Business of VO: The Truth of Home Recording

Want a professional home studio? Awesome, that’ll be $10k. What?!? You DON’T have $10k in your wallet? Hmm. Well, I guess we’ll have to get creative…

Seriously, guys – professional sounding booths DON’T have to break the bank! As a matter of fact, both Anne and Gabby have built their own booths!

Pure DIY greatness and here’s the kicker – no one can tell! In this episode, these ladies let you in on their bargain finding secrets, break down how they set up their studios and what they think the BIGGEST truth about home recording is.

Check out Episode 14: The Truth of Home Recording on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. You don’t have to pay a ton of money to get a great performing booth, there is a ton you can DIY.

  2. You can get used equipment from a pawn shop, just make sure they have a return policy if the mic doesn’t work for you.

  3. You have to invest some money. Get a decent starting mic and upgrade your equipment as you get more money.

  4. The best mic won’t matter unless you have sound dampening.

  5. To have good sound dampening, you need to make sure there are no flat surfaces for the sound to bounce off.

  6. You can google ideas and plans for budget friendly DIY booths that you can make at home with power tools.

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Guitar Center Used Gear

  2. The Rode Nt1 is a good starter mic!

  3. Save money on a Mac by going for refurbished

  4. Sam Ash Used Gear

Full Episode Transcript

VO: Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss. A VO B.O.S.S. Set yourself up with business owners strategies and success, with your host Anne Ganguzza, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss. A VO B.O.S.S.

Anne: Hey everybody. Welcome to the VO B.O.S.S. Business Owner Strategies & Success podcast. I’m Anne Ganguzza along with my lovely wonderful co-host, Gabby Nistico.

Gabby:   Hello.

Anne: And today’s episode, guess what we’re talking about, Gabby?

Gabby:   Mm.

Anne: It’s going to be the secret. No. The truth.

Gabby:   Oh no!

Anne: The truth abouthome studios.

Gabby:   Home studios. I love it.

Anne: The truth about home studios.

Gabby:   Oh man. Alright.

Anne: Gabby, is there a truth or are there multiple truths?

Gabby:   I’m going to strap in for this one, kiddies. I mean, I do believe there are multiple truths, absolutely.

Anne: But what’s the biggest truth?

Gabby:   The biggest truth. Okay, so…

Anne: If I can say what I think the biggest truth about home studios is…

Gabby:   I… Oh man, go ahead, go ahead.

Anne: You don’t have to pay a ton of money to get a great performing booth.

Gabby:   Amen. Amen to that.

Anne: Acoustic space.

Gabby:   Here’s the deal. And I mean again, we see this a lot. We see the stress and we see the anxiety.

Anne: Tears. Tears. I had tears, Gabby, when I first started.

Gabby:   And also I see a lot of what I call dumbassery. I’m sorry, guys. I mean, here’s, okay…

Anne: As opposed to be badassery, because VO bosses are badass. So let’s make, let’s go from dumbassery to badassery.

Gabby:   Absolutely. That is the goal. So, the truth about home recording really comes down to this. There’s a lot of things that you can DIY, and we’re going to talk about those in this podcast. And there are a lot of things that you can save money on simply by being smart. And also, and this is probably I think the most important, if it works it works, regardless of whatever anyone else has to say or what their viewpoint or other thoughts are. Sound quality is a non-disputable thing. It’s either good or it isn’t. So when we focus on objective information, all the subjective stuff, like aesthetics no longer matters.

Anne: Well, and if I can just populate that a little bit with your equipment is not necessarily what’s going to make you sound better. Better equipment, more money you pay for the equipment may not necessarily make you sound better, I think it’s the treatment.

Gabby:   Yeah. So let’s start with some basics on this. Let’s talk about the actual equipment stuff. I’m not going to get super technical in this episode, because it’s not about that. This is understanding that while, no, you can’t cut