Studio GoBo




Introduction: Studio GoBo

This is my first Instructable so please no flaming the new guy k? k. 
With that out of the way....

A go-between, also known as a gobo, is a great mobile way to control sound. It can be used to help isolate an instrument or lessen the reflections and reverberation of a space. This is my work around for my home project studio since I do not have a recording booth. You can buy a gobo at places like Guitar Center, or online for about $100.  Since I am a musician on a budget, I consulted with a fellow producer friend of mine and made my own in about 20 minutes, with about $30 worth of parts from Home Depot.

In order to build a gobo, you will need the following items:

One 8” “Ready Tube” Cardboard molding form (This came in lengths of 3 feet)
One pack of 8” Cable Ties (Black)
One bag of ½” Phillips Screws /Nuts
One 3 pack of plastic Taping Knifes
One can of spray adhesive
One pack of Foam Air conditioner Side Insulation Panels (One pack contains 2 panels)

Tools you will need:

A jigsaw
A Philips Screwdriver
A felt tip marker like a Sharpie
Black spray paint (optional)
A drill and a small bit.

Step 1: Measure and Cut the Cardboard Molding Form

Remove one of the Foam Air conditioner Side Insulation Panels and use it as a template to mark a line around the top of the 8” “Ready Tube” with a felt tip marker. Make sure to line up the top edge of the Insulation Panel with the top edge of the tube. This will save you some cutting and insure a straight line.

Step 2: Cut an 18" Section of the Cardboard Molding Form

Use a Jigsaw and cut an 18" tall section of the Cardboard molding form.
Trim off the sides till it's about half of the 8" tube.

Step 3: Mount Taping Knife With the Screws to Make a Mounting Bracket

Use the small 2" Taping Knife.

Mark 4 dot's for screw holes on the taping knife and use a drill to make holes.

Drill corresponding holes in the CENTER the of 18" piece of tube and use the screws and nuts to connect them together using a Phillips Screwdriver. Make sure it is attached to the INSIDE of the tube and the screw heads are facing you.

Step 4: (Optional) Spray Paint the Taping Knife Handel.

This step is optional but makes the end result look better.

Step 5: Glue on Foam Air Conditioner Side Insulation Panels

Spray adhesive to the inside of the 18" section of the tube and one of the Foam Air conditioner Side Insulation Panels and wrap the panel evenly around the inside of the tube then  Repeat on the outside of the tube. I cut down the plastic rails that come with panels to cover the edges.  

Step 6: Mount to Your Microphone Stand

Use the 8” Cable Ties to mount it to your Mic stand and record something beautiful!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like this especially since I want to make my own home recording studio for narrative work.