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Old 31st December 2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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Question Building an ISO booth

hey everyone. I am a recording artist and I am building an ISO booth in a closet. My current idea is to put some sort of cussion foam on the walls and cover it with curtains. Please understand that I am on a small budget. Any ideas??

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Old 31st December 2010, 11:03 PM   #2
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Old shag carpet remnants work well. The foam cushions might work to some degree depending if they are dense enough. Sheets of urethane rubber from old inner tubes or divers wet suits will deaden this pretty good too. If you are just trying to deaden vocals then not to hard to do. If you are trying to deaden deep bass notes - well then things get interesting. Old heavy blanket (like shipping blankets) or heavy sleeping bags are worth a try. Most of that stuff you can find at the dump - recycle centers - Goodwill - garage sales etc.
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Old 31st December 2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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8 inch fiberglass pipe insulation would be ideal. Cut them in half lengthwise, and line the walls with them convex side out. It will give great isolation, and they will also function as bass traps. If you have problems with bass after that, you can add 8 inch sonotube with some holes poked in them to the inside of a few of the insulation pieces. Its cheap and effective, and it looks really cool.
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Old 1st January 2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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You really need to give us an idea about what "music" is being produced. If there is a good deal of low freq energy and if there are many percussives / crescendos. I assume you are worried about room-to-room transmission.

The biggest problem you are going to have is transmission through the door/frame and any possible duct work (HVAC) in the closet. Otherwise, check Craiglist since folks sometimes sell used acoustic foam (the thicker the better). New foam will break your budget. Remeber, plain foam rubber is not a substitute for acoustic foam.

If there is a great deal of low freq energy, then more dramatic steps are required.
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Old 1st January 2011, 04:48 AM   #5
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Hey, Withrarragon, I am trying to make it for vocals, and to elliminate any outside noise. Bass is not a problem. If it matters is that it may be screamo type music. mostly heavy rock.

But thanks for all the suggestions. I hope more come soon
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