The New Sound Booth

Hellooooo, everyone! How are things? Well, I hope. My little corner of the world is okay, for the most part. 

Today, I thought I’d share a sound booth update! If you’ve been reading the blog, you probably know that I’ll be moving in the next few months. I’ve been trying to get a head start on everything I can in order to make the move easier. The sound booth was one of those things. 

My previous setup was in a shower, which made for some nice walls. I’m pretty sure that my next house will not have a spare shower, so I had to make some new walls. 

I’m on a few narration forums and have seen people make frames for their booths out of PVC pipe, so that’s what I went with. It’s lightweight, relatively easy to put up and take down, and it’s affordable. 

After a quick trip to the hardware store, I managed to get the frame together. The pipe sections were about 10 feet long when I bought them. Cutting was kinda rough. I started out with a Dremel Motosaw, which is more of a craft saw than an actual power tool. I then switched to a circular saw. 

I love using power tools. Have I ever mentioned that? Something about the noise and the cutting of raw materials just makes me want to laugh maniacally. It’s a good time. 

So after the frame went together, I used moving blankets for the walls. I used moving blankets in the other setup, too. This was just a neater version of that. Here’s a cross-section shot. The wire on the right is my string of clip-on fairy lights. On the left, you can see the front of my hanging isolation box for my mic.

The moving blankets are held up by grommets and shower rings. Oh, yeah, that was another thing I learned to do: the grommets. They’re the metal rings that go through fabric, like this.

example grommets, not my grommets

Here is the outside of the finished booth. 

The whole booth setup went together relatively easily, and I am pleased with it. I’m only using it for podcast episodes for the moment. I probably won’t record any new audiobook stuff until I’m set up at the new house. The sound needs to be consistent for longer projects like that. 

That’s all I have for now. Catch you on the flip side.

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