Voice Acting Tech: Building a Vocal Booth (2023)

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Posted: December 3, 2009

Want the know-how about building a vocal booth for a voice actor and/or vocalist? There are a number of tutorials available on the Web to various degrees of detail, but few if any are from the voice actor perspective specifically. Here is a detailed account of how I made mine, and how it’s been working out since:

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By now you’ve probably already reviewed the basic facts of my setup, and if you’re here you’re interested in the deeper details. Chances are you’re a voice actor and/or singer grappling with core questions like “build vs. buy” and/or “how much does something like this cost?” etc., so let’s briefly touch first on the preliminaries:

Build vs. Buy: This can be a bit misleading. I firmly believe when it comes to these things cost isn’t the biggest factor. For me, I purposely stuck with a portable booth to the point where

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  1. The isolation wasn’t good enough anymore for my needs
  2. I needed something smaller (the portable I once used was big enough for 3 people), and
  3. I got into a space I knew I’d be staying in for a good while.

So keep such things in mind. If you’re renting and want to have the freedom to move to LA or NYC, even if you could, building a permanent booth may not be something to do yet. Additionally, think about how well the thing will pay for itself. If you’re not a regularly working voice actor, chances are you’re not ready to build a vocal booth. Remember, although it’s a crucial thing, there’s a lot more you need to get right than just making a nice dead room.

The Money Thing: A solid portable booth can run you hundreds up to a couple thousand dollars, easily. When I got one it was a used 5′ x 7′ WhisperRoom. For years, I loved it and got a lot of use out of it. Building a permanent vocal booth will run you a few thousand dollars, and can be done well for a total cost of $3-5K. It depends on the quality of the materials, also whether you do it all with your own hands vs. with the help of a contractor. If you hire a contractor, make sure they have great references. If/as you can make the vocal booth build part of a larger project and take as much of the planning on yourself, that will save you some money too. Be sure someone involved is clear on the process of getting all the legal clearances needed, as well. If you lack the proper permits from the city at job time and a neighbor calls them in, you’ll have to stop mid-way through and will get slapped with heavy fines. Lastly, I should note that our contractor, though this was his first time building a “serious” vocal booth, had made karaoke rooms before so he had some general comfort level and familiarity going in.

From here on, this write-up will assume you’ve made the decision firmly to try to build your own booth. I’ll try to cover all the essentials as I know them, even if not necessarily in any particular order.

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Planning is everything, so I did a lot of research before trying to dive into the planning stage. I made my booth as part of a larger downstairs renovation, so it rests within what’s now a small room that I use as my personal office and project studio, i.e. control room.

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Consider the overall process of production. If you’re making a vocal booth at home, chances are you’ll be spending a good amount of time in front of the computer editing audio as well.

Make sure you put the booth in a place where it will make sense not just sonically, but process-wise. If you have to walk to the other end of the building simply to punch in a few retakes, that’s lame. If you’re doing overdubbing on multi-language projects but can’t view whatever you’re lip-synching to, also lame. At the very least, if not within the booth itself, there needs to be a monitor screen that you can easily glance up at and see outside the window. Imagine spending 30-60 minutes laying down takes and then stepping out for a break to find that, even though you could hear yourself the whole time, at some point your DAW’s buffer setting got maxed out and it stopped recording. What sucks is not that you now need to adjust your settings to free up some RAM in exchange for accepting a little latency. What sucks is that your killer reads just disappeared into the ether while you were performing unawares. Being able to, while performing, visually keep on top of your DAW – watching for any alert prompts that might suddenly appear upon application or system errors – is critical when you’re running a one-person operation. Some of this I’ve learned the hard way.

Having some space to work with is key, even for making a single-person booth. Because the walls are going to need to be thick, build your booth in a room where you’ll still have room for your desk and other furniture, also free floor space for doing things like untangling wads cables and junk.

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Make sure you put your setup as far away from the usual “activity center(s)” of your home as possible. Remember, even if you build your booth well a small amount of the sound you make might still easily seep out if/as you’re belting it out. More importantly, when you have your mic hot you’ll still probably get some sound from outside the booth bleeding in if/as those sounds are loud.

