From time to time, we’ll receive emails from members who are concerned with the quality of their recordings due to noise, echoes or slap-back.
Today’s VOX Daily will give you some tips for what you can do as well as point you in the direction of coaches and consultants who are versed in this area of treating your home recording studio and then some.
Making Your Home Studio A Better (Quieter) Place
When you are working in an environment that doesn’t include an isolation booth, you need to compensate by having a relatively soundproofed recording space. Everyone who reads this likely knows how important it is to have a quiet area to do voiceover work but not everyone is equipped with the knowledge of how to do so.
After receiving an email asking for tips on minimizing extraneous noises in home recording studios, I thought it would be beneficial to put an article together that included tips from pros as well as a list of resources available to you online via tutorials and consultants.
Soundproofing Tips From Professional Voice Talent
When we reached out to the Voices.com Facebook group, a number of talent were quick to share how they managed to treat their studios DIY style. The following come from responses received earlier today:
“2 layers of Sheetrock, two layers of fibre board and the whole room is covered with Auralex.”
“2 layers of Sheetrock sandwiching R13 insulation, and the entire interior covered in Auralex – even the door and ceiling. Thick carpet and padding on the floor. Very clean and dry sound.”
“Roxul is the best sound proofing insulation on the market today and lowers insurance because it is fire and water retardant also there is a THX approved Sheetrock but it is expensive both are available at Home Depot for me it is Roxul under the Sheetrock and over top Sonex with is foam sheets stapled to the Sheetrock you can also use a standard carpet not a shag unless the lava lamps are in your studio but a good dense carpet look at the foot rating I suggest a 3 to 5 foot rating this means the carpet is heavier and will deaden sound better.”
“I am lucky to live in an apartment with r-48 in the attic space, and r-36 in the walls, and triple pane windows so all I did was hang some sound deadening curtains on a shower rod and hang a bunch of Auralex in a corner…poof! Instabooth! I just wait till late evening till the traffic is gone, and start recording.”
EWABS and Consultants
Two of the most in demand people where consults on home studio and audio recording are concerned are Dan Lenard and George Whittam. Together, they’ve teamed up to produce the “East-West Audio Body Shop,” (EWABS) a new interactive, online talk show for voice actors with their own home voice over studios.
Dan and George answer questions and solve home voice over studio problems. They also bring in special guests as I understand it. The show runs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m. Pacific on U-Stream.
Here’s where to go to watch live programming when it airs as well as catch previous episodes:
If you like, you can friend them on Facebook or contact either gentleman at their professional consultation sites below:
Los Angeles, CA
Should you be interested, there are a number of tutorial style videos on our Voices.com videos blog teaching you about everything from studio etiquette to building your own audio recording environment.
For instance, here’s a video that features RÃDE Microphones founder Peter Freedman and a tutorial on soundproofing / acoustic treatment:
I hope these suggestions and resources help!