My Battlestation

PhilSTAR Tech, the technology section of The Philippine STAR, recently launched a new segment called Battlestation, and I was… umm… quite involved in it. I wrote the first feature, and in it, I showcased… well… my own battlestation, the LCVO studio.

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Soundproofing vs. Sound Treatment (This Time in Video)

I’ve written about the difference between soundproofing and sound treatment before, but not everyone enjoys reading articles (especially long ones), so I decided to make some videos… and short ones at that. Feel free to click the link above if you want more detail, but if you want just the basics, check out these these videos. They’re only between 60 and 90 seconds long, and I’ve broken them down into these four topics:

  1. The difference between soundproofing and sound treatment,
  2. The basic things we need to soundproof a room,
  3. The reason we need sound treatment, and
  4. The two main tools for sound treatment.

And on a side note, you can also find these same videos (minus the captions) up on our Instagram and Facebook reels. Anyway, click through to see the videos.

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How Clean is Your Space?

I know this isn’t the first time I brought up this point, but IMO it’s really that important.

The quality of your recordings depends more on your space than your mic. Recording in a noisy space? Your mic will pick up everything. Does sound bounce all over your room? Your mic will pick that up, too. If you can hear noise, chances are your mic is picking that up as well.

So before you go out and buy a new microphone, take a moment and think about how good your current recording space is. Maybe you can invest more into that first.

Soundproofing vs. Sound Treatment

If you’re a voice actor, a podcaster, a streamer, or anyone else who deals with recording audio, the topics of soundproofing and acoustic treatment will probably come up a lot. And some may even use these terms interchangeably. But they’re different things, and I’d like to explain the difference here in the simplest terms I can come up with:

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