Output — a software company who known for their pretty amazing virtual instruments — have taken their first foray into hardware with the release of a desk made for studio set-ups called Platform. In a departure from their usual products, Platform is a complete curve ball — when the company teased the release of a new hardware product many in the production community thought it was going to be a hardware synth, but how wrong we all were!
When it comes to making music, the environment is just as important as the gear you’ve got in it, and Output have come up with Platform to address a gap in the marketplace.
The Platform studio desk is a cool piece of functional furniture that will look the part in any studio set-up. Coming in a natural wood colour or dark brown stained wood version (at an extra cost) the pricing of the desk starts at $549 raising up to $799 depending on which build option that you opt for, also at the time of writing the desk is only available in the US and Canada but Output did tell us that: “They are working fast as they can to get it across the pond."
Platform has 9U of rack space with included rack ears for mounting your gear such as effect units, synths, patch bays, and any rack mountable bit of kit. There is also an optional height adjustable tray that can hold most 88 key keyboards, plus a cable management system is also built into the desk to to hide away those messy cable looms, whilst the top monitor bridge can support your monitoring system at the right height for playback.
All the desks are made from wood (not MDF) from renewable sources, with Output donating some of the proceeds from every desk sold to musician and environmentalist Ryuichi Sakamoto’s More Treesfoundation, to support their reforestation and carbon offset projects.
The desk styling has been inspired by classic Scandinavian furniture design and represents one of the coolest off the shelf pieces of studio furniture we have seen, at a price that won’t put a huge dent in the pocket.
Interested in finding out more about Output and their virtual instruments? Then checkout our previous story on their Analog Strings VST.
Mick Wilson is DJ Mag’s Tech Editor. Follow him on Twitter here.