DIY Recording Studio Soundproof Closet Vocal Booth
An easy way to record decent quality audio at home in a closet vocal booth without having to pay to use an expensive recording studio vocal booth.
In this article, I am assuming you have recording software, a microphone and knowledge of how to use them. For help with these items be sure to check out my other hubs.
Whether you are recording vocals for a song or just recording your own spoken word you will need a pair of closed-back headphones. Do not use ear buds or any sort of open-back headphones because the audio created from these will leak into your recording. Closed-back headphones can range from $20-a couple hundred, its up to you how much you want to spend. Generally, more expensive headphones have a better sound quality and less sound leakage.
Next you will need a lengthy mic cable, or mic extension cable if your microphone's cable is not detachable. At least 25 feet is recommended. You do not want your computer and recording equipment close to the closet vocal booth because the sound of the hard drive and other things going on inside of the computer will likely leak into the recording as well. If your headphone cable isn't long enough for this you may need and extension cable for that as well.
You can use any size closet you can fit into but too small and it may inhibit your performance and too large may give you more reverb than you want. Test our your different options to see the sound your recording fits best with. You want all the clothes still inside your new closet studio booth. This will absorb most of the reflections that you are trying to avoid by going into the closet vocal booth in the first place. If you are using a music stand be sure to put a carpet square on it so that it is between the stand and the piece of paper you have your lyrics or words written on. Make sure if you are using a mic stand that the only thing it is touching is the floor or your new singing booth and the mic. Don't let it rest against a wall or door or even music stand. This avoids any vibrations added to the recording. You may use a chair if your closet studio booth permits it just make sure it isn't a squeaky one.
Now that you have your DIY closet vocal booth prepped all you need to do is hit record, go in and shut the door and sing your heart out... or maybe talk your heart out if you are doing a podcast or something talk related. It should sound just fine using this method, but don't expect to make a hit record in here. If you are that good, you should pursue a recording studio after banging out your rough draft in your new closet vocal booth.