My talented Voiceover friend Scott Gentle, who resides all the way across the country wrote me a very long note about the previous day’s post, and his own vocal booth issues.
I felt that a lot of vo folks who read the blog could relate in some way, so I promptly asked if I could share his thoughts here as today’s Guest Blogger.
Talent + Multimedia Audio Producer
well since our last e-mail swap. Just caught your blog post and wanted to throw
a suggestion your way, as vague as it might be for the moment, at least, as your
situation sounded kinda familiar.
out of necessity, as I live in a pre-war apartment in NYC – meaning lots of
solidly built but highly reflective 1920s-30s era concrete-hardened fireproof
walls, high ceilings, and ornate hardwood floors – they definitely do NOT make
’em like these anymore.
- next to a busy 1-way lane leading directly into the main boutique shopping
streets in my borough
- across the street from a city park (meaning lots of loud pre-school kids and
their came out to play all at once and all day long 2 months earlier than usual)
with both a playground and a busy open-air handball/basketball court complex
- less than 200 feet from the main artery of the Long Island Railroad, the
sole commuter train line between Long Island and NYC (6 tracks worth, most of
which are electric, and the rest being diesel powered double-deckers…still
loud either way, especially during rush hours coinciding with prime European or
West Coast studio times)
- directly between the flight paths of the two major NYC airports
- susceptible to all the other usual urban sounds and street noise from
garbage/delivery trucks, double-parked taxis, stray dogs/cats, neighbors living
directly above/below/beside, random people walking by with Tourette’s syndrome
or road rage, etc.
booth, and I had no time, tools, or space to do the DIY thing like you did – and
believe it or not, it actually wound up costing less than treating the room with
soundproofing stuff like you described, which still wouldn’t cut my exterior
noise very much.
I had him bring along a whole pile of 4′ x 2′ soundproofing panels he offered to
throw in for free, one of which I’ve removed and attached a few cellphone pix of
(apologies for the basic quality shots) – I HIGHLY recommend checking into these
for your upgrade.
working since I got the booth!
that radio engineers would drool over, which I can vouch for after working at a
station that had it installed in both on-air and production studios; they’re
infinitely better than the basic pyramid-shaped factory ones from Whisper Room,
and extremely thick (3.5 inches at their deepest, 1.5 at their
you’ve described with your post, but when I have ’em up, that sound – and most
of the aforementioned urban gremlins – are massively reduced. May even be a bit
too dead to some, but for me it’s fine, and I can always pull panels if I need
more “room sound”…since the interior space in the booth is a bit smaller than
4×4, I don’t even need to use fasteners. I just stack ’em on top of each other
and bend ’em a little, and they’ll stay wedged in place on the walls (and
ceiling!) on their own via the foam’s natural flex tension.
Or like the original owner of mine, via caulk, liquid nails, or some other
industrial-tube and gun adhesive if you want a more permanent mount.
if any brand names come up on these, but I do recall seeing similar patterns and
depth available on some of the similar paneling I’d checked out before getting
the booth, and definitely recommend for you to keep in mind in your