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As a musician, composer, and/or vocalists you probably find that inspiration comes at random times. Recording your vocals can be an intimate process, and sometimes you just can’t schedule when you feel the most confident to record.
One way to fix this problem is to build your own vocal booth in a bedroom or room in your home or apartment. It’s super easy, budget-friendly, and allows you to record whenever the desire comes. No longer will you have to spend money every time you go to the recording studio or have to schedule a time for your talent to shine.
With this guide, you’ll be able to create your very own recording booth and save hundreds of dollars in recording expenses. We’ll provide instructions and a video link so you can start building right away!
The Blanket Booth
This article will teach you how to build a vocal isolation recording booth in a bedroom. The type of booth you will be creating is referred to as a “blanket booth” because your vocals will be protected on all sides by heavy-duty acoustic blankets. The design will resemble a ‘blanket fort’ that is made out of PVC pipe and thick blankets.
What You’ll Need:
· 2-4 Acoustic or Packing Blankets (depending on the size of the booth you want)
· 14 (1-inch) T-joints
· 8 (1-inch) 90-degree Elbow joints
· 24 Shower curtain rings
· 1 junior hacksaw (for cutting the pipes)
· 4 (2-inch) clamps (optional)
· 7-10 (1-inch) PVC Pipes
Before you get started, we recommend figuring out the size that is going to fit best in your living space and get the dimensions for that. Once you have figured out the width and length you can plug it into the size calculator so you’ll be able to know what size pipes you’ll need and how big the booth will be.
Time To Build
1. You’ll want to start with the base of the structure which will consist of three 1-inch long pipes, two short (2ish inches) 1-inch pipes, 2 T-joints, and 4 Elbow joints. The short pipes are necessary to fit the T-joint and Elbow joint together so you can start forming the vertical structure.
2. Once you have the base structure together, you’ll need to start on the first half of the vertical structure. For this part, you will need 7 long PVC pipes, 6 T-joints, and two short PVC pipes (again, for connecting the T-joints together).
3. For the top and last section of the structure, you will need 9 long PVC pipes, 4 Elbow joints, and 6 T-joints. The middle pipe on either side will need to have three T-joints connected to it to form the three horizontal pipes that go across the top of the structure. You will have to cut the pipe to connect the T-joints to it.
· For each of these steps you can refer to this video that shows one of our musician friends in action building this frame. You can skip ahead in the video to the time 9:15 to watch him put the structure together correctly.
Why Do You Need to Build A Vocal Isolation Booth In A Bedroom?
When your part of a niche, such as musical production, you might experience a lot of people telling you to do things and how you should do them. You will find this by reading various blogs on the Internet, YouTube videos, and just through passing.
For example, maybe you are visiting this blog because someone else recommended you build your own vocal booth, which is great. These are all good things, but sometimes we can forget the “why’s” of what we’re doing.
So why do you need a vocal booth in your home? What are the benefits of building your own and using the blanket booth?
Here’s the why…
A vocal booth allows your voice to be the most upfront part of your mix; it allows your voice to be clear without any room reverb or muddiness. When recording without a sound barrier, such as the blanket booth, the microphone easily picks up the room reverb and flutter echoes. Those unwanted sounds then go into your recording, and you might not hear them at first, but after mixing you’ll be able to pick up on them.
The difficulty with recording in an untreated room is that you can’t edit it out during the mixing stage. Once that reverb is in your vocals, it’s there to stay and makes your recording sound unprofessional.
A simple fix for this problem is to record in a recording studio or at home in your own studio. Most of us can’t afford the hundreds of dollars it requires to install a full recording studio, so that’s why musician pioneers have created the ‘blanket booth.’
The blanket booth is a simple design of just PVC pipe and blankets, as you well know. This DIY studio is one of the best options from other similar concepts because it gives you all-around sound protection. The blanket completely covers the structure as well as you and your microphone; efficiently blocking out room reverb so your voice stays consistent and clear.
The reason this method works better than others is that it’s uncomplicated to build, easy to store, and simply the most successful sound barrier you can make. You may find other solutions, such as ‘portable sound booths,’ closets, and even a mattress booth. While those options will work, they won’t work as well as the blanket booth because they cannot give you that 360 coverage that you need.
How To Build A Vocal Isolation Recording Booth In A Home Bedroom Conclusion
Now that you have the ‘know how’ and reasons behind the ‘blanket booth’ it’s time to make your finishing touches to your personal booth and start recording. Don’t forget to check out our other blogs that will assist you in purchasing the best musical equipment for specific niches, such as the best microphones for screaming vocalists.
We hope this blog helped, and we can’t wait to hear what you’ve been recording. To have your tracks professionally mixed and mastered check out our homepage; there you will find everything you need to know to start making your unique songs radio-worthy. Check it out now and keep on rocking my friends!