There is often a lot of discussion about whether or not it is OK to put things on top of studio monitors. The most common argument is one along the lines of “you can’t see anything from here, so I don’t need to look at the back of the monitor”. While this is true, there are other factors to consider before deciding to put something behind your monitor. For example, if you’re trying to hide an expensive guitar, or some other electronic device, then it is important not to have it resting on top of the monitor. While you may not be able to hear it, everyone in the room can, and will be able to.
Some people will argue that it is OK to put things on top of studio monitor stands because they (the object in question) will be out of sight. However, this isn’t really the case. By placing something on top of the monitor you are asking for something to be bumped into, or touched, by someone. This could cause a problem, as far as your equipment being damaged. Something that is on the desk or table next to the monitor is usually not touched, and is therefore not going to bump into things that could potentially damage it.
Another reason to avoid putting things on top of studio monitors is sound quality. It is common for monitors to produce a cleaner signal than they would if they were placed off to the side of the studio. In fact, it has been found that when monitoring is done properly, one channel will usually have a much better sound quality than another.
If someone were to play different tracks through a desk monitor then into a monitor stand, then both would have very similar sound quality. By putting something on top, the sound quality will be spread over the entire room, making it difficult to isolate any particular source of sound.
Some producers prefer to place the majority of their rack space above the monitors. This makes more sense if you are running a high end music or media production company. You want as much head room as possible, but you don’t want to scare away potential customers by making your recording studio appear too dark. Putting a floor stand or cabinet below a monitor is usually a good option. This will allow you to put things like a keyboard or mouse on top without having to move the monitor so much.
There are plenty of monitor stands available, both online and in store. These can be used to display items like CD racks, or even large CD cases. These stands are designed to be stable on a flat surface, so they will stay put no matter how heavy they are. You should be able to find monitor stands that are durable enough to support a wide variety of media items.
You may even be able to use some of the available DIY lighting options to light your studio, and this can add a great deal of professional polish to your studio. If you are serious about recording music, then investing in a quality pair of studio monitors is one of the best things you can do. You can work closely with the musicians in your employ, and they can provide you with some amazing material. You can also keep them safe from unwanted visitors from the outside world. Whatever the situation may be, keeping everyone happy is the purpose of a productive recording studio!