OK, gang, here's the skinny. I got the booth finished today, just in time for a big session this weekend for the Rose Parade.
DAWBOX makes excellent plans, easy to follow, and very customizable with a little imagination. Now I know my taste is not everyones, but by way of explanation; I was too young to appreciate the sixties when I was in them, so I am re-creating them in my booth. (It's all the wife will let me do, I am allowed one lava lamp in the rest of the house.) Take a look, I think it's rather sporty. I did the walls in red wedge foam tiles, the door and ceiling in red pyramid, and installed bass attenuators in the front corners. I did manage to track down a zebra rug, and I found a cool recording sign on Ebay. I call it LavaShark studio, I have 24 lava lamps in the control room, and 11 sharks.
Go check out my Photo album "The Booth", for a visual tale!
I had George Whittam from ElDorado Recording Services come out and tune it up, it sounds great, and my noise floor is -66! Putting it simply, George is the man! If you are in the Los Angeles area, I HIGHLY recommend having him tweak your system to perfection, a great engineer, and a great guy, and you will sound better than you ever have.
I am running a Neumann TLM 103, (with an Audio Technica 4033A as a back up), into an APHEX 230, with a Yahama Board and a Mackie Big Knob controller. An MBox 2, a JK Audio inline patch, and Klipsh monitors round out the equipment. The whole thing runs with a PowerPC G5. I have Pro Tools, but I let it languish in a forgotten corner of my desktop. Every since Beau Weaver talked about Twisted Wave at Voice 2008, that's the only software I use for voice.
This was a fun project, I learned a lot doing it, and I think everyone should give it a shot. It wound up costing about half as much as a similarly sized store-bought booth, and is a LOT more fun!
Now, to book some gigs!
(Seize the Duct tape)