Do you really need equipment side racks? Well, if you have some rackmount equipment that you don't have enough space for, or if your workstation or studio desk is a bit crowded, you definitely need a good side rack. That goes double if you are planning on buying more equipment soon.
Not sure which equipment side rack to buy and what size you need? Every musician has their own needs, so your choice of an equipment side rack is ultimately a personal one. Consider the rack capacity you need. In other words, how many rack spaces? Our equipment side racks range from 4 to 20 rack spaces. When thinking about the spaces you need, keep in mind that while most pieces of gear take up one rack space, some take up two or more. It's also a good idea to leave some space empty for air ventilation or for storage. When in doubt, you’re better off with a rack that's a bit larger than you need than one that's too small.
Sweetwater offers side racks made from wood, steel and laminate. To choose between these, you need to know where and how you will be using the racks, since each material has its advantages and drawbacks. If you plan on moving the racks a lot, laminate racks are a great choice because they are quite lightweight. On the other hand, steel racks are durable, so they can take the abuse of being moved, but are significantly heavier. Wood comes in as a happy middle ground between these two. Do you have a mobile studio or just want to move your racks around? Try one of our equipment side racks with wheels!
When talking about types of equipment side racks, it's helpful to think about your space. Basic racks are great for home studios, while mobile racks are perfect for mobile studios and musicians who travel a lot. Mobile racks are a bit more expensive than basic ones, but they’re worth the cost if you're on tour. Premium racks are the grandaddy of them all, often with all sorts of extras like isolation and ventilation capabilities. They're the most expensive, but for a good reason.
Our Sales Engineers are ready to answer any question you have — call us if you need help deciding which equipment side rack will work best for your studio and your gear. Designing your studio has never been easier!
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.