Isovox Vocal Booth – would you?
Funny at first, and then the penny drops: This could be very useful...
Well, someone had to do it! We’ve all tried to build something around around a vocal mic, even hiding the vocalist and microphone under a large duvet. Alternatively you could turn a closet into a vocal booth by cladding it with lots of acoustic materials, but what a fuss. After you’ve finished laughing at the poor guy demonstrating Isovox in the videos below, you might realise this is exactly what you need.
Isovox Vocal Booth
So this is effectively a mobile closet that’s acoustically treated. In fact, once you take a second look you realise there’s more to it than that. Isovox is of course mobile, allowing it to either be setup and used when needed, or taken on location. The inside of the box appears to be quite smart and have some sexy lighting. If you were to try and build a DIY solution at home, then it probably wouldn’t be such a nice experience. I also like the inclusion of a mic stand/mount on the inside, which avoids you from tying to poke a mic stand inside at the right angle.
Isovox have badged this booth as ideal for recording and rehearsal uses. The recording uses are obvious and make a lot of sense. Rehearsal-wise, however, whilst the Isovox offers good isolation properties ideal to avoid annoying anyone or your neighbour, I can’t help but find singing to yourself in a box somewhat comical.
I think they’ve missed a couple of tricks though. If it folded up a little, then it would be even easier to take on location or to someone else’s home studio. The inside of the back wall which is so beautifully lit, could have featured either a basic clip for lyrics, or even a tablet or mobile phone stand. Lastly, the fact you also need a speaker stand is likely to be necessary purchase for anyone who’s looking to buy one of these. Therefore, there could have been a package deal or an optional accessory kit?
Baffles designed for surrounding vocal mics have become readily available and quite popular. These are great if the environment your recording in is already semi-treated and quiet, but the Isovox will offer better Isolation and the acoustic treatment is 360 degrees. This should mean you could record in a reasonably challenging location with very little effort.
Head over to Isovox’s homepage to find out all about this unique isolation booth. Priced at 699 EUR it’s a competitive option compared to other solutions available. However, it wouldn’t be impossible to build something similar for a lot less, but who’s got time for that? There’s also a level of dignity at play; if you’re going to stuff your head in a box, then at least put it in a commercially designed product!
Here’s a couple of funny YouTube videos to watch on a Sunday! However, they leave you thinking twice. Hosted on Isovox’s own channel, the first is a complete demo for vocal home recording, and secondly a demo of rehearsal use.
There is now a video review available by James Ivey of Pro Tools expert, where he covers some of the big questions about this release. See the Pro Tools Expert post here, or simply watch this video from the Pro Tools Expert YouTube channel: