Kaotica Eyeball – The Secret Weapon For Recording Vocals

Frustrations Of A Home Recording Studio

When venturing off into the wonderful world of home recording you are immediately met with a vast array of obstacles, namely bad room Kaotica_Eyeball_on_shock_mountacoustics. Not only does this present issues with mixing using studio monitors but it also can lead to you developing a few extra gray hairs when recording vocals. During this review I will break down why I think the Kaotica Eyeball may be the perfect solution for you.

Most people who are recording at home are not trying to spend money with both hands. Personally I began recording at home to save money on studio time while eliminating time restraints on my creativity. Since then I have been looking for cost effective solutions that would yield me professional results.


The Dilemma

When I first embarked on my quest to achieve better vocal recordings I was discouraged by the lack of options I had to choose from. I could either build my own recording booth or buy one already assembled. I’m not a handy person and I sure as heck didn’t have a few grand to drop on either option. Since then many products have hit the market that offer affordable solutions at reasonable prices.

The Solution

The Kaotica Eyeball is a new arrival and in my humble opinion it’s a game kaotica_eyeballchanger and here’s why. This isn’t some replica of a previous product but is a completely new innovative design. Most of it’s ancestors use a GOBO concept with highly reflective shells which are quite heavy to have attached to your mic stand.

However the Eyeball is a lite weight 1 1/2 inch thick high quality foam cylinder that houses your mic inside of it. It also comes with a removable wind screen that covers up the opening of the eyeball and boy does it look sexy! This cylinder design allows your microphone to be completely isolated from the rest of the room and causes your vocals to sound completely natural without any interference.

Focused Recordings

By not allowing your vocals to escape it causes your recordings to be completely focused which will consequently cause your vocals to be louder recording_vocalsand much more crisp and clear. The best way that I can describe the sound is that it sounds just like you are in a professional recording booth. I never knew how good my Mic could sound until I used the Eyeball. If you we’re to close your eyes and listen to a before and after of me using the eyeball you would swear that I switched to one of those thousand dollar Mic’s.

What’s Professional Recordings Worth To You?

The only possible con I could come up with about this product is it’s price point. It cost’s $200.00 but here is my theory on that. There are products that I have purchased for $100.00 that try to accomplish what the Eyeball does and they don’t even come close. This isn’t just some foam with a whole in it. This is a quality designed product that is going to enable you to get professional recordings regardless of the environment that your in. The results that you are going to get with the Eyeball is well worth it’s price.

kaotica_eyeballI’m not a gearhead and my minimalistic studio philosophy is that it’s not about what you have it’s about what you do with what you have. It doesn’t matter if you have a 5,000 microphone if you have terrible Mic placement, with a signal that’s to hot that’s being recording in a crappy acoustic environment.
The Verdict
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Summary

I can't justify spending money on gear that isn't actually making a dramatic difference in my recordings and I can honestly say that the Kaotica Eyeball has drastically improved my recordings and consequently makes mixing vocals a breeze. The Eyeball and my microphone are now married and divorce is not an option. I couldn't recommend the Eyeball more highly. It's a game changer and I believe it's the secret weapon to recording vocals.
 
You can pick up your Eyeball at http://kaoticaeyeball.com

Was this review helpful? Is this your first time seeing the Eyeball? What are your thoughts on this product? I would love to hear from you. Please drop your 2 cents in the comments section below.

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Comments

  1. S Zimmerman says

    I have my mic inside an acoustic foam-lined box with very little room around the mic. In other words the mic is sound proofed even if I am not. I am wondering how different this product would be from that. It seems a huge amount of money for a piece of foam with a hole cut out.

    • says

      Hey Stevie, thanks so much for commenting. I can totally understand where you are coming from as I had the same speculations about this product at first until I tried it. I am not sure if you have seen my video review of this product where I do a shoot out with it against a Voxguard. You can watch it here http://youtu.be/ted7omNQxLk to see an A/B Comparison. I am not sure which product you are currently using and I certainly have not used every product on the market but I can honestly say that the Eyeball has taken my recordings to new heights and that’s the only reason I can justify spending the price point on this product. I know people who spend $300 plus on microphones but are still not getting good recordings due to their less than ideal recording environment. I am all about results and I don’t care to have a bunch of “bells and whistles” in my studio just to impress other people so I only purchase and recommend products that I feel are essential to giving me better results and the eyeball as definitely done just that. Feel free to hit me back with any further questions. I hope this video is helpful. Take care!

      • S Zimmerman says

        Thanks for your reply. I checked out your video – and some others on YouTube – but no one is really making a comparison between what I currently have and the Eyeball. Mine is a homemade version of the Harlan Hogan portabooth, http://voiceoveressentials.com/content/portaboothArticle.htm
        My box is a wood instead of canvas, about the same square dimensions as an old LP record – so after the acoustic foam is attached inside on all three sides and the underside of the top it’s a pretty tight squeeze for the mic in there. Obviously the front is open, and there’s no foam on the base of the box, but the mic is pretty wedged into the box and has a lot of foam round it, which is why I wonder what difference the Eyeball would make. $200 is not too much for a real game changer, but it is a lot of money for a big nerf ball!

