Hey folks, just took delivery today on an awesome new chair for my studio/music room. What better category to post in than The Producer’s Chair??
I have been struggling with ergonomics in my room when tracking guitars, bass, and mandolin because the office chair I have in there has arms on it and I always play sitting down-- they’re completely in the way. It’s a very comfortable chair for when I’m mixing, so no issue there, but I need armless for tracking instruments (or simply sitting and playing). All I’ve had is a cheap metal folding chair, and even with a butt pillow to sit on, it gets very uncomfortable very quickly. So I’ve been keeping an eye out for something that has arms that can either be easily removed or at least swung out of the way, so that I can use just the one chair for every task.
Stumbled across some info on these SoundSeat folks, who make seats specifically for musicians, studio folks, audio engineers. Everything is hand made from high quality materials – the seats are real leather, with very firm and high-density cushion material, with a plethora of options in size and features. The seats are like oversized bicycle saddles, and if you get one with arms, they mount into slots that have a lever that applies a very firm friction-fit that can be popped open and closed in a second.
So now I can pop the arms off while I’m tracking, and pop them back in when it’s time to do the computer work. Uber comfortable, and solves all my ergo issues. Check them out at http://www.soundseat.com/. They list some pretty big name folks who use their seats – Roger Waters from Floyd, Bill Payne, Richie Hayward and Sam Clayton from Little Feat, guys that play in Neil Diamond’s and George Thorogood’s bands, and even Les Paul himself before he passed.
They’re not cheap, probably about 50% more than a really good office chair, but as I get creakier with age, I am totally willing to make this kind of investment in comfort! Here are some pics. The red arrow points at one of the little levers that engages and disengages the arms.