My Blue Yeti USB microphone (on Cardioid setting for Voice Overs/Narration) has a great sound quality! I purchased it from Guitar Center as a package deal with excellent software I still need try out. Currently, I use Audacity to record and MixCraft Pro Studio for mastering. Guitar Center Blue Yeti package: https://www.google.com/shopping/product/9352876202695864861?lsf=seller:1327510,store:7277279366908569478&prds=oid:1831125285843063296&hl=en&ei=u6M-VZLBEsLOsAWTioDYAg
My sound engineer (aka husband) helped me create this DIY sound booth that filters noise and produces high-quality, professional recording on a budget. I made a version using a smaller tub to fit on my desk. Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTeUeRxAS7M&feature=youtu.be
And now….The glamorous backside of my closet recording booth:
Very easy to make and disassemble for guests! My studio is in our guest room closet with a murphy bed (the wall of wood to the right). I previously had my desk on the wall opposite the bed, but there was too much noise around me from the air conditioner and the window to my left. Mowers gotta mow, planes gotta fly, and cars gotta drive, but must they do it so LOUDLY and frequently? The window is now behind me the length of the room and then some since the closet is about 22″ deep. The room is about 10′ x 10′.
1) Trifold screen from At Home (formerly Garden Ridge) $60 – Kudos if you can make your own version cheaper. This one is cute with green butterflies and words like Tranquility written on it. No, I can’t see them right now, but the point is I know they are there, and that makes me happy. It took some finagling to angle it so it will stand up, stay, and get the right drape on the blankets. 2) white IKEA full/queen duvet insert draped over folding screen (you can’t see it under the light blue blanket and it is what I had on hand.) Drape whatever you have a few inches over the back so the majority will be behind you when recording and will stay put, but it doesn’t have to go all the way to the floor. 3)light blue king size quilt with white underside (previously used as a moving blanket hence a few stains) – Drape the blanket over the curtain rod in the closet and clamp the outside with a big plastic clamp on each side. I clamped it close to the wall. My closet has a metal bracket in the center from the wall holding the rod, and the blanket draped under the metal part just under the rod in the middle when I turned the wooden rod. You may need a third clamp for the center if you have a wire system or clamp it to a shelf above. Once clamped, drape the second blanket over the folding screen.
5) Bonus: I can close the door on the side enough as an added sound barrier. If you are working with an open area or can’t spare a closet, this PVC pipe booth is another inexpensive, portable/storable option I considered: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-end-theory/478582-my-40-diy-vocal-booth.html
But wait! How do you get electricity inside a closet? Thankfully, I have an outlet right outside the closet and ran a surge protector cord through the crack in the door (you can see a bit of the cord in the bottom left corner of the picture). I can still close the doors when needed and will unplug the cord so it won’t get (more) crimped since I had to test it out plugged in.
The inside: Step into my lair!
I have my old desk that was my mom’s when she was little (in the 60s) and gave it to me as a teenager (in the 90s). It is a little over 3′. I have room on the side for a plastic storage tub on top of which I have my notebooks, tissues, and room to set a drink away from my desk (important items to have in the booth). The other side has a tall tub with wrapping paper. Gotta use all available space! Without the lamp on, it is very dark in here, which makes the computer screen too bright. As you see, my DIY sound booth and Yeti are right by my laptop so I can record and edit. I usually narrate from the script off my computer and can pop up the recording software when I need to edit. On the back wall, I had some leftover egg crate foam taped to the wall.
Me in the booth! With the picture on the left, you can see the IKEA duvet behind me on the screen and the other blanket attached to the curtain rod draped above me and over the screen.
So, YAY! There you have it! Hope you are inspired my booth! You don’t need a lot to get started recording! Happy listening!