A sound booth has become essential, as the ‘remote voice talent’ industry has taken off. Sound booths come in many shapes and sizes; from a full-blown production house to a Porta-Booth to literally…hanging materials in a closet (and asking the neighbors to be quiet while you record).
Examples of Sound Booths:
- Turning your closet into a Sound Booth (I borrowed this one from the forum at my job)
- Porta-Booths for the voice talent at home and on the road
- Not exactly a ‘sound booth’, but an example of ‘sound proofing’ by Trish Basayani
- Vocal booths to be quite vocal about using
- Info from Dan Lenard, Home Studio Master
A sound booth, however, you want yours to look (but looks are not everything…bless this faceless industry), must isolate you from outside noise and help your recording be nothing more than a pure, clean sound. If the sound being produced from your mouth begins to bounce off of anything, you will hear it in your recording in the form of echoes, distortion, computer fans, paper movement etc. You may have to do many test recordings before you feel confident the recording is only ‘your voice’, and nothing else.
You have now passed through this section, and you are thinking, ‘Oh geez!’. Just keep in mind, when you get set up and start auditioning, you will be glad that you took your time to invest in this. We have watched many people jump online, who are extremely eager and/or experienced offline/talented, but could not understand why the recordings were not being received well.
The time you spend now equals enjoying this much more later! I promise!