The StudioBricks One
At the beginning of October, I purchased a vocal booth!
I hadn't planned on making this investment for at least another year, but all the right pieces fell into place. The booth was gently used and already available on the east coast. I even had the right amount of money set aside in my savings. All the stars were aligning and it seemed like the perfect step forward in my career. So I said yes!
StudioBricks has been on my radar since I saw an interview with a narrator for ACX about what her daily life was like narrating audiobooks. I was tremendously impressed by how comfortable and clean her recording booth and setup appeared, but it took me a while to find out who made such beautiful looking booths!
I came across StudioBricks again when I was researching audio treatment solutions for my day job as a Learning Experience Designer. There were a few key factors that I wanted to apply to my personal recording solutions, as well as impart to my supervisor, that made StudioBricks stand out above other vocal booth models I'd seen so far.
StudioBricks in Action
The proof is always in the pudding, so rather than tell you, I hope the audio sample below will give you a clear idea of what my recordings sound like in this new space. However, I can say that so far I am completely pleased with the results!
The recording below does not include any post production at all. No noise removal, compression - nothing! I recorded using a Neumann TLM 49, Grace M 101 Preamp, and Scarlett 2i2 as an interface (I know that last bit isn't ideal, but I don't have my new interface installed yet and this is an acoustics test anyway!) Also check out the short story I'm reading here.
Thinking about your own StudioBricks Booth?
While I can't recommend this incredible booth enough, here are a few pointers as a new owner that I would recommend for you moving forward!
Let me know what you think!
If this experience has you thinking about purchasing your own StudioBricks booth, then awesome! I'm so excited for you to fall in love with them too! If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments, and I will do my absolute best to provide you with an answer. My experience was a little different than a new buyer, but I'm happy to help where I can!
12/12/2018 01:52:52 pm
Hi Natalie, I live in Spartanburg and am in the process of buying a booth. Looks like I'm also going with Studiobricks and came across your article and you are in SC too! Small world. I was considering the One Plus as I was concerned about internal space but see you have the One. How do you find it for extreme work like videogames when you are more likely swinging your arms about? Does it have sufficient elbow room for the more 'active' Vo like myself. I assume your booth came with the ventilation system. How have you found that. Do you need to turn it off when recording?Thanks Ian
12/12/2018 02:14:07 pm
Hey Ian! Wow you're right - VERY small world! Also congrats on your new (upcoming) booth!
12/26/2020 05:34:43 pm
Hi Natalie. Thanks for posting this. I too have been considering purchasing a Studiobricks booth. You mentioned the one you bought was already on the East Coast. How did you find or where did you look to find someone selling a pre-owned booth? Also, without having to say the exact price, can you tell me if it was a significant discount buying a pre-owned unit? Thank you!!
Natalie Van Sistine
12/26/2020 06:00:50 pm
Thanks so much for your comment! I'm glad it has been helpful to you!
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