VocalBoothToGo.com was a key supporting sponsor of FAFFCON 7, held Sept 18 to 21, in Phoenix AZ. FAFFCON, the voice over unconference, is a participant-driven professional development event for working voiceover industry professionals. This event is consistently credited with helping establish peer-to-peer connections between its participants in a very informal and friendly manner and helping all take their careers to the next level.
By being involved in FAFFCON, VocalBoothToGo gladly shared its experience and expertise in creating a space for home recording studios and having a recording studio away from your home studio to help professionals to be productive and independent -- whether recording at home or on the road. VocalBoothToGo demonstrated the benefits of its Carry On Vocal Booth, which was brought to the conference as an actual carry-on on two airplanes, without any issues.
FAFFCON was a blast. Hooray to our new friends!
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Using Producer's Choice Acoustic Blankets During a Live Gig - A Musician's Own Story
by Byron Santo, Bassist, Producer, Author & Beta Tester
My background is in performing, recording and mastering, but over the last two 2 years I've been doing more live sound due to my mixer beta testing.
One issue that I have encountered as well as many other sound engineers and musicians is bad venue and stage acoustics. I have played gigs that moving one foot on stage resulted in not being able to hear oneself. I started thinking what could live performers do to alleviate these acoustical problems considering that one could not alter the physical structure of the venues or stages. After much research, I discovered VocalBoothToGo’s Producer's Choice acoustic blankets.
I decided to purchase one blanket to test. I had no experience in acoustic blankets but I did have experience in studio acoustical foam usage. After a few tests in my recording studio I decided to try the blanket in a live situation. Hanging the 6' x 8' blanket behind my drummer in an extremely bad acoustical sounding venue produced good results. The early reflections from the drums, amps and monitors were reduced resulting in a cleaner stage and PA sound. Two sound engineers were attending my gig that was familiar with the venue and its acoustical problems also heard a noticeable improvement.
I decided to purchase a 2nd acoustic blanket and try it on a stage, which had a back wall made of brick and glass. The side walls were also brick and the physical stage was made of plywood with no carpet and stood four feet tall. It was an acoustical nightmare. I hung the two blankets behind my drummer which resulted in a 12' wide by 8' tall section of the back wall being covered. The back wall was close to 18' wide. The results were amazing -- there were hardly any reflections on stage. This resulted in an improved PA sound, no feedback and a better performance for me and fellow musicians. I was running sound from the stage on that gig, the blankets made my job much easier which allowed me to focus more on playing then sound. The owner of the venue and routine customers heard the difference in my band’s sound quality which resulted in getting booked again. :)
My goal is to continue to test the Producers Choice acoustic blankets in a variety of live performance scenarios. I would love to be able to wrap a stage one gig -- the entire back wall and two side walls.
Considering the cost of a single blanket, one could easily create an entire mobile acoustic treatment system that could be used in numerous live performance scenarios and not break the bank.
Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro Put To Test During VOAtlanta 2014 By Voice Actor and Vocal Booth Expert
VocalBoothToGo.com presented its soundproofing and acoustic treatment products, such as the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro, at VOAtltanta 2014, the largest voice-over conference in Southeastern United States held in March. The conference boasted speakers, leaders and presenters in the voice-over industry and included voice-over professionals, trainers, coaches, agents as well as service providers.
As an exhibitor, VocalBoothToGo.com demonstrated many of its products including the Voice Over Start-up Success Kit, Soundproofer Sound Booth SB33, Producer's Choice sound blankets and the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro. The portable vocal booth was put to a real-time test by a voice actor and home studio/vocal booth expert during the event.
Emmy Winner Rob Paulsen Gets a Closer Look at VocalBoothToGo Vocal Booths
VocalBoothToGo joined the VoxyLadies during Robapalooza, held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC, in August to give voice over talent a chance to see and use the vocal booths during the event.
During Robapalooza, VocalBoothToGo gave attendees an overview of the portable vocal booth, the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro. However, the VocalBoothToGo product star was the 3 x 3 VocalBoothToGo Acoustic Vocal Booth, which received a thumbs-up from Rob. Robapalooza was a Voice Over Intensive workshop featuring Rob Paulsen, one of the VO industry's top animation pros and an Emmy Award winner. Rob shared his expertise and insights with voice over actors from across the country.
