Fan2Stage ® – Because Fans Are Everywhere

The lesson we learned during the pandemic is that fans are hungry and fans are everywhere, but we couldn’t hear them. More importantly, we wanted to hear them. Even when they couldn’t make it to the show they were hungry for live content. But live isn’t the same without feedback from the audience. So we found a solution that made sense. We wanted to keep in simple after trying dozens of other methods for our live version of CoolToys.TV

Fan2Stage brings real feedback from real fans to any size studio or live show. Have 50 fans in the audience and want to hear from 1000 more? Fan2Stage can make that happen. Fans can be anywhere they have internet access as long as you have a truly livestream show. We did find a few of the streams are monitored or delayed like Facebook live so while Garth and Trisha did a great job with their live shows there, we don’t recommend it for Fan2Stage.

We can bring the audience to you in realtime, you will need a live stream that brings you to the audience in real time. We are currently working with vendors to cut the latency delay of their livestreams. Some are recording them, others are monitoring them so there is a built in delay that can be up to 3 minutes. We don’t recommend Facebook live or YouTube Live unless you have the pro version on YouTube and even then performance at the time of writing is not as good as most performers would like. For now the best is a simple webcam. If you want to learn about different ways to set up your studio, check out this article.

Fans are Everywhere, hear them with Fan2Stage
Real Fans are Everywhere, Can You Hear Them?

Fan2Stage brings real fans to your shows virtually. There is nothing like the live feedback from live fans when you are on stage. We know because the founders of Fan2Stage have all worked in front of live audiences, on stage and in studio. There is no greater thrill than hearing back from your fans. Get Fan2Stage today.

If you are looking for new fans, remember, fans are everywhere ® and when they get the Fan2Stage app they can find new artists and shows like yours to follow and join the audience. Fan2Stage is about keeping us connected no matter where we are in the world. Doesn’t it make sense to connect to fans everywhere from anywhere? Don’t forget your swag too. There are versions of Fan2Stage for venues and performers of all kinds of show sizes.

If you are ready to hear from more of your fans, then it is time to start using Fan2Stage.

Fan2Stage Logo on Pickle ball court

Live Studio Setup and Live Stream Services

One of the challenges to any live stream show is the live stream service. The next biggest challenge is the studio setup. Currently we have reached out to all of the major live stream platforms and are working with a major production studio for live streaming.

After a full season of CoolToys.TV live, we learned a lot about how to use Fan2Stage, how to set up a studio and which live stream services were live and which ones where delayed by up to three minutes. We also found that conference systems were distracting and didn’t allow enough fans in.

First Your Studio

Before we talk about live stream services, let’s talk about your studio, home, or even a closet in your apartment that will become your stage. While we are a 100% Apple based company almost all of the gear works the same with a PC, so go with whichever you are more familiar with. You will need a Mac Mini or a PC with a good processor and graphics card to make this work. We recommend at least the minimum to run OBS.

Next you need a camera. Here at our studios, we use Canon XF series ENG cameras. They are simple to use, have an HDMI output and an XF-100 series can be purchased used at a very reasonable price. One thing to keep in mind is that 4K live streaming can slow down the process. We use 1080p currently in our studios.

You can also use a very high quality webcam, or stream from a sports action camera. Those too have live outputs.

Avoid DSLR

While many DSLR cameras shoot great video, they tend to over heat in 30-60 minutes. We fried a couple of good ones before switching to the XF series. If you have the money for something like the Canon R5C which has a built in fan, then go for it.


For starting out a webcam might work just fine but… Webcams are for video chatting mostly. The fisheye lines take a very wide shot so you may have to be uncomfortably close to get the screen you want. There are a few more expensive Pan Tilt Zoom or PTZ cameras with USB ports but we don’t recommend it.

Networking Note: if at all possible, we recommend a wired Cat5e or better connection to your cable modem or router. WiFi works but has had issues with some of our test studios.

