Introduction: Tri-pot Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield

This is a home made DIY "Tri-pot Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" made from materials around the house that will not cost you anything.

This "Tri-pot Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" is perfect for your home recording studio on a budget.

Making this "Tri-pot Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" is very easy and can be done in one day.

my 8 yr old son helped me with it, it was e great project done together, he learned allot and had allot of fun.

Step 1: Required Materials and Tools

Required materials:

  • Large Cardboard (2' x 4') feet [you can find at a hardware or appliances store that they have to throw away]
  • Packing foam [you can find at a hardware or appliances store that they have to throw away]
  • Hot blue sticks
  • Aluminum flat bar (3/4" x 1/16" x 36") inch [can find one at any hardware store]
  • Camera Tri-pot

The required tools are:

  • Craft Knife
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring tape (ruler)
  • Drilling machine
  • Drill bit (13/64")
  • Hacksaw
  • Spray glue
  • Scissors

Step 2: Preparing the Cardboard Back Ground

Preparing the background cardboard to make it into a half pipe shape

  1. Set the cardboard in a landscape position
  2. Mark every 2 inch on the cardboard to make vertical lines
  3. Use the aluminum flat bar as a guide to press with the other end of the pencil on the cardboard to make it easier to bend and then band it with the flat bar
  4. Bend the cardboard on all the lines so it can look like a half pipe

note: use the black marker to mark everything, it is more visible

Step 3: Making and Gluing the Support Round Shape

The support round edges will hold everything in shape and make it sturdier

  1. mark 2 pieces of a cardboard with a half pipe the size of the background cardboard [4feet long] as illustrated in the picture
  2. cut them as illustrated in the picture
  3. then hot glue them on the edges of the background cardboard

Note: be careful with the craft knife, these a very very sharp and also be carefull with the hot glue gun, it can burn your skin

Step 4: Making the Under Part

making the under part will add support and preventing noise entering from below

  1. cut a piece of cardboard with the same shape as the inner part of the half pipe
  2. glue the cardboard with an angle [see picture #3]
  3. cut a groove (opening) in the middle of the under peace [as show in the last picture] this will allow you to put a mic stand through the under part

Step 5: Adding the Noise Damping Foam

Now we are going to add/glue the foam to the background cardboard

  1. cut all packing foam into squares or rectangles so they can fit together on the cardboard
  2. fit al foam on the background cardboard so it will cover the whole background
  3. spray the glue onto the background cardboard and spray some glue onto the foam and stick them together **
  4. make sure every area inside the half pipe is covered with foam

** for spraying the glue, be in a well-ventilated area and preferable outside, use gloves.

Step 6: Making a Support to Hold and Add the Tri-pot Connector

This part is very important because this part will hold the "Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" to the tri-pot.

  1. cut 2 new moon shape cardboard that will fit tight around the background cardboard [as shown in the pictures]
  2. hot glue them firmly together
  3. then hot glue them to the background cardboard (glue it 8 inches from the top)
  4. add extra glue for e strong hold

Step 7: Adding the Aluminum Flat Bar for a Strong Hold

because we cannot tighten the tri-pot into the cardboard (it will not hold) I have added the aluminum flat bar, this will be glued to the support and make a strong hold for the tri-pot connection.

  1. measure and mark the flat bar ** [as shown in the pictures]
  2. cus them with the hacksaw
  3. measure the center of the peace you just cut mark it
  4. set the center mark to the center to the tri-pot connection part and mark where you have to drill the holes
  5. drill both holes and tighten the screw in to give it threat
  6. glue this flat bar to the tri-pot connection support with hot glue (glue firmly)

Ones this has cool down your basically done, you just need some minor adjustments

** cut the edges at an angle to match the cardboard curve

note: secure the flat bar in vise or something similar so you can cut it more easily. when drilling use safety goggles

Step 8: Final Adjustments and Touch Ups

you may need to make some adjustments and touch ups

  1. the tri-pot may not sit flush with the whole "Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield", you will have to cut e notch so it can fit and the "Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" and stand straight
  2. make a hole in the back with the craft knife so you can pass the microphone wire trough if
  3. add extra hot glue everywhere that is necessary to make it hold strong together especially onto the tri-pot connection cardboard support

Step 9: Your Done !!!

and finally you can paint or decorate all the exposed cardboard to the desire color or design to match you recording studio.

I hope you have making your "Tri-pot Recording Studio Microphone Isolation Shield" and make to good use.

My son and daughter surely enjoy it when we record vocal track on their music

**please remember to take every safety precautions for you wellbeing.

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