Portable Sound Booth – How To Come Out of The Closet
A few days ago we posted a video we shot from a professional quality portable sound booth at the NAB Show 2011. This is a very cool booth if A) you can afford it; B) you have room for it; and C) you need this type of thing often enough to justify it. As much as I’d like to have one of these, I don’t meet any of those criteria.
The fact is, these kinds of booths are overkill for most people. However, if you are creating videos you probably need to do voice over tracks from time to time and you want them to sound their best because the better the quality of the sound, the higher the perceived production value will be. If you hear air conditioners humming, the sound from of ventilation ducts, motors, computer fans, whatever kind of background noise, it takes away from the audio quality and the professional image you want to project. So what is the small producer to do?
There are inexpensive sound booth products that meet the needs of the occasional voiceover narrator. Here is one we like, the Portable Vocal Booth. (If you click through and don’t see it right away, look for the Portable Vocal Booth, either the Pro or Home version.)
Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth ‘Home Version’ attaches itself to your own microphone stand and allows for great recording conditions every time. The specially moulded foam has been shaped and processed in a way which not only helps to create dry vocals, but to also prevent exterior noise such as traffic noise or air conditioning entering into your mic.
Both the home and pro models are on sale as I write this, making them quite affordable. You’ll also find some good microphone choices and pop screens. We like these so much we are affilates for them.
Another, more portable option is the original Porta-Booth Portable Sound Booth from Harlan Hogan’s Voiceover Essentials. This clever portable sound booth collapses for easy storage or transportation. The concept behind this is that “you don’t have to build a vocal booth big enough for both the mic & the performer – just the mic!”
The photo to the left is of the portable version, which is only $129.00. There is also a professional version available for a couple hundred dollars more.
For the really handy, you can find instructions on building your own sound isolation booth.
So as you see, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have your own little sound isolation booth for recording voice overs for narrations, screencast videos, commercials, podcasts… whatever you need.
In that previous article, I said that a good “poor man’s sound isolation booth” is a closet full of clothes or the inside of a car, parked in a quiet location. With these inexpensive alternatives, just about anyone can afford to come out of the closet.
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