The Basic Setups

Phone + Tablet Only:
With the Phone + Tablet only setup, you literally set your phone in front of you and live stream from your phone. The Tablet runs the OnStage app so you can get audience feedback. If you don’t want to use speakers, you can use ear buds to hear the audience, but they won’t hear themselves. You show stays clean this way, and isn’t as much fun for the audience. Add some computer speakers with the headset jack on the tablet and viola, live sound for you and the audience.

Tech Notes: There are very cool auto face tracking mounts for phones if you are able to keep it this simple.

The Webcam

The most basic setup is a single camera with a USB connection to your Mac or PC. While this works well and has about the lowest delay, it is very limiting.

Web Cam
PC or Mac with OBS loaded
High Speed 40MbS or better internet access
Good Speakers or headphones to hear the audience.

Just like the Phone + Tablet setup, if you use headphones, the audience won’t hear themselves cheering.

The Mini Studio

This is how the CoolToys TV studio is set up. We have three Canon XF series cameras that connect to a Black Magic ATEM Mini. This set up requires an on site “producer”. Someone has to choose which camera to play. We also have high quality wireless microphones. This setup also has an HDMI out from the ATEM mini so we can see what the audience sees. It also can be remotely controlled by a laptop or if you have enough power the PC or Mac running the show.

Black Magic ATEM Mini

Mac Mini M1 (Or PC meets OBS with a High speed USB port and network port available.)
1 to 4 Canon XF or similar video cameras with HDMI out
Black Magic ATEM mini
Wireless microphones as needed for performers and instruments.

Tech Notes:
The black magic software can control black magic cameras remotely. We chose Canon for budget and face tracking focus.
If you have a band in the studio we recommend an audio panel with output to the Black Magic ATEM so that you can control the input levels of each performer and instrument.

The Sports Field

Essentially this is a hybrid system that can be set up very easily. One livestream camera, a tablet and a PA system is all that is needed. We had one team that used a very inexpensive security camera for a while. The problem is they couldn’t allow enough fans to see the stream at the same time.

Live stream cameras have almost zero delay making this one of the best systems to use for outdoor events.

Live Camera
Tablet with Audio Connection to PA System
On Field PA system or portable speaker.

Canon XF-100

Tech Notes: The Live Camera can be a sports webcam or an ENG Camera like the XF-100 connected to a PC running OBS. Multi cam setups with OBS or The Black Magic ATEM series work great too.

The tablet runs the OnStage (Soon the OnField) app with the feedback audio going out to the PA system.

Live Stream Services:

Live Webcams – With most providers there is a .02-.2 second delay, almost un noticeable.
Vimeo Live – Requires Pro Account .5 – 1.0 second delay
YouTube Live – 2.0-12 second delay
YouTube Live Pro with reduced delay set – 1.0-4.0 second delay
Facebook Live – 30-90 second delay
Samsung Studio – 90-300 second delay

Other tests to follow.

Fan2Stage Logo on Pickle ball court

Fan2Stage Sponsors Make a Wish Pickle Ball

Fan2Stage joined the local community and sponsors for the Make a Wish pickle ball tournament at Newport Beach Country Club.

The OCIE chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation held a fundraiser at the Newport Beach Country Club. Fan2Stage joined the Cain Group and other sponsors as part of the nearly $70,000 raised to make wishes come true.

“Obviously with our Fan2Field app in development it makes sense to sponsors sports related events. Maybe next year the event can be live on Fan2Field to raise more money.” said Fan2Stage CMO Kelly Bourquin who also played in the tournament. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping pong according to some, but many of the players found it to be a bit more challenging.

The next event for make a wish is the Galaxy of Wishes on December 7th, 2021

About Make a Wish

The Make a Wish Foundation mission is based on the idea that “A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.”

This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish. It inspires us to grant life-changing wishes for children going through so much. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible. Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

For more information about the OCIE Chapter of Make a Wish and other events, you can visit their website.

Youth Sports

Fan2Field – The Virtual Audience For Youth Sports

Fan2Stage Ltd has announced the development of Fan2Field, a version of their patent pending virtual audience system specifically for youth sports.

