If you are a small time producer or composer on a budget, or just a budding sound enthusiast, this post is for you. We will guide you on how to set up your very own sound booth on a budget.
Acoustic vocal booths are used for live recordings and studio sessions. The materials in its design makes it such that there is minimal reverberations, reflections and echoing. This is because it constructed with thick sound blocking materials to isolate sound. This way post sound recordings sound more natural.
A typical professional booth can easily cost upwards of $1000 USD
But as you know Dave’s Projects believe when the price is too high you build it yourself. Total budget for this build was <$130USD.
Step 1. Create Your design
For this project, a 3x3x7 ft design was chosen. Just large enough to hold a single person. The enclosure would be made similar to a homemade tent (with pvc pipes). Thick car seat upholstery was used as the acoustic curtain material.
Step 2. Go Shopping
- 30ft x Chrome rods
- 20ft x 1/2″ PVC pressure pipe
- 8 x 1/2″ PVC Tee
- 8 x PVC 1/2″ 90 degree elbow
- 15’x8′ 1/4″ thick car seat upholstery
- 1 reel velcro
- assorted buttons
Step 3. The Build
The top and bottom frame was made by cutting the pvc pipe into 8 x 2.5ft lengths and creating 2 rectangles by joining them with the pvc fittings
The chrome rods were cut into 4 x 7ft lengths and used as the vertical support.
Next the car seat- I mean acoustic curtain was hung over the frame.
Buttons were stitched on the curtain to hold it up on the frame.
Finally velcro was taped on to seal the enclosure entrance.
When recording is done, just roll up the curtain and dismantle for storage.
See the time-lapse of the build below
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