One of the most important aspects to any recording is to have a good dense vocal booth. This is the one area of your studio that you will want to kill as much room noise is possible. To do so you will need some sound asborbing materials (read more about sound absorbtion). It will be the you create a space that deadens all noise. You can achieve this in a couple of simpel steps, and the good news is that you dont even have to spend a bunch of money, you will just need a few crafty skills and a little bit of creativity.
1.) To create you vocal booth, first you will have to decide on a location. The ideal locations for a vocal booth are basements, spare bedrooms, or even closets!
2.) The next that you will have to do is to clear everything that you possibly can out of the location you have chosen, except carpet. If the room or location that you have select still has carpet you will want to put some type of carpet in that location.
3.) Next you will want to measure the height and depth of your room, you will need these dimensions so that you can build your support beams. The vocal booth does not have to be a large space or take up an entire room by any means.
4.) Next you will need to construct your three walls. This can be done with a simple trip to Lowes or the Home Depot and getting the wood beams, nails, dry wall and some fiberglass installation. Next, you will want to construct you three other walls to seal off a corner of the room. It is ok to leave one corner open to be used as a entry or exit. First build the frame, then add dry wall to one side, next add your insulation (fiberglass), then add the drywall to the other side. Remember to give the drywall time to seal after applying.Next you will want to deaden the space, this can be done with a simple trip to Kmart, WalMart, or Target and picking up about 4-5 foam mattresses. You will want to apply the foam mattresses to the wall. These will cancel the sound of the space that you have built.
5.) Next, you will want to make sure that you have some sort of ventilation available. Your vocalist will need to be comfortable, do not use a vent screen after applying, this might add to any noise.
6.) Next you will want to drill a small hole wear you want to run you microphone wires. You will want to make sure that your microphone wire is not touching any other wires so it doesn’t create any interference.
7.) Finally, hook up your microphone and enjoy your new quality vocal booth.
I know that the construction portion of creating the vocal booth can sound a little bit intimidating, but the booth isn’t going to build itself. Take some initiative and do it! Everyone knows someone that is a little bit handy.
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