DIY Studiohacks

When I first started doing voice overs, I would study every blog, every YouTube video and listen to every so & so who had something to say.  The general consensus was that closets were the best studio to start out in due to the small area in which to treat…and the treatment (clothes) were already in place.

I was new.  I was ambitious. I had a lot of time on my hands.  From our basement remodel, I saved a small closet meant to hold rifles and used that as my first studio.  Well it was too reflective inside…so I hung sleeping bags and other blankets on the walls to use as base traps.

I wish I had pictures of this monstrosity.  What it lacked in visual aesthetics it made up for in temperature elevation.  Man! It was hot in that thing!!  No long form narration happening in that box, thank goodness!




Here’s my studio hack to quiet the springs on my mic stand. The slightest touch to the desk or a boomy voice over would rattle the springs, so I took some pipe insulation and wrapped it around the arms.  Shuts them right up!



DIY is the way to go!  Voiceover is an audio art…it doesn’t have to look good!  We’re not set designers, we’re storytellers.

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Here’s a great idea!  A studio with insulation piled in the corners!  Doesn’t look great, but with a couple swaths of black felt, this would look sharp and sound great!



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Insulation & foam board kill and low end frequencies. Building a soffit might be overkill (not to mention out of my skillset) but it would do the trick!





A quadratic diffuser sounds fancy…but looks super cool!  Here’s a DIY video if you’d like to make me one.