Basically, not as much as you might think… Our Sessiondesk tables are largely self-explanatory, both in terms of setup and installation. And let’s be honest: We put our whole heart and soul into our tables, but when it comes to practical use, a studio table is not an SSL desk or a 3D surround system in terms of its complexity.
Let’s say you have chosen the Oktav table from our Basic series. The Sessiondesk Basic series focuses on the basic needs of audio production, recording, mastering, and songwriting and combines reduced aesthetics with lots of workflow flexibility.
Quick Facts: Oktav
- 156,6 cm wide, 100 cm deep, 92 cm high
- 18 Units Rackspace
- Height-adjustable middle part
- Upper shelf for studio monitors
- Optionally available keyboard drawer for master keyboards, controllers and more
When unpacking, you will find that most of the components of your studio table are already assembled and you only need to connect them together with the screws and bolts supplied. All you need is a screwdriver, a hexagon wrench, and a hammer.
Installation & alignment in the room
As soon as your Oktav is mounted, you have to find the best possible place for it. If you are unsure what to look out for when placing and aligning in the room, we will give you some helpful tips below. Of course, these (room acoustic) instructions apply primarily to workplaces with studio monitors.
- Make sure that the desk is positioned in the longitudinal direction of the room with sufficient distance to the rear wall behind the listening position. This results in a more balanced bass response. Also in almost square rooms, you should make sure to leave enough space in the back.
- Take care of the distance to the rear wall behind the table and the studio monitors (min. 50 cm). In addition to the room acoustic advantages, you have better access to your equipment and rack cabling.
- Keep the same lateral distance to the walls. A precise stereo triangle is only possible if both loudspeakers have the same sound propagation times and level ratios due to lateral wall reflections.
Positioning your equipment – Workflow types
Your Oktav offers a lot of space and allows a flexible positioning of your equipment on its multiple surfaces as well as in the rack slots. But what type of production and workflow do you prefer?
If you use your studio primarily for recording, you will place the highest value on your analog signal chain prior to analog-to-digital conversion and, in addition to an excellent audio interface or AD converter, you may also have external 19 “preamplifiers, compressors, channel strips and/or an analog mixer.
When recording you have permanent access to all important controls via the two side racks of your Oktav – the interface and preamplifier section on the left, the more powerful sound shaping devices, like channel strips and compressors, on the right, and in the middle your mixing console as an analog control center before the AD conversion.
2. Mixing & Mastering
If you focus more on mixing (and mastering), a DAW controller with many motorized faders and a comprehensive transport section could be at the heart of your studio setup and occupy a central place on the table top of your Oktav.
You may also want to spend your rack an analog summing device to give your DAW mixes a final analog glue. You can also use the wide upper shelf of your Oktav to place different monitors on top of it and check your mixes on multiple systems, while all your outboard stays in a comfortable distance.
3. Electro & Beats
As an electro and beats musician, you will probably work less with 19” hardware but will spread out a whole arsenal of keyboards/synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines and pad controllers on your Oktav.
Depending on your workflow preferences, the focus may be on your favorite analog synthesizer, a master keyboard, or a modern groove studio, while you use other devices only for special tasks.
Combined with the optional keyboard drawer, you can customize your creative production environment so that every piece of equipment has its place.
Whether you’re working out realistic orchestra arrangements, working on commissions for the notorious “elevator music” or simply want to enjoy a fully sampled grand piano, there’s no way around an 88-master keyboard with hammer action.
As described in our previous Studio guide article “Do I need a professional studio desk at all?”, a large master keyboard can quickly occupy too much space in the studio center and disturb your workflow by making access to basics, such as mouse and keyboard, more difficult.
There are many good reasons for the optional keyboard drawer of the Oktav – however, this one is likely to take the top position.