FlexiBooth ($399) is an acoustically absorptive vocal booth in “cupboard” form. It is designed to hang on the wall of your audio workspace. Closed, its casing, made of black, melamine-coated MDF (medium-density fiberboard), measures two feet wide, four feet high, and a bit over five inches deep. With both 4×1-foot doors open, the FlexiBooth becomes a 16-cubic-foot VO environment.
While it is primarily marketed as a wall-mounted vocal booth, FlexiBooth’s potential uses are anywhere from conventional to literally “off the wall.” FlexiBooth’s absorptive components are high-density (six lb. per cubic foot) encapsulated fiberglass panels with resin-treated panel edges, covered with acoustically transparent polyester fabric in black, gray or beige (which can even be covered with a second fabric to better match or to develop a unique décor, if so desired by the user). Three panels (two 46×9.75×1 inches on each door and one 46.75×22.5×2 inches in the middle) provide the absorptive zone of an open FlexiBooth.
Completely unconstructed, the Flexi- Booth comes with numerous parts: the three panels, seven MDF pieces and several bags full of cam locks, wooden dowels, screws, pins, dry wall anchors, etc. Also enclosed are two door guides, four door hinges and two magnetic door catches, along with accurate and well-illustrated assembly instructions featuring diagrams and photos. With basic tools (Phillips head and flathead screwdrivers, small hammer, power drill and level) and an extra set of hands, the Flexi- Booth was together and hung in place with well under two hours of labor invested, even working at a relaxed pace.
Once constructed, I screwed the Flexi- Booth’s mount—a French cleat—on the rear wall of a small editing/control room (with tie lines to other recording spaces throughout a large residential structure). In this position, placed between an entrance door and closet door, the FlexiBooth (when open) would double as an adjustable absorptive surface behind the mix position and a VO space, maximizing the functionality of this small audio production room. In both applications, FlexiBooth excelled.
Since FlexiBooth can be easily lifted off the beveled edge of its wall cleat, I also used it as a “gobo” in front of acoustic instruments, amplifiers, drum kits, etc. The back of the FlexiBooth exposes most of the rear of its nearly 2×4-foot panel, so additional absorption was gained in any “off the wall” application. It’s also worth noting that, when closed, the FlexiBooth becomes a hard, reflective surface; the idea of several Flexi- Booths mounted around a room in varied positions of open, closed and somewhere in between would allow lots of sonic options.
FlexiBooth is much more than just an acoustic product for tracking vocals. It’s attractive, clever, useful and much more than the sum of its parts.