Back in 2003, I reviewed the VersiPanel roll-out wall (Tape Op #36), a freestanding partition made of LDPE (life- preserver) foam-core "runners" covered in heavy-duty fabric. I purchased two of them — 4 ft and 6 ft tall — and I use them during every session to vary the acoustics of my live room. For example, I often use the shorter wall around the drum kit to reduce direct-line bleed into the many mics throughout the room. The taller wall comes in handy when I need a more intimate sound for a quiet vocal. Manufacturer Mity-Lite ( has recently upgraded the product and renamed it VersiFlex. True to the name, it's now more flexible, and you can roll it into tighter-radius curves. Steel reinforcing has been added underneath the cloth at the edges of each vertical runner, and plastic end-caps top and bottom prevent the cloth from fraying as you drag the wall around. The first and last runners are made of MDF for increased rigidity, and rare-earth magnets allow you to attach multiple VersiFlex partitions together. My original VersiPanels have held up well over the years — they still look new — but with all the new improvements, the VersiFlex walls should last forever. ••• Mity-Lite also manufactures the Mesh-One, a foldable, stackable chair that uses rip-stop, elastomeric mesh for the seat and back panels. Think Herman Miller Aeron meets the ubiquitous, folding chair. The Aeron is popular in control rooms because of its small acoustic footprint and engaging design. Similarly, the Mesh-One is acoustically transparent, and its design and build quality are top-notch. The welds on the steel frame are beautifully done, the powder-coat finish is flawless, the nylon frames suspending the mesh feel strong without being uncomfortably cold or stiff, and the feet are cleverly shaped to facilitate nesting when folded. By the way, the feet did leave a barely- discernible bit of black residue on my hardwood floor when a seat was dragged while weighted, but the residue disappeared with one swipe of my shoe bottom. Every guest who's sat on the Mesh-One has commented on how comfortable it is, and musicians who need to lean forward on their chair really like the rounded, "waterfall" seat front — no pressure points against the legs or butt. As an audio engineer, I love the chair because it doesn't squeak (at all!), and I don't have to worry about unwanted acoustic reflections off the chair — whether it's occupied or empty. If you record strings or acoustic guitars, the Mesh-One is a must-have. ••• A third product from Mity-Lite that warrants mention is the Mobile Buffet Table. Although marketed to the food-service industry, this table couldn't be more ideal for a mixing desk. The main surface is 24'' above the floor (or 29'' with optional casters), and a second tier that's mounted on steel columns coming up from the rear legs is 38'' (43''). These are perfect heights to hold a mixer on the table as well as speakers, displays, and other gear on the meter-bridge-like tier. An optional storage rack can be mounted below the table to hold cables and such. The table comes in various lengths and widths; and again, the build-quality is top-notch. An internal, hardwood frame coupled with permanently-bonded ABS plastic surfaces, with substantial edge-reinforcing and impact-resistant corners, attached with through-bolt T- fasteners to 16-gauge steel brackets holding welded steel legs makes for an incredibly stable platform for your precious gear, despite the table being foldable/stackable! The main table surface will hold a distributed load of 1600 lbs, and the tier is rated for an additional 180 lbs. Now imagine this table with a Mesh-One chair and a VersiFlex wall — a ready-to-go control room! 

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