Vocal Booth Solutions For Home Studios

Home studios are often less than ideal for recording, and sonic treatment can be a vital part of turning a spare bedroom into a usable tracking space. Vocals – whether spoken or sung – can be particularly problematic, but there are ways of getting more voice into your mixes…

Make Your Own Vocal Booth

If you’re creating podcasts or even recording lead vocals, it can make a huge difference to the quality of the recording if you can isolate the microphone from unwanted ambient noise.

Unfortunately, many of us are limited in the extent of modifications we can make to our home studios – whether by building regulations, landlords, spouse or just lack of funds or time.

Installing acoustic foam and bass traps can greatly improve the acoustic characteristics of your studio, but creating a small padded chamber just for your microphone is another option worth considering.

The Booth Is Out There

Harlan Hogan has devised a method of creating a ‘portable vocal booth’ for voice-over work in the field, and he reckons that all you need is a few dollars a bit of elbow-grease (if you can find any, do let me know). He explains how he did it on this page, and it’s remarkably simple – just a bit of foam, a foldable fabric box and… well, that’s it.

Harlan uses Auralex pyramid foam, but Jake Ludington has managed to make the porta-booth even cheaper by using wedge foam – bringing the cost down to $21 per booth.

He even made a video showing us how he did it…

The Whole Booth

If you are particularly flush and shy away from manual labour, then you can buy a professionally made portable vocal booth such as this one from Real Traps, or go the whole hog and splash a few grand on a full-size walk-in vocal booth. These are very impressive, but you would want to be getting a solid return from your vox work to justify this sort of expenditure…


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