I once had thousands of dollars invested in a vocal booth and a drum booth at my original studio. I even had a guitar amp chamber that you could lower a guitar amp into, and if you really wanted isolation, you could put the guitar amp box inside of the vocal booth. I remember recording a Vox AC30 inside of the control room!

This isolation came at a cost. My recordings suffered. I could not figure out why either…the answer was right in front of me!

Sound happens in rooms, not vacuums. I never knew the importance of lettings sounds be out in the open, and letting them breath. The vocal booth (and other iso booths) were killing my recordings, and I never knew it until years later.

…This is why I never use a vocal booth.


Hello, my name is Ryan Earnhardt. I am a personal mentor to audio engineers, and a debt free studio owner, Lumen Audio, located in the mountains around Asheville NC.

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