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Soundproofing a vocal booth, assorted questions
Old 7th May 2003
Gear Nut
1 Review written
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Soundproofing a vocal booth, assorted questions

I'm having a house built with a studio space built in. Adjacent to the studio space is a closet that I want to make into a vocal booth. So some questions:

*What kind of door do I want on this? Being a closet, it'd normally have a full door, which could make the booth somewhat claustrophobic. It's not that big a space. Should I ask for a door with some glass in it? (Maybe just the top half being glass.) Will this hurt the sound any? If I do a full wood door, I can obviously put soundproofing over the entire thing (as well as covering all the walls/ceiling of the entire closet). But if I put a window in, I can't soundproof the glass. Pros/cons? Would you put glass in? (FYI, the singer will not be singing towards the glass; the glass would be to one side.)

*For soundproofing, is it enough to buy some mattress sheets from a local store -- with the assumption I'm going to dampen every surface in the vocal booth. Or should I look into pro stuff (Auralex etc.)? I wonder if I dampen EVERY surface if the mattress stuff would be enough...thoughts?
Old 8th May 2003
One with big hooves
Jay Kahrs's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
First question... How big is the room? After that it'll be easy to figure out how the glass and acoustic treatment will come into play.
Old 8th May 2003
Gear Nut
1 Review written
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Uh, real small. 10 foot ceiling with one corner sloped. Not more than 4x6 feet.
Old 8th May 2003
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fishtop_records's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
You want the heaviest door you can stand/afford.
Especially if you will either put a dual 4x10 Marshall
stack in there and try to record it and the drummer in
your main room, or the other side,
record a vocalist while drums/guitar/cannon
are in the main room.

Studio doors are cool and expensive.
Metal Fire doors for office building construction
are a lot cheaper, and can be covered with
your mattress or a packing blanket.

No air leaks in the door allowed.
Which means that if you put a singer in there,
you have to put in fresh air from someplace else.
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