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Forum topic by Skime posted 07-29-2014 05:44 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2014 05:44 AM

My church recently amazed me by purchasing a new digital mixer for the fellowship hall. While there are a number of us in the church that can run sound I’m the only one who has significant experience with sound systems (used to design and install). One of the most important things you need for a sound system is a audio console or mix desk to house your mixer. I have a design in mind but I am always looking for ideas. I have autocad and inventor but using inventor may be a bit much for something like this. Anyway I prefer to sketch to paper before I start drawing on the computer that way I have sort of a reference to go by. I know the working height of the table will be 25” . From what I’ve measured in the real world and seen in plans 25” is pretty much the standard. Is this true for everyone here? I consider myself a woodworker of moderate skills but I can pound a decent piece if I have good plans to go by. Joints and joining are my biggest weakness. Mainly I don’t know which type of joint I should use lap, butt, rabbit, or any other for the type of material and type of construction. I am going to try and get something drawn and posted in the next few days. I could use all the help I can get.

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 05:00 AM

Gotta discuss materials and design before joints. Will it be seen? I would probably build it from a cabinet grade ply, with solid wood edging.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 02:12 PM

Think about incorporating a raceway for all the electrical. Hidden but easily accessible is the key.
Cooling may be another consideration you may not have considered.
A church may be well lit so additional lighting may or may not be a concern. Something to also consider.
Good casters with locks are probably a must.

Most of the sound equipment I have used is designed to be packed up and rolled away for storage. Most come with a lid that clamps down over the cabinet. Not very attractive but practical.

Keep us posted on your progress and good luck.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 05:27 PM

Skime- What is the console that was the church purchased? Every digital desk will have distinct requirements. Are there outboard effects or processors at FOH, or are they housed in a separate amp room? Will you be installing an built in rack system for any additional components, such as wireless receivers? If so, you need to be sure the horizontal spacing between the verticals are approximately 19.25 inches.

Thankfully, gone are the days of the massive analog consoles from general day-to-day use, so weight shouldn’t be an issue. That being said, the top needs to be a minimum of 3/4” ply. This would preferably be a hardwood, but nothing harder that birch is necessary. If you chose to use a soft wood, then be sure to put a spine/brace to help counter any drooping.

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 03:45 AM

Thanks for the replies guys, this is exactly what I was looking for. This is what I’ve come up with so far. I’m planning on using MDF not pretty I know but this is going to a somewhat mobile application. Using plywood or any other natural material would not stand up the abuse from being moved 2 or 3 times a week I think. The audio console is a PreSonus 32ch digital board with individual DSP processing for each channel which they refer to as a FAT channel. The main use of the equipment will be in the fellowship hall. I designed and installed the system for the space about 5 years ago. The amps and processor are housed in a rack mounted towards the front of the room so heat will not be a factor. Most of the outboard gear consist of a cd player, wireless receivers, a video switcher and a few other things. Not sure on how I’m going to apply a finish on it. Might do a laminate but leaning toward a paint finish. Also I have a roll top at the back of my head but it might outside of my skill set.

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