Author Topic: Humble Newcomer Seeking Advice: Converting Basement Office Into YouTube Studio  (Read 4734 times)


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Hi there.

I'm a psychology professor at the University of Florida hoping to turn my on-campus office into a recording studio for professional YouTube videos - mostly lecture content for my classes, but I'd like to see how well they do in the public-science-communication space, too. I've got a fancy new DSLR camera, a hefty boom microphone, a three-point lighting kit...the works.

But the acoustics are terrible. It's a windowless room in the basement--professors live posh, you know--with cinder block walls, tile floors, and three hollow metal interior doors with broken and decaying frames. (Pics below.)

I've got a pile of rugs, mover's blankets, and standard foam acoustic panels to deal with echo from the floors and walls (fingers crossed). The doors are my biggest problem - I can hear foot traffic in the hallway and my neighbors (two interior doors lead to other offices; they're never used, so they can remain blocked indefinitely) with perfect clarify. Bad for the recordings (my microphone definitely picks up those stray noises), and bad for my performance (concentration broken every minute or so while I'm geeking out about the science of the mind on camera). Annoying for my neighbors, too, I'm sure.

I'm an absolute novice here, only as versed in soundproofing and acoustical treatments as two days of light browsing through Wikis and forums could afford me. Rigid foam insulation over the doors? Layers of mass-loaded vinyl secured with special tape? I'm reeling. How can I stop the noise coming through these doors? I'm prepared to spend.

I've got no Karma to spend here, though, I'm afraid - I'll receive any advice that anyone has to offer me as a profound kindness (I'll find a way to pay it forward!).

The catches: Everything must be reversible (e.g., no destruction to the walls or replacements for the doors/frames), since I don't own the space. I'm my fantasy, I'm imagining covering the three doors with something (big stand-alone panels of rigid foam and MLV that seal up against the door?) that keeps my voice in and all other noises out (or at least reduces them appreciably). Again, two of the three doors can be blocked indefinitely (they're never ever opened), but the third leads in and out of my space. Am I asking the impossible?

Seeking salvation,



Supplies I've got on hand:

Randy S

  • Guest

First thing that need to be done is the doors must be sealed properly.

then since you can not change or attached to the doors we are going to have to get creative my building a door plug for the 2 doors that are not opened and a mass loaded vinyl curtain for the operable door.

Contact me direct so we can discuss.

Randy S.