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Don’t put your vocal booth and surrounding space near bedrooms. I’ll explain this with another brief anecdote: I once sang in a band that was based out of a complex built specifically for bands to practice in, which was of course located in an industrial district. Normally, practice spaces aren’t recording spaces. Whenever we tried to make demo recordings we’d need to do it late at night to avoid our mics picking up our neighbors… Though we took pains to do our recording in the wee hours, one night through the wall we still ended up accidentally picking up the sound of some couple having an audibly intimate good time in a neighboring room. Naturally to make light of the interruption, within a few minutes we ran what we’d picked up of their sounds of passion through our sampler and then through the PA system to blast back at them at loud volumes, moreover so they could hear themselves played back across the whole range of pitch-shifting from “Darth Vader” to “Chipmunks”… The moral of the story is making good recordings means using sensitive microphones. Naturally it’s all easier said than done, but make every effort to put yourself in a spot where, ideally, others will be queit(ed) whereas you’ll have the option to be loud yourself (i.e. from your control room when you might find yourself trying to do mixing, working with background music and sound effects etc.).

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In our floor plan, my studio is located directly under our living room. It’s far from total isolation, but it’s what made the most sense in terms of my overall opportunity to locate (away from laundry machines, also not in any larger shared spaces that would’ve been harder to correctly build for and/or treat acoustically). At the time of this writing, my little one gets home from school in the early afternoon which means I do my recordings in the morning or at night. Realistically, when you build you should expect to have to make a few compromises no matter what. Bear in mind that not unlike nightclubs, some of the most famous and successful recording studios in the country still have to negotiate when they do certain things (to avoid upsetting the neighbors etc.).

Probably the single most important thing to keep in mind about sound isolation is mass, as that’s the only way to get good sound resistance. Note, sound resistance isn’t literally sound proof. Unless you can make yourself something bunker-like with a good deal of concrete involved, that’s technically not ever going to happen. My booth ended up being what I needed in terms of a nice dead space, where I could close the door and not have my mic pick up the noise of my computers and external hard drives. Note, modern computers and drives have gotten a lot quieter than they were 7-10 years ago. At the time of this writing (late 2009) I’m migrating from a 867MHz G4 QuickSilver (circa 2002) – a machine that wasso noisy people would mod itto quiet it down – to a Mac Pro. The noise difference is remarkable.

To put it very simply, thicker is better. If you can do like I did and make the walls 6″ thick, go for it. Make them a total of 4″ thick at minimum. Also, stagger the studs within the wall construction. Check out some of the details that the SAE Institute has put online. Regarding insulation, though I can attest to that it certainly helps block sound, I’m not a fan of filling walls with sand. Aside from the mess of construction (and it is always messy), conceptually I find it’s a little scary. Sand can get very heavy, and throughout your walls’ and ceiling’s construction you’ll need to make sure the frame you make will be able to support what you fill it with, also however many layers of MDF/drywall/gypsum you use.

Some people use the “pink stuff” but I suggest go with something more suited to sound-stopping specifically. You many need to hunt around a bit. For what I used, we had to go through a vendor who normally sells in bulk to the military, whose lots tend to be protected by armed guard (U.S. Marshalls), so we had to sign statements swearing that we weren’t using it to build bombs etc.

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Make the walls non-parallel to minimize how much sound bounces around within the room. Make sure the ceiling is neither too low nor high, i.e. with a solid 16″ or more of head room. If less than 12″, boxiness becomes a potential problem. If you add too many feet of headroom the opposite will happen: You’ll get more ambience. I made my studio in a pseudo-basement area which had a low ceiling. For my control room it wasn’t a problem but for my vocal booth, it required digging down 2 feet into the foundation to ensure that the internal space would be tall enough for an occupant of my height (6’1″). This part was probably the hairiest point of the project.

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So today, my booth basically sits in a shallow pentagon-shaped pit we cut in the floor. Make sure you map out where all your pipes are and aren’t if you have to do something like this, and determine in advance if they’ll need to be reconfigured.

