Review & Video: Magma Control Stand

Review Summary:

It's now our stand of choice here at Digital DJ Tips, which I think says a lot. Using the Magma Control Stand, we can keep a full DVS set-up on our workbench, while having a controller/laptop set-up behind it. Overall, it's an attractive, substantial, well-made, flexible solution, and one which deserves to do well for the company - especially at this price.

Control Stand
  • Control Stand
  • Rating: 4
  • From: Magma
  • Price: $70
  • Reviewed by:
  • On October 15, 2012
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014
Designed for larger-sized DJ controllers plus a laptop of any size, the Magma Control Stand is a good solution for semi-permanent installation.

Designed for larger-sized DJ controllers plus a laptop of any size, the Magma Control Stand is a good solution for semi-permanent installation.

Review: Magma Control Stand

DJ laptop stands are pretty much the same, aren't they? A platform for your laptop or controller, and maybe a little shelf for an audio interface, if you've bought a posh one. The differences are really down to quality. Right?

Well, not always. One stand that bucks the trend is the Magma Control Stand. This clever stand is designed from the ground up to hold both a DJ controller (and a big one, at that) and a laptop, while playing nicely with any existing gear either in your home studio or at the club. We put one through its paces...

First impressions

Reassuringly, it's obviously been designed for DJs - the box has a Traktor Kontrol S4 and a MacBook on it, and the back shows controllers as wide as the Pioneer DDJ-T1, also showing a Maschine on the top shelf with the laptop tucked away to the side on a more traditional laptop stand. The box also illustrates what I think is the best use of this stand - to elevate your controller set-up over and above a traditional two-decks-and-a-mixer system, either for DJing in a club or because you have both types of gear at home.

Magma Control Stand Red

The Magma Control Stand can be assembled at various widths and heights to suit your gear and the other gear you've got set up around it.

It is supplied flat-packed, so you need to do some assembling. Luckily (especially for me, with my cack-handed "never look at the instructions" approach to kit assembly), it's not too hard. There are six butterfly nuts and six washers, so it's hardly rocket science.

Having said that though, you do have lots of assembly options. To start with, the three horizontal poles have six short removable extenders. By choosing to use none, all, or any combination in between of these, you can make the stand as wide as you like.

Also, there are half a dozen holes up the insides of all the risers, so you can have the laptop elevated as high as you wish over the controller, and have the controller as high as you wish off the surface it's set up on. A bit of trial and error will get these setting right for you.

Unlike simpler stands, there is therefore a bit of setting up to do here, and it's not the ideal choice if you're going to be packing it up and assembling it for every gig. The Magma Control Stand is more an installation stand, to be used at your home studio or to be left permanently set up in your resident DJ booth, for instance.

In use

The stand has foam rubber both underneath the feet and on each of the shelves, so there's no chance of accidentally scratching your gear, and it stays pretty still once set up, too., with no up/down "give". There's a bit of sideways wobble though, which could be fixed by bolting the legs to the desk at the back. (You'd have to drill them, though, as there are no holes as sold.)

Magma Control Stand

The Magma Control Stand in use in the Digital DJ Tips workshop.

Because you can adjust the height of the platforms, you can have it so that the controller is just high enough to clear the controls of anything you've got already on the surface where you're setting up, but not so high as to be unnecessarily unstable. If you just want your controller at a nicer angle, of course, you can have it at its lowest setting.

One area where you don't have any adjustment is front/back. It's designed to hold controllers as deep as the Traktor Kontrol S4 (ie quite deep), so if you're using a shallower model, it means the laptop is a little further back than you might ideally like. Won't be so bad for 15" and 17" laptop users, but I found the laptop a little too far back for my liking with a 13" MacBook.

Conclusion

It's now our stand of choice here at Digital DJ Tips, which I think says a lot. Using the Magma Control Stand, we can keep a full DVS set-up on our workbench, while having a controller/laptop set-up behind it.

This also means that if we want to have two bits of controller gear set up (ie a Maschine or a Launchpad), we can shuffle the laptop off to another stand at the side and still have room for everything.

Downsides? For permanent installation I'd advise bolting it down at the back, and for DJs who have to set up and dismantle at every gig it's not ideal. But overall, it's an attractive, substantial, well-made, flexible solution, and one which deserves to do well for the company - especially at this price.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

It's now our stand of choice here at Digital DJ Tips, which I think says a lot. Using the Magma Control Stand, we can keep a full DVS set-up on our workbench, while having a controller/laptop set-up behind it. Overall, it's an attractive, substantial, well-made, flexible solution, and one which deserves to do well for the company - especially at this price.

Control Stand
  • Control Stand
  • Rating: 4
  • From: Magma
  • Price: $70
  • Reviewed by:
  • On October 15, 2012
  • Last modified:August 19, 2014

Video Review

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Comments

  1. It would be nice to see how long it takes to set it up. Also, do you need tools for the assembly, like some wrenches?

    • The first time you put it together it takes like 30 minutes to get the width and such as you want it depending on how wide your controller is. I use it for a novation twitch and a tiny laptop so I had to experiment a bit. But you can change the width of both the computer stand part and the controller part independently.

