Your dreams have come true and you’ve saved up to create your own home recording studio. Now, you can enjoy the convenience of recording your music in the comfort of your home, but soon you’ll realize it’s not quite complete.
These days, every musician seems to have their own home recording studio, but not every home studio has a vocal booth. How to make a home studio booth isn’t as tricky as it seems. In fact, you can easily create one, even if you’re on a really tight budget.
A commercial built vocal booth can cost anywhere from five to ten thousand dollars. But if you’re on a tight budget, then hiring the pros to build one for you simply isn’t an option. DIY vocal booth plans are simple to follow and designed for builders of all skill levels. So grab a couple of buddies and get set to build your own vocal booth in just a matter of hours.
Your vocal booth doesn’t have to look professional, it doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars and it won’t take weeks to complete. Instead, we’ve scoured the internet searching for simple solutions to this home studio problem that many musicians run into.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find easy to do vocal booth plans online, mainly because many of them are aimed at studio owners who have a large space to work with, know carpentry, have a large budget, and have a lot of time to get the project done.
So instead of a complicated project that would require some better than average carpentry skills, we’ll share a few fast and easy methods that will show you how to create your own studio booth in no time, and for an affordable price.
Turning your closet into a vocal booth: The most expensive and difficult part of this job is building a strong outer structure. Fortunately, many types of home studios have their own storage rooms or even an adjacent closet that can be turned into a booth just by making a few simple modifications.
Begin by gathering any extra clothes, blankets, and pillows from around the house. These can be used as a type of free acoustic treatment. If possible, the space you choose should have plenty of shelves for stacking, but if it doesn’t, you’ll be able to easily build your own using cheap lumber or basic shelving sets that are sold at your local home improvement store. If possible, avoid using carpet because it tends to absorb higher frequencies. In order to find the best sound, try experimenting with less or more absorption.
The mattress sound booth: If done right, you can end up with a great vocal booth made out of mattresses but how it turns out will ultimately depend on how many mattresses you have to work with. If you decide to go with this option, try not to worry about how it looks. It’s not the prettiest option but it’s effective.
Pro Tip: If you only have one mattress to work with, position it behind the singer’s head. If you have two mattresses arrange them in a V shape behind the singer’s head. If you have three mattresses, arrange them in a C shape behind their head.
If you need any extra mattresses, don’t be afraid to look online or at local thrift stores or even yard sales for cheap mattresses. Keep in mind that some types of mattresses will work better than others. The worst type you can use features a hollow innerspring. This type offers minimal absorption.
The best option is memory foam, which offers plenty of absorption. As a general rule, the heavier the mattress the better.
Curtain booth: This type of booth works on an acoustic principle that not many studios explore. Typically, when it comes to absorption. Many people say that more mass is always better than less mass and thicker is always better than thin. However, there’s a third factor you should take into consideration and it makes a big difference in terms of rigidity, and that’s the fact that limp mass is usually better than rigid mass. This theory makes sense. When you use this vocal booth option the singer’s voice will get absorbed by the curtain much in the same way that the energy from a soccer ball is absorbed by a net.
To build a curtain booth, you’ll need a circular curtain rod and a large blanket. The curtain rod can be mounted to the ceiling and must be strong enough to hold plenty of weight. The blanket will hang in place of a curtain and should be as heavy as possible. The best part about this design option is when you’re not using it, all you have to do is just retract the blanket, so it’s perfect if you have minimal space to work with.
Mini vocal booth: The last few methods were very simple compared to most of the methods the pros use. However, they still require more work than some.
This final option is one that requires no work on your part. This method is known as a reflection filter. The device is basically a mini vocal booth that you can mount to your microphone stand, and it wraps around the mic. Not only does the reflection filter look pretty cool, but it’s also very affordable and it’s small enough that you can store it anywhere or take it with you when you’re traveling. It can also be the best solution for many home studio owners because no special space is required.
Now that you know how to make a home studio booth on a very tight budget, you can choose one of these simple methods or even a combination of the methods, to build your own vocal booth for no more than one to two hundred dollars. While your booth may not be quite as impressive as what you’ll come across in a professional recording studio, it will definitely get the job done.