A really cool DYI LivePrompter build!

Our forum user “michigander” has created a great hardware project based on LivePrompter classic – a very cool stage-monitor-style prompter box.

Here is the story around the build:

This idea became a reality in a little less than 30 days.
It took 17 days from a literal napkin sketch, to a piece of scrap plywood and an old dell monitor, to a stage monitor. A few hardware bits and tortex from mojotone were the finishing touches.
Throughout that time I read all of Torsten’s manuals and made myself a few song files in advance as well as some setup notes.
I ordered the 4 button BT airturn from Sweetwater and also read the manuals and took notes.
I sourced a simple dell computer and all pertinent cables and hooked everything up.
One fateful night I sat down with everything and setup the pedal, the computer, the software… and in a few hours I had a fully functioning prompter.
I’m telling you- I’m not a technical guy but I can read instructions. I can’t believe how simple this whole process was if you just take the time to read all of the manuals!!
Thank you Torsten!

— michigander

Some more detail on the build and how the final shape was created:

I took an old Dell 2407WFP 24” LCD monitor and leaned it against a lawnmower. I took a mic stand and my guitar and set it up a comfortable distance from the monitor. I sat on a stool with my guitar, as well as stood with it. I adjusted the “lean” of the monitor against the lawnmower to suit both playing positions. Then I moved as close as I felt comfortable to the monitor, as well as a max comfort distance. I did some final tweaking of the monitor angle and… excuse the simplicity… traced the monitor surface on a piece of plywood. Then I freehanded some 90 deg angles from it and cut the pieces.

The side panels are the only artistic dimensions and once they are cut, the middle pieces are just a matter of matching how wide the monitor is.

I used 3/4” oak because I had it sitting in the shop but I recommend 3/4” MDF for ease of use, weight savings, and cost savings. Use 3/4” so you can use a 3/4” roundover router bit which is compatible with most cabinet corner hardware.

The cabinet was assembled using a Kreg 320 pocket hole jig, as well as random small headed sub-flush wood screws.

I admit I swore, and used a lot more clamps and wood filler than I wanted to. I also drilled the pocket holes on the wrong panels….twice.. but it’s hidden.

From Mojotone.com I ordered:

1) Fender Style Black Strap Handle with Chrome End Caps

2) Mojotone Chrome 2-Hole Cutout Corners (with Screws)

3) Mojotone Rubber Feet 1-1/2“W x 3/4”H (38.1×19.05 mm)

Tolex was applied with:

– DAP red label contact cement
– 2” marshalltown seam roller
– heat gun
– edges finished with gorilla gel super glue

I’m currently planning to open an access hole in the bottom and add a cross member with VESA mount to hold the screen in.

— michigander

Here are more pictures from the build – nice handiwork (although I probably would have used black tolex for stage use).

1 Comment

  1. Tony Giedraitis I
    February 4, 2024

    Hello, nice looking monitor. Would you happen have the dimensions For the wood cut outs?


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