IKEA PAX Eurorack Music Wardrobe! Now with Succulents!

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IKEA PAX Eurorack Music Wardrobe! Now with Succulents!

Post by flx » Wed May 31, 2017 5:43 am

EDIT:
I filmed a video :party:



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I don't know about you, but my music workspace is constantly messy. While this is obviously good for the creative processes (of course!), it's a bit of an eyesore when not in use. I also don't like to constantly rearrange instruments and having to figure out cabling and power supply.

So after trying out various setups over the years and doing some research, I came up with a seemingly awesome solution: the IKEA PAX wardrobe system!




You can configure it online or at the store in great detail to fit your needs exactly! I started with this:
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236x100x60cm, four drawers, one slide-out tray, two shelves :tu:

I also wanted to get some 19" rack equipment and a 12U Eurorack system in there, which would fit the inside width nicely. It barely doesn't fit two 19" racks next to each other however, but one 19" rack and one 84hp Eurorack works great. I got some wood and built a frame:
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... adding Eurorack power DIY-style:
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... adding Eurorack rails:
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... screwed the frame into the PAX wardrobe:
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... and here is the (almost) final result :nana:
LEFT: closed and inconspicuous, RIGHT: open and ready to rock!
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I mounted my Zoom R16 mixer/recorder on the inside of the right door. It connects to a patch bay where all my equipment is also connected to.
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The slide-out tray is a little above waist height, so it's very comfortable to jam standing up:
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Cable holder on the left door:
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Added some LED strips and a green screen for my YouTube video projects:
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Disco!!! :goo: (click the image)
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Drawer full of synths:
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Drawer full of cables:
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Here's a list of components:

- PAX wardrobe from Ikea
- Wood for the 19"/Eurorack frame from ExpressZuschnitt.de
- 2x Mean Well Eurorack power from Error Instruments
- 4x MDLR CASE Eurorack bus boards from Error Instruments / mdlrcase.com
- 12U Eurorack rails via Klangbau Köln
- 12U 19" rack rails, Neutrik patch bay and accessories from Thomann


Watch my first jams here:






March 2018 Update:
flx wrote:I tidied everything up again, after installing the Serge modular panels in the 19" rack.

The PAX has a size where I have enough room to expand my music systems in pretty much any way I want to, without completely going overboard and amassing an unreasonable amount of gear. In fact, right now I do feel like it's already getting a bit much "stuff" and I could probably slim down quite a bit, but since it's not spilling out of the wardrobe I don't have to.

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November 2020 Update:
flx wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:48 am
Here's a little wardrobe update, after 3,5 years since its initial setup.
tuesday_night_machines_symnth_wardrobe_2020-20_1.jpg
I have not needed to replace any shelf boards due to sagging. In fact, I don't think that things have sagged more over time. This is good to know. I also re-arranged the contents of the white 19" Rack/Eurorack frame a few times, and it still holds up as well as ever. After letting go of my Serge and most of my Eurorack in the past year, the frame contents have become a little patchy. I'm still on a journey here and I'm not sure where exactly I'm heading. For example I could make the whole white frame a little wall of 5U modular, removing the Eurorack completely from it. If I took that route, I'd build a new frame though, fitting the 5U dimensions exactly and integrating the oscilloscope more nicely. Or I could remove the whole frame, and add a simple shelf, on which I'd put a smaller 5U case and a small Eurorack case or something else.


In the meantime I wanted to move away form the bare IKEA look inside the wardrobe:
tuesday_night_machines_symnth_wardrobe_2020-20_2.jpg

So I ordered some adhesive cork hexagons and glued them to the white shelf board:
tuesday_night_machines_symnth_wardrobe_2020-20_3.jpg

... and because synthesizer spaces must have some greenery and succulents nowadays (it's the law), I added those too:
tuesday_night_machines_symnth_wardrobe_2020-20_4.jpg
:mygod:

It's a jungle in there.
Last edited by flx on Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:03 pm, edited 13 times in total.

