Post Audio's new ARF-27 foldable vocal booth is only an inch smaller than their flagship ARF-32 but it folds up to just 4"x12" and stores away in a carrying bag that's no bigger than a pair of shoes.
The ARF-27's folding qualities also mean you can adapt it for special uses when you want to have a tighter field around the mic, such as isolating a mic in front of a guitar amp or on a drum kit.
The ARF-27 uses the same 2" thick acoustic foam and stainless steel diffusion surface as Post Audio's super popular ARF-32, plus it folds up AND it's cheaper. What's not to like?
What This Does
Reflection filters serve to drastically reduce the reflections and standing waves that make up the "sound" of any room. Essentially, this is a way of treating the acoustic space right around your microphone instead of treating the entire room you are recording in.
When recording music, whether voice or instrument, it is very desirable to record your tracks "dry", with as little of the room sound as possible. The reason is that the human brain has a remarkable ability to construct a mental model of any space with only the tiniest of clues.
Think about it this way. If you heard a recording of a coin being dropped on the floor of a gymnasium, your brain would instantly tell you what the approximate size of the room is, how tall the ceiling is, whether the floor is wood or linoleum and if the coin is a quarter or a dime. In exactly the same way, your listeners can hear if your music was recorded in a garage or a bedroom. So we use the portable vocal booth to remove the clues that tell your listeners that you're singing in the kitchen and not in Carnegie Hall.