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Old 3 weeks ago
Airflow for Vocalbooth

I need a bit of experience from you guys:
I have a 30sqm liveroom and a 2sqm vocalbooth. As I can open some windows in the liveroom to get some fresh air if needed, but I can only open the doors to the vocalbooth to get fresh air in.

Do you think this is enough or should I build a connection between the two rooms to get some air in?
And if so, should build in a ventilator? (seems like a noisy part that I'd love rather not to have)

Hope you understand my problem
Old 3 weeks ago
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Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by the Lob View Post
I need a bit of experience from you guys:
Opening doors and windows will allow air to circulate but does not often make air circulate. It will also cancel out any sound isolation your room has.

I chose to invest in a ventilator and an AC and despite being an expensive decision I have, in the 4 years I have had them, not regretted a penny (or cent) of the cost as they work so well and so quietly all the hours I need to work.

It is a bit of a big step and only you can decide whether you think it will be worth it.
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I've spent what amounts to years in isolation booths, working on voice over jobs. And air is always welcomed. But I've found many booths don't have any ventilation, which was a choice the studio made to keep it as quiet as possible. In those booths I just open the door when I need a blast of air.
Larger tracking rooms always have air, but the installation of the ventilation system is well thought out and well insulated to keep the noise down.
For a small booth, you could easily take a 4" or 5" duct feed from an existing room duct vent and use insulated duct material to keep the noise to a minimum. It doesn't have to be complicated...just a path for air. It's also good to have a small vent for the air to escape.
Old 3 weeks ago
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No doubt that I would want the ventilation.

However, it is very easy to inject noise into your environment. Fan blades and motors are obvious - most are entirely inappropriate.. In addition, airflow through the system can run you into problems.

So before you start throwing money at the problem, I would suggest talking it through with an engineer or talented HAVC designer.

ASHRAE was a useful organization for this level of problem [centrifugal fans, ducts, registers, etc.] when I was working in aerodynamics [on more complex axial flow fan blade design and wind-tunnels] many years ago. Your local library may have some of their documentation.

There may be someone here in the acoustics section who is a member? But if not, try running down one of the candidates above.

Best wishes,

Ray H.
Old 3 weeks ago
Thanks very much for your input.
I'm thinking of just building a channel connecting the liveroom and the booth. Without a ventilator in it. Do you think this will work?
As meantioned, I won't to avoid losing the isolation but sure: the singer needs to breath
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But I've found many booths don't have any ventilation, which was a choice the studio made to keep it as quiet as possible. In those booths I just open the door when I need a blast of air.
Best answer so far

I have also built an isolation booth in the past (granted mine was large enough to put a drumset in) and that's what we always did.
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you will need to do something for sure.

singers need to be comfortable. hard to be comfortable in a 2 MTR box with no air.

you can duct air in with a 150mm duct and a small forced air fan. to reduce the fan/air noise you might have to make up some Baffling.

you actually can speed control down the fan using electronics, or get a 3 speed fan and put it on low.

the heat transfer fans used to pump air around houses can be an option for you.

dont use a 100mm fan/duct as thats too small. 150 is better and 200mm is best.

Hope that helps. Buddha
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