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Regarding trying to get “deadness” in the end product, as with everything else here this is just my opinion and tastes, but I think a good vocal booth can’t be too dead. The first time you step into it should feel strange at first; kind of creepy when you hear yourself talk and then give it a clap test. Keep in mind here that when Engineers and Producers get an audition in as submitted by any given voice actor trying for whatever gig, this is one of the things they’re listening for, not just a full and well articulated sound. You know how much of what makes music work is the space in between the notes, as much as it is the notes themselves? It’s kind of like that. When a voice actor sends stuff out, the quality of it is judged both by what can and can’t be heard.

For foam on the walls, I’ve found 2″ wedges along with bass traps in the back corner works great. I covered the walls, the ceiling and the inside of the door. For the floor, after all the layers of gypsum and rubber/fiber were laid down, adding a layer of high pile carpet was critical. Once you have a nice dead booth, if you don’t have carpet on the floor you’ll still end up with problematic “thoonk-clump” type sounds when you move your feet around. Even if you just shift your weight from foot to foot, if you’re using a proper mic, those vibrations will get picked up as noise. Carpeting puts an end to that, and is probably even more important if your mic isn’t overhead-mounted.

For ventilation, decide carefully. My previous portable booth had a system which I almost never used. When it came time to make a permanent booth, I added none. To get the best seal I could I chose to make a room that would be air-tight, using acoustic caulk throughout the construction.

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I run my cables through small holes drilled in one wall, secured with rubber stoppers with small holds in the middle. You can get those from hardware stores, chemistry shops, also wine making / beer brewing supply shops. Of course, this made my vocal booth a potential death trap for pets and small children, also something that can’t be used for too long without taking breaks (especially if a performance is vigorous). I keep my studio locked when not in use, and when I’m in my booth I make sure to not stay in it for hours on end. It’s not a problem, and I have the peace of mind of knowing that I’ve one less thing to worry about re. trying to keep my sound inside and the world’s outside.

I put dimmers in my control room and my vocal booth because like a lot of “creative” people I find that working in low lighting helps the process. I didn’t know it at the time, but these can sometimes cause problems with recording, introducing unwanted noise. So far I haven’t had any problems, but in retrospect I still wish I’d been aware of how quirky environmental factors can be with audio recording. I’ve also started to become more sensitive to the fact that I live not too far from a large radio tower which could potentially cause electromagnetic interference. Though making a recording studio will tend to involve more fundamental things like grounding and power conditioning, consult an electrician if you need to in making decisions about what needs to happen within your booth. In these areas, sometimes certain mics just won’t work well in certain situations so try to be conscious about what happens with your power planning.

Expect the whole process to be a dirty one no matter what. It creates a ton of dust, and protecting people and possessions from that is one of the biggest safety concerns. Also, try to keep on schedule in light of the month or more of downtime that will be involved. Assuming you’re not in LA or another place casting directors from NY or Chicago may converge annually to get a break from the cold winters back in their respective hometowns, around the holiday season may the best time to undertake something like this so as to minimize impact on your ability to accept work.

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All in all, luckily for me the whole thing worked out OK. It wasn’t the most inexpensive way to go, but I absolutely am glad that I got help. I hold my own in the software world much more than I do in the hardware world, so just as your results will at least slightly vary your choices along the way will too.

Obviously this article isn’t meant to cover all that it could, but those are what have been the most important items in my experience. Hopefully I didn’t leave any fundamentals out… So with no further ado, feel free to download the initial spec I wrote up for the booth by clicking on the link below (Note: Twitter or Facebook account required).

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DISCLAIMER: That’s just the draft I submitted during the initial planning, and doesn’t totally reflect the final implementation. A few glaring mistakes I made in the beginning were corrected before the work started. Had we built exactly as I’d initially drafted we’d have ended up with something too small; too much like a phone booth / coffin lovechild. In the end product, from my initial draft we

  • increased the available interior space by 10-15%
  • reworked the ceiling joists plan to make the weight supportable, and
  • didn’t go floating all throughout the construction for full “cushy,” i.e. we floated the booth as a unit but within that unit didn’t float the ceiling and floor apart from the walls.

