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.
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.