I’m sure you’ve heard Armand talk about the quality of his recordings. He credits this to:
- A good microphone
- Good processing software
- Reduction of noise around him
The first two—the microphone and software—are easy. Armand has trainings on MarketingUniveristy that will help you with it. The third item is not quite as easy.
Armand’s office is removed from the day-to-day noise of the house and it’s location in the house (as well as the neighborhood) create a natural low- noise environment. Most of us are not so lucky.
I’m sure you’ve heard Armand talk about the trials and tribulations of recording while traveling. He tells tales about stacking pillows around his microphone in order to get a decent recording while in hotel rooms.
What both you and Armand need is an inexpensive, extremely portable sound booth—one that works great at home and is portable and can be taken with you when traveling.
Read on, and you’ll discover how to make one.
I went to Target and bought a 13-1/4” x 13-1/4” collapsible ITSO Fabric Bin. Unfortunately, I can no longer find the ITSO brand.
You should be able to find something similar in the “Home Storage” department of any major department store or maybe even in a craft shop. Just make sure it’s the collapsible type and 13-1/4 x 13-1/4.
Also make sure it has straight, square sides, not tapering ones. Look through their selection to find the right size. They stock more of the 10” and 11” ones, but these will be too small for you. Here’s what the box looks like when collapsed and when open.
Next, head to a store that sells musical equipment. I went to our local Guitar Center. Get a sheet of angle-cut, dense foam. The cost for this is $30 to $40 a sheet, but this is no place to cut corners. Do NOT go cheap and try to use the foam mattress egg crate stuff. It will NOT do the job!
Open the box up and measure the insides. Cut the foam to fit.
The easiest way is to cut all pieces the same size and then trim them to fit as you place them in the box. For example: If the right and left sides are cut to the full 13”, the top and bottom will need to be cut smaller in order to fit in.
The back would be even smaller as it fills in the remaining exposed area in the back. Of course, if you wanted to you could cut the back full size and the length of all four sides could be trimmed to compensate. There is no hard and fast rule. Just cut the pieces for 13’ and trim them to fit as you put them in.
I cover all five sides (left, right, top, bottom and back) but you could leave the bottom bare. This makes it easier to stand your mic, but I prefer to cover the bottom for better sound absorption.
Here’s what my finished product looks like.
I covered the bottom and made small slits and holes to accommodate the legs of my mic tripod. Here is a close-up to show how I cut slits and made holes for the tripod legs.
Here are all the pieces laid out.
When ready to travel, just pull the foam out and fold up your box. You can put it all in your suitcase with the foam protecting fragile items like your microphone.
It’s simple, light weight, inexpensive and works great!