As podcasts and home music recording continue to rise in popularity, a smooth voiceover can be a vital element in your music. But that requires a vocal booth, generally the realm of high-budget professional recording. Fortunately, you can build your own vocal booth with basic tools in an afternoon. With a little patience, you too can have a professional-quality vocal booth to improve your voiceovers and singing tracks.
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Things you need
- 2-by-4 boards
- Soundproofing foam
- Staple gun
- Hook and eye lock
Choose an area of your house or home studio to construct your sound booth. Avoid areas near loud pipes or vents, or that overlook a street or common area. Commandeer enough space that you can comfortably build the booth while leaving a space to use the rest of the room for other studio chores, equipment set-up and storage. Place your mixing desk and console a short distance away from the intended vocal booth area to allow access to the booth and room to move.
Construct a frame for the bottom of your recording booth and lay down a tarpaulin over the frame. Fill the bottom with sand to secure the booth and staple the tarpaulin to the frame. Cut a plywood square to fit into the frame and staple it securely. Cover the plywood with carpeting, the thicker the better. Finish erecting the frame for the walls and staple the plywood to the inside of the 2-by-4 frame. Leave one side open.
Place a plywood roof over your booth and staple it to the 2-by-4s. Measure the final wall with plywood and attach it to the 2-by-4s with the hinges. Fasten the hook and eye "lock" to secure it. Swing your door back and forth a few times to make sure it is secure and is not rocking your booth back and forth or pulling out of the panel.
Tips and warnings
- If it's large enough and you can spare the storage space, consider using a closet, which will save you building time and costs.
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