At home or on the gig, it's a problem: where do you put all
your toys? Most clubs, from avant-garde to hip, don't seem to know what
to do with performers who work with laptops and technology. And, then,
at home, if you've managed not to alienate your significant other yet,
he or she will probably be much happier if you don't have gear
sprawling all over the flat (not to mention, you'll actually be able to

CDM has an ongoing hunt for solutions. The latest find is the superb custom DJ furniture from Sefour.
There's permanent kit for vinyl and decks, plus folding stands that
clear out of the way. Victoria Willis from Allen & Heath tells me
they made use of the folding X25 DJ stand (outfitted with optional CD
bracket) for their Xone:3D laptop rig.

Looks fantastic, especially if you're mixing vinyl and laptop, but
still begs the question: why doesn't anyone make a rack with a keyboard
stand, optional music stand, and laptop attachment?

  • Guest

    When I play live, I use a three-tier Quick-Lok stand. I put the laptop on top, my Korg MicroKontrol and my FireWire 410 on a (velcro-covered) board on the middle rack, and my M-Audio Keystation 61 on the bottom.

    Quik-Lok stand

    Works pretty well for me. The only problem is that you can't see me behind all the gear…and since I'm doing rock 'n' roll and I'm the singer, it's kind of a problem!

    I've been working on designing custom gear for laptop-based live shows. You're right — there's literally almost nothing out there designed for laptop users.

    I'm thinking about getting a small LCD touchscreen and mounting it on the outside of my gig box, so that I can use it with Reason or Live instead of pulling my actual laptop out. But that's just a thought.

    –Josh Ellis

  • Guest

    Don't face your audience, set up
    your rig so you're staring across
    the stage. This way, the audience
    gets to see you, no matter how
    many tiers your rig has. This is
    how pianists do it usually …

  • atariboy

    I'm lucky my girlfriend and dogs don't mind my gear/gizmo fetish đŸ˜›