Vocal sound Booth Whisper Room Build: Part 1 plans and basic frame out and electrical

Vocal sound Booth Whisper Room Build: Part 1 plans and basic frame out and electrical

October 11, 2019 19 By Kailee Schamberger


I’m making a major announcement with
this video I’ve been in the closet for a long time and I’m finally coming out
because I can’t record audio in my closet anymore let’s build a vocal booth don’t forget to follow me on social
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making merchants just below the video on the shelf t-shirts hoodies stickers
leggings and phone cases a very early morning trip to my local big-box
retailer renting a truck and all my materials that’s how I started out this
project and see everything before I even did that I did a sketch figuring out the
basic construction I had some general dimensions and I knew what this thing
was gonna look like my big limitation for this vocal booth is my height the
ceiling in my basement is only 80 inches tall so it’s not super
just barely big enough for me to fit in I’m gonna rip everything down this is
the frame here these are one buys two inches and these are the two by fours
that are gonna make the floor base and here’s the quarter inch why would that
everything is gonna get cheated with that’s going to wrap the pink insulation
foam on the inside so my big thing with this booth was light weight and so we’re
gonna build these composite walls they’re gonna have two inches of
styrofoam on it inside there is a wooden frame that frames these walls everything
is modular and then they will get skinned with quarter-inch plywood so I
got the little frames built here and they’ll eventually get filled in with
the two-inch pink insulation styrofoam when that’s how that’s gonna work it’s
put a little roof on here yeah ultimately there’s gonna be a light that
goes in there as well so let’s screw together this is the base the part that
you stand on that everything gets built on and I’m gonna recess the floor a
little bit you can see I have ripped out the little corner pieces let’s get back
to building the walls when it cut the styrofoam that’s gonna go into the
little walls we’re gonna do this with a utility knife here a retractable blade
knife I’m cutting this all by hand to try to minimize the amount of foam
that gets released into the environment I could have cut it on the table saw I
want to keep that to a minimum and I want to cut it with a knife it works
pretty good actually now right here you can see the wooden frame fits around the
pink foam pretty good and I made those wooden strips exactly the two inches the
thickness of the foam I did end up getting one sheet that was slightly
thicker than the other ones by accident they were all 150 but one of them was a
250 not exactly sure what the difference is there but one of them was just a tick
thicker and I end up having to shim that a little bit later you’ll see now the
one wall is gonna get electrical in it there’s gonna be outlet box on the
outside for two outlets to power the portable hard drive and my laptop the
inside will get some power since there’s going to be a monitor as well and the
dimmer switch to control the light on the inside of this thing we use some
contact cement to eliminate everything together basically I’m going to
eliminate the feeding on the outside to the foam on the inside the big reason
here is I just want to prevent any sort of air movement any sort of potential
rattling that could happen and just keep all that noise to an absolute minimum
using a water-based contact cement I’m just rolling that out and then
ultimately I’m gonna screw all the edges together to make these composites so
they the walls becomes very strong and relatively lightweight I see other
people on ebay make these booths out of sheet rock and my goodness I can only
imagine how much that stuff weighs I want my unit to be modular
and movable because who knows where I need to move it to so I want to keep it
light weight and as insulated as possible now I made a mistake when I
ripped the exterior quarter-inch sheeting down and for some reason I made
it about three inches too short not sure what happened there but I absolutely had
this brain fart so I end up having to glue that other strip on separate not a
big deal in this composite construction still incredibly strong stiff and
relatively sound proof now this is not a soundproof booth it is in my basement is
relatively quiet I just need to have a wonderful dead space to record in so we
stack all the walls that I put together here on top of each other and I got some
old PC cases here that are just gonna provide some weight I have little outlet
boxes that we’re gonna do all the electrical in and of course they are
deeper than a standard wall in your house now walls in my whisper room are
only two inches thick so we need to cut them down and normally I would do that
on a bandsaw but my bandsaw does not have enough height I just have a small
bandsaw so I have to do this by hand not a big
deal and so this gives me my boxes cut them down no biggie now for the electrical on everything is
in one wall and the electrical is also in the ceiling for the dimmable LED I
cut a little hole or drill a little hole here in the top unit and we’re gonna end
up using an extension cord and we’re gonna hack that up and that’s gonna be
our plug or power for this unit I have this old craftsman Rotozip and I decided
to use this because it was handy was in the garage I was too lazy to bust out
the router I actually owned two routers and so I just use this Rotozip and
worked really good this is a little toy basically so drop in the boxes here