Social distancing isn’t the only reason you might not make your kids or grand kids games. Sometimes jobs take families to far away places. Sometimes it’s health or mobility issues. Sometimes as a parent you need to be a two places at once. With Fan2Field you can still cheer on the kids no matter where they are.

Kids Soccer needs a virtual audience - photo courtesy of

A virtual audience system is very easy to add to any sports field that has a webcam and internet access. The Fan2Field system will run on just about any iOS (Apple) or Android (Google) mobile device. With a tablet that costs less than $200, and an audio cable, the Fan2Field Game Connect Application can bring the sounds of real fans to the field virtually.

Youth Sized – Affordably Priced

The Fan2Field system is based on the original Virtual Audience Servers designed for college and pro sports. All of the same benefits with a much lower cost to implement and manage. Fan2Field brings in a Virtual Audience for Youth sports. It doesn’t matter what game your kids play as long as there is a webcam, internet access and a speaker. Fan2Field works the same for Baseball, La Crosse, Soccer, Football and Tennis. One parent recently used an iPhone and a blue tooth speaker during a test to let grandparents cheer on the kids from another state.

Let your kids know that you are watching even if you can’t be there. Be part of the live virtual audience with Fan2Field!

On Stage Live App Logo

Grow Your Audience With Fan2Stage

If you want to grow your audience, start with Fan2Stage Virtual Audience System.

The key to success as a performer is to grow your audience. Actors, musicians, comedians, ministers and athletes all need an audience. Growing an audience is tough work. There is marketing, search engine optimization, live shows, live streaming and selling seats to make money. Today there is a better way.

grow your audience like CoolToys TV with Fan2Stage.

Performers at all levels are always looking for a better way to find people that might be interested in their work. Getting lost in the hundreds of Live Streaming apps, is easy. With Fan2Stage Virtual Audience Systems, your show can stand out because the fan know that you want a live audience. When you are connected with a live audience instead of just looking into the camera hoping they are watching is very different. With the Fan2Stage Live Fan Audience app in their hands, fans stay engaged with your show.

Created by performers like you for performers like you, the Fan2Stage virtual audience system is designed to help you grow your audience. The CoolToys TV host needed to find a better way. After trying dozens of systems, CoolToys TV host tried to find a better way. Working with the top performance Psychologists, he found the top interactions between audience and the hosts on stage. Now you can have a live stream show with the real live connection with the audience that you have been missing.

Sign up today at and find your new better audience.

Live Fan Audience App Screen

What Does Fan2Stage Virtual Audience System Do?

The Virtual Audience System by Fan2Stage creates a virtual audience for any live streamed event.

If you are not sure if you should be using the Fan2Stage virtual audience system, take a look as CoolToys TV host Scott gives a quick and dirty demo. All live performances are better with a live audience. With the Fan2Stage system you can have a live audience anywhere, virtually.

If you want to follow along, make sure you click the Login button at the top, select “Artist” and then sign up at the bottom.

Download the apps today at Google Play store or the Apple App Store.

Little league field

Little League Parents and Grand Parents Love Fan2Stage

Fan2Stage helps little league parents and family members cheer on the kids even when they are watching from home on a webcam!

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, USA, April 23, 2021 / — Fan2Stage apps aren’t just for musicians and stage performers. “Shakespeare said “All the World is a Stage”, and that includes my kids little league games.” said Tom Hannigan. Mr. Hannigan recently decided to sign up his kids team as an “host” with the Fan2Stage Cloud system. With the Live On Stage app, Mr. Hannigan and other family members can be at home or anywhere they want watching the games live on a webcam. The webcam is positioned just over home plate and so the families can watch the game remotely. With Fan2Stage they can still cheer on their favorite players.

