Build your own DIY sound booth with items from around the home without spending any money

Jan 4, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Build your own DIY sound booth with items from around the home without spending any money

Jan 4, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This is probably one of the silliest, but practical, DIY sound recording options I’ve seen. This 2 minute video from YouTuber Thru Art shows us how we can build own own sound booth for recording voiceovers using items from around our homes. It actually doesn’t sound that bad, although you might look like you’re trying to build a tent in the living room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okrogwbjom8

The principle upon which it works is quite simple. Create an area around the microphone which prevents sound from being reflected. In real studios, this is often done with acoustic foam stuck to the walls.

In this case, though, the materials list is a little… interesting, to say the least.

  • A Pillow
  • A Bed sheet
  • A bottle
  • The lid off a food storage tub
  • A selfie stick
  • A wire coathanger
  • A pair of stockings (?!?)
  • A laundry rack

One has to wonder how such a strange assortment of items could become a sound booth, but when you see it built, it seems obvious.

Essentially, the laundry rack becomes the frame for the whole thing. You cover it with the bed sheet, and the pillow blocks off the far end. The bottle and selfie stick become a stand for your microphone. The wire coathanger, food storage tub lid and stockings form a makeshift pop filter.

There are definitely more practical ways to accomplish this, but if you have nothing, then it will work in a pinch. A great way to record voiceovers for your videos without having to really buy any more gear – assuming you own a microphone and some kind of recording device.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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    Wrap a pillow around your microphone so it pokes out the end, fold your duvet in half and drape over your head. Same result as this video, less destructive more comfy.