Voice Recording in the Home Studio. Intro from Jeff Towne: A common dilemma for independent producers is how to record professional-sounding narration outside of a studio. Building a sound booth means major construction: It's expensive, takes up space, and can be impractical for renters and those in a small homes. Are there affordable alternatives? Independent producer Yowei Shaw has tried a few options, and she’s found a good solution for recording her voice tracks at home. From Yowei Shaw It’s the middle of the night. The housemates have gone to bed. The city streets are finally quiet, save a siren or dog barking here and there… And there’s my cue! This scenario probably sounds familiar to a lot of you out there. As a freelance radio producer and reporter, I don’t have regular access to a professional recording studio.
Though I was able to find a workable way to track at home with pretty decent audio, I wanted an upgrade in both sound quality and ease of use, while still not breaking the bank. Is this of use? A. B. C. DIY Portable Recording Studio - Jake Ludington's Digital Lifestyle. As someone who travels regularly, I'm always looking for creative ways to get better sound from my audio recordings. Hotel rooms tend to echo and you don't always have control over the environmental noises.
I went looking for a solution that would offer a more controlled sound and ran across professional voice actor, Harlan Hogan's, Porta-Booth, which is built from some fairly common components. You don't have to travel to find this solution useful, it's also a great way to tighten up your sound when recording at home without needing a whole room dedicated to recording. Making a few slight modifications, I put together a video showing how I built my own.
Required Components for the Portable Voice Booth Studio Foam The biggest variation between my portable sound studio and the one Harlan Hogan demonstrates on his site is the foam. Whitmor Cube The Witmor 14x14 collapsible cube ships in quantities of 2 for about $19.99 at Target.com, Wal-mart.com and Amazon (by way of Target). DIY Acoustic Panel Instructions: How to Build Them Yourself. Commercial acoustic foam is expensive. It’s great, don’t get me wrong, and worth every penny. But for proper coverage in a typical home studio, expect to spend a 1000 dollars or more. Don’t have a thousand dollars? No problem. Just build them yourself instead. It’s way cheaper, and not nearly as hard to do as you might think. With the right materials and know-how, you can cover an entire room with home-made acoustic panels for around 200 dollars and a single day’s work. Sound interesting? The 3 Materials You’ll Need Owens Corning 703 material – Owens Corning 703 is a type of fiberglass panel that is apparently ideal for broadband acoustic absorption.
The best place to purchase these items would typically be at a general home improvement store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. 6 Tools to Get the Job Done HammerNailsScissorsA staple gunMounting bracketsWood Glue If you don’t already have these tools don’t go out and buy them. How to Build Acoustic Panels: The 7 Steps. Amazon.com: AKG Perception 220 Professional Studio Microphone: Musical Instruments. The New & Improved Voice Over ?Porta-Booth. Quality recordings on the go and on the cheap By Harlan Hogan Todays voice over pro has had to adapt to a changing industry. Therefore, Im a big proponent of setting up and using a home recording studio even when youre far from home to handle my auditions and work.
A decent laptop, an audio interface, and a microphone allow you to record and deliver voice tracks from almost anywhere. And with high-speed Internet readily available theres no reason to miss sessions and auditions because you are on location or vacation, unless you choose to. I heartily understand, respect, and secretly admire actors who can tell their clients and agents, ? Dont bother me, Im on holiday and the only performing Ill be doing this week is down at the pool. I understand, respect, and admire those actors -- but I just cant do it. Unfortunately, when you are on the road youll often find yourself in less than perfect recording environments, even with pro-quality recording gear. Thats it! Page: 1. Aaron Brown Sound » Build Your Own Acoustic Treatment Panels For Under $30. DIY Acoustic Panels – How to build your own room treatment and Vocal Booth!