Using the Live Fan App by Fan2Stage, the family members can clap, cheer and even boo the umpires using an iOS or Android mobile device. The Patent Pending technology used by the Fan2Stage Virtual Audience System or VAS combines all of the fans inputs. Using that information, the system then generates a real live audience sound for the players. It works the same way that it does for musicians on stage. The PA system at the little league field can be used to play the audio so the players can hear it. When they hear the cheers, they know their family is watching and cheering them on. The family members can do this even if they can’t be in the stadium watching live.  

Beyond Social Distancing

Even after social distancing rules are eased, the VAS systems and apps will still allow out of town family to be part of the crowd. Live audience feedback and virtual audience feedback combine to create an even bigger experience for the kids and the fans at the same time. The fans in the stands can hear the virtual fans as well adding to their experience at the game. No engineers hitting “cheer” while everyone quietly watches. This is a real and virtual fan experience at the same time.

The original idea for the Fan2Stage VAS was developed for college sports when the University of North Dakota was planning to host the National Collegiate Hockey Championships. Jed Shivers, the CFO of the school was concerned that without fans cheering the competition wouldn’t be at it’s best. Founder Scott Bourquin realized he was having the same problem with the live versions of CoolToys TV. Without an audience the energy wasn’t the same. He developed Fan2Stage to solve his problem and the athletes problem. The UND event was cancelled, and the VAS development continued opening up virtual audiences to any type of event that is live and online.

Local Band Late Night Union

Fan2Stage Expands Reach Of Local Bands

It has been a while since anyone saw a live show with a great local band like Late Night Union, Dead Poets Society or even bigger names. Late Night Union Lead singer Christian Eric is a fan of the new Fan2Stage virtual audience system. Before the covid shutdown, the band would open for larger bands or play small local gigs. In both cases, making money is tough. All musicians know that selling albums for a living doesn’t work any more. The key is to bring in fans, and most importantly paying fans. Many of the small local gigs depended on tips that many times wouldn’t cover a couple of beverages at the establishment.

“When the Covid-19 lockdowns hit, local music was decimated. With Fan2Stage, I could play in my home studio and still reach out to fans.” says Christian. “As a live performer, the audience energy is critical” he adds.

Scott Bourquin, the creator of Fan2Stage and host of CoolToys felt much the same way, and when live fans were not allowed in the studio he created Fan2Stage. The live audience element is critical for hosts and comedians to maintain the timing of the show. Using Question and Answer chat boxes or trying to look at 30 little tiny faces was just too distracting for the hosts of CoolToys TV. The idea for the Fan2Stage virtual audience system was a result of trying to use chat boxes and two way video systems for fans. He realized that Fan2Stage could also be a tool for live shows with local bands but the servers would be too expensive. For them he created a cloud based version.

Realizing that the key elements for any on stage presenter is the audience energy. People on stage presenting like comedians, musicians, religious leaders and talk show hosts all depend on that instant feedback from the audience. After several months of testing a beta version of the app, the musicians were the first to ask how they could use the virtual audience system to make money. Working with Stripe payments, Fan2Stage was able to set up a system within the software so that the hosts of the event could either charge admission or receive tips. For the upcoming House of Worship version it will of course be called “giving” instead of “tipping”.

As the economy begins to open up and restrictions are reduced, the number of people allowed to watch a live show is still restricted. Fan2Stage creates an opportunity to expand the reach of the show by including a virtual audience with a live show. Even after the economy returns to normal, a small gig can suddenly become a nationwide or even world wide event with Fan2Stage.

Anyone who gets on stage will appreciate the virtual audience system by Fan2Stage. Cloud based plans start at the price of a fancy latte.

Fan2Stage The Virtual Audience System

Fan2Stage Launches The First Virtual Audience System, Bringing Virtual Fans To Any Show!

Fan2Stage has created the first true Virtual Audience Servers and apps and is now seeking artists and fans for testing.

Fan2Stage today announces that it is launching the first true Virtual Audience Servers. Fan2Stage was founded by people with a very long connection to the entertainment business as both entertainers and technicians. The goal of Fan2Stage is to keep live shows live no matter where the host or fans are. Creating an engaging show virtually just got made easier by Fan2Stage with it’s new Cloud based server and app for iOS and Android.

