Thank you for taking the time to check out my studio diaries detailing the process of converting my garage to a recording studio. Now the main room is on its way, our attention switches to building the VO booth.

Building the VO Booth Pt. 1

Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Layers
Another scribble on a piece of paper!

When it came to constructing the VO booth walls, various options were considered. As space is very much at a premium, I needed to achieve the perfect sounding area that would be flexible enough for a range of recording situations with a reasonable footprint. I opted for a diamond build, which worked well within the main room, creating a nice flow from door to door. 

After grabbing some some advice from my friend and esteemed colleague  Natalie Cooper who had a similar installation, we concluded that a three-layer wall design would be the most effective and space efficient way to go forward. This included 2 laters of standard 9mm drywall separated by a layer of Green Glue. This sound deadening compound is used to create a small air gap which is a great insulator. On the outer section, a layer of Tecsound will be added. The heavy putty-like material will also be used to bridge all joints and added to the base. The outer shell will be made up of 12mm sound rated drywall  with all gaps and edges filled and finished for painting. Inside, a double layer of stud, will be filled with 2 layers of rockwool running vertically and horizontally. The booth will be completely freestanding to avoid any vibration from the house walls. 

Due to the size of the build and the work required, assembly of the framework and boarding would be done be at the workshop before being transported in sections and re-assembled at the studio. 

Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Frame work in Workshop
Diamond shape is agreed and the frame is built
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - External Walls in Place
The initial shell is created and board cut to shape. Due to the weight all other sections will be added later.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Floor Base
The base is a good size! I'm 5'10 😉
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth 2 Side Walls Up
With the floor positioned and secure the inner sides go up.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Placing Top
The lid goes up and is it heavy! Additional layers are slid on top and secured after.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Outer Walls
With supports in place the 2 remaining sides are installed.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Frame Assembled
Frame work is up, the door frame added and the lid fastened.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth - Layer of Green Glue
Green Glue is used between the 2 inner boards to create an air gap.
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth TechSound Layer
Tecsound layer is added prior to the final wall installation
Stevie Cripps Garage to Studio Conversion - VO Booth Walls Finished and Ready to Paint
The 12mm sound rated drywall and insulation is added inside.

Previously – A Room is Born

Next – Building the Booth Part 2

Credits – Habgood CreationsNatalie Cooper

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