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Old 4th June 2003
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Cheap DIY Vocal Booth

I would like to construct a vocal booth large enough to fit a vocalist and a mic stand, i am not conscerned with it looking nice or being sturdy, as long as it isolates well and is reusable and easy to collapse and move around, willing to spend about $150 max. any suggestions folks?
Old 5th June 2003
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4 boom stands and a bunch of mover's blankets...or a stand built from 1" PVC...

Uglier than a wet mangy pitbull, but effective for many isolation things...

and cheap.
Old 5th June 2003
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so you suggest making the skeleton with pvc pipes and then draping movers blankets over. can you think of a slightly classier alternative to movers blankets? thanks
Old 5th June 2003
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If you're looking for cheap and easy to move around, then the moving blankets are probably your best bet.
They work surprisingly well.
-Scotty
Old 8th June 2003
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you could do a similar thing with wooden panels with foam on one side, bare wood on the other. casters or legs for each, prolly build 4 of them. maybe 5 foot tall, but with legs that are another 15 inches or so. maybe 4 foor wide. great booth when all 4 are placed together, but they can be used as gobo's, and the wood side can be used for more reflection on things like acoustic guitar. the dead side for many vocal applications. extra effort to build, but twice the usablility. plus, you can just use one or two for some seperation between band members when not used as a booth.
Old 11th June 2003
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A nice cheap alternative is a hollow core door. They are usually luan mahogany doors with cardboard braces internal to the door. You can easily build some cross leggs out of 2x6's that have a slot cut into them to slide the door in.

Cover one side with the egg crate foam used for bedding (at your local Walmart) The other side is left bare. If you want to skip the legs, use hinges to connect two together and then staggar them when setting up. This is a great set up for quick transformations of rooms.

Joe
Old 12th June 2003
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If you aren't looking to "Do it" yourself, office partitions can't be very effective and cost efficient. I'm currently using the packaging blankets method at a project studio and just found some cool textured fabric from a thiftstore for $1 each to drape on top the blue, stain ridden blankets.
Old 12th June 2003
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A coffin should do it

if you want to do vocals open the lid
Old 13th June 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by pounce
you could do a similar thing with wooden panels with foam on one side, bare wood on the other. casters or legs for each, prolly build 4 of them. maybe 5 foot tall, but with legs that are another 15 inches or so. maybe 4 foor wide. great booth when all 4 are placed together, but they can be used as gobo's, and the wood side can be used for more reflection on things like acoustic guitar. the dead side for many vocal applications. extra effort to build, but twice the usablility. plus, you can just use one or two for some seperation between band members when not used as a booth.
I made a bunch of simmilar things. They were VERY HEAVY. Then again, I did layer 1/4" plywood with drywall.

If there is a plastic/acrylic supplier near you, you can easily make clear plastic gobos. You can drill holes in the plexiglass and attach hinges. Add a gasket to cover the hinged gap.

This will be pretty heavy also.

For light stuff that door idea was good.
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