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that damn computer monitor!
Old 1st September 2002
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that damn computer monitor!

we continue the process of moving in to our new studio facility; me the old guy with a pile of analog gear and my new buddy with his pro tools rig. Together, we were able to find a nice 1000sf fully built studio that we can easily afford. Although we will each keep mostly to our respective systems (analog vs digital), we haven't had much difficulty getting all the gear to communicate at a few select points. Hopefully, the ancient Ampex and Altec gear will play nicely with the new Digi & Mac gear and we won't have to break up many fights. But I'm already pissed off about one issue that I never thought about ahead of time: we have a lovely 6ft wide window between our control room and live room, but there is a damn 19"monitor dead center when I look up from the console. When sitting in the "sweet spot", I can see maybe 6 inches of glass on all sides of the monitor; just enough to know that there is a band on the other side, but not enough to have any idea what's going on in there. How do the rest of you guys deal with the computer monitor taking up all the good sight lines? It would be different if I EVER intended to use the thing, but its just a big waste of space when I'm working. Any ideas? Thanks.

steve
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(ready to accidentally "drop" the PC monitor.......)
Old 1st September 2002
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It's all about the hydraulic stand....
Old 1st September 2002
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Or perhaps a ceiling mount if you can talk your partner into it. (much cheaper)
Old 1st September 2002
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What's the shape of the control room? I'm guessing the window is along a width wall as opposed to length wall. Is it possible to move the monitor and DAW into a corner, or along a width wall?

I have a rectangular room, measuring 11' x 15', with the console sitting in front of the window along a 15' wall. Since I don't use my console for mixing, my monitor sits atop a separate desk along an 11' wall, with speakers on either side of it and rackmount gear underneath it. A keyboard tray connects my mouse and keybd to the computer in another room.

I won't assume that my kind of setup can be arranged in your room, but maybe some part of how I've got it might help.

If I was in your shoes, I'd tell the partner that the window is going to serve us better if we can see through it and work out a compromise from there.
Old 1st September 2002
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I have a similar situation, and I just got a VGA extension cable, and My monitor lives on a spare speaker stand/platform thingy... when tracking, it goes to the side of the desk, when I mix it lives behing the meter bridge generally. Takes about 2 munites to move it, and it is the best workaround I have found.
Old 1st September 2002
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jon
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Here's a cheap solution. Buy an SSL K series...the console monitor doubles as your DAW screen. This saves you the cost of buying a computer monitor and allows you to shut the display off with the push of a button in front of you.
Old 2nd September 2002
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There you have it filks.. SSL's all around.... grggt grggt grggt

that is a seriously cool option for the console to have tho..
Old 2nd September 2002
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damn monitor

Thanks for all the tips, both practical and absurd. We actually tried the extra length monitor cable and the two computer whizzes that I share the studio with can't figure out why this particular monitor will NOT work with an extension cable. (and these are both well skilled full time computer pros). So we are stuck with a 6ft cable until one of them springs for a new monitor. (of course, the monitor in question is a big, high quality unit that neither of them wants to trade out for another monitor).

We also tried placing the monitor off to the side with a keyboard tray, but it only works to one side and that side would be directly in front of our outboard racks and patchbay. I am becoming convinced that PC hardware was NOT meant to set foot in any recording studio. The Altec and Ampex units are plotting to squash all the Digi and Mac gear into little piles of broken plastic. Sorta like Junkyard wars only extremely one sided; who would you bet on, a cute purple G3 or a 40 year old, 200lb Ampex 351 that eats metal filings for breakfast?

it shouldn't be this difficult...........

steve
Old 7th September 2002
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Have you tried placing a repeater inbetween short cables? Maybe that monitor needs a stronger signal than it's getting from an extension cable, so yeah maybe the repeater will work.
Old 7th September 2002
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Re: damn monitor

Quote:
Originally posted by hollywood_steve
Thanks for all the tips, both practical and absurd. We actually tried the extra length monitor cable and the two computer whizzes that I share the studio with can't figure out why this particular monitor will NOT work with an extension cable. (and these are both well skilled full time computer pros). So we are stuck with a 6ft cable until one of them springs for a new monitor. (of course, the monitor in question is a big, high quality unit that neither of them wants to trade out for another monitor).

it shouldn't be this difficult...........

steve
I'd suggest one of the boxes from Gefen Systems - I've got the older one, but from the CPU, the monitor in the control room is at the end of a 50' cable, and the monitor in the editing suite is at the end of a 25' cable. Both work just fine.
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