The Inspiration:

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Fan2Stage has been working on a Virtual Audience Server. As a Best Selling Author and sought after speaker, founder Scott Bourquin said this: “Talking to a camera in an empty room isn’t the same. The chat box on most live streaming video systems was simply distracting and two way video was distracting and used way too much power for an average home studio. I needed the audience energy and feedback without distractions.” Solving the problem of fan energy led to the creation of the first F2S app and server.

After creating a small server that he could use at home to livestream CoolToys® TV episodes, Scott created an app for fans to participate as an audience. Those two pieces created the V.A.S. or Virtual Audience System. After testing with neighbors in the music business, Scott realized that if the V.A.S. server could be cloud based, anyone with a home studio could perform live for a real live audience. Adding a tip button gave those at home artists a way to generate a little income too. As Fan2Stage launches a Virtual Audience System. As testing expanded, Scott found that fans enjoyed the simplicity of the F2S app and hear what the other fans are doing.

Keep Live Shows Going

The Fan2Stage system is unique in that it provides artists with both visual and audio feedback. Comedian Steven Colbert said “I can’t wait to hear fans laugh again”. With Fan2Stage he wouldn’t have missed that laughter. Even better the other fans wouldn’t feel alone laughing at home. Fan inputs are translated by the server into real audio feedback. That audio feedback can be part of the show with a simple speaker that can be heard by the same microphone the artist is using.

“We want to provide entertainers at all levels a way to really stay connected with fans during live events. Thanks to our patent pending technology they can now do exactly that for less than a cup of coffee each month. We also created way for artists to generate income from these virtual events.” said Scott.

Artists of all sorts can benefit from the Fan2Stage system. Comedians, Musicians, talk show hosts and live podcasters can all enjoy the cloud based version for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month. The larger studio systems can divide the audience into zones, allowing for feedback based on camera angle or host interaction. Sports events can have a home team and visitor zone so the players know who is cheering for who. Even as the economy opens back up, world security and health concerns have changed how we are entertained and interact with other people. The virtual world is here to stay.


Fan2Stage is a company dedicated to keeping the live shows alive with real live audiences even in a virtual world. We give everyone a way to stay connected no matter where they are. Originally part of the Bourquin Group LLC, Fan2Stage Ltd became an independent company in April of 2021 with one focus, connecting fans and entertainers.

The right way to build a home studio - Foam Wedges

The Right Way To Build A Home Studio

Yes Virginia, there is a right way to build a home studio.

Before hosting CoolToys TV, I spent years studying to become one of the best home theater designers I could be. It turns out that recording studios follow the same rules. Home Studio design became a nice addition to my business. I was inspired to write this in a hotel room, two rooms away from the elevator. 6 AM the elevator started going non-stop and I can hear it clearly.

Basically there are three things to worry about when designing and building a room. Room Noise, Echo and outside noise. I’ll tackle them one at a time in the order that you are likely to build the room in. And I’ll use terms that will make you sound like a pro when you order materials or call a guy like I used to be. I don’t build home theaters or studios any more. Occasionally I get called in to listen to a room and figure out the problem, but I am expensive so that is only once or twice a year.


Isolation is what the hotel I am staying at needs right now. If they had properly isolated the elevator I wouldn’t hear the whir of the motor as it goes up and down every 1 to 3 minutes. My home studio needed isolation for my wife to voice audio books because we live near an airport and the jets flying over were messing up her work.

Isolation is the toughest problem of any room located near anything that generates noise. One flaw in my studio is the garage door opener. It is bolted right to the frame member that runs into the studio. Even a pro can miss something.

There are companies like Acoustiblok that specialize in acoustic isolation. Basically you are trying to limit the physical connection between you and the noise source. When the sound of the jets hits a single pane window, the window vibrates and acts like a speaker. A double pane window is better because the sound is changing mediums twice. It hits glass, then air, then glass again. Even so sound gets through.

