New Gear Day - ISOVOX 2 Portable Vocal Booth REVIEW

Okay, so this piece of kit, the ISOVOX 2 Portable Vocal Booth, is something that has become invaluable in my studio, let's start there.

The ISOVOX 2 I picked up almost a year ago at the time of this writing. At first, I didn't know what I was expecting with this entirely, but I must say it was something to behold and hear. I didn't know how drastically this would change and improve the sound of the vocals I record in my studio. My studio is in my home which is a rather noisy environment, but for the longest time, I made do with what I had. On the other side of the wall behind the booth here is the HVAC on the outside of the house so when that thing kicks on it would get in any and every recording until I got the ISOVOX.

The ISOVOX 2 helped clean up my recordings like nothing else I've tried, I've tried changing mic positions all around the room, plugins in my DAW to minimize the background noise, and nothing quite worked as well as this. The first recording I put this to use with was like a night and day difference. Less editing was involved in the process of recording and producing tracks with artists. Cut my workflow effort needed by about one-third. The ISOVOX is also exceptional at sound isolation. That's what this was designed for in the first place, but still, it's the perfect tool for many situations. Need something portable? Need a quiet space? Can't alter the space you're already in? This is a great tool!

I can't say enough good things about this tool to give it proper praise, now with that praise also comes a couple of negatives, minor, but still may influence a buyer to some extent. The first thing about this is the microphone mounting mechanism. It's simple, but as you can see in the picture the post sits back really close to the back wall which isn't a problem for smaller mics and mounts like the one that comes with the Neumann TLM 102 (Pictured), but I also picked up the Mojave Audio MA-300, that comes with an actual shock mount and that is a pretty big pain the ass to mount if you don't have a quick-release clip attached to the shock mount. I still have yet to get a set, but I imagine that those will make my life a million times easier with this thing. The ISOVOX 2 comes with a little clip that just sits on the post in the middle that will hold most microphones, but not all. The other negative about this is the weight. It's about 25lbs if I got the specs correctly, but I could be wrong, anyway, I got this as a bundle package with the Ultimate PA stand, I'm not sure if it's just the stand's fault or the weight of the ISOVOX, but the stand has a bit of a difficult time holding up the booth. I might look into getting a more sturdy stand because it drops down if it's not ridiculously tight, which I don't think should be happening.

The last thing to discuss with this is the price point. At $1,000 USD for the box itself can be a pretty hefty price tag to pay, but the convenience factor of this is one thing that makes this so pricey if you can't alter a given room to build a vocal booth for one reason or another, then this is definitely the next best option. So on one level, you're paying a pretty hefty upfront cost, but on the other hand, you're saving money in the long run without having to alter a big portion of your living space.

Is it worth it to pick this up? Definitely! If you live in an apartment, renting a home, or in a space where altering the physical design of the space is not an option, this is a great tool to keep sound from coming into the microphone and what goes into the microphone from the outside world.

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