- 20 pieces of Utility grade 2x4x8 -$40.
- 3 sheets of drywall to skin the outside and inside to create dead air spaces to slow down and outside noise leaking in – $30
- Drywall screws – $6
- One recycled 28″ door – $5
- 5 packing blankets – $25 ($ bucks each)
- Mat for the floor – $10
- Screws for framing – $5
Now I should mention that I did source the door and the packing blankets from Kijiji.ca . This did save me some $$$ as the door new was in the $50 range (not pre-hung) and the packing blankets are $25 each brand new (mine were used once, only).
In the earlier post, I mentioned that I used some floor underlay to hang in my “temp space” to dampen some of the room reverb. I did have some left and turns out it was just enough to cover 3/4’s of the height of the upper half of the new booth walls. This was stapled on and the packing blankets were folded in half and hung over that.
Add in one small shelf, a small lamp, mic, mic stand and the ART Tube Preamp and I am all set to record. The difference that I hear is like night and day compared to before. The background room noise is reduced considerably.
Using a power bar, I gave the lamp and preamp its power and myself on/off switch. This way I can always tell if the booth is powered up from outside and avoid forgetting anything on by just eyeballing the power bar’s lighted switch from my “editing area”.
I’ve only just started recording some small projects in there now and I have to say, it feels way more comfortable than what I had before and when you’re comfortable, you are more confident. Being in the booth to record, and then sitting down to edit and hearing almost nothing but your own work on the track is awesome. I still have some tweaking to do with the setup inside as I need to go back and forth to verify levels before I record. Getting another monitor and a USB unit that allows me to do that are being looked at as an option now but I am still looking at a better mic now that I have a better recording environment.
So, thats what I did. I grabbed some ideas from people who were willing to share. I hope I can give someone else some ideas to help them with a solution to a problem.
As far as pictures go, I’ll post some in one more post n this subject when some of the ‘aesthetics’ of the booth are finalized.
If you have any feedback on what I did, feel free to drop me a line.
Hope you’re in Inbox is full and your mic is always on! Have a great Halloween weekend!