Integration between virtual hardware and real hardware is a necessity in today's studio environment. The most common ergonomic issue of a studio work-surface is whether the analog recording equipment or computer is given priority. When they are both placed in front, solutions often include placing the screen a few feet back allowing room for controls creating eye strain and difficulty of operation, or placing analog equipment to the sides or beneath the computer creating muscle strain or requiring the user to leave the "sweet spot" while making sonic changes. Both of these solutions are unacceptable for both ergonomics, and productivity.
A few people offer a compelling integration of these two worlds, but the best solutions are both proprietary and expensive. The construction of the desk pictured was inspired by the need for a modular work surface that supports computer control and analog hardware in one plane without borders. Featuring a total of 27 standard rack units and a total width of 53.5", the two built in displays which consume 7u each, which allows room for critical equipment to be place directly under or next to the displays for seamless integration.