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What are your best ideas for getting useful vocal tracks in a home studio environment?
What do you mean by "some folding metal frame?" Got a pic? Thanks.I have a pop up recording booth that I made out of some folding metal frame and a giant, super heavy blanket that goes over the whole frame structure front and back to double thickness. Works great. I can fold up the structure and put the blanket in a storage bin when done.
They are some sort of business quality frame/divider thing my friend scavenged. We have 2 sections. Each section has 3 sub sections that hinge. They are about 6' tall. When the 2 main sections are put together they form a skeleton booth, which we skin with the super blanket. You could easily make one out of 2 x 4's or metal studs...What do you mean by "some folding metal frame?" Got a pic? Thanks.
I think I'd subconsciously just written all that noise off as tinnitus.It's easy to forget or ignore ambient noise from computer fans, furnaces, A/C, vehicles passing by, leaf blowers, etc.
You can do your level best to turn off noisemakers in your house but the outside world won't stop unfortunately so the isolation ideas above are often necessary.
I'd have to look at it in terms of pay off. Are you making $ with this and if so, how long until you make enough to pay for a booth?I start thinking of the various ways sounds can leak in, and it leads me more and more toward wanting a real booth. Not sure that's in the cards.
I have decent gear. There are three mics that I audition for vocals on various tracks. I have a Michael Joly-modded Oktava ML 52.02 ribbon which likes my voice, as well as a Joly Hulk 990 LDC and a Telefunken M81 dynamic (sort of an SM7B alternative).Then of course, you cannot have this conversation without asking what mic(s) and pre(s) you are using. You know the whole "garbage in -> garbage out" thing.
I have definitely thought of doing mostly just my direct tracks at home and then get in a project to a studio where I can do anything that has to be mic'd. I am sure I'll get better vocal tracks when I can just relax and sing and let someone else worry about the rest. I can use my Logic Remote app or PreSonus Faderport to control the playhead from the booth area, but not the same as having a second set of eyes and ears.It sounds like you've treated the acoustic issues? If you don't have paying clients, why not just wait until the dog goes back in? And unless you're doing soft acoustic stuff, a little BG noise from a furnace or something probably isn't going to be a deal breaker.
Can you put a panel in front of the window while you record? Ive got some big windows in my mixing room and I have some big panels filled with 5 inches of fiberglass that I simply put against the wall, blocking the window, and blocks sound quite well. I took a couple photos to demonstrate:Thanks all.
My music room has pros and cons. It's partially underground, which is good. I have my vocal corner set up where one wall is completely backed by dirt and the other is probably 15% covered. I have a couple of sound-deadening blankets hanging in the corner itself that I sing into. I have hung a panel of 703 directly behind the singing position. Under ideal circumstances I don't get any wonky reflections and the tracks turn out fine. I can generally keep the family from walking overhead since the room above mine is a rarely-used sitting room.
There's a window near my spot, and my neighbor has an obnoxious barking dog that is sometimes outside. When he's out there I am pretty much screwed.
The adjacent room has our furnace in it. It's a modern furnace and not terribly loud, but it's audible. Fortunately it's in a room with exposed studs, so I have been treating that wall with Roxul Safe'n'Sound. I think the hollow-core door is probably the biggest culprit at this point. Might hang a solid-core door there.
I start thinking of the various ways sounds can leak in, and it leads me more and more toward wanting a real booth. Not sure that's in the cards.