Bend-based VocalBooth makes portable sound recording studios.
The company’s beginnings are simple enough: In 1997, Calvin Mann, a Bend singer and songwriter, was fiddling with the idea of a sound studio in his garage. His friends were impressed, and he constructed several more for them.
Sixteen years later, VocalBooth has built thousands of audio booths for companies including Intel, Microsoft and Dolby, as well as music groups such as rock band Muse. The voice actor of the animated gecko in the Geico car insurance commercials recently had a VocalBooth delivered to his London home, Mann said.
VocalBooth has come a long way in 16 years, from Mann’s garage to an 11,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, where 15 employees do the wood and metal work that makes up each booth.
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