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    Shop Standing Desk and Music Organizer

    So I was sitting and watching some TED talks the other day when I came across one of the subject of taking a walk for meeting. Lately I've been having more and more back pain and I'm finding it's due to mostly poor posture (slouching), but one of the points the speaker made was that "Sitting is our generation's new smoking". It was enough to get me motivated to try some changes. First most was to stop sitting so much, so I'm starting with my shop desk. A benefit of this is I'm getting my music equipment organized also.

    So before the keyboard was on its own stand, my workspace was pretty much cluttered with computers. I use an all-in-one with a second monitor for the shop computer, the one on the left is my security camera monitor, the netbook I'm setting up for taking to the shooting range to snapshot my hits via a webcam on my spotting scope.
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    I purchased 6 shelf rolling rack from Sams Club, seemed like a good deal ($100) for the size and the fact it had shelf liners to keep small stuff from falling through.
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    I ended up cutting a piece of 1/2" MDF as a backer for the shelf holding my computer and extra monitor, I set the height of this shelf at 43" (credit to Brent, same height as his standing desk). The back side of my keyboard is pretty heavy, so I've found I can pull it out to over hang when I use it without it falling out, so this way I can view all of it's controls, then slide it back when not in use.
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    Moving the computer and monitor alone cleared up quite a bit of workspace. I still need to organize, but happy with the improvement.
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    Here is the new desk, still have a few more pieces of equipment to setup. Have a fatigue mat on order, should be in later this week.
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    Also played around and did a video of my new Korg nanoKontrol2 midi controller. I'm using it to manage my tracks in my DAW software.
    Darren

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    Quite the setup! Looking good there Darren!
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    Wow...you are putting a lot of us to shame with all that organizing

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    Nice setup. The MIDI controller looks like it'd be very handy, too.

    I've installed Reaper on my laptop, but so far I've not been able to actually record anything. I've not been able to wrap my mind around the audio routing within my laptop. Should be a pretty easy run from the M-Audio USB interface to Reaper, then from Reaper out to the laptop headphone jack (which has the M-Audio studio monitors plugged into it). But for some reason, I'm getting a feedback loop any time I arm a track in Reaper. It's as if Reaper's output is being sent back to the input by the sound card. I'm probably missing something simple, but I finally gave up on it and went the standalone digital multitracker route. I would still like to get Reaper working right, if for no other reason than building drum tracks to dump onto the Tascam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nice setup. The MIDI controller looks like it'd be very handy, too.

    I've installed Reaper on my laptop, but so far I've not been able to actually record anything. I've not been able to wrap my mind around the audio routing within my laptop. Should be a pretty easy run from the M-Audio USB interface to Reaper, then from Reaper out to the laptop headphone jack (which has the M-Audio studio monitors plugged into it). But for some reason, I'm getting a feedback loop any time I arm a track in Reaper. It's as if Reaper's output is being sent back to the input by the sound card. I'm probably missing something simple, but I finally gave up on it and went the standalone digital multitracker route. I would still like to get Reaper working right, if for no other reason than building drum tracks to dump onto the Tascam.
    I was getting a feedback the other day. I think I had clicked the monitor button (or it was set to auto) and it was looping the audio causing the feedback. I turned off the monitoring and it stopped and I still heard the output through my monitor speakers. I think as far as sending audio to headphones, you may have to listen via the M-Audio's headphone port. I think you can load the Asio4all driver (http://www.asio4all.com/), within its settings (driver settings, not the selections in Reaper) you can specify one device's input and another device's output.

    If that doesn't fix it, shoot me a screen shot of your audio settings and we can work it out.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I was getting a feedback the other day. I think I had clicked the monitor button (or it was set to auto) and it was looping the audio causing the feedback. I turned off the monitoring and it stopped and I still heard the output through my monitor speakers. I think as far as sending audio to headphones, you may have to listen via the M-Audio's headphone port. I think you can load the Asio4all driver (http://www.asio4all.com/), within its settings (driver settings, not the selections in Reaper) you can specify one device's input and another device's output.

    If that doesn't fix it, shoot me a screen shot of your audio settings and we can work it out.
    It seemed I was getting the feedback regardless of whether monitoring was on or off. The headpone jack is the only output on the laptop, so that's where I plug in the monitor speakers. I hadn't though about running the monitor speakers off the headphone jack on the M-Audio interface.

    If I can't get it to work the next time I'm messing with it, maybe we can just do a TeamViewer remote session and let you poke around and see what I'm doing wrong.
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    I wonder if you have your microphone open on your laptop causing the feedback?

    Isn't there an output on your m-audio interface? Ideally, you'd only be using the plug in audio interface for all I/O, bypassing the laptops sound card completely.
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    Strange....I haven't had any trouble with my set up.
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    Brent, the microphone is off. I think the source of my problem is that I've been trying (mistakenly, I'm sure) to use the sound card in the laptop. I need to try the single I/O interface idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Strange....I haven't had any trouble with my set up.
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    Love it!
    Darren

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