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FAQs

How do you make a voiceover booth? ›

And start securing things in place i like to take one clamp and secure that front wall to the mic.

Are vocal booths necessary? ›

Recording vocals can be done in several ways. Vocal booths will produce the cleanest sounding vocals. Ditching the booth can offer a more natural sound and unique qualities, especially with proper acoustic room treatment. Both methods provide value and should be used for different recording scenarios.

What is the purpose of a vocal booth? ›

Vocal booths have typically been used to provide a space to record solo instruments (such as, but not limited to voice) without the recording being compromised by other elements in the studio. An obvious example would be recording a vocalist live while an ensemble is playing. But applications vary widely.

How effective is vocal booth? ›

They are very effective at reducing room reflections. If you're looking to reduce the amount of reverb you receive from a room, you'll be happy to know that all mobile vocal booths that were tested by SOS reduced reflections significantly.

How long does it take to build a vocal booth? ›

Step-by-Step Instructions

Once you have all the materials that you need, it shouldn't take more than 45 minutes to build your vocal booth. With the help of a friend, you should be able to complete this project even faster.

What shape should a vocal booth be? ›

Ideally, the vocal booth should have minimal parallel surfaces to any wall, meaning a hexagonal or pentagonal shape is preferred.

Do DIY vocal booths work? ›

Portable DIY Vocal Booths: Conclusion

Portable devices like those aimed at minimizing reflections around a mic can definitely help in untreated rooms. They won't always solve every single problem or replace a professional vocal booth, but they're better than nothing for a simple home studio setup.

How big should a vocal booth be? ›

The physical size of a typical vocal booth will produce standing waves in the 150Hz to 350Hz region. This causes the voice to be accentuated in the lower mid-range.
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Acoustically treating the inside of the room.
Room DimensionMetricResonance
6 feet1.83 meters188 Hz
5 feet1.52 meters226 Hz
4 feet1.22 meters283 Hz
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Do blankets work as vocal booths? ›

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How do you sound treat vocal booth? ›

Vocal booth acoustic treatments absorb sound waves, creating a sought-after “dry” sound with little to no reverberations. As a general rule of thumb, cover between 50 to 70% of your vocal booth's surface area with one- to two-inch thick acoustic foam. The drier the sound you want, the more coverage you need.

Why is vocal production important? ›

The In's and Outs of Vocal Production

Vocals are arguably the most important element of your recording. Obviously, this depends on the genre, but in most pop music, the vocal is crucial in conveying the emotion of the listener and thereby has a great impact on the production. The lead vocal can make or break a song.

What is the purpose of vocal? ›

Briefly, the vocal folds are folds of tissue located in the larynx (voicebox) that have three important functions: To protect the airway from choking on material in the throat. To regulate the flow of air into our lungs. The production of sounds used for speech.

How long should you practice vocals a day? ›

For most people, a minimum of thirty minutes every day is a good start. However, there is a thing as practicing too much, and you should always stop practicing if you feel a strain on your vocal cords. If you take breaks throughout the day, it will allow you to build the vocal stamina needed to practice more every day.

What is the best effect for vocal? ›

Interesting Vocal Effects
  • Add Wet Reverb. Reverb should be on every one of your vocal tracks, even if it's just a little bit. ...
  • Pre- and Post-Delay. Pre-delay is a setting on your reverb plugin. ...
  • Depth with Delay. ...
  • Turn Yourself into a Choir. ...
  • Bus the Autotune for a Vocoder Effect. ...
  • Widen the Vocals. ...
  • Get a Megaphone Sound.
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How do studios get quality vocals? ›

Step-by-Step Vocal Recording Checklist
  1. Before the session, choose a room with very little reverb.
  2. Use some acoustic treatment. ...
  3. Set up your equipment. ...
  4. Get a rough headphone mix going.
  5. Position the singer 6 inches away from the microphone.
  6. Add a small amount of reverb to the vocal. ...
  7. Get the vocalist to warm up.

