Vocal Booths

Sean Sorrentino won’t ever again have to sit on a borrowed hotel luggage rack converted to a comforter-covered tent to get a good audio recording. Today, Sean, a podcaster, uses the Carry-On Vocal Booth Pro when he travels for his day job and needs to record on the road. Like many podcasters, Sean creates podcasts as a hobby. But a serious one. He and his friend, Adam, are the show hosts and five friends contribute to it. They have podcasted weekly for more than 85 weeks on topics that appeal to people who are interested in firearms.

Before he bought the Carry-On Vocal Booth Pro, and when he was not on the road, Sean recorded in a 10 x 11-foot office he shared with his wife, who was often relegated to sit on the sofa to work on her computer. He was fortunate, he says, because there are lots of books lining the office walls, so there was “accidental” decent audio quality.  

None of the podcast team live near one another, yet they all submit audio to Sean, who edits it and puts it together for the show. They all provide him with varying audio quality. After all, as hobbyists, they’re not often inclined to make large investments on expensive professional equipment. In addition, some contributors were “recording in places that were just not conducive to good audio quality,” he says.

Erin, for instance, records a segment on blue collar prepping, seeking the most cost-effective way to perform essential tasks.  She’s also the current worst offender in the bad audio sweepstakes, Sean says with a hint of sarcasm. When she recorded her portions of the podcast, her house, filled with two dogs and two parents who like to watch television with the volume turned up, didn’t cut it. So she went to the office of a nearby church to record. Here, she would “build a little fort out of blankets” —clearly a widespread jerry-rig solution in the industry—to help improve the audio quality. But even with that invention, there was a terrible echo. Sean was trying to figure out how to get Erin out from under the blankets and get good audio from her, too. It was clear they didn’t have $5,000 for an audio booth. And since all the seven people on the podcast live far from one another, they wouldn’t be recording in a central location, anyway, so they’d need multiple expensive pieces of equipment to do it properly.

Sean, who’s buying a new house, stumbled upon VocalBoothToGo when searching for solutions for his new house that would allow him to soundproof the walls without having to use the space for books. He looked at several products, including the tracking booth. He sent a link to Erin and she posted it on Facebook, noting it would be a great gift for her upcoming birthday. A week later, her fans and friends had raised the money for the Pro model, which comes with the microphone stand and another stand that allows her to put her computer tablet with show notes nearby (the podcast is heavily scripted). Once Erin received the Pro, she watched a video on how it works. They’re still tinkering with where she should stand to get the best audio without getting bounce off the back wall or too much noise from the room in which she’s set up.

Once she shared the audio she’d recorded in the Pro, people said they hadn’t noticed the echo she’d had until it was gone.  Sean, however, had noticed it. He listens to every piece of audio at least four times. With the Pro, Sean jokes, it didn’t sound like Erin was recording in a cave in Tora Bora.

When Sean witnessed the audio improvements Erin experienced with the Pro, he brought himself one immediately.

Sean believes the Pro’s portability make it very useful for podcasters who travel, especially at large events where podcasters may be competing for quiet in a large media room, like he, Adam and Erin had to do while sharing a single microphone at a large show last year. He believes in it so much, in fact, the show focused its Plug of the Week on the Carry-On Vocal Booth Pro (http://vocalboothtogo.com/product/carry-on-vocal-booth-pro-6/) and Erin offered a review and a thank you to those who helped her acquire the Pro (http://lurkingrhythmically.blogspot.com/2016/03/vocal-booth-pro-to-go-thank-you-and.html).

The vocal booth is an integral part of audio recording business. If you are planning to build a sound booth for yourself, consider first what is the desirable outcome: If you have to work with a low budget, think what you can live with. If you want a studio quality booth, this might take some dough.

The primary purpose of building a vocal booth is to create an acoustically engineered enclosure where the unwanted sounds either external or internal can be controlled.

Part 1. Considering building your own vocal studio.

The vocal booth is an integral part of audio recording business. If you are planning to build a sound booth for yourself, consider first what is the desirable outcome: If you have to work with a low budget, think what you can live with. If you want a studio quality booth, this might take some dough.

The primary purpose of building a vocal booth is to create an acoustically engineered enclosure where the unwanted sounds either external or internal can be controlled.

And external interference as well as internal echoing is eliminated. This can make crucial difference in your recording.

Vocal booths also need to isolate the recording artist and contain the sound rather than risk €œgetting contained by angry neighbors and doing so on a budget can be a real challenge.

Where to Build the Vocal Booth?

Now we are talking home, apartment, backyard, not a warehouse or professional studio space.

What to consider on a planning stage:

1) Will it disturb the neighbors? This actually should be the number one question to consider. If you build your vocal booth adjacent to your neighbors wall, and it is leaking sound the whole affair can turn very ugly very fast and police will be knocking at your door pretty often and pretty soon.

Conclusion try to stay away from the partition walls. Try not to unnerve the neighbors.

Solution select Outer wall, below ground Basement, garage. If you have no other options, then soundproof the wall properly. It will be a shame to have to redo everything and it will get more expensive.

2) How large of a vocal booth do you need? Besides the obvious capacity, or what can you fit in that booth, there is a consideration of acoustics. Sound behaves differently in small rooms and large rooms.

