“I want to build a little room right here,” I said, waving my hands frantically up and down. Like one of those guys at the airport who stand on the runway with the bright vests and orange flashlights.
My friend Dan, who knows a thing or two about construction projects, nodded his head. “What for?”
He glanced at me.
“No, no, just kidding. I want to build a recording booth.”
So I went into explaining my whole story, what I’d been up to all winter and how I wanted to keep recording. He didn’t say much, just quietly sketched out the walls on a piece of paper and told me how much it was going to cost to build it ourselves. We soon had his truck filled with 2×4’s and the walls were raised. I used a soundproof insulation and drywalled soon after. Within a few months, what once was a room with a desk and a computer, with some sports memorabilia (sorry Pens fans, my bobbleheads have been put into storage), has now turned into a home studio.
The finishing touches to this soundproofing was the installation of acoustic foam. It is the eggcrate acoustic foam that’s 2 1/2 inches thick and an NRC rating of 0.60 (don’t ask me what all that means).
Unless you happen to have a large pocketbook to shell out for studio time every time you’re auditioning for a gig, you’ll want to record at home. With voiceover work, a home studio is almost a must. It’s an incredible bonus to be able perform in the comfort of your own home (or in your pj’s!).
But it’s also important to carve out a quiet space to do recordings. Now unless you shell out some uber money to have floating floors and state-of-the-art sound dampeners, you’re never going to get a home studio completely “soundproof”. Just as long as you don’t ruin takes by ambient noise or your neighbor banging on the walls yelling, “hey Peter man! Turn on channel 9!” I cut out a hole to run my wires through the wall for mics and headphones. Eventually a monitor will be hooked up so I could read digital scripts or do editing work from the booth.
In closing, it’s important to have family and friends who support you along the way. That they’ll support you in all your crazy ideas, even if it means turning your dining room into a recording studio.