Production: How to Build Your Own Homemade Sound Booth
If you are serious about making high quality videos, then you will want to build your own sound booth. A sound booth is a special room or area of your home which has good acoustics. This makes it possible to easily record high quality audio tracks which can then be added to your videos.
A sound booth will make your videos appear much more professional. They are a reliable way to easily get high quality recordings on your videos. Building a sound booth yourself will actually be quite easy and is an affordable way of making better quality videos.
Step 1: Choose the Location
The most important thing is to spend time choosing the right location for your sound booth. Although it might seem like a great idea to locate it under stairs, this isn't such a smart idea. These areas of your house will be extremely noisy, and no matter how much sound proofing you install, you will struggle to deal with it. Ideally try to find somewhere nice and quiet and out of the way of regular traffic. This will make your sound booth much better.
Step 2: Measure
Now measure the intended size of the booth so that you know how big to make everything. It will always be easiest and most practical if you create a square sound booth rather than a rectangular booth.
Step 3: Prepare the Area
Create a frame using 2 by 4" lumber the right size for your room. Then, lay a sheet of polythene or tarpaulin over the top. Fill the void with sand and cover the whole thing with a sheet of plywood.
Step 4: Walls
Now it's time to cut the walls to size out of sheets of plywood. These will be secured to 2 by 4" lumber as the frame. Increase the number of studs as required to make the walls as stable as possible.
Step 5: Insulation
Now you need to cut two pieces of drywall into the right shape and size for your walls. These will be fixed to the plywood walls to provide some much needed sound insulation. It's important that this drywall is put up carefully so that it has the best sound proofing qualities. You could hire a professional to get the very best results if you prefer. Remember that some of the insulation will need to be cut to allow power and microphone cables to pass through.
Step 6: Ceiling
When the drywall is dry and secured, you will be able to fix plywood to the ceiling of the booth. You will probably want to cut a hole into this to allow lights to be fitted.
Step 7: Extra Sound Proofing
Now you need to tile the walls with specialist sound proofing tiling.
This can be purchased at most DIY home improvement stores. You could
also use styrofoam if you prefer.
A thick carpet should then be applied to the floor to reduce the chance of echoes as much as possible. More sound proofing can be added to the outside of the booth to dampen outside noise. This will also make your booth look fantastic.