Thanks for taking the time to check in on the progress of my garage to recording studio conversion. With the VO booth structure built, it’s time to take care of the inside.

Building the VO Booth Pt. 2

Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished - Voiceover Booth - Door
The Door is hung - now to tackle the inside

Now the booth is up and the insulation is in place, it’s time to focus on the inner walls. I chose the LEAD Camira Cara acoustic fabric from GIK Acoustics. Fortunately, the width of the walls was similar to that of the material so I was able to buy enough without having much wastage! The stock dimensions of the cloth also made the process of putting the fabric into place much easier. 

Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished - Voiceover Booth - 1 Fabric Wall
Doing this by yourself is easy - said no one ever!

 I began with the walls, stapling the top and dropping the roll to the bottom.Once I gauged the length needed – taking into consideration a little stretch – I stapled the bottom section down leaving a slight overlay, which would be hidden under the carpet.

I followed this process around the booth, cutting a section out for the low energy LED ceiling light,  finishing with the door end which was a little trickier due to the extra cuts and overlays. I did this element of the project myself and I would heartily recommend having another person to assist!

The tricky bit where all ends meet!

After the fabric installation, I finished the edges with timber. This was with square section softwood which my daughter and I painted grey to compliment the fabric. Once in place, it was time to put the equipment in to the booth.

A nice lick of paint for the edging.

For now, I want to keep the booth interior minimalistic allowing space for up to 2 people to stand/sit comfortably. I opted to have a small rack box for the preamp so that I am able to control the mic sound within the booth. I used the excess cloth from the walls to cover the unit so it matched the rest of the interior.

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Spoare fabric is used to cover rack box.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished - Voiceover Booth - DOOR FABRIC FINISH
Wood trim around the door creates a nice finish
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished - Voiceover Booth - Door with acoustic glass
A good heavy door to keep the sound out!
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished - Voiceover Booth - Seat and Microphone 2
Carpet down, fabric up and its ready to go.

With the booth interior complete, the heavy doors are fitted with acoustically treated glass. As the entrance is adjacent to a window it made sense to have glass in the door to let the light in, a much-welcomed element during the longer sessions. The great-sounding space is ready to go! Next, I’ll be returning to the control room to finish the floor and take care of the sound treatment.

Interested in how the booth sounds? Check out a reference recording by clicking the button below.

Previously – Building the VO Booth Part 1.

Next – Control Room Sound Treatment

Credits – Habgood CreationsGIK Acoustics

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