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Howard Parker Voiceover Studio 2011- Design and Construction

Slideshow of the complete demolition, construction, acoustics, and equipment installation for Howard Parker's home voiceover studio.  Designed by George Whittam, construction by James Michael Nail.  


Rick Robles Home Voiceover Studio Renovation

As of September 2009, Rick's custom studio in his Hollywood Hills home has been completed. Rick decided it was time to upgrade from using the Whisper Room booth to converting his entire office into a recording studio. He is now able to sit comfortably at his desk and record his reads without being confined to a small booth.

The technology in Rick's studio has remained virtually unchanged since first assembled in 2005.  Crucial was the ability for Rick to continue working from his studio during construction.  We moved his trusty Whisper Room to another part of the home, and reconnected the equipment to make the process as seamless as possible for him.  In just 6 hours, his studio was back up in temporary fashion, but nonetheless completely functional.  

The room had an extra layer of drywall and Green Glue added to many surfaces to reduce noise from the HVAC system on the other side of one wall.  The room's entryway, previously open, was framed in and a heavy door installed.  A mini-split air-conditioning unit went in over the doorway, which was chosen for it's nearly silent operation and effective cooling.  Construction services were provided by James Nail Construction.

After painting and carpeting, the acoustic paneling went up on the walls and ceiling.  Combined with the large, custom sofa and drapery, the resulting acoustical properties compliment Rick's voice and mic combination nicely. Not dead sounding as a Whisper Room, but not too live to distract, the sound is even and natural.  

This studio has a few unique features as requested by Rick. He can choose to work at a seated position mic, or at the press of a button, switch to a standing height position mic for different types of reads.  To create a clean look to the studio, we relocated the telephone, ethernet, and power jacks to the floor below the equipment rack under the desk.  The desk is set 2' feet from the window and one can walk completely around it without any cables crossing the walkway.  


Howard Cogan's 2nd Story Addition Voiceover Studio

Starting in Febuary 2010, Howard Cogan's new home studio began construction.  He's decided to say goodbye forever to his trusty Whisper Room and graduate to custom isolation booth in a second floor addition over his garage, previously the home of his studio.  Along with his architect and contractor, George Whittam helped design Howard a true "room-in-a-room" booth large enough to comfortably work in all day with large windows to bring plenty of daylite in, something he's been deprived of for a long time! 

The first step was to relocate his Whisper Room into another room in his home.  We decided to displace his daughters to the guestroom and take over their bedroom (Daddy gets to do whatever he wants.)   Just large enough to accomodate the Whisper Room and still have space to open the door and store his computers outside the booth, we managed to fit it all in there and still give his daughters access to their closet.  In one day of disassembly, moving, reassembly, and rewiring of ISDN, data, phone, audio, and video cables, we got his studio back online in its temporary location.  It works so well that Howard can work un-interrupted with construction in full swing just 25 feet away, and his three young children being... children. 

Framing is in full swing on the second floor addtion over the garage.  The concrete slab floor will be poured in the coming days, with in-floor radiant heating pipes embeded. 

Here's a gallery of the progress photos.


Anna Lux's Foldable Voice-over Booth installatio

Anna approached us with an interesting request.  She wanted a voice-over booth in the loft of her apartment that when not in use could be folded away.  George went to work sketching some ideas and came up with, along with the assistance of our builder James Michael Nail, something that surprised all of us in appearance and effectiveness.  Rather than go into a lengthy description, here are a few photos of the installation.  Anna will provide a recording for us to post very soon so you can hear how great it sounds!









The finished product!



Notes from the Field: Pat Sweeney's acoustics makeover

Pat Sweeney has worked very hard to create a home studio environment that provides the level of quality he needs to play a bigger game.  I'm really proud of the progress he's made since I met him on the VoiceLympics Cruise in 2009!  

Pat said:

Our session yesterday was probably the best investment I could have ever made. Applying a foam pad beneath the mic, adding the acoustical foam on the office dividers and cloud panels plus most importantly the stack you created me has really improved my sound and probably increase my bookings. Have a listen to the difference. The key difference between the two samples is that one did not have any auralex beneath the mic and the second sample did have some foam beneath the mic.

Here's the Before and After audio from Pat showing the importance of having absorption on the desk top surface when working seated at your desk.  Listen in headphones and you'll really hear the difference!   Yes, it's subtle, but that's the different between OK like everyone else, and GREAT!