It seems like there’s a new portable recording booth on the market every ten minutes. While innovation is great, it’s disheartening to see so many companies placing their faith in the tried, but not necessarily true, microphone isolation box. Sure, these sound isolation boxes have made recording in suboptimal conditions seemingly possible, but they don’t truly offer much in the way of actual noise reduction.
The first pitfall we noticed with traditional isolation boxes is that the microphone is not fully encased in the acoustic-enhancing foam. This leaves it vulnerable to all sorts of noise contamination and makes it virtually impossible to keep the microphone from experiencing the annoying feedback from your instruments or the fan running in your computer. Furthermore, the design might even send those sound waves bouncing right back into your mic’s pickup.
With microphone sound boxes and most portable vocal booths, distance will alter the way your voice sounds. To an extent, this is true of the Kaotica Eyeball, but not in the same respect. With mic isolation boxes, you typically have to be close to the microphone in order to see any significant sound reduction. The Eyeball allows you to adjust your distance from your microphone without sacrificing the quality of noise reduction or the clarity of the recording.
Most sound isolation boxes get placed in one seemingly convenient place in your room where you believe the recordings will be less affected by ambient noise. Because they take up a good deal of space, even when they’re marketed as compact, microphone isolation boxes are simply not as portable as the manufacturers claim. While this may seem fine at first glance, the setup has the potential to become uncomfortable very quickly. Sure, you may not mind being restricted to one corner of your room or a small area where you theoretically have everything set up, but what happens if you feel the music and need to move around? You whack your elbow into the wall, the table, or whatever’s closest to you.
If you’ve ever wondered why so many home recording studios have piles of rugs and pillows on the floor, and wall hangings or old blankets tacked to the walls, it all comes down to sound isolation. With a microphone isolation box, you’ll want to insulate the area around the box. This means piling blankets and old rugs under your mic stand and tacking blankets on the walls nearby. If possible, you’ll want to hang a lightweight blanket on the ceiling to buffer against noise coming off the surface and interfering with your recording. With the Kaotica Eyeball, all you need is the single sound shield. Sure, blankets might make you feel more legit, but they’re not truly necessary.
The Kaotica Eyeball was designed to offer a truly portable sound recording experience at an affordable price. The Eyeball is made of high-quality acoustic foam and encases your entire microphone. The only opening is the one where you’re speaking, so ambient sound simply can’t interfere with your recording. Our sound shield is compact and the perfect choice for the busy musician or vocal artist on-the-go. There’s no need to pack layer upon layer of blankets, or nestle into a pillow fort for improved sound reduction. Instead, you’re ready to go as soon as you slip your mic into the foam.
At Kaotica, we want to help you take your audio recording to the next level. Order the Kaotica Eyeball and see the difference that a true microphone sound shield can make in the quality of your recordings. We promise you won’t be disappointed.