By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 9, 2007
To kick off our Family Week here at VOX Daily, I'd like to start with this gem of a story that features husband and wife collaboration.
Recently, Bobbin Beam and her husband Pete completed the building of Bobbin's home recording booth.
To learn more about the process of building a booth in your own home and find about how Bobbin and Pete successfully completed the booth on their own, read this interview with the one and only, voice actress Bobbin Beam!
Stephanie: What inspired you and your husband to build the booth in your home?
Bobbin: My studio is located in the family office, which means that nobody but me could be there while recording. I preferred everybody out of the house while working. No TVs, no music blasting, no doors closing, no highly energetic 16 year old singing, playing piano, guitar, etc. You get the idea. I also had practically zero desk space, as my equipment took up most of it.
There were other issues, too:
There are airplanes, helicopters, the occasional loud Harleys that roar down the street, the trash truck pick ups on Mondays, next door neighbors mowing lawns, AC and Heater vents, even computer fans create relentless acoustic intrusions into my sensitive mic. All of these noises intruded upon many "takes", slowed the recording process and I felt it was time to step up to the plate and have a sound booth. I looked at several pre-made ones on the Internet, and then Pete found do it yourself sound booth plans for the DAWBOOTH. We ran the costing numbers and it was a no brainer. The DAWBOX could also be disassembled to be moved, if needed. Pete was willing to help. Without his support and "heavy-lifting", it couldn't have happened.
I also now have not only a nice isolation booth, but I now have my separate computer desk, located next to the booth and my original work station back, where I can also edit if I so desire. What I find myself doing a lot is recording in the booth and doing longer edits from my external work station, when I want. It can get a bit closed in - hanging inside the booth for too long a time. This works very well for me.
Stephanie: How did you divvy up the construction? Were you both responsible for gathering the materials and also assembling the booth?
Bobbin: My husband (of 33 years), Pete really did most of the materials purchasing, hauling, fabrication, and foam and carpet installation. I'd caulk, paint, and helped lift and move the pieces from the garage into the office. I also assisted with logistics such as placement of shelving, lighting, wall holes, vent fan, and I handled purchasing my needed mic boom, extension headphone, computer monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse, and assorted USB cables. And a bar stool, of course, for those longer narrations.
Stephanie: How many hours in total did you two spend together working on the booth?
Bobbin: About 28 hours, including trips to Home Depot, Guitar Center, and Fry's Electronics.
Stephanie: What are the dimensions of your booth? Is that a standard size for a home recording studio booth?
Bobbin: Dimensions are 4' x 4' x 86". Some booths I looked at are definitely larger, but this size seemed the best fit for me, and for the space in our family office.
Stephanie: Is building a booth a trying experience similar to how painting or putting wallpaper up is or was it more of a bonding experience?
Bobbin: It wasn't drudgery like wallpaper. It was exciting to put it together from scratch, and it was going to help my business. Definitely a bonding, supportive experience.
Stephanie: I know you have this on your blog, but could you please share the cost breakdown for your booth?
Bobbin: Materials cost $1,113.00 USD. The custom extras including a Mic upgrade was not included in this cost.
Stephanie: Did you do anything special with the decor of the booth to make it more like "home"?
Bobbin: I added some family photos.
Stephanie: What role does Pete play in your career?
Bobbin: My husband has always been supportive of my career. He's been my business partner, and for the last 33 years we're a unit, from my radio career days to my ad agency, to our sign and graphic design business, and throughout it all- to my freelance on camera and voice over talent work.
Stephanie: What is your favorite memory from building the booth with your husband?
Bobbin: Moving day for sure. That was the day it all became real. After about 6 hours of hauling the component parts in from the garage, assembling, fine tuning adjustments, wiring it and setting it up, then turning everything on... and it WORKED! It was immensely exciting and satisfying.
Stephanie: Is there any advice you would like to give to people who want to build their own booth?
Bobbin: Yes, If you end up using DAWBOX 2.0, make sure you contact Justin and obtain the corrected materials list.
Stephanie: Thanks for being a part of the Family Week on VOX Daily Bobbin!
New link to their 4x4x7, 4x6x7, and 6x6x7 plans for the DAWBOOTH courtesy of Justin Lynch, CEO of DAWBOX.
Check out some pictures of Bobbin and Pete's project!
Old Studio set up "Before"