Even if you’re 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 an equal distance between the two monitors and your head (forming an equal-sided triangle), you’ll never be listening in that “sweet spot” the monitors were designed to produce. I really thought I didn’t have much choice in the matter until I saw the products from Monitors in Motion (MIM) 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 the MIM parts were 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 as well. A short trip to my local granite shop, Ybor City Granite, produced a new 1/4-inch granite 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 Copperhead arms with an extra Bone (segment) on each side would properly space 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 new 24-inch EZIO 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, you won’t have to drill holes in their desk.
While the vise clamp is great, the ultimate mounting solution for me is the through-the-desk grommet mounts. They use a 1/2-inch bolt that comes up through a hole in your desk to screw into the solid aluminum base of the MIM stand. It’s rock-solid, 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 too cool!
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.