3) What is the shape of the room. Again , it is easier to build the square room, but this will create some problems down the line, like reverberation, standing waves etc.

4) — How permanent of a structure do you need? Is it going to be the forever€ room or just a makeshift for a limited term. (like if you are renting for example).

Once you figure this out you are ready to think of building materials.

The second question is Volume. How large you want it to be? So the next issue will be:

How to Build the Vocal Booth?

What materials to use etc.

Two components of building acoustically designed rooms or sound booths is Soundproofing and Acoustic performance, which are not exactly the same.

To make your vocal booth sound proof, Ideally your sound booth should be a totally isolated sound enclosure, lifted off the floor, separated from the walls and ceilings. That is because sound waves/vibrations are transmitted through structural elements, concrete walls, etc. therefore you need to separate it.

This will not help you with acoustic quality of the room, but will have everything to do with soundproofing.

The size, shape of your structure and acoustic treatment of the room (once the structure has been built) will have everything to do with the sound quality you can record.

With many audio editing platforms available today, recording can be done in the comfort of your own home, although it is not as easy as buying a microphone and pressing “Record”.  Room acoustics are paramount. Every professional recording studio is fine-tuned to get the best sound possible.  It requires expertise and costs thousands of dollars to do a proper job in acoustic room treatment.  Yet in-home audio recording studios this often underestimated.  It is much more fun to talk about expensive mics, EQ (equalizers) and latest software that “removes” noise and optimizes your tracks all by itself. (more…)

We call it the Carry-on Vocal Booth. but it should be called The Ultimate Road Warrior ‘s Recording  Studio. But is it actually easy to travel with? Can you really carry it with you on an airplane? And, how does it sound?

How It All Works

adilatairportObviously, the main concern for most travelers is whether it can be carried on a plane as a carry-on luggage or does it have to be checked-in as baggage? Voice actors and others who have traveled around the world with the Carry-On Vocal Booth have told us that that in most cases, they have had no problem with taking the portable vocal booth on a plane. In some cases, they were asked to place it in a cargo compartment when they boarded, similar to checking in a baby stroller.

Carry-on luggage size

Although the Carry-on Vocal Booth does not exactly fit the Carry-on luggage size box, it is within the volume allowed by airline which is 9 x 14 x 22 = 2772 cubic inches. The Carry-on Vocal Booth measures 23 x 24 x 4 = 2304 cubic inches.  One might think it is a suit or garment bag. (In fact, the support tray is 22 x 22 inches, but we added couple of inches to be on the safe side.)

 

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VocalBoothToGo.com presented its soundproofing and acoustic treatment products, such as the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro, at VOAtltant 2014, the largest voice-over conference in Southeastern United States held in March. The conference boasted exceptional speakers, leaders and presenters in the voice-over industry and included voice-over professionals, trainers, coaches, agents as well as service  and product providers.

As an exhibitor, VocalBoothToGo.com demonstrated many of its products including the Voice Over Start-up Success Kit, Soundproofer Sound Booth SB33, Producer’s Choice sound blankets and the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro. The portable vocal booth was put to a real-time test by a voice actor and home studio expert during the event.

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Images of the fastest portable booth set-up! And, affordable. The Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro — perfect gear for the traveling voice talent.

 

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Why does acoustic foam sound “boxy” or “boomy”?

We hear this statement from more and more people who have  tried foam-based portable vocal booths and then switched over to our portable Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro. The Carry-on utilizes Producer’s Choice Blankets, and because of this, the end product is a much better sound.

According to seasoned voice over actors who have had an opportunity to experience different options, the foam-line portable vocal booths as well as the full-size (walk-in) mobile vocal booths, tend to result in a “boxy’  or “boomy” sound.  After testing the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro, they realized that sound is “dead-on” resulting in a clearer and better recording quality.

It is easy to see why the Carry-on Vocal Booth beats foam based portable vocal booths in the area of portability, ease of set-up, practicality, longevity and durability. However, the most important part of a vocal booth – the sound quality — needed some investigation.

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There are many types of vocal booths and sound booths to choose from. Not sure which type you need? We hope the following guide will help you to make the right choice. Follow each bullet to see what your situation is . . . .

  • You are a voice over actor and need something to carry with you, so you can conduct recordings on a moments notice just about anywhere. You need the original Carry-On Vocal Booth.

carry on vocal booth with mic and notebook

  • You want to work on your feet and gesticulate when you read. You need Carry-on-Vocal booth Pro with microphone stand mountable table and Mini-boom.
  • You do voice acting or audio recordings, and you already have a quiet place to record BUT need to produce dead-sounding recordings. You need a vocal booth (for acoustics).

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In today’s world, if you are a voice actor or into audio recording, you no longer have to worry about getting into a car, driving through traffic. traveling far or even fighting for a parking space to get into a studio to do a recording in their vocal booth. In fact, all you really need is a quiet place to do it. However, that place also has to be an acoustic environment that would benefit your recording — either your music or voice-over.

What this means is that you need to invest in your own vocal booth — preferably one that doesn’€™t require much construction or money. But how do you know what kind of vocal booth to get?

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