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    Default Any thoughts or experience with sound proof booths for practice?

    Do they deaden the sound to the point where it's no fun to practice anymore? Is there a better brand?

    Thanks for any thoughts,

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    Default Re: Any thoughts or experience with sound proof booths for practice?

    That doesn't seem to be swansong's experience in his custom-designed booth: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthr...rk-in-progress

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    Default Re: Any thoughts or experience with sound proof booths for practice?

    I have also built one myself and I enjoy using it. I never practice outside. I enjoy practicing any time I want and any volume I want. Also, I noticed that (maybe because of the damped practice) my projection has really improved outside.

    The deadness of the sound depends on a. the size of the box (the smaller the more dead), and b. the amount of damping material I put on the inner walls. Mine is roughly 6 by 4 feet outside (or even a bit smaller). It was around 4 by 3.5 first, but that was way too small. My teacher has one sized 7 by 6 feet (see www.studiobox.de) and he teaches in there, what means: two guys, a computer, speakers, 2-4 saxes, note stand and everything. Works fine and also sounds good.

    Playing against a wall sounds about the same inside and outside. The 'industrial strength' boxes surely work better in terms of sound, not in terms of sound-proofness, mainly because of size. I am pretty sure that the sound of the self-build vs. the bought would not differ much, given you have them sized equally. The effort and cost of building a booth is not neglectible, though. If you build same quality and flexibility (dismountable) like e.g. the studiobox, I don't think you could compete.

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    Default Re: Any thoughts or experience with sound proof booths for practice?

    If you build a small room to rehearse\record practice in, there will be a deadening effect of the sound. A bright (untreated acoustically) small room will sound like a telephone box, but there are ways to keep some life and reflection in the room...
    Treating the walls behind, beside, above your playing position, and keeping the other surfaces reflective can work, possibly you could look at diffusers as treatment too. Diffusers can make a space feel bigger and more lifelike, although I've never tested them in very small rooms...have a look at RPG diffusors...

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