The Harlan Hogan Porta Booth which currently retails on Amazon.com for $149 is basically 3 pieces of Auralex in a laundry cloth box.
Here’s Harlan promoting it:
And here is a Do It Yourself version inspired by the Porta Booth made by Jake Ludington. I think his cost around $50
here’s Jake explaining it
So what does that mean for you the Voice Over Talent / Artist / Noob / Veteran?
Simply it means that you can record Dry takes without having to dish out the moola at a studio. It means you can take this God Forsaken ugly thing on the road with you (and it is collapsible) and record decent quality recordings regardless of the acoustic conditions in your surroundings (read… hotels).
I’ve spent many hours planning and building elements to use during my recording sessions to give me that amazing DRY sound…. So far the best I could come up with is a PVC wireframe structure that is covered with a good sturdy duvet or blanket (or several). Honestly its clostrophobic but damn does it give you a straight forward dry sound.
here are plans for one kind of PVC voice booth by Tim O’Brian:
that there is pure ghetto genius (the kind that appeals to me)
Pros…. save alot of money… record on the go… put it away when you want your space back.
Cons… (porta-booth) where do you put your script? Harlan mentions in his post :
that he uses his iphone to read script… honestly for a long script that is just not very practical ( I know I tried it already… several times)
Also you have to record sitting down… unless someone can come up with a way to hold up the porta booth in place on a mic stand.
That’s it for now… If this was at all helpful to you … please drop me a comment.