What DB should vocal booth be? ›

You should record vocals at an average of -18dB for 24-bit resolution. The loudest parts of the recording should peak at -10dB and be lowest at -24dB. This is to keep an even balance on the level of the vocals without distortion. Why is decibel range so important when it comes to recording vocals?

How small should a vocal booth be? ›

Vocal booths can be as small as 4′ x 3′ or 4′ x 4′ with a ceiling height of 8feet in tight spaces. However, the end-user has to design it based on the requirements. Space and individual needs are subjective. Small rooms can work for voice-over needs but a tiny space is not suited for recording vocalists or instruments.

How much would it cost to build a vocal booth? ›

Recording Booths aka Isolation Booths – A recording booth can be built for less than $1000, but if you want it built by experienced professionals using pro-grade materials, it will cost at least $4,000. Additional Equipment – Most professional studios have a large inventory of gear readily available.

How do you make your vocals stand out? ›

And with these four tips, you should be well on your way.
  1. Use compression when mixing vocals. As just mentioned, humans are anything but consistent. ...
  2. Get the EQ right. Of course, there's much more to good-sounding vocals than simply volume. ...
  3. Don't leave them too dry. ...
  4. Always keep context in mind when mixing vocals. ...
  5. Conclusion.

What shape is best for sound? ›

The Strip shape offers better sound absorption properties than a smooth shape while offering a similar low-key design. If you are looking for a simple yet effective shape for your acoustic foam panels, the strip shape makes perfect sense.

Is it better to record vocals sitting or standing? ›

Standing is the best position to record vocals in, allowing full opening of the throat and full movement of the diaphragm. However, the singer should sit or stand according to which position they feel most comfortable in. The position that gives the best performance is best.

Is humming good for vocals? ›

Humming is one of the best all-around vocal exercises. This technique helps stretch the vocal cords, relaxes your facial muscles, and improves breathing. Humming also develops your vocal resonance and tone quality.

Is Tuning vocals cheating? ›

There is no cheating. Everything is fair. First, auto-tune will not make a terrible singer into a great singer. There's a myth among music fans that it's some all-powerful tool when it isn't.

Do PVC vocal booths work? ›

The PVC vocal booth design gives you full isolation with sound-absorbing material on all sides. Though, it won't provide the same sound absorption as a vocal booth with proper acoustic treatment.

Do I need bass traps in a vocal booth? ›

Yes, you need basstraps. How much, how thick and where obviously depends on the room but you def need them. The fundamental/body/tone/bass in a vocal is in the 150-250 Hz-ish area and it is such a struggle to get "warm, full, intimate" vocals if the booth has crazy ringing and resonances in that very same area.

What is the perfect studio size? ›

For the casual audiophile, it's generally accepted that the Greek golden mean proportions of 1:1.6:2.6 (height by width by length) will yield an acoustically pleasant room. As an example, if we begin with a typical 8-foot ceiling height as a starting point, we should aim for a room that's roughly 13 feet by 21 feet.

What room is best for singing? ›

Try to use a small-to-medium sized room with a lot of stuff in it. Specifically, with a lot of SOFT stuff like beds, couches, pillows, rugs and so on. You also want to avoid rooms with a lot of hard surfaces and windows. So your kitchen and bathroom are probably not the best places to record a vocal.

How should a singer sleep? ›

Singers Need A Good Night's Sleep— How to Get Yours!*
  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every day. ...
  • Get morning sunshine. ...
  • Don't eat heavily within a few hours of going to bed. ...
  • Try a few light carbs and some dairy instead. ...
  • Get out of bed for awhile. ...
  • Avoid your electronics!

How do you make your voice sound good on auditions? ›

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How do you build a sound room? ›

To construct a soundproof room within an existing room, follow these steps:
  1. Decouple the Walls. The first step to building a room in a room that you can use for soundproofing is to decouple the walls, which can be done in several ways. ...
  2. Add a Floating Ceiling. ...
  3. Insulate. ...
  4. Install Drywall. ...
  5. Fill in Air Gaps. ...
  6. Choose the Right Door.
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What are the 4 stages of voice production? ›

It involves four processes: Initiation, phonation, oro-nasal process and articulation.

