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Anyone buy a vocal booth on Alibaba?

 
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iannyc
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:13 am    Post subject: Anyone buy a vocal booth on Alibaba? Reply with quote

Hey have any of you beautiful people ever bought a vocal booth on Alibaba? Looks like they’re starting at $1500

Meanwhile, La vocal booths is gonna run me like $5k to get everything I need

And theres nothing available on my go-to supplier, good ol craigslist...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sometimes alibaba is great - mass qualities of small items, really. things that will kill you: shipping (DHL large container shipping) tariffs & import duties. DHL is a great help with the latter two as they change all the time.

also - chinese new year starts feb. 5 everything shuts down for 2 weeks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a quick look... I guess you're looking at a SZ Acoustic booth. Don't do anything without checking the actual shipping cost (to your door) and any duties payable.

... and even if it's cheaper... I'd brace yourself for severe disappointment. I wouldn't even consider buying something like this without seeing one in person. Even a regular Whisper Room (basic) needs more money thrown at it to be usable as it has only a single wall and minimal interior treatment. I honestly don't think it will be fit-for-purpose... and the only way you'll know for sure is to see one before slapping down the cash.

... I should add that I wouldn't even consider a basic single wall Whisper Room either... one of my agents has one... and it's really crap at both isolation and treatment.

If you are looking to get a booth and don't want to lay out the money for a Studio Bricks (or something of similar quality)... try and find a local carpenter who know's what you're trying to achieve and get a quote on a double-walled booth and then treat the inside yourself (get a quick consult from George Whittam).... and go for 6x4 or similar (5x3)... a square box will only buy you more problems with reflections and reinforcement of the stuff you don't want. (trapezoid shapes are good!).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried (stood inside) a Studio Bricks booth at Vox a couple of years ago and it was as efficient as a Tea Bag in terms of (a) Keeping noise out. (B) Keeping noise in ( C ) Not sounding like I was in a box.

Get someone to build one or get someone to build one or build it yourself.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:41 pm    Post subject: One in NorCal Reply with quote

This looks interesting... $2200 delivered

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/msg/d/reno-vocal-isolation-booth/6780627957.html
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Constructing a booth that truly isolates you from noise requires extremely dense material. That means $$$, including the shipping. IMO your best bet is to find a pre-owned Whisper Room, which would probably save you 30-50% compared to purchasing new.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check aliexpress for one with an eticket shipping. Building your own is a lot more fun and a lot less expensive though (in my humble opinion).

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buying a booth without trying it? That would be a risky endeavour.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How's their return policy? HAHA!! AVOID.
As for how well StudioBricks stops sound, I provide exhibit A:
https://youtu.be/7YUQqPLTyKE?t=106
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At VOX a few years ago I stood inside one and the noise from outside was clearly visible Laugh
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new StudioBricks door design is very impressive with a sealing mechanism live I've never seen in a booth door. Is it soundproof? No. Is it the best isolation for something of this design (moveable, no custom construction), yes I think so.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing there are more outside audio challenges in a convention setting as opposed to a back bedroom or dungeon or basement. Silencing jackhammers or rampaging children upstairs will take a lot of work ($) no matter your method.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the problem. People honestly believe that putting a Duck in the door mechanism and lining the inside with pre-silenced Plasticor2000 MkII tm will keep out the sound of a deaf Ukranian who is thinking about buying an online leaf blower.

Designer booth - cost $7,000 for around $89 of components. Acoustic reinforcement capabilities? About as effective as putting on a Balaclava knitted by Aunt Mildred to keep out the noise of the Luftwaffe bombing the East India Docks in 1942.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got one from LA vocal booths. $6k but... shes a beaut!
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