Sound Sneaks In

My home studio is “double walled”. Some builders call this an apartment wall. Basically you build a wall in each room with 1 or 2 inches between them. Because there is a shower and a water line in the wall next to the recording studio, a double wall was required so I could use the shower while she worked. This is the most basic form of isolation.

Both walls are also insulated with a mineral wool insulation. This is the trick of very high end builders. They fill the interior walls of the house with insulation. It makes the house quieter. Most people will describe the house as “higher quality” and “warmer” when this is done. The best will even use different thicknesses of wall board on each side of the wall. The different thicknesses each transmit sound differently, adding to the acoustic dampening of the house.

The next method to consider if your sheetrock is not up is isolation tracks. These come in all forms. The term the pro’s will use is “decoupling”. By using an isolation track, your sheetrock has less direct contact with a solid surface like the wood stud. Basically rubber blocks or metal tracks with rubber blocks are attached to the wood studs (avoid metal, it rings). The sheetrock is then screwed onto the tracks or blocks. This method takes a lot more skill, and isn’t always affordable or even necessary.

Weight Matters

The weight or “total mass” of a wall is a big factor in how much noise gets in. Loaded vinyl barrier is one way to increase the mass of your walls. This stuff weighs about one pound per square foot and is quite difficult to install without tearing it due to the weight. We put in in the ceiling of the garage below the recording studio and under the floor in the studio.

Weight can be added in other ways as well. 2×6 walls have more weight than a 2×4 wall, and a 2×6 staggered stud wall adds weight and increases isolation. There is wall board material that has extra weight added that is just for sound isolation. It is off course heavy and very expensive. I have seen some people simply add a layer of this to the walls without doors in a bedroom and the difference is noticeable.

Sound is Like a Mouse.

Even with all of the great insulation, sound can still leak into a room. Like a mouse it can squeeze into the tiniest gap and make it to the next room. One simple rule is to never have electrical outlets on both sides of a wall in the same stud bay. I also silicone fill or foam fill every wire hole in the bay that has an outlet on the studio side. The final step is to use a heavy clay and seal the back side of the electrical outlet and the front side after the sheetrock is up.

Every seam needs to be sealed as well. With the loaded vinyl barrier, this can be a challenge because lining it up during installation is difficult. You should install it loosely so it has a little “dip” in each stud bay. Then you need to tape the gap between layers.

Once the sheetrock or wall board is up all of the edges need to be sealed there too. You will be amazed at all the little gaps. Especially around the bottom where the baseboard will hide them. Trust me when I say it isn’t easy, but get it right and the room will “feel” much better.

Doors and Windows

All of the detectable sound in our home studio comes from three places. The door to the hall, the French doors to the balcony and the window. Each of them is treated slightly differently. The studio door could have been a sealed double door. Instead we made a short hallway with thick carpet and insulated the adjacent area. The window has a plug in it that you can see in many of the newer CoolToys® TV episodes.

Exterior doors are always a challenge, French doors are the worst. With most doors the easy solution is to double them up with exterior sealing doors. Late Night Union Singer Christian Erik did this for his home studio and editing room. Each has double sliding doors. Turn off the microphone and you can barely hear the drummer destroying the drums.

We handled the French doors with a couple of curtains. One is a simple photographers muslin. We use that mostly to create a “key light” when I video record in the room. Since it wasn’t intended as a video recording room, there is also a very heavy blackout curtain. This is made from an acoustic blanket covered in black fabric. It acts as a “negative” so the room isn’t too bright for audio recording.

Room Noise

It all starts with the room. Every room has natural noise. There are a lot of causes and your breathing is one of them. Sound is very predictable. A 60hz bass note is about three feet long. While studying to become a THX certified home theater designer, the instructor set up a great demo. He put a speaker three feet from the wall, and aimed it at a wall 18 feet away. The class room was 21 feet across.