        • says

          Hey Stevie, i’m lol at the big nerf ball comment :) I like the concept around the DIY portabooth. Are you pleased with the recordings you are getting off of it? When it comes down to it, that’s all that really matters at the end of the day. I am a DIY guy at heart and in the future I am going to be building DIY Bass traps, reflection clouds and all that kinda nerdy stuff :) Apart from getting really awesome vocal recordings from the eyeball another major thing I love is how light it is. My Voxguard was just to heavy and I didn’t like the hard reflective plastic on the back of it.

          I would imagine wood is acting as a good sound absorbent on your device but how is the weight of it? But hey, I say if you are happy with the recordings you are getting just stick with the Portabooth. I don’t consider myself a sound acoustic guru by any stretch of the imagination but all I know is I never knew how good my microphone could sound until it was sitting inside my eyeball and that’s after 10 years of recording. At the end of the day just do work you feel works best for you. I am some what of a rebel, I use windows 7 and sonar x1 for all my audio and I still get people who look at me sideways for not having a mac and using pro tools. I simply tell them, what’s the point? I’m very skilled and efficient with the tools I already have. If it ain’t broke why fix it? lol Look forward to hearing back from you Stevie.

          • S Zimmerman says

            I’m getting the recordings passed through quality control where I work so I guess they’re good enough! but I have to do some hard limiting and normalizing which is a pain, and I also have to choose my times to record carefully and often get interrupted by outside noises which the porta booth can’t eliminate. I doubt the Eyeball could help that much with those but maybe….

          • says

            The eyeball does REALLY good at blocking out exterior noises but of course it all depends on how loud the contamination is. I’m not sure what your gain staging is like but in your case you will get the best recording results by recording at very low volumes. try peaking around your meters halfway mark -30db or so and of course record as close to the mic as possible without getting to much bottom end. This should help eliminate quite a bit of the background noise that still may be able to get through your device. Let me know if you have any luck with this gain staging technique.

            On a side note, in the future I am going to take my eyeball around with me in public places and do experiments. Should be fun! :) Hope you have an awesome New Years Stevie!

  2. mattand says

    Hey, Cole:

    Thanks for your review of the Eyeball. I’m currently taking voice over lessons. The studio I’m working with had a webinar last Sunday dealing with setting up a home studio. The discussion turned to soundproofing your space, and one of the attendees recommended the Eyeball.

    I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I found Kaotica’s webpage. My first thought was it’s a just big foam ball; what could it possibly be doing? In addition to your review, I’ve found some others that are really giving a big thumbs up to the Eyeball:

    http://mixcoach.com/kaotica-eyeball-perfect-vocal-recording-for-audio-engineers/

    http://soundbytesmag.net/kaoticaeyeball/

    I’m still going to investigate putting together some kind of DIY booth, in order to control the room sound further. However, thanks to your review and others, it’s looking like the Eyeball may be a huge help when I finally start recording.

    Thanks again and have a great New Year’s.

    • says

      Hey Matt,

      It’s great to hear from you! Big congrats on the voice over lessons that you are taking. That sounds really exciting and I am wishing you nothing but the best in all of your future endeavors in the voice over industry. You sound just like me when I first came across Eyeball, skeptical but curious. I hope you are able to get your hands on one at some point in the future. I love love love mine! :) I love MixCoach as well and Kevin is really skilled, humble and just an awesome guy to learn from. I actually read his review on the Eyeball before I received mine and was really pumped about what he had to say about it.

      Thanks so much for reaching out and I am so glad that you enjoyed my review. If you ever have any questions or just want to stop by and say what’s up feel free to do so. I hope you and your family have a happy and prosperous New Years as well! Take care! :)

      • Dontrell Davis says

        my vocals seem to be lower and sound like they are suffocating what solutions do you have to solve this problem i pent $200 on this shit man i need nothing less than superior results

        • says

          Hey Dontrell, please see my previous response. I’ve actually noticed a perceived volume gain from using the Eyeball which further makes me suspect that you may be recording into the back of the mic. What mic are you using? – Cole

          • says

            I would experiment with the distance you are from the eyeball while recording. Record close and then back up a few inches and also make sure you adjust your mic gain levels so that you’re not recording too hot. Check out this video it’s a silly one Kaotica put together but it covers the basics I’m talking about. Also try and record in the center of the room away from all walls as much as possible. Most importantly just make sure there’s nothing directly behind you that’s highly reflective while recording. I hope this helps out :) – Cole

  3. Dontrell Davis says

    i purchased eyeball it sounds like the vocals are suffocating when i use Kp enginner of trackwriterz called me and asked me why a verse on my sound sounded different cause i used the eyeball so im experimenting trying to fix problem or will hook up my traditional setup

    • says

      Hey Dontrell, I’m not sure what you mean by “suffocating”. I would assume you’re saying your vocals sound muffled and unclear possibly? I’ve never had this issue using the Eyeball. Make sure that the front of your mic is facing towards the blue windscreen of the eyeball. If for some reason you accidentally turn the mic around while installing the eyeball then it will make you sound muffled because the back of a condenser mic is designed to block out sound which would give you a muffled sound if you we’re to rap into the back of the mic instead of the front.

      I’m assuming you’re using a condenser mic. But double check that the front of the mic is positioned correctly. Not sure if this is the issue but it’s the first thing that came to mind. I hope this helps you out. :) – Cole Mize

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