How to Make a Portable Voiceover Studio

2008-4-13

So you need to record a voiceover or narration for your latest documentary epic or viral video but you're stuck on the road, nowhere near a professional, sound-proof studio? Don't worry. Follow these steps to create a simple, affordable soundproof box you can take anywhere.

Things You’ll Need:

  • A vocal-quality dynamic microphone
  • A portable audio recorder or audio interface connected to a laptop with audio software
  • Microphone cable
  • Microphone stand with shock mount
  • A heavy duty, portable canvas storage "box" with plywood base (available where containers and storage units are sold) - dimensions should be at least 14" per side
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • 4 12" x 12" pieces of brand-name acoustic foam

Step 1:
Assemble the canvas box and lay it on its side with the open end facing you. Set it up in an area with little background noise where you'd like to record.

Step 2:
Put the pieces of foam against the back, sides and top of the box. The side pieces should hold the top piece in place.

Step 3:
Assemble the stand and shock mount and put the microphone into the shock mount.

Step 4:
Attach the cable to the microphone and recorder. Ready the recorder.

Step 5:
Place the microphone in the box, pushed back as far as it will go with the front of the microphone directed at your mouth, but turned at a 45-degree angle so it points just to the right or left of your face.

Step 6:
Place your head in front of the sound-proof box and begin recording.

Step 7:
If all else fails, a sealed-up car on a quiet country road is usually a viable recording space.

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