My self build vocal booth





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Published on Jan 16, 2011

This is my self-made vocalbooth - its made of chipwood (single wall - exept floor being double wall) and wooden studs, all this is sealed together with silicone and/or arcyl. It stands on wheels to avoid contact with the floor and inside is 8 cm Rockwool and foil which all is covered with white colored cotton fabric. The ceiling got an extra support with a telescope broomstick to keep rockwool and fabric up.
Its main purpose is not recording but giving me a possibility to sing and play music without being too loud for the neighbours. For professional recording purposes you would need a more "fancy" and bigger booth with certain shapes etc. - nevertheless I have some recording facilities there. But its sound is not comparable to a professional studio.

The costs were roundabout 250 - 300 Euro for the material. And it took me roundabout a week (afternoons) time to put most of its parts together.

Meanwhile, in early 2012 I changed the interiour - i threw out the rockwool and put in some grey basotect foam, because I felt uncomfortable; the rockwool combined together with the fabric was imho taking away lots of space and I putted in too much of this material, so it was sounding too boxy then.

Nowadays the ceiling does not have basotect/foam/extra isolation on its surface at all, and the "thicker" sheets of the basotect foam is roundabout one metre above the floor, to lower down the sound reflections when I am singing against the wall. I also threw out the big box on the floor and duct taped instead some old small computer speakers under a mini shelf connected to one pillar next to the door, I use now a clap together stool as opportunity to sit down (for playing steelstring f. example) And a Boss Micro BR (the older four track one) is my recording device for fast recording and also used for rehearsals by using playbacks (you can slow tracks town to learn your parts). There are also cables laid to connect them with my computer, if I want to record something into my sequencer. But basically it is still mainly a rehearsal booth. Its only roundabout 90 x 120 cm inside - so there is just space for me and my guitar! The light is LED, because other lights would be much too hot for such a small space!

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