If you like to record at home, chances are you’ve run into issues tracking your vocals. Maybe it’s the sound of the dog collar or a TV in the other room leaking into the microphone, or the sirens wailing outside your home when you’re trying to record that super intimate song. Or maybe noise isn’t the problem, but your room just sounds awful and that terrible that boxy “room” sound is ruining your vocal tracks.
We would all love to spend thousands of dollars soundproofing our room but let’s face it – we need to work with what we got.
What you need:
- Closet (or any small space you can track vocals in)
- Anything dense and absorbent: thick blankets, curtains, egg crate foam, acoustic panels, sound foam, mattresses, etc
- Tacks, nails, or adhesives to secure materials to the wall
The first thing you need is a closet with ample space for you to set up your microphone and comfortably track your vocals, preferably one that allows for easy access to your recording rig. You may want to clear out the space to make sure that there is ample room for your equipment and that all surfaces are flat to prepare for acoustic treatment. If the lighting in your closet is noisy, you may want to think about using LED lights, as they are much quieter and you won’t get any hiss in the signal.
Next you’re going to want to acoustically treat your closet to some degree. This can be done by hanging up thick blankets, curtains, or any other thick, absorbent materials like egg crate foam, acoustic panels or soundproofing foam (these are a little more expensive). If your resources are limited, mattresses, towels and blankets may just do the trick. You will need tacks, nails, or some sort of adhesive to secure the materials to the walls in the space. You may want to lay a thick rug on the floor if it is not carpeted as well.
Essentially, you will want to dress the room with any sort of dense, absorbent material that will deaden the space so that you can eliminate those ugly room reflections and reduce noise for a clean vocal track.
There is no golden rule to anything you do when recording, so you’ll definitely want to experiment with different materials and rooms until you achieve the best result.