DIY Acoustic Panels around $30 each! One thing that has always bothered me is my untreated home studio. Every professional studio I’ve worked at or visited has had rooms with proper acoustic treatment. Last week I decided to have my home studio join the ranks of these treated rooms! This post covers the many hours of research, planning and building that went into making my very own acoustic panels for treatment and a vocal booth. The first thing I did was visit the numerous websites that talk about room acoustics and panels. Luckily, I ran into a professional acoustician, Doug Greenlee from soundkinetics.com, at a studio get together. I found a TON of people who have built their own panels providing me with the motivation and knowledge to make my own.
Make 8 versatile acoustic panels in one day that can be used as wall panels, baffling and a portable vocal booth for UNDER $250. Total Cost = ~$220. Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 1. PART 1: Waking up the neighbours with the latest turbo folk masterpiece is a major concern for many project studio owners. PAUL WHITE explains that monitoring with headphones and moving house are not the only solutions... This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. While making music is enormous fun for those actually doing it, it's often the case that other members of the household and neighbours are less appreciative, so it's often necessary to consider some sort of soundproofing to maintain the peace.
The purpose of the first part of this series is to explore problem areas and establish a few basic physical facts about soundproofing. The story still circulates that sticking egg-boxes to walls will work as soundproofing, but this is quite simply not true - I tried it in my college days, and though it makes a slight improvement to some aspect of the acoustics of a room, it has virtually no effect at all on sound leakage. Auralex MudGuard. Is muddy sound ruining your mixes? You need MudGuard. The Auralex MudGuard is a microphone isolation shield that reduces or eliminates external noise bleed and filters out external overtones. MudGuard is engineered for maximum effectiveness using Studiofoam to reduce excessive room ambience and off-axis sound. Simple to use, MudGuard mounts directly to most mic stands and clips. Use it to isolate, for instance, a vocalist in the same room with the rest of the band - or a vibraphone player positioned near the drummer.
Cleaner mic signals, free of unwelcome bleed, are easier to work with and give you cleaner-sounding mixes. Auralex MudGuard Mic Isolation Shield Features at a Glance:Isolates your mics to eliminate unwanted external sounds Easy to use, MudGuard mounts to most mic stands and clips Cleaner mic signals give you better-sounding mixes Dimensions: 17"W x 14.75"H x 7.5"D Get cleaner sound with MudGuard! From study to studio, no-budget acoustic treatment. So, better acoustics in a room, while spending as little money as possible. Not the easiest task, considering most professional studios spend several thousands getting the desired acoustic properties. To get a sense of the possibilities, I grabbed some science and some internet research and made my own conclusions on it.
First thing to know is that sound is vibrations in the air, measured in vibrations per second, which is called Hertz, shortened as Hz. Sound is often divided into three main categories: Low 25Hz to 250Hz Tones you can feel as well as hear Mid 250Hz to 2500Hz Tones in the range of the human voice High 2500Hz to 25000Hz Tones you can easily block out by covering your ears Each of these ranges have their own problems and can be fixed with specific objects as described later on in this instructable. So, what to do? With this in mind, I took a look at different websites such as With all this information soaking in, I started making a plan. This Soundproof Cardboard Shed Lets You Scream in Peace. Image courtesy VIBE.
Ltd. and Japan Trend Shop Heaven is a place where you can come home, shut the door, take your shoes off, and just start yelling at everything. The TV set, the plants, the kitten, your dinner, your laundry, the forks. But a couple of things called “noise ordinances” and “neighbors” didn’t get the memo that this is a free country, so it looks like you’ll have to come up with other plans for the evening. Unless you pick up a Danbocchi noise-reduction privacy box, that is. This “personal soundproof studio” is a dual-layered cardboard closet with a shelf that can hold 33 pounds — enough to support a computer or TV for watching rom-coms. This cardboard shame shed muffles internal sounds by 30 decibels if you’re listening from outside, which means you could drive a truck or operate a milling machine in there without much external noise. The Danbocchi is sold for around $580 on the manufacturer’s site, but it’s not available from the source right now.
Auralex. Sound Cancelling Portable Studio Box.