What causes deep voice in females? ›

'During menopause, the amount of oestrogen diminishes and affects the vocal cords, sometimes leading to a decrease in the pitch of the voice. That's why you'll often hear women in their 50s and 60s whose voices sound lower than they used to in their 20s and 30s. '

Why are vocal skills important? ›

The voice tells us so much about a person. Where they come from, their personality and how they're feeling. An actor's voice needs versatility as it must be able to communicate a range of emotions. It must have clarity so that every word can be heard and enough strength and resonance to fill a theatre auditorium.

What is the most important part of voice? ›

Resonance

The way your voice sounds is going to depend on a number of factors, but where you resonate your voice is one of the most important. If you resonate your voice in your throat, you will sound muffled, gravely–think of this as the bass.

What makes a voice unique? ›

The vibrations make sound waves that travel through your throat, nose, and mouth. The size and shape of these structures create the pitch, loudness, and tone of your voice. That's why each person's voice sounds so different.

What causes deeper voice? ›

The deepness of a voice is primarily determined by the length and thickness of the vocal cords. Longer and thicker vocal cords produce lower, James Earl Jones-like pitches. So, if you want a deeper voice, you just need to thicken and lengthen your vocal cords.

What happens if I sing everyday? ›

Singing every day strengthens your vocal cords, improves your vocal range, and will gradually lead you to a better vocal tone.

Why does my voice sound better at night? ›

So when we first rise from a good night's sleep, our muscles, including our laryngeal muscles, are relatively deactivated. The simple effect on our voices is one of being able to sing lower because our vocal folds are able to shorten more easily because they don't have the acquired toning from a full day's use.

Why is it harder to sing in the morning? ›

Remember, your vocal cords have been at rest for many sleeping hours, which is a reason why they sound deeper in the morning. Doing a lot of heavy talking on your dry, swollen cords can cause additional irritation. Give them some time to rehydrate and rejuvenate.

How do you mix your voice perfectly? ›

7 Simple Tips to Mix Vocals Like a Pro
  1. Bring Them in Early. The beginning of a mix is like a blank canvas. ...
  2. Process Them in Context. The solo button is your enemy. ...
  3. Use Pre-Delay. ...
  4. Find the Right De-Esser. ...
  5. Avoid Ultra-Fast Attack Times. ...
  6. Don't Rely on Compression Alone. ...
  7. Pay Attention to Breaths and Other Noises.
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How do you manipulate vocals? ›

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  1. Create a comp track to build a take. ...
  2. Tighten up the timing to fit the groove. ...
  3. Check your edits and create fades. ...
  4. Manage the singer's breathing sounds. ...
  5. Consolidate the vocal track. ...
  6. Use pitch correction to fix mistakes if needed.

Why is mixing vocals so hard? ›

Mixing is hard because you have to train your ears to hear stuff you haven't previously heard. It's like learning an instrument. It takes patience and practice. And once you can hear all that stuff you still have to experiment a lot to have an opinion about it.

Are good vocals genetic? ›

Genetics play a large role in your singing ability. The size and shape of your vocal folds, skull, nasal cavities and facial structure can all influence your tone and how your voice sounds.

What effects make vocals sound professional? ›

10 Ways to Make Vocals Sound Modern & Professional
  • Top-End Boost. ...
  • Use a De'Esser. ...
  • Remove Resonances. ...
  • Control the Dynamics with Automation. ...
  • Catch the Peaks with a Limiter. ...
  • Use Multiband Compression. ...
  • Enhance the Highs with Saturation. ...
  • Use Delays Instead of Reverb.
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What equipment is needed for voiceover work? ›

A microphone isn't the only piece of equipment you need to create voice-overs. Headphones are necessary to monitor audio tracks as you record voice-overs. Microphone stands will help you record cleaner, more even sounding voice-overs. Room ambience is very distracting for the audience to hear in a voice-over.

