How to Soundproof a Vocal Booth?

There has never been a more perfect time to create music than now. With so many channels out there online searching for and promoting new and upcoming artists in all sorts of genres, this is the best time to put your creations out to the world.

However, with so many up and coming artists you have to make sure your music is perfect in its delivery. Not all amateur artists can afford to record their music in a studio hence this article targets all those looking to build vocal booths; quality sound at an affordable sound. Here in this article we will be covering the soundproofing aspect of the audio booth only.

Some of the ways in which you can effectively control sound in your vocal booth include:

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1. Using sound absorption sheets in the construction of your vocal booth:

These sheets absorb up to 60% of echoes and reverberating noises in your audio booth. In addition they are also:* Easy to install and easily removed as well
* Recycled natural cotton fibres go into the making of these sheets
* Risk free and non-toxic
* It’s got an NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) rating of 0.85

2. Adding mass/density to the walls of your vocal booth:

The walls of any vocal booth need mass to stop the walls from responding and in turn vibrating to the sound being produced inside. You can use mass loaded vinyl; a standard tool used both professionally and in DIY projects.

3. Damping:

Similar to the above method, damping takes the energy in sound waves and converts it to heat. There are tons of noise proofing compounds out there and all you have to do is sandwich it between the materials you have used to build your audio booth; for ex: between two panels or maybe between two sheets etc. And voila your vocal booth has now effectively become soundproof (to an extent)

4. Filling air gaps:

Whilst constructing your vocal booth you may have unknowingly left small little cracks in the booth itself. This is a problem easily taken care of by using:

a. Acoustical caulks: This can be used to seal cracks in the room, in the walls of your vocal booth, maybe some cracks in your floorboards etc.
b. Foam gaskets: These can be used to fill in the gaps made by electrical outlets in your walls; maybe doors or windows.
c. Automatic door bottoms: These block the gaps made between doors and the floor.

5. Decoupling:

The problem only becomes worse when two objects in your booth are in direct contact with each other as it causes the vibrations to transfer freely to the other. Decoupling blocks that transfer by separating those contact points by some sort of dense and pliable rubber.

Given above are some of the best, budget friendly ways to soundproof your vocal booth. Of course not all these methods are one hundred per cent effective on their own but combine one or two of them and you will have built a pretty near to perfect vocal booth.

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