In addition to testing and reviewing products, I still direct and edit TV shows, music videos and other projects, so I have to keep my editing workspace functional.
The problem was that my 2×4 foot desk area was getting too crowded for me to work properly. The 24” computer monitor had a large base that held it away from the wall, and one of my Genelec audio monitors was actually forced to live behind my TV Logic 17” HD monitor that I use to view my video output.
Even if you are not an “Audio God”, you know that it’s hard to mix audio properly on a near-field monitor system with one monitor hidden behind another piece of gear. Without having equal distance between the two monitors and your head (forming an equal-sided triangle), you’ll never be listening in the “sweet spot” that the monitors were designed to produce. I really thought that I didn’t have much choice in the matter until I saw the products from Monitors in Motion at the 2010 NAB show.
What first attracted me to the MIM booth was the clean look of their display desks. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that MIM hardware was really well made. Machined from solid aluminum in Canada, the MIM stands were so “artsy” that they looked more like desk art than production gear. There was even a large Apple monitor hung in the air, suspended over the desk, rather than making a large footprint on top of it.
As it turns out, my MIM demo units were as functional as they were good-looking. Now my only problem was that my desk looked shabby by comparison, so I decided to upgrade my desktop with three pre-drilled holes for my MIM stands. MIM has several models to choose from, but we decided that two Mantis arms would work well for my monitors, and a pair of Cooperhead arms with an extra Bone (segment) on each side for my audio monitors.
MIM also offers several mounting solutions. I tried their 5-inch vise clamp and through-the-desk grommet mounts. Three vise clamps held the two 8-pound Genelec audio monitors, my 24 inch EIZO ColorEdge computer monitor, and the 17-inch TVLogic video monitor securely in place. The advantage to using the vise clamps is that when you’re working for someone else, you won’t have to drill holes in their desk to mount your monitors.
While the vise clamp works well, the ultimate mounting solution for me is the through-the-desk grommet mounts. They use a 1/2inch bolt that comes up through a hole in your desk to screw into the solid aluminum base of the MIM stand.
It’s a solid rock, looks ultra clean and totally professional, it also sends a message to your editing clients that you have your act together.
The MIM Mantis stands use an upper brake cylinder and a lower air cylinder to control each of my two monitors. Now, with one hand I can lift, lower, tilt or angle my monitors. They can also be rotated easily, allowing me to view the back of the monitors when making new cable connections. It’s just that cool!
I have been using my stands everyday now for over a year, and they still work well. In addition to making high-quality products, MIM is also user-friendly. For example, MIM will send the Allen wrenches you’ll need for assembly, so you won’t have to go out and buy metric wrenches. Their all-out effort at customer satisfaction makes MIM a great company to do business with.