The $10 Sound Booth

Do you – like many podcasters – record in less-than-ideal situations? I know I record the voiceovers for Boston Behind the Scenes in my plaster-walled apartment right near a running refrigerator!

At first, I was getting an echo-y sound, but then inspiration struck:

What does a sound booth have? No refrigerators, that’s for sure, but it also has padded walls. Now, I wasn’t going to go spend hundreds of dollars on sound-deadening foam, but I did have a big squishy thing that was worth a shot: a body pillow. I wrap it around the back of my head with the two ends sticking forward. I lean over the microphone, close the ends in as far as I can without getting in the way of what I’m doing, and record. The results are quite amazing!

All of this for as little as $10.







3 responses to “The $10 Sound Booth”

  1. zealousagenda Avatar

    The body pillow idea is brilliant. This is exactly the type of sage advice I was searching for.

  2. Adam Avatar

    Thanks! I’m glad I can help you out.

  3. Carl Avatar

    A similar trick I use has come to be known as ‘Dad’s Podcasting Tent’. When recording, I just drape a blanket over myself and my monitor, creating a little recording tent. Works great! You have complete use of the computer while recording, too. Plus, it’s an easy queue to the kids – don’t interrupt Dad when he’s in the podcasting tent!