we’ll drill some holes in between the two boxes the inside one and the outside
power one you know want to make those things fit and there’s the channel where
the power is gonna run down you see the hole I drilled at the top there and
we’ll screw everything together you want to do all that routing and channeling
before you put your sheathing on so you get that relatively easy so you can
string your power through later on so here’s the units with both sides of the
sheathing they are of course glued together as well with the contact cement
like we did on the other side while that stuff is just sort of drying overnight
and setting up let’s go back and work on the base so we’re going to drop in a
half inch MDF floor that’s gonna make it nice to stand on something to be super
hard and ultimately in the end we’ll get some foam insulation I glue
everything together here with some gorilla glue and we’ll let that dry and
let’s cut out the top so this is the roof and I’m cutting a 2 inch by 2 inch
2 foot by 2 foot opening in the ceiling and it’s gonna ultimately get a LED that
is dimmable and so I raise the blade up into the plywood here to cut this out
because I don’t actually own a jigsaw so not the not the way you’re supposed
to use the table saw but certainly works just be really careful when you’re doing
something like this you raise the blade up into your wood move the saw in the
wrong direction this speaker when you’re doing it all right so let’s cut out this
hole get a little hacksaw blade here and openings gonna drop out try not to hit
the dog when it falls on the floor yeah watch out okay so that’s our hole this
is our frame and this is the top sitting on the base actually right here use some
gorilla glue want to seal everything up as much as we can make it as airtight as
possible that also helps keep the sound from coming in the booth from the
outside do the best I can to seal everything up as I’m going along so this
is the opening you’re looking at it upside down and you’ll see it put
together here a little bit I’d go through the screw everything together so
let’s do a little test fit of what we have there you can see the base made out
of the two by fours with the one-inch floor that’s recessed and then my
two-inch styrofoam walls and you can see the electrical and the one on the left
that’s actually the wall that you will face when you do the recording put the
roof on that is the hole where the lights going
to go and you can get a little fly around here
and see what the booth kind of is gonna look like ultimately there’s gonna be a
door where I walked in and out of and we’ll build that at some point in the
build as well I make them a little miscalculation on my electrical I can’t
go quite to the corner because the other wall gets attached there so I need to
come back with my Rotozip and route out another opening here and this is where
I’m gonna move the light switch to with the dimmer and drop in a box here as
well and these are all little screw in boxes you can buy these at your big-box
retailer this is for existing construction so you can put in boxes
above or after you have your sheeting done I drop in a little gorilla glue
here as well for the light and yes I am just permanently gluing in the LED into
the ceiling of this thing I want to keep everything within my two inches if at
all possible if I ever have to replace that out pot to take the whole thing
apart I’m gonna drop in some styrofoam here as well and we’ll make the cutout
for the electrical box now the two-foot by two-foot LED panel has some thickness
and here I basically route out all of this foam I hate doing this stuff I
don’t like foam it gets everywhere it’s not good for the environment but it’s
something that I did here to make room for the LED you’ll see how it all comes
together a huge mess don’t like it but did it anyway here again using that
Rotozip back and forth to route out that’s about a half inch something like
that of space so that the styrofoam can go in and cover up that led and have
some good insulation up there hopefully things don’t get too hot yeah those flat
panel LEDs they don’t run very hot they stay pretty cool so hopefully it’s gonna
be good over the long term I’m not gonna have any issues there with that again
contact cement on both sides of the styrofoam and on the plywood just to put
everything together so it stays nice composite structure and here you can see
why I had to route out the foam for the LED light panel this is the groove at
the top of the wall where the power is gonna come out you can see the extension
cord here that we cut up and we just snake through the opening that we left
earlier so some pre-planning is required so my electrical outlets and here
everything is kind of roughed in with the power switch on and off dims that
LED and ultimately that’s gonna go overhead so you can adjust the lighting
let’s put everything back together this is a little opening so we can snake the
power out of the LED in the roof and that you can see that extension cord
there so everything is gonna get plugged in you’ll plug this hole whisper room in
to half power on that wall and then we’ll use the rest of the extension cord
to come up and plug that into the ceiling unit and that will just lay on
the very top now we do need to allow cables to come from the outside to the
inside for the computer and the hard drive that’s as far as I got this is
what we’re gonna cover in the next video and ultimately build the door it gets
covered with some fabric on the outside and then the acoustic foam on the
to give you a nice deadspace this is a massive build so look for part two
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