Most amateur audio producers aren’t ready to transform a spare bedroom into a recording studio, complete with a vocal booth and acoustic treatments. The potential of such a space is enticing, but the dedicated home producer on a budget has other options available.
Creative options to isolate sound sources, including vocals, are only limited by your imagination. A little inspiration never hurts though. Check out this article on transom.org which highlights a few different DIY solutions to isolating vocals for recording.
Though I was able to find a workable way to track at home with pretty decent audio, I wanted an upgrade in both sound quality and ease of use, while still not breaking the bank. I wanted to get closer to the tight, dead sound of a studio environment. And as it turns out, I’m lucky enough to live in the same area as Transom Tools Editor Jeff Towne, who kindly agreed to stop by and help me find a better tracking solution. Here are some notes from our investigation. Hope they’re of some use.
The most inspiring part of the solutions presented here is just how simple they are. If you haven’t come up with a good way to isolate vocals, you might be overthinking it.
Audio producers and engineers, particularly those who are interested in podcasting and radio productions will find plenty of useful content on Transom.org. The site deals with not only the technical issues of recording for podcasts and radio, but also the more abstract concepts involved, like how to interview for radio.