How much does it cost to build a sound booth? ›

Recording Booths aka Isolation Booths – A recording booth can be built for less than $1000, but if you want it built by experienced professionals using pro-grade materials, it will cost at least $4,000. Additional Equipment – Most professional studios have a large inventory of gear readily available.

How do you make a portable sound booth? ›

How to Build a Portable Recording Booth
  1. Find a cardboard box, which is large enough to accommodate your microphone, microphone stand and laptop.
  2. Buy a few yards (meters) of foam cushion. ...
  3. Glue the foam to the inside of the box. ...
  4. Place the box on a table and plug in the microphone.

Can I use a closet as a vocal booth? ›

If you need to record audio but don't have the space for a studio, you can turn a closet into a DIY recording booth.

How much should I charge for a voice-over? ›

Audio book voice-over rates for non-union voice actors typically range from $150 to $350 per finished hour (PFH) of audio. You can determine the estimated hours of finished audio by word count.

What voice-over work pays the most? ›

According to Voices, Gravy for the Brain, and BunnyStudio, here are some expected ranges:
  • Radio spot: $250–$350.
  • TV commercials: $100–$10,000.
  • Audiobook: $2,000–$5,000.
  • Video games: $200–$350/hr.
  • Starring role in animated feature film: $10,000.
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How do you train for voice-over work? ›

How to become a voice actor
  1. Work on your craft. There are two types of voice acting training, both of which can level up your skills: taking acting classes and hiring a voice coach. ...
  2. Define your voice. ...
  3. Record a demo reel. ...
  4. Audition consistently. ...
  5. Practice every day. ...
  6. Network in your industry.
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How small can a vocal booth be? ›

Vocal booths can be as small as 4′ x 3′ or 4′ x 4′ with a ceiling height of 8feet in tight spaces. However, the end-user has to design it based on the requirements. Space and individual needs are subjective. Small rooms can work for voice-over needs but a tiny space is not suited for recording vocalists or instruments.

How big should a sound booth be? ›

The physical size of a typical vocal booth will produce standing waves in the 150Hz to 350Hz region. This causes the voice to be accentuated in the lower mid-range.
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Acoustically treating the inside of the room.
Room DimensionMetricResonance
8 feet2.44 meters141 Hz
7 feet2.13 meters161 Hz
6 feet1.83 meters188 Hz
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How do you soundproof a vocal booth? ›

Adding mass
  1. Build a thicker wall. If you're building a wall from scratch, choose a thicker drywall (around 1.6cm) that can absorb more sound. ...
  2. Apply wall padding. ...
  3. Use Acoustical Glue. ...
  4. Create air gaps. ...
  5. Float the floor. ...
  6. Use isolation pads. ...
  7. Seal gaps with foam gaskets. ...
  8. Install a door sweep.
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How do you make a mic box? ›

How to Build a Microphone Isolation Box - DIY Now - YouTube

Is glass a good sound insulator? ›

Glass conducts sound very well. A single pane of glass or untreated glazing will do little to prevent noise from entering your home. If your home still has single glazed windows and you want to increase the value of your property and reduce the noise pollution, it may be time to upgrade.

Do you need bass traps in a vocal booth? ›

Yes, you need basstraps. How much, how thick and where obviously depends on the room but you def need them. The fundamental/body/tone/bass in a vocal is in the 150-250 Hz-ish area and it is such a struggle to get "warm, full, intimate" vocals if the booth has crazy ringing and resonances in that very same area.

What room is best for singing? ›

Try to use a small-to-medium sized room with a lot of stuff in it. Specifically, with a lot of SOFT stuff like beds, couches, pillows, rugs and so on. You also want to avoid rooms with a lot of hard surfaces and windows. So your kitchen and bathroom are probably not the best places to record a vocal.

Are vocal booths soundproof? ›

Although a VocalBooth is a room inside a room additional density is needed for it to be completely soundproof.

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These sound booths have a metal frame support structure that is easy to assemble and disassemble. The sound booth frames are covered by a fitted acoustic blanke...

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