He then had X’s on the floor and had everyone stand on an X. Then he turned on the speaker and played the 60hz note. Only a few of us could hear anything. We were standing in the “lull”. This is the place where the wave bounces off the wall and cancels itself out. Very much like backwash at the beach at high tide. The sound is crashing into itself at opposite sides of the wave so there isn’t anything to hear but the crash.

Next we would walk very slowly to the X in front of us. As we did that we hit a point called the “peak”. This is where the two waves lined up and effectively doubled the perceived energy. Basically the 60hz note was near deafening. He then turned off the sound and said “Design a room wrong, and half of the seats get no bass. Worse yet, the other half get too much, and that is why you are here”

Standing Waves

The biggest enemy of a designer is the “standing wave”. This is where the audio has a specific peak and lull Room noise is solved with two things. Shape and absorption. This class I was taking that day was called “Room Shape and Modes”. Modes are the cause of a standing wave or the result. It is a Chicken and egg question that really doesn’t matter. If you have room modes, you have standing waves.

Most great theaters have a semi domed back wall and are wider at the back. Sort of an odd trapezoid shape. This prevents those “standing wave” from having anyplace to build itself. This isn’t always possible at home, so a man named Bolt created the Bolt Ameoba. Essentially a simple formula to limit room modes. The formula is simple, 16x9x21 is the ideal room and as you tweak those dimensions the line creating the perfect room looks like an Ameoba.

As we got smarter about this another man, Bonello created a “window” calculator that allows you to figure this all out even more accurately. With home studios, the room dimensions are usually pretty set before you build so both of these tools aren’t of much help. The basic rule is don’t use a square room. 12x12x8 is about as bad as it gets. If that is your room, add a false wall somewhere to change the acoustic shape. Even some old cubicle panels from an office supply store can help.


The real problem with square or rectangle rooms is echo. Room modes are in fact nothing more than echo. The problem is that if you eliminate all echo, you get a “dead” room. People who aren’t trained tend to get disoriented and nauseous in rooms like this. When the door closes and they hear their heartbeat it makes them nervous. When you build a home studio the right way, it should be warm and comfortable. It shouldn’t feel like a tomb.

A room with no echo is an anechoic chamber. They are great for testing microphones, speakers and hearing. If you have every had a hearing test in a booth, that booth is an anechoic chamber.

The trick to dealing with echo is finding the right balance. Fortunately this can be done after the room is built. More importantly it can be changed depending on what you are doing.

Striking a Balance.

When a room is finished the truly hard part begins. If you did it right, you kept the sound out and prevented most of the problems the room itself can create. You can never solve for all of them so the fine tuning begins.

Foam, fiberglass and carpets are all great ways to tone down the echo in a room. In my studio there are two 2’x4′ foam panels on the front wall. There is also a 50″ studio monitor in there on a tilting mount. It has to be adjusted based on the height of the person using the room and the microphone placement. You can hear the echo of the flat screen with a little practice.

I mounted the acoustic foam panels to 2’x4′ foam board and used OnCommand® velcro hangers so I could move them if they didn’t work out.

The wall behind me also has a heavy grey background cloth that dampens voice very well along with two more of the foam wedge panels. The side walls have 2’x4′ photos that are wrapped over Acoustic Fiberglass panels. I didn’t want to just have foam wedges around the room. My wife is also a photographer, and she sells the acoustic panels with photos in 1″ and 2″ thicknesses.

Try and Try Again

The floor is reclaimed wood with two oriental rugs covering the middle of the room. The final echo to deal with is the ceiling. Up there I uses carpet tiles in a pattern with a solid area directly above the two microphone spots, and then opening more space as you go to the front. I glued them to the ceiling with 3M panel spray.

Getting the ceiling right was the hardest. I started with a 50% pattern like a checker board and ended up taking some down over the cameras and adding more over the microphones. I used 3M double sided tape until I knew where I wanted the panels for sure. The take won’t leave a mark if you take it down in less than a week. The spray is gonna stay.

Now that you have your home studio built, get a small computer in there and start hosting live shows with Fan2Stage!