"Your products are AMAZING!" Rob told VocalBoothToGo.
I'm using one of those myself. Cuts down noise and echo very well!
"In the year since I've had it [Carry-on Vocal Booth], I've recorded promos for the UFC for FOX from Berlin, MLB for FOX from Ibiza, promos for a daily show on Fox Sports and NFL network promos...and in remote locations."
Peter Giles, Voice Actor; Voice for FOX Sports' Television promos for MLB and NASCAR
"The Carry-On Vocal Booth is lighter, easier to use, sounds better, and, in my opinion, far more functional than any other portable VO booth I've seen. This is the only portable voiceover booth I've found that doesn't have a "boxy" sound and does a really good job of minimizing room noise . . . . I like the Carry-On much better than the others!"
James Alburger, VoiceActing.com
Yes, we were warned.
We were told that FaffCon would be different. And, Faffcon7 indeed was different than any other conference we have ever participated in because it was not structured . . . yet at the same time, it was VERY WELL organized.
This mix of free and honest communication coupled with a well-organized process created a smooth and comfortable conference. For example, events and meals were sponsored by the members of the "family" to make the atmosphere close-knit and personal. In fact, the entire set-up and the encouragement of Amy and other participants made it easy for open conversation the honest exchange of experiences and industry tips.
This was the first time we experienced a true peer-to-peer mixing of ideas, best practices and real-life situations in the voice acting industry. In these settings, we also were encouraged to participate and share some of our experiences working with voice actors and ideas for products for the voice over industry.
And, now, as we look over our notes and pictures from the event, we are excitingly coming up with plans for the next FaffCon. Next time, we are planning to host our own session such as How To's . . . How to Build a Home Vocal Booth or Recording On The Road.
Overall, it was a fantastic conference and opportunity to connect with voice actors. We will be back.Read more...
Often times we receive questions about the Carry-on Vocal Booth and whether it can serve as a carry-on bag or luggage during air travel. Since this portable vocal booth folds conveniently into a travel bag, looking much like a portfolio case, it can easily function as a carry on luggage during air travel on most major airlines.
Since we were planning on traveling across the country to attend FAFFCON 7 in mid September, we decided to take one along instead of shipping it with other exhibit items.
The results were just as we thought. The Carry-on Vocal Booth was easy to handle with the straps, provided ample space for other items inside the bag and didn't have to be checked-in. In fact, we actually used it during our layover. The bag also fit easily into the overhead storage since it virtually lays flat.Read more...
|Principles of Soundproofing|
To create good sound insulation, one must utilize the following general principles:
Mass -- use heavy materials
Air-tightness -- cover the whole enclosure airtight
Flexibility -- keep it limp, better to overlap, than stretch tight
Isolation -- separate (decouple) from surrounding structure
|VocalBoothToGo Heading to VOICE2014|
For the second time, VocalBoothToGo.com will be heading to Anaheim CA at the end of August to share its innovative products for the voice acting and professional audio recording industry, such as the Carry-on Vocal Booth Pro, with attendees and guests of VOICE 2014.
This international voice over convention will bring together coaches, voice actors, and entrepreneurs from all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Germany, Argentina, and more. Held from August 27-30, 2014, at the Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, CA, this voice over event promotes education, technology and community for voice talent at all levels of experience.
If you plan on attending the event, stop by and say hello to us at the VocalBoothToGo exhibitor booth. It's a good time to check out our products before ordering. If you would like to learn more about this voice over event, please go to the website http://voiceconvention.com/.
|Russian's Yandex Purchases 10 Carry-on Vocal Booths|
Yandex, a Russian internet company which operates the largest search engine in Russia, purchased 10 Carry-on Vocal Booths from VocalBoothToGo. With 60% market share in that country, Yandex ranked as the 4th largest search engine worldwide with more than 150 million searches per day as of April 2012 and more than 50.5 million visitors daily as of February 2013.
|Voice of America Acquires VocalBoothToGo Vocal Booth|
Voice of America, an official external broadcast institution of the U.S. federal government, purchased a 3 x 3 Acoustic Vocal Booth from VocalBoothToGo.com. VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio, TV and the internet outside of the U.S., in 43 languages.
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