Home studio for music production and instrument design

Uhlectronic is operated from a diy home studio located in Dunedin, Florida which is dedicated to the creation of musical instruments and electronic music. All in one room, instruments are prototyped, manufactured and tested in a music studio setting.

Main workbench – prototyping, manufacture, video production, sales and shipping

I would like to share my favorite features of this space for those of you interested in building a studio for your own work. A useful space is very important for diy artists and it does not cost much if you plan carefully.

Mobile studio live rig – custom 19″ instrument rack with patch bay

Most of my studio is constructed from plywood and 2×4 studs. I built a variety of workbenches, storage, and instrument racks for no more than $200 of materials. Consider how your workbenches will work together in a studio. Height is very important for comfort and productivity. I recommend a uniform height of 40 inches which will also make your surfaces fit together modular.

Modular workbenches and storage

Start with simple diy designs and upgrade as your woodworking skill progress. I have found that diy work surfaces and storage are much more useful and space efficient than commercially available furniture. Think about what is best working for your studio now and how you may be able to make this space better without adding anything that will inhibit workflow.

Simplify- prioritize space for tools you will actually use

Don’t get too carried away with planning your space, keep it simple and focused on your creation. I hope this article inspires you to make small investments in your workspace and one step closer to a professional artist. Art is work and it really helps to get your tools and space right. Please share in the comments how you are improving your space and workflow! Thank you for supporting Uhlectronic

Brian Mahoney / Uhlectronic

10 Responses

  1. It is my hope that one day the writings of this blog will be compared to the likes of Plato and Shakespear. Now I do have a question, where do you procure the spare parts you use? i.e. switches, pots, resistors, etc. RIP Radio Shack

    1. Aw thanks! I’m very happy to have a place for documenting my work now! I buy my parts from many different suppliers. For those of you just starting out I am going to try to post links for parts. Amazon and Ebay are good for low cost common parts in small batch maker quantities. As a basic rule of thumb, most parts will be available for less than $1.50 per unit for mechanical parts and some passive parts will cost only a few cents.

  2. Nice work! Very similar to my own approach. I’ve built my own studio furniture (tables, shelves, racks) which has moved with me several times and transformed to fit each new space accordingly.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I have also moved frequently in the past few years. 3 of my main surfaces and much of my modular shelves have bee used in a variety of configurations.

  3. Nice one Brian! I love a well planned workspace, looking great here. Comfortable standing height would be my preference (I’m not sure what 40 inches is anymore!?) : )

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