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  • Thanks, Dylan! I had *just* put in the order for the 4x4 WhisperRoom based on personal experience...and then got this lead. What timing! Going to see it tonight...
  • Hey Folks! Does anyone record in a Wenger Booth (V-Room Booth/Practice Sound Isolation Room )? I am on the verge of getting a WhisperRoom, but *just* got a lead on a Wenger for sale locally...but can't find a lot on recording in one. They seem serious and solid (made from steel).
    Thanks in advance!
    --Xe Sands
    Listening is a journey...
    www.xesands.com
  • Thanks Mike and Dylan! I will check out the VU thread suggested (thanks for sending that, Dylan) and the drumperfect site (thanks, Mike!). I recorded my demos in a small Whisperroom that my coach uses as her home recording studio and like the sound...but the enhanced version (double-wall) is just so dang pricey! Dylan - what do you think of both sound iso with the single wall Whisperroom?
  • Hiya XE...

    I actually purchased a great booth from Drum Perfect. The booth is fantastic. They don't sell it with ventilation, so that may be uncomfortable for your purposes, but the newer versions of the booth I bought have more materials than before, are apparently more soundproof, and are really solidly built.

    It blocks sound really well, and more importantly, it SOUNDS GOOD inside. No "boxiness" that can easily come from so many ready-made booth solutions.

    The folks at Drum Perfect are really, very nice too. It's a family run company, they build everything in their shop in Arizona, and take a personal interest in your needs.

    If you contact them, tell Chris that i said hi!

    Oh, by the way...the cost for a 4' x 4' booth ( that's INTERNAL dimensions ), is $1549!

    http://drumperfect.com/vocal_booth.htm

    Good Luck!
    built.it
  • Hey folks! I'm an audiobook narrator looking to purchase a heavy duty booth from a company such as Whisperrom or Gretch-Ken. Does anyone here use one of these as their home studio? If so, single or double-wall? I've looked into building my own and frankly don't have the skills or time to do it..and neither does the husband (we had to have a serious heart-to-heart about this)...so a pre-fab is our main option at this point. But they are PRICEY, especially for the enhanced/double-walled versions (twice the price! Yikes!). Thoughts? Experiences? Pitfalls?
  • My husband built my Porta-Booth for me, from instructions that Harlan gave, a cloth cube, 2 sheets of Auralex & and an electric knife (must have!).

    I don't like to record sitting down, but I have an advantage to being only 5'2": I was able to take an MT 40lb "Fresh Step" cat litter bucket, turn it upside-down, and put my porta-booth on it. It looks quite silly, but it works!

    I agree with others who have posted, that it's very difficult to see your copy, but it does indeed work!

    I'm now trying to deal with 'window' noise. I'm thinking 2 1/2" acoustic foam, but I've also heard that Corning 703 rigid fiberglass covered with burlap or speaker cloth works well, too.

    Any thoughts out there? I'm new to the group, so if a solution had been posted in the past, I apologize for the repeat.
  • I also agree with James.

    There's a time and place for everything. The porto Booth is good for the environment it was designed for. (See below) The New H2 Porto-Booth, according to Harlan, is good enough for everyday use. If that s true (I can't wait to try it) It could be a very positive development for home studio technology! Everything has limitations.

    I use the reflexion in my studio as extreme reflection killing overkill. Personally, I think all the stuff people talk about in here is overkill. Keeping things simple is very easy these days with the compact digital devices that have come on the market in the past two years.

    :-3)
  • I've talked to Harlan abou this. There's a trick to it that everyone seems to forget. ...................

    Think about where is was designed to be used, think about that space, and then apply that same concept into your home space. OK I'm being too Socratic... What do you think I'm saying?
  • I made up my own Harlan Porta-Booth from a cube I bought at Target and some Auralex foam. He had the instructions posted on his web site. Works good as a table-top unit, but like JIm said, not easy to use standing up, and it kind of block's your view of copy/laptop. But it does deaden the sound around the mic well.
  • Which Porta-Booth are you referring to? There are two kinds: The original Porta-Booth stands about 6' high and is literally a 4-walled foam-lined booth, originally designed for location film voice tracking. The second is Harlan Hogan's table-top version. I've used both the full-size Porta-Booth and the Reflexion and all serve a purpose. They are designed to minimize reflected sound within an area and they all do a decent job - depending on the acoustic environment. If you are recording in an extremely live or echoey room, there is relatively little you can do to kill the echo other than cover the walls. Pros and cons to both: The original Porta-Booth is large and is designed to create a relatively "dead" area in which you are standing. The Reflexion and Harlan's Porta-Booth are both designed to deaden the area immediately surrounding the mic - which is really more important (and can be more cost-effective) than trying to deaden an entire room. The Reflexion is heavy and really needs to be mounted on a heavy-duty mic stand as it can be front-heavy - but if you want to stand while working this can work very well. Harlan's table top "booth" puts the mic inside the cube on a desk-top which can make it tricky to work close-up or challenging to speak into the mic while holding a script. To my knowledge, you can only get Harlan's Porta-Booth through him, but Guitar Center does sell the Reflexion. I have a Reflexion I'm no longer using. Contact me directly at jralburger@voiceacting.com if you're interested.
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