Vocal booths are used to decrease the extraneous sounds that may intrude during a vocal performance. Many voiceover talents decide to encase themselves in a tiny isolation booth, including a Whisper Room, which can block or at least mitigate lots of unwanted sounds like car traffic and low-flying aircraft.
But Harlan Hogan, longtime voice actor as well as the owner of an online store called Voiceover Essentials, took another approach to the voice booth.
“The voice talent does not always need to be in the booth,” reasoned Hogan. “The significant idea is you want to stop the mic from hearing the ambient sound of the whole space; you do not need to seem like you are in a big, boomy carton.”
Initially, Hogan presented his thought in the kind of directions on the best way to construct little enclosures for mike. He contained building elements in early versions of his novel, Voice Actors Guide To Recording at Home… As well as on the Street, and posted the directions for do-it-yourselfers on his website.
The hard thing for those who needed to construct their very own mobile vocal booth was getting the acoustic foam. Auralex, one acoustic foam maker, offers the sheets of foam by the case, than this little booth needs, but this is way more foam. The DIY man might spend up to $ 150 just to get the little number of acoustic foam needed for the job.
Eventually Hogan received so many questions about where individuals could receive the required stuff he chose to construct the units himself and promote them. The Porta-Booth was born.
The concept of the mobile sound booth is straightforward: the voice actor puts their mic into the little block lined with acoustic foam. The wire for the mic is run through a little slot in the rear of the carton. Needless to say, there isn’t any foam on the very front of the block; that is where the voice talent talks toward the mic.
Even though the front of the Porta Booth is open, the little carton blocks a surprising amount of sound from reaching the mic. As well as the actual work of the booth is in changing how the mic picks up the performer’s voice, while blocking reflected sound from the remaining portion of the room.
“In a room that’s fairly quiet, without the sounds of air conditioners or refrigerators running, this vocal booth can make a surprising quantity of difference,” says Gary Mac Fadden, owner of a Porta-Booth Plus, and editor of the Voiceover Insider, an online magazine for voice over talents. “I bring mine along when we take our travel trailer outside on your way, and I can still do auditions and perhaps even brief occupations, so long as there is not a barking dog tied up in the next campsite.”
While the Portabooth can not replace the sound deadening quality of a committed, full-sized recording booth, it can definitely make a difference in a voice actor’s performance. The Pro and Plus versions cost thousands of dollars significantly less when compared to a full size vocalbooth. And certainly the full-sized versions are a long way from being mobile.
“The Porta-Booth is meant as a remedy for a person who has to record in the beach house, or in a motel room,” said MacFadden. “And they are readily transportable. In the event you are using a Digidesign Mbox, or a laptop computer as well as a little interface like a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, you can have your entire studio beside you in the space of a tiny bag. This type of portability was hopeless even several years back.”
A little vocal booth offers a method to change the sound of a bigger house studio, and to more readily reach an excellent audio surroundings while traveling to voicover talents.