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Post by Rhapsody In Noise » Wed May 31, 2017 6:10 am

Looks really clean, nice job!

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Post by mathomas » Wed May 31, 2017 7:07 am

Dayum! You're my hero!

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Post by Nino » Wed May 31, 2017 7:12 am

:hail:

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Post by big job head » Wed May 31, 2017 7:41 am

very nice desk!!
don't you think you will miss fighting with spaghetti cables (obviously everybody on this forum likes that isn't it?)

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Post by Hirsbro » Wed May 31, 2017 7:48 am

Great solution for small homes where you cannot dedicate an entire room for studio :tu:

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Post by flx » Wed May 31, 2017 7:49 am

big job head wrote:very nice desk!!
don't you think you will miss fighting with spaghetti cables (obviously everybody on this forum likes that isn't it?)
Oh there's still plenty of speghetti involved. They're just behind closed doors when I'm away :D

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Post by flx » Wed May 31, 2017 7:52 am

Hirsbro wrote:Great solution for small homes where you cannot dedicate an entire room for studio :tu:
Yeah, in my previous apartment I had a home-office room where I could just leave my stuff in the open, but out of sight when I closed the door. This new place has more open space but no dedicated room for music.

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Post by kriskeyser » Wed May 31, 2017 8:14 am

WOW. This is really smart and I love how easy it is to just close everything up and hide it. Well done!

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Post by joskery » Wed May 31, 2017 8:18 am

I saw this on Facebook and was really inspired by this, I need to do something similar! Really clean and being that I have no space besides the corner of a kitchen, this'd be perfect :)

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Post by kingmaxwell » Wed May 31, 2017 9:04 am

Admirable solution to space problems. I like the hanging mixer. I'm exploring vertical space solutions and this is inspiring.

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Post by SB-SIX » Wed May 31, 2017 9:16 am

Really cool! That disco light haha nice one :)
There is a chance you might like this: https://soundcloud.com/steeboo

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Post by srogers » Wed May 31, 2017 9:25 am

This is sick, I would love to build something like this in my apartment.

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Post by Dragonaut » Wed May 31, 2017 11:32 am

Looks cool but where the hell are your speakers? Dig the ambient jam.

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Post by Robscorch » Wed May 31, 2017 12:12 pm

:yay: Wonderful idea

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Post by flx » Wed May 31, 2017 12:55 pm

Dragonaut wrote:Looks cool but where the hell are your speakers? Dig the ambient jam.
So far I've always just played with headphones (AKG K240 mkII) or a small portable Bose speaker. I might just finally get some decent monitors though.

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Post by 2k4s » Wed May 31, 2017 1:41 pm

wow, incredible. i was just looking for space-saving designs since i've just moved to a smaller space and this is inspiration!

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Post by demangone » Wed May 31, 2017 4:30 pm

That's really slick.

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Post by limpmeat » Wed May 31, 2017 10:09 pm

This looks really nice. My studio is also a garage, so i am constantly fighting dust. This would help a lot when not in use.

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Post by driftwave » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:41 pm

What bus boards did you use?

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Post by quadrupole » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:16 pm

This is awesome! I was also making plans to use a Pax wardrobe for my studio, but it ended up that our place has a shallow closet that serves the same purpose. Awesome to see it fully inplemented. Well done! You should also add it to the 'your sparse studio' thread in the general gear forum if you haven't already!

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Post by flx » Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:07 am

driftwave wrote:What bus boards did you use?
They're MDLR CASE bus boards. There's a list of parts at the end of the OP :)

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Post by sparks » Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:42 am

Looks like a job well done!
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Post by Bambou » Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:48 pm

Very cool ! :rock:

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Post by flx » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:08 am

Thanks, everyone! :hail:

IKEA Hackers posted the project on their website too:
http://www.ikeahackers.net/2017/06/pax- ... ation.html

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