Oh yeah, this is me. You’re definitely not the only one. I’m lucky at the moment as I have an excuse. I’m moving so will soon get to set up and try yet another studio configuration. Which I’m sure I’ll tear apart two months later. I think I said in another thread somewhere - my wife always says my true hobby is “unplugging things and then plugging things in again”. And, buying and selling gear, of course. Amazingly, I can still finish songs occasionally though, so I’m not completely hopeless.
I also have pages and pages of routing notes, ideas, sketches of gear configurations, etc. And attempting to have a hybrid studio makes things way more complicated. My ultimate goal would be to have a way to use all my vst/daw stuff and incorporate hardware, but also being able to jam totally computer free. Haven’t found a satisfactory and streamlined way to do this yet.
I can’t believe some of the more complex setups people have. I get a bit queasy thinking of the routing, maintenance, expense, etc. Hell, just dusting all the crap. Jesus. Looking at those gearporn photos simultaneously gives me GAS yet makes me want to simplify. Strange. But they do give good ideas on ergonomics and physical studio layouts.
Lately I’ve been back in a classic L-shaped two desk setup. But, the thing that always bugs me about the L-shaped setup is turning away from the monitors to play synths. I like facing the monitors. Yeah, I could use headphones but it’s a pain moving the damn cord all the time. Setting monitors on stands, further apart? Maybe two sets of monitors? I dunno.
I have a patchbay sitting in a cabinet waiting to be fully utilized. That might help with the constantly unplugging and plugging. But doesn’t help much with ergonomics and moving the actual gear around to optimal positions.
Not sure there is ever an optimal layout/setup. Especially if gear is frequently bought then moved along. You never have time to adjust and dial things in I guess. Yeah, this OCD/over-optimization thing is one reason I don’t want to go down the eurorack road. Endless.
tl;dr - yeah, love/hate with constant rearranging here too.