If you’ve ever seen a music studio, you may have noticed that it is divided into several parts. Most of us picture a big mixer when we say music studio. Sure, it plays a major part in almost every music studio and it is a big piece of equipment that grabs everyone’s attention. However, the second most notable part of a studio is definitely the recording booth.
Everybody’s seen it in music videos, movies or maybe even live. The singer standing in front of the microphone in a room insulated by black foam. But, what do you need to know about recording booths if you’re looking for building your own? To answer this question, we will take a look at some of the common features of recording booths, and also what types of recording booths exist today.
A recording booth is a small room in a music studio specially crafted to serve as the place where recording is going to take place. It is soundproof and insulated for maximum effect on creating a quality recording.
A common misconception is that recording booths serve only for keeping sound out so it doesn’t get recorded in form of noise onto the tracks. Of course, this is one of the main things recording booths accomplish, but not the only one. The thing many people disregard is the role recording booths play in distributing the sound inside it.
The insulating foam on the inside walls makes the recording booth soundproof, but it also hinders the sound to bounce off of the walls and create an undesirable echo in the recording.
Recording booths can be divided into several categories in regards to their size. If you need a booth for recording vocals (singers, voiceover actors, etc.) there’s no need for a big booth at all. On the other hand, if you’re looking forward to use your recording booth for recording drums, there has to be much more space for it.
The recording booth is a place of isolation not only through physically separating it from the rest of the studio, but also through the insulation on the inside walls. This is accomplished by insulating the entire room with acoustic foam. There are many of ways this can be done, but the best way, if you’re doing it yourself, is to cover the entire room in it.
If your recording studio is simply too small to host an additional space dedicated to a recording booth, there are a few alternatives you can use.
Insulating the entire studio with well-placed acoustic foams that will hinder the sound from bouncing off of the walls. If you do this right, you can create great recordings without a classical recording booth.
There are alternatives in form of portable recording booths that can be used in all kinds of environments. This solution is also cost friendlier for many of the people who have a limited budget but still strive to create high-quality recordings.