      When you have done it once it is easier because you know how you want it. I would guess that that it takes 10 minutes to assemble it. But you have to have a bag for all the parts, and it kind of easy to miss place some pieces. That said it is an awesome stand and use two for our gigs where we assemble them each time.

    • It took me about 45 mins with experimentation, would take less next time but it’s fiddly – I wouldn’t like to do it in a club.

  2. Thanks for the review, been thinking of getting one soon. I guess the angle of the laptop part is not quite ideal for future iPad use though, might need some extra wedge-like thing for that?

  3. I don’t really consider these type of stands terribly mobile, but for a controller it seems like it would work wonderfully well.

    Love my Crane Pro though, not trading it in anytime soon.

    • DJ Forced Hand says:

      Yeah, the Crane stand deals directly with what needs to move, the Computer. I’m not giving up my Crane Pro.

      • Dirty Dan says:

        Damn straight, the first stand I got was somewhat like this in that it took an inordinate amount of time to set up and break down. Tried to save $50 and it just wasn’t worth it. Returned it for a Crane and we’ve had a mad love affair ever since.

        For mobile DJ’s, it’s obvious this thing is not ideal. However, I’d snap one up for my home setup in a second.

  4. DJ Forced Hand says:

    I’m not sure that the controller needs to be lofted with the computer so because I think this way, I’m more than happy with my Crane Stand Pro. I find that where I need the flexibility of a stand is when I’m at a club (in some space I only have room for my laptop and occupying vertical space becomes necessary), the Crane Stand Pro does this very well. Additionally, it simply cranks to adjust the angle of the computer and all the way back to fold up in its neat carrying case that is ready to go in seconds. I would have expected to see at least something adjustable with this stand and I’m still dubious about putting all that weight on something that seems to shake a lot whenever hands are placed on the computer or controller.

    • Agreed, Crane stand is good for flexibility in clubs etc. This is designed for a different use case though. I can confirm it’s sturdy enough to hold the gear it’s designed for.

  5. Looks awesome, want it, especially cuz my laptop is massive, love big screens. never take my stand apart anyways (standard millenium stand from thomman), i know this is probably bulkier but at the end of the day its not as big as a speaker or an amp/powered mixer. The laptop looks a bit far back tho so probably should have it near the edge of the desk? cuz i use the keyboard pretty often

  6. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. I might have to go ahead and order one this weekend.

  7. thanks for the review and video…
    it looks good but as i don’t need the touch pad and keyboard i would design it so the keyboard is beneath the controller so you only see the screen…few years ago i made a home made laptop/controller stand out of an old stool for kids..used it for many years placing it aside the cdj’s and mixer..

  8. Mike wills says:

    May look to get this for my home setup and my understand for mobile gigs.

  9. I bought one Sunday night as soon as the review was posted because I’m 6’8” and can’t stand playing on the at the height that’s usually offered to me at clubs and end up placing my laptop and controller on makeshift stands like boxes. If I had to, how difficult would it be to carry this thing in the club assembled? Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

  10. Pieter Paßmann says:

    I do like the looks of it and the functionality. I am looking for a stand that will support my S4 and a second controller or notebook. It has to be kinda mobile though. I do not mind setting up 10-15 minutes as I am sure it is a practise-thing to assemble it quickly.

    Are there any good alternatives from the same price-segment?

  11. Not for me. I don’t like having the computer right on front of me. I much prefer to have it over to one side so I can refer to it when I need to but it’s not staring me in the face all the time. I’ve got a stand for the laptop with a little shelf underneath that holds the sound card but I can have that sit anywhere.

    • Agreed… for performance. For our workshop, actually I’m cool with it right in front of me because behind it is… a wall! So it’s hardly blocking me from the crowd…

  12. Wow, interesting! I’ve thought about getting something like this before and this might be the one that finally makes the cut. Not too bad of a price either, really.

  13. Would a Novation Twitch fit on the bottom portion of the stand, or would it be too small?

  14. I am thinking about picking one of these up, but I am curious….will a numark 4trak fit (with the fx attachment) and still be able to put the laptop on top?

    Sorry, I know this is an older thread…just curious.

  15. are there alternatives to this stand which are more portable but are still capable of holding a large controller like the Pioneer ddj sx or numark ns6? would the crane pro be upto the job of this?

  16. scooterADAM says:

    could it be assembled without the laptop part?

    I already have a laptop stand, just looking for something to raise a big controller up over the mixer/cdjs etc

    also don’t like having the laptop directly in front but quite like it otherwise

  17. Do the base legs slide fairly easily under a Technics 1200 turntable? Attempting to set up a stacking solution so that my Pioneer ddj-sx can sit above my decks and still give me access to them.

  18. Will this fit Numark NS7II? Can out handle the weight of it.

  19. Hey guys
    Will this fit DDJ-SZ which is rather large in terms of measurements (and rather heavy at 10.4kg) plz??

    Are there any real, good alternatives to this product as of present day?

    greetinx

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