Pocket SoundBooth Audio Samples

by | Apr 12, 2011 | Equipment, Home studio | 5 comments

The response to my blog on the Pocket Soundbooth (a tip from VO friend Erik Sheppard) was surprisingly energetic.

Not that everyone thought it was a viable solution…indeed, I think only one person mentioned they thought it was worth the $50, and Dan Lenard (the EWABS Studio Master) said it reminded him of the padding you get on the inside a shipping box.

But in case you missed it… yesterday, Xavier Case chimed in, and actually provided links to a coupe of example soundfiles utilizing the Pocket SoundBooth.  Here’s his comment:

”  There are some example recordings on the web site http://www.pocketsoundbooth.com

This one compares a reflexion filter to the Pocket Soundbooth and it seems to do more than a reflexion filter does, particularly for the size. 10bB reduction above 2500Hz, according to the specs.

http://www.panamax35.com/pocketsoundbooth/samples/samples/comparing_%20omni_mic_with_reflection%20filter_vs_PSB.mp3 You can really tell the difference on headphones.”

I still haven’t personally tried this product, and am staying neutral on the issue.

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  1. Rick Lance

    Just bought one of these, Dave! Actually, I do think it was worth the $42.00 plus shipping. It seems to dampen about 95% of the ambient room noise so I could start using my TLM103 at that Mac (was using my Rode NTG2) again for a bigger warmer condenser mic sound. The Rode is a good Mic but a bit cold on my voice.

    The Pocket Sound Booth looks pretty clunky; especially covering up that pretty little 103. But I’m happy with the way it works!

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    • Xavier Case

      Rick thanks for sharing that. If it knocks down that much ambient sound then that’s great! and it allowed you to use your Neumann again! Cool.

      I am packing a small laptop computer, a microphone and now a pocket sound booth in a travel case (brief case) for on the road ADR sessions. The actress using it will have internet, but no studios in that part of the world. I want as close to zero room ambience as possible. If there is room sound the recordings they won’t work.

      Nice to get a review from someone who has actually used one of these things.

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  2. John McClain

    This is my post from the VO Friends Facebook site. I am not neutral on this device.

    “I listened to the examples on the Pocket Soundbooth website while sitting in my studio. Quite frankly, it kills the sound of the mic. If I were recording a VO talent that had a sound that dead I, as a client, would not be happy. A properly recorded voice should have some liveness to it; a completely covered mic sounds like it is in an anechoic chamber and that sound is unnatural and, from a post audio engineers perspective, very difficult to work with. Contrary to what they say on that site, the Reflection Filter sound is much more desirable than the Pocket Soundbooth. A definite thumbs down from my studio.”

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  3. Joe Swatsell

    I PURCHASED ONE OF THESE JUST TO GIVE IT A TRY. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE, THIS THING REALLY WORKS WELL… I AM GOING TO PURCHASE A COUPLE MORE IF I CAN FIND THEM. THIS IS GREAT FOR SMALL ROOMS, AND HOME STUDIOS WITH UNTREATED WALLS. I’VE BEEN RECORDING 40+ YEARS.

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  4. Paul Tuttle

    I’m an audiobook narrator, and I use one of these. It’s perfect

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