Multiple Monitor Benefits for Recording Musicians

Multiple monitors can provide a huge productivity boost in the office, but a multiple-monitor setup also offers a wide variety of benefits outside of the office as well. Here, we will look at some of the reasons why a recording musician might want to consider upgrading their workstation to include multiple monitors.

Optimize your workflow

Incorporating a monitor mount for a second computer screen will allow you to maximize the efficiency of your workflow while recording. During a recording session, there can be a wide variety of distractions, and you don’t want your recording setup to be one of them. With a second monitor, you can streamline the actual recording process so that you can focus the vast majority of your energy on creative things.

Ideas for your second screen

Now that you have installed your monitor mount and your second computer screen is hooked up, you might be wondering what the best way to move forward is. First sit back and admire the music making resources you now have at your fingertips. Here are several ideas for what to do with your added screen real estate:

  • Mixer 
    If you are doing your mixing entirely within your recording software, one of the most obvious uses for a second monitor would be to provide permanent screen real estate for your mixing window. Having your mixing window always viewable will dramatically improve your workflow, both during the tracking phase of your project and during the mixing portion.

  • Plugins
    Another excellent use of a second monitor would be to keep your most commonly used plugins visible. When you are working on a single screen, you constantly have to hide and unhide your plugins as your are using them. This can be a huge waste of time, and can get in the way of your creativity. Keeping your most frequently used plugins on your second screen will allow you to access them quickly and easily. 
  • VST instruments
    Many recording musicians use a variety of VST instruments while recording nowadays. If you incorporate this type of instrument in your project, it will save you a lot of time and frustration if you are able to keep the window for your VST open during the tracking of your part. If you have to switch back and forth between the VST and the tracking window, it can be incredibly frustrating.

  • Notes
    Recording can be a complex process, and staying organized is key. That is why it may be helpful to keep a running notepad on your second screen. Getting your thoughts down will help ensure that you don’t forget anything, and having them up on your screen will help you execute them better. 

  • Progress board
    Finally, tracking your progress is important. Each song in your session will have a wide range of different tasks that need to be completed before the song is finished. Keeping track of what you have left to do will help you stay on track. 

As you can see, there are many reasons that a recording musician should consider upgrading to a monitor mount that can support two screens. Adding a second monitor will help make your next recording session more efficient and fun, and hopefully that will help to keep your creativity flowing. Of course if you really want to go big we have monitor mounts that can accommodate up to six monitors. Just think of the possibilities that present themselves when you have that much space to work with. Of course it may make it difficult to find your cursor but that will be part of the fun of having your own command station dedicated specifically for making music. Order yours today!