This is my brutal attempt at making a DIY at home recording booth for my podcast.The key thing afterall to remember is now everyone has an entire room they can sound proof or get away from their pets. So I built a small booth to record in and store my camera and podcast equipment away from my cat.
Since home recording can be expensive…musicians often search for the cheapest possible solutions to recording their music.
And that’s fine, except…there is such a thing as “too cheap“.
While it is technically possible to build a working studio for as little as $400-$500…
There are low limits to what can be accomplished in such a studio…and I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone truly serious about recording their music.
I AM NOT A CARPENTER.. I’m just someone who needed to find the right recording environment. The mic isolation box didn’t workout for me. Since home recording can be expensive…musicians often search for the cheapest possible solutions to recording their music. There are low limits to what can be accomplished in such a studio…and I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone truly serious about recording their music. Materials- 1×4 boards Plywood Foam Acoustic Panels Foam Insulation the pink sheets
So I used this as a guide…
I didn’t want to just cardboard because I thought it wouldn’t be as effective as compressed board.
So this is some advice from podcave–
For anyone working on a budget, follow these tricks to DIY a podcast studio:
- Start with a dedicated space – the smaller, the better – to “contain” the sound.
- Add weather stripping to the front door.
- Line the hard floors with area rugs or blankets (and ceilings if neighbors like to vacuum at the perfect time).
- Prop old mattresses against the walls (but please don’t dig them out of the trash just for this).
- Hang thick curtains in front of the door.
- Add a draft stopper to the bottom of the door.
- Hang soundproof curtains over the windows or install clear window soundproofing inserts.
- Hang artwork, tapestries, or blankets over the walls.
- Buy acoustic panels. Really, they’re not that much money and the value you receive in relation to the little money that you spend is off the charts. I bought these foam absorbing panels and glued them to these foam core boards using this spray adhesive. It was an inexpensive, fun project that exponentially tightened up my room. They look cool too!
Podcave also says-
Now it’s time to add some equipment to your home podcast studio design. We put together a whole list of home podcast studio ideas for equipment, so we won’t dig too deep here.
Since we’re talking DIY podcast studio equipment, let’s go over the basic must-haves that work best for beginners on a budget.
Microphone: Microphones are definitely the most expensive pieces of podcast studio equipment – but for good reason.
The bad news is multiple mics and a simple mixer like this one are a necessity if you’re recording with multiple people. The good news is this USB mic includes a built-in condenser, pop filter, and everything else for a great price.
Podcasting starter bundles like this are also readily available. Find one that best suits your needs.
Headphones: I’m gonna warn you right now: You aren’t going to like it, but listening to yourself as you record is necessary. Sorry, those Airpods or earbuds won’t cut it. Buy some closed-back, over-the-ear headphones. Even an inexpensive set of headphones will work. I’ve used these for podcasting, radio, and voiceover work for years. Pro tip: use them for music listening as well.
Pop filter: Budget podcasters don’t even have to worry about spending money on a pop filter until they’re ready because it’s easy to make one entirely out of paper. Yup. Brilliant, right?
So here is my advice, from my latest episode of my podcast… just buy a JLAB Talk Pro and go with it.