We call it the Carry-on Vocal Booth. but it should be called The Ultimate Road Warrior ‘s Recording Studio. But is it actually easy to travel with? Can you really carry it with you on an airplane? And, how does it sound?
How It All Works
Obviously, the main concern for most travelers is whether it can be carried on a plane as a carry-on luggage or does it have to be checked-in as baggage? Voice actors and others who have traveled around the world with the Carry-On Vocal Booth have told us that that in most cases, they have had no problem with taking the portable vocal booth on a plane. In some cases, they were asked to place it in a cargo compartment when they boarded, similar to checking in a baby stroller.
Carry-on luggage size
Although the Carry-on Vocal Booth does not exactly fit the Carry-on luggage size box, it is within the volume allowed by airline which is 9 x 14 x 22 = 2772 cubic inches. The Carry-on Vocal Booth measures 23 x 24 x 4 = 2304 cubic inches. One might think it is a suit or garment bag. (In fact, the support tray is 22 x 22 inches, but we added couple of inches to be on the safe side.)
Security Check Point
The Carry-on Vocal Booth easily fits through the airport security scanner without issues and caused no extra questions from the security personnel. (Pictures were not allowed).
In the Airport Area
The Carry-on Vocal Booth has a shoulder strap to help carry it around.
Once you are in the airport terminal, you can find a quiet spot to actually work on urgent Yrecordings if on deadline. This is how Carry-on Vocal Booth allows you to cut down on downtime and to be more productive ( why not give yourself some extra beach time bonus!)
The windows in the airport are surprisingly very soundproof, and most of the noise comes from the crowd traffic and public announcements. However, it is possible to find a quiet spot near a gate that has no boarding.
To save time, the booth can be positioned on the back of a chair or another suitable support. You can also place it on your lap. However, we advise facing away from the window to cut back on reflection from the glass. The booth blocks out a respectable amount of shuffling background noise, and if you can find a good space in a corner, away from the loudspeakers, this helps as well.
On-Board the Airplane
Once you get on the plane you can easily place the Carry-on Vocal Booth in the overhead bin.
The booth fits perfectly in the bin, we actually had to push it forward so it could be visible for this photograph.On the image to the left, you can see the booth with the Mic stand on top (showing off the brand name) and some luggage next to it.
You can fit all your gear inside the booth such as a laptop, cables and microphone since the soft blanket of the booth provides additional protection. Although you can store additional equipment inside the booth, it is best not to overload it.