I make experimental electronic music with modular synthesizers and other quirky instruments. This means that there is a lot of cabling and rearranging of gear involved and the place can become really messy during a jam session. So I came up with a solution to keep things tidy (looking), by hacking an IKEA PAX wardrobe.
The configuration of the PAX was easily done at the local IKEA store. I chose the 236x100x60cm version with four drawers, a slide-out tray and two shelves:
As an electronic musician I sometimes need standard 19″ rack gear and I also wanted another standard Eurorack Modular Synth system. Both of these nicely fit into the width of the wardrobe, by adding a wooden DIY frame (just some wood, screws and glue, not from IKEA).
I needed to install some power supply boards as well:
… and then I mounted it inside the PAX wardrobe and added all other gear. Now all the gear is connected without the need to rearrange stuff frequently and I can just close the doors to hide the mess :D. Photo below shows left: closed and tidy, right: open and ready to rock.
The middle portion with the slide out tray is at waist’s height, so I can jam comfortably standing up:
The audio mixer and recorder is mounted on the inside of the right door:
… and there’s a cable holder on the other door:
Of course the also need to be LED strips and disco lights (see mp4 video below)
I installed a green screen at the back by the way, because I frequently film jam session videos for my YouTube channel, and using the screen I can insert funky visuals there, just like Hollywood. 😛