Guys some thing amazing as happened to me!!
Listen to this.
My mate (25 years mates) came around and he use to be in a band years ago and they recorded in a rented lockup (£5 a week). Anyway he said the sound was awful so they needed a budget solution so they bought second hand winter 15 tog duvets from local charity shops and basically enclosed themselves and there equipment in inside compartment made inside the lock up by hanging the duvets from hooks in the ceiling.Plus they put them on the floor and ceiling too.
He said the improvement on playback was much improved for in essence very little outlay.
Wait it gets better!!
No my basement gym /studio will be used for may years in the future for my cat project and other project and I would like to get some music in future videos too. He came in and had a look and said my cellar was a terrible environment even if just used for vocals never mind instruments he said the echo was terrible.
My cellar has no carpet, wallpaper and bare ceiling plus behind the old bar is a 4 foot by 4 foot hole leading under the old conservatory. This extenuates the echo.
Plus it is full of metal!!! Weights. Gym equipment and a 1 tonne fire proof filing cabinet. How did I get a 1 tonne cabinet into the cellar you may be thinking?
Well it involved me & the same friend loads of rope and a transit!
Long story and it was one hell of a day put it that way!
My mate and me go back to primary school and we are both hitting 40 now so I trust this guy!
Anyway back to subject. My mate laughed and said that I could not of picked a worse place audio wise)!!!!
Now I am limited in my house and this is the only room I can use for my studio (love saying that)!!.
Wait it gets better !!
My mate is a ebay trader and he has just bought a job lot of Winter 15 tog king size 7 foot 7 inch by 7 foot 3 inch duvets. They retail for £35 and he will let me have each one for wait for it £4 !!!!!!
No joke!! Because we are mates and he owes me a favour
Plus as we go back 25 plus years as best mates he even said he would take the day off and help me set it up in my studio!!!
He said for less then £35 I could enclose a soft inner compartment in my terrible cellar for filming and recording sound due to all the hard surfaces and metal everywhere.
It gets better!
Midnight mentioned about flagging light to stop light spilling onto my background.
Well I can design this into my flexible duvet dampening system (sounds good) so minimal light will spill on to my background, which will I light separately and keep experimenting with.
Plus as we are attaching hooks onto the ceilings it is not permanent and can be erected in about 10 minutes before I shoot and taken down in 10 minutes after or left up if I have a few continuous days of shooting!
All the duvets can be tied up and stored on top of each other in my small spare room sorted!!
Plus as this is completely portable I can take it with me if I move house.
Sounds like I am a salesman or something here!
Now my mate said it will hardly be a professional sound studio but for less than £40 it could really help improve the acoustics in my studio.
Plus I have had to scrap takes were certain words spoke loudly echo and distort.
He said that acoustic foam is much better but out of my price range.
He said the duvet idea is not his invention and lots of amateur bands use it in their early days.
He also said that duvets especially on the back of me and facing wall would be really helpful and reducing sound reflection. Plus he will help me board up the bar so I will have no hole behind me and instead a solid wood background which will have a winter 15 tog duvet on underneath my curtain background.
I need to let him know by Sat as we will get this baby set up on the weekend as he is off work.
Thought I would post here for feedback about idea?
Basically investment of £35 and a time to do (ie) 1 day.
That must be a good investment surely!
However I am all ears.