beard and wear flannel shirts or funky t-shirts? Heard it is good for the workflow too...
thelowerrhythm
beyourdog wrote:
thelowerrhythm wrote:
I recently swapped out a bunch of dual row modular cases for one big tower of seven. It's too tall for sitting, but I'm digging it. My workflow has changed so much, in such a positive way, that I thought I'd ask around and see how many others work primarily standing up (and how that affects how you work).

Being unable to disconnect from linear order, my modules cascade downwards from sound generation up top to effects on the bottom. Thinking of the signal as succumbing to gravity on some level is exciting.


Do you bang your head, have a beard and wear flannel shirts or funky t-shirts? Heard it is good for the workflow too...


Well, my beard just kinda grew there all by itself, but I definitely don't bang my head. lol
batch
My system is about 6ft wide and 7ft high so I have to stand to patch it. It’s in a built in book case and so you can get very close to it without the need to lean forward. This has helped reduce pain in my lower back a lot as before I was reaching forward a lot.

I generally sit down to listen to the patch/ rest my feet every now and again.
what gives?
I'm a bit of an ergonomics nazi: Desks are elevated to suit standing up (desktop height should allow rest of your forearm, while maintaining a relaxed shoulder posture). Occasionally i use one of those tall chairs to match the desks height, so it's a sit-stand-combination type of situation.
3hands
I sit a lot at work, so I like to stand while making music. If I bring my modular out to the balcony however, I sit and patch!
wiperactive
I'm currently in a (horrendously overextended) period of full-studio-in-storage mode, but I'm now seriously considering that when I eventually find a place to rebuild it, I'll raise everything from its previous sitting height arrangement to a standing one.

The reason in my case are the potential health benefits for somebody on the cusp of the 6th decade of life. With increasing time available for extended studio time and hence a generally more sedate lifestyle, I can't afford to be on my arse most of the time, even though I'm generally quite healthy for my age and not averse to getting around on a pushbike - on the derriere again! If I do need to occasionally sit for any reason I'll install an adjustable tall chair. I'm guessing standing could also help with general alertness as I work.
Zifor
I sit when i play , however i would like to stand whenever i get something decent to stand my system up! I think i am use to sitting from playing drums and piano. hmmm.....
catchin
Um yes?
thelowerrhythm
In retrospect, I wish I had asked in the context of studio vs performance, as I was only thinking about the former. The only audience I perform for is a trio of obese cats. help

I think I'd need to perform upright, even if the case was full of blank panels, just to put up a safe barrier between myself and anyone who might witness me screwing the pooch.
chiasticon
both. I have enough crap that it's at various levels. some of which I couldn't reach while sitting, and others I'd have to crouch/sit on my knees if I wasn't in a chair.

I like this. standing a good bit and getting up/down is much better for me than just sitting the whole time. I have a desk job and a half hour commute. I sit enough already.
thelowerrhythm
chiasticon wrote:
both. I have enough crap that it's at various levels. some of which I couldn't reach while sitting, and others I'd have to crouch/sit on my knees if I wasn't in a chair.

I like this. standing a good bit and getting up/down is much better for me than just sitting the whole time. I have a desk job and a half hour commute. I sit enough already.


I work on my feet, so when I get home, if I don't stand to wiggle, I'd run the risk of sitting somewhere else first and not have the energy nor will to stand back up. lol
cornutt
authorless wrote:
I sit on the floor.


Steve Roach used to do that.
01235813
I play an easel and I'm still figuring out a comfortable way of playing.

I prefer standing but if I'm playing for hours at a time I need to find a comfortable way to play sitting. As of now that hasn't been working out too well, my desk is a little to high up. I find myself totally hunched over the easel in a manner that cannot be healthy.

I just put out an order for a stand.
BenA718
My workflow is set up 'cockpit' style: in front of me is my desk (Middle Atlantic with meter bridge), JV-1080, interface, and large monitors; to my right is my modular and guitar pedal board as well as a pair of small monitors; behind me is an x-stand with a 10 channel mixer, MC-500 and TX7 or some other small poly synth.

I am seated for most studio work; my chair is a Secret Lab Omega.
MindMachine
^ I am cockpit style too. Mine os fairly large so I mostly stand to get around. That is primarily predicated on me recording 'live' in the studio. No overdubs. Multiple parts done live, so I am bouncing around. I do have nice Yamaha X style seats (cheap and last many years - thick padding) for when I mix or can sit. I sit commuting and working most of the day, so standing is nice anyway. I also sit on the floor for certain parts when I bring additional keyboards or percussion into the cockpit.

But mostly stand on a nice thick rug over padded carpet in the cockpit.

mt3
Pelsea
Alas, standing for long periods is not an option. I perform standing though. I have some high end chairs for my various workstations.
gonkulator
I designed things so the upper and lower reaches were accessible while sitting, and I roll around back and forth as needed. Standing tends to make me impatient for results.
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