Here are some samples of imaging and promos I’ve voiced myself for 93.3 WMMR and 95.7 BEN-FM in Philadelphia.
WMGK/WMMR Imaging Demo – August 2016
WMMR Imaging Demo – October 2016
I needed a couple of monitor stands for my home studio. I don’t have room to put my speakers on detached stands behind my desk (ideal), so it was either mount them on the wall (not ideal), or use desktop stands (not ideal, but not not ideal).
My monitors are JBLs resting on some 7.4 x 11 x 1.5 inch isolation pads. I did some measurements, and to get the speakers in the proper position, I needed 6 inch stands.
I priced out some pre-fab options, but since I’m trying to build on a budget, I decided that spending a ton on this would be silly. So instead…
I BUILT MY OWN!!!
Well, sort of. I googled some other DIY ideas–there were some interesting ones, but the cheapest solutions looked kind of janky, and the nicer ones looked kind of complicated. So instead, I turned to everybody’s favorite Scandinavian home furnishings store…
An Ikea Idea
My first thought was to look for some sort of small storage crate or shelf that would fit my desk. I did find a couple of small crates that were just shy of 6 inches tall, but they didn’t seem sturdy enough to support the speakers (they’re about 9 pounds each), so I kept looking. I figured that at the very least, I could buy some cheap furniture legs from Ikea, and then go buy some wood and hack them together that way, but that’s when I spotted the SKOGSTA cutting board.
This bad boy is 13 3/4 inches long, 7 3/4 inches wide, and 1 1/4 inches thick, making it a near perfect fit. It’s a little longer than I needed, but as you’ll see later, that turned out to be a lucky twist.
Also, it had a hole. Hmmm…
The best thing? SKOGSTA is only $5.99. Plus, it looks nice, and the wood is finished–unlike the plywood I would probably have used.
So, we were at 1 1/4 inches. I still needed another 4 3/4 inches of speaker stand… I turned to those furniture legs and found CAPITA.
While these were a little expensive–$12 for a pack of 4–they were perfect for a few of reasons. First, they look cool. Second, they are fairly sturdy. And finally, and most importantly, the height is adjustable–they can range from 4 to 5 inches, so not only could I get my 4 1/2 final inches of height, I could also fiddle with them to stabilize the stands and keep them from rocking and vibrating. It must be fate.
So, for $36 bucks or so, I had everything I needed to make some monitor stands! Let’s do this.
Some Assembly Required
Just like anything you buy from Ikea, you’re guaranteed to put something together. Amazingly, this time, it didn’t involve Allen wrenches. Eerie.
Anyway, first step was to lay out the boards and the legs, and mark the spots where I would screw the legs in place.
I took my drill and made a tiny hole at each mark, then attached the legs with a tool the pros call a “screwdriver.”
Next, I went down to my studio, where my monitors were getting by with a little help from their Friends…
Yeah… Let’s fix that.
Friends evicted! And as you can see, the monitors fit the stands perfectly. They’re rock solid, and they don’t wiggle one bit. The iso pads are well-made, so they are sturdy enough to keep the speakers from tipping.
Oh yeah, and remember that hole?