I have moved a lot...I mean A LOT! 14 times in the past 12 years I have uprooted my life and planted somewhere else. I've covered 8 different states, multiple cities, and each time my audio studio environment changes. Over the years I have invested in quite a bit of acoustic treatment and whatnot (whatnot is a highly technical audio term learned from an engineer buddy). I have gutted closets, taken over whole rooms, and even built a room-inside-a-room-inside-a-room (it was like the Inception of studios).
All that moving and setting up each time has taught me a few things. Each room is different and every external environment is different. When I did a new build, I found new external factors to fight against. It might be as small as a sump pump, or as large as that new condo development going in across the park, but each time it was something.
Now as a stare down yet another move, this time closer to New York City, I am faced with the same question I have asked myself for years...Should I just break down and get a booth? Big question with lots of different answers. Let's look at a few options for setting up an isolated voice over recording "booth":
BOTTOM LINE: While there are a few good options for setting up your own vocal booth isolation recording, ultimately the decision is yours...and more importantly your budgets. Set a price ceiling and stick to it. From there decide what is best for you. Timing, ease, and your application is also important. After moving all these years, I can tell you I'll be buying a vocal booth in the next few months. That will be a LOT easier when I move again...sigh...
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