We’ve had a busy time of it of late here over at Wolf’s Den Studios: renovations!
One of the biggest “to-dos” on our projects list has been to create a vocal recording booth: a space dedicated to and engineered for recording as crisp and clear a sound as possible for singers. Without controlling a recording space for unwanted reverberation and echo, a singer’s tracks can sound muddy and dull, no matter how fine their voice or how skilled they are.
One of the easiest ways to create a vocal booth is to work within the structure of your own building: convert a closet! This is a common tactic; there are many video tutorials on YouTube describing different approaches. We opted to line the entirety of the closet – 90 square feet of wall and ceiling space – with Auralex acoustic foam tiles to absorb uncontrolled reverb.
First, however, we had to empty the closet. It was amazing how much was crammed into 60 cubic feet.
Next, the shelf had to come down – for obvious reasons!
After removing the shelf and shelf supports, we had to patch the wall (horsehair plaster – great 120 years ago, terrible today), then sand and wash the walls.
We installed new shelves, higher up, to retain a little bit of overhead storage space, and put up new lighting.
This is a little less than half the foam to go up in the vocal booth.
We wanted to avoid cutting tiles if we could, plus we had foam of several different thicknesses, so a lot of careful planning was necessary first before any tiles went up. Rather than using spray glue, we opted for velcro tabs that will enable us to rearrange, move, or replace tiles easily at a later date, if necessary.
It took two weekends, but